Yesterday at the shop several people came for a lesson including Blogless Sarah, my favorite black cat and also Becky who has So Many Hobbies. All of them made some big progress in their respective spinning. They all came wanting different things and I think that together we were able to get them closer to their goals.
Before they came and also after the lessons I worked on the yarn that is above and below. I bought the fiber last year at Rhinebeck from Shadeyside Farm. I looked at the bin of fiber first because it was very intriguing - especially the name - Phoenix Blend. But when I asked about it I just loved the story and had to buy some.
The story goes like this. The couple that own Shadeyside Farms was getting ready to go to Rhinebeck and had a lot of their fibers gathered in one room. They left to do some other things and when they got back their dog - Phoenix had been into the fibers and blended them up. Hee.
In the mix is alpaca, silk, plenty of wool top, wool rovings, nylon shimmer, dyed mohair locks, and even some unprocessed wool locks. I love it and I've never spun novelty yarn on purpose before and this stuff is great.
I'm not sure I can get this effect myself. You know. Without the help of Phoenix. Maybe they'll let him make me some more.