I received yarn from Great White Bale Lot 2 just before leaving on our big trip, and Lot 3 arrived last week – so it’s time to share more yummy photos!
A quick recap: Clara bought a bale of Saxon Merino wool and is having it spun different ways. The project is really a group yarn study. Lot 1 was mulespun at Bartlett Yarns and is big, uneven, and poofy: I made a snuggly cowl out of one of my two skeins. Lot 2 was spun at Blackberry Ridge in a woolen style, but the resulting yarn is denser and smoother than Lot 1. This time, one skein was naturally dyed with madder by A Verb for Keeping Warm.
I can’t bear to think of separating these two skeins, so I’ll be trolling Ravelry for projects that use two colors (suggestions welcome; the yarn is DK weight). Just look at the smoothness here. Mmmmmmmm.
Lot 3 was spun at Kraemer Textiles in Nazareth, PA – remember when Julie and I went on a mill tour there last spring? The wool was joined by a bit of silk and then dyed by Jennifer at Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Clara is really hitting it out of the Parkes with the handdyers, isn’t she? Haha!And guess what? She included a sampler ARC (advance reader’s copy) of her new book, The Yarn Whisperer! I had already pre-ordered this, but now I can pre-read it, too!How blessed I feel to be surrounded by all this wonderful fiber and the lessons that have come with it. The Great White Bale has been an exceedingly pleasurable elective study with Professor Parkes. Sadly, we’re nearing the end of the course – only one more Lot to go. I hope to get to take another class with Clara soon.