I’ve been teaching some mini-workshops at my house this winter. These are 1-2 hour sessions where I focus on one or maybe two main topics. I also use these sessions to work out new ideas for workshops…..the folks who take these workshops are, after a fashion, my guinea pigs!
One of the experimental topics for me is “Spinning With Locks”. A few weeks ago we covered Part 1: spinning textured yarns by combining locks and roving together in various ways. Here is one such yarn that is made from kid mohair locks spun together with a wool roving (from “Puff”, a sheep that is a Border
Leicester X Corriedale
X Romney….I think). I call this yarn
And some more. The one on the left is Lincoln Locks combined with Costwold carded roving. The one on the right-top is Wensleydale locks with Wensleydale combed top. The one on the bottom-right (my favorite!) is Teeswater locks with Corriedale-silk carded roving.
Tomorrow we cover Part 2: incorporating locks while plying 2 smooth singles together. I’ve been working on two such strategies. Here’s a picture of one of the yarns. I call it “confetti”. It consists of singles spun from undyed Bluefaced Leicester combed top with dyed locks of Bluefaced Leicester plyed into the yarn intermittently. I got both the combed top and the dyed locks last summer at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival from Riverwinds Farm, now my go-to source for BFL. (It’s also my go-to source for Cormo!)
I am enjoying playing with locks. Some delightful surprises have arisen!