Monday, July 5, 2010

Whorled News, July 2010

The July 10th meeting is at Nicole Kelly's home in Mohawk, California. Meeting time is 11:00 and this is a brown bag lunch.

Driving Directions: From Reno, drive North on 395 to Hallelujah Junction (23 miles). Go left on Hi 70 to Portola (23 miles). Keep going West on 70, about 7 miles out of Portola, turn right on Mohawk Vista drive. Go less than a mile to Road 4 (paved)and take a right. Go 1/2 mile on Road 4, also called Mohawk Road in some GPSs, to a fork in the road. Take the LEFT fork and keep going STRAIGHT up the "paved" road, which is called Betterton Road. As you come up the road you will see a redwood house in the meadow to the right. Driveway is about 1/2 mile from the fork, 69980 Betterton Road. 530-836-4875.

The August 14th meeting will be at Hazel Ryland's home in Carson City. Driving Directions to follow.


Mark your calendars. The 2010 Nevada State Fair is going to be unlike any other in years past. It will continue to offer the fun of the midway, along with livestock, agricultural and lifestyle shows and exhibits. In addition, it will incorporate the living history of how life was in the 1860s-1880s Nevada, acknowledging our pioneer statesmen and women who put our state on the map. Jen continues to work with the planning committee. More than ever, our fiber activities and mission will dovetail with that of the fair. Volunteers will be needed - stayed tuned.

BOOK REVIEW: Heidi Erikson

A short book review and a technique review all in one. For my birthday this year I got Abby Franquemont’s new book Respect the Spindle, Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool. I had met Abby at SOAR last fall and couldn’t wait to read her book. I wasn’t disappointed. It is a very good book to read. There’s a lot of good information without being over whelming.

The technique I just loved goes like this. Take your spun single that you plan to ply back on to itself and make a center pulled ball either with your ball winder or nostepinne then ply together. Sounds familiar doesn’t it. We’ve been doing this for a long time, but wait, there’s more. Before you use that center pull ball to ply, run it back through the ball winder making a multi strand ball. It takes a bit more yarn management to do this but it is very worth it. Now you can ply from this ball. It makes the final plying go so much more smoothly and quickly. In fact plying became a breeze. The reason it becomes easier is because as you ply from the outside and the inside of the ball it collapse in on itself and can get tangled very easily. If you run that center pull ball back through the ball winder, you can control the tension better. You can then ply faster and easier.

I had done something similar when plying finely spun singles of cotton or wool, taking three or more bobbins of finely spun fiber and wound them together before plying because it kept the singles under tension and therefore did not tangle or knot as much.
Here’s some pictures to show you what I did;

First I spun up my single then wound it off into a center pull ballFirst I spun up my single then wound it off into a center pull ball.
Then I took the two ends of the ball and put them together on the ball winder. (Notice how I used my warping peg to hold the center pulled ball? I did this so if I needed to get up and walk away before I was done I could. Clever aren’t I ?)
Then I plyed. (I plyed from the inside out but you can also ply from the outside of the ball in. You could even drop the ball into a bowl at your feet.)

All Done!


The last (also the first) time I went to BSG, I thought I was in heaven! I'd never been around sooo many like minded people! When I walked into the building on Friday morning, I was instantly euphoric! So much fiber! By Sunday, I was saturated with fiber, and I was actually ready to come home. Yeah, I know, weird right?
The time between Friday morning and Sunday evening was spent with new friends and old friends, spinning, gawking, buying and admiring all kinds of fiber and breeds of sheep. Mim and I even got to help a shepherd show her romeldales on Saturday morning! That was a treat! I haven't shown sheep in what... well long enough that I really had to think about what I was doing :) Too much fun!
I finally got to meet Michelle and her wonderful sheep! And Lois and her sheep attended, as well as Corrie and Kristy, and many many others!
Laura (from Walton, west of Eugene), Heidi, Toni, Robin, Linda, Sharon, Ian, Ilene, ...did I forget anyone? oh and Linda's significant other, from the Reno area were there as well. We all went out to dinner on Friday night. Taken from Becky's blog - for more, see here.


I'm having a difficult time finding words to start this post. So much has happened in three short days. I met many wonderful people and made some new friends. So many beautiful sheep and wonderful people (great meeting you Michelle!) were gathered in such a small space I found it impossible to meet them all in one weekend.
I'll start with the sheep: Romeldale, Blue Face Leicester, Churros, Jacobs, Gotlands, Lincolns, Wensleydales, and Shetlands. (Pictures of these sheep are on Mim's blog.) Argentina needed a traveling and quarantine friend so this little brown katmoget ewe with a soft silky fleece, came with. I've been thinking of naming the katmoget ewe Miryha after an awesome young lady ( running a booth with Lori Lawson, Capistrano Fiber Arts Etsy Store, with the most beautiful dyed fiber and yarn. I could not get enough of their booth. I'd look and look at the other vendors around BSG then continue to come back to their booth to buy more roving.

At the end of the weekend I had six braids of roving from "Capistrano Fiber".

It was a wonderful trip. I only regret that I didn't find Kathy, Tina and Garrett before they left. Maybe next time because I plan on doing this again! Taken from Mim's blog - see more here.


We drove into Eugene and the Lane County Fairgrounds on Friday. It's been six years since Ian and I were here last and we were astonished at how much bigger the event has become, to the point that vendors are in Easy-Ups outside the main venue.
I can tell you that one of the thrills of this event is old friends. Caught here - Mike, Linda and Marianne. Linda is our friend who stepped away from her corporate life, sold her house and moved to Washington to be with her love - a guy that Ian and I both like a lot. Marianne is our guild friend from Burney in the mountains, who is working with the lady who bought Russell Groff's inventory and is one of the booths. I bought a brass sley hook embossed with Robin and Russ, because I've always worried that I'd lose the only one I have.
Okay - this is my favorite picture of all. I was shooting the picture when they said, let's get a stranger to shoot it so you can be in it. A woman overheard, and became our stranger camera angel. It's me, Becky, Laura, Michelle and Mim, pronounced Meem, long story. I don't know what to say, because our blogger roots are much deeper than this picture. Only Michelle had the presence of mind to wear her own work. Taken from Sharon's blog - more can be seen here.

A Note from your Newsletter Editor: As you can see, I seem to running out of ideas and steam after a considerable tenure in this position. Ask yourselves if this position might be the perfect place for you to contribute to one of the guild's many roles, all staffed by us as volunteers. If you're unfamiliar with blogging, training is available, and since I'm already doing it, you know it's not too complicated. Please mull this over. I will ask again.

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