Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let's Not Use the "N" Word


That word, of course, is "Noro."  We publicized Laurie's upcoming dye workshop in September as "Dyeing for Noro," but have since thought better of it.  Don't want to get into any copyright issues.

So Laurie has re-named her technique "Spectrum Spinning."  She is currently working on perfecting a technique for dyeing roving so that once spun into a stabilized single, the colors will transition gradually (and beautifully) from one to another, in one-of-a-kind colorways.

She's been practicing on the Jacob wool roving she received in her latest CSA share from the farm.  Yep, your share roving can look like this, too!  You can spin a stable single that has all the wonderful attributes of that N-yarn, and even more softness.  We'll experiment with some felting to see how that characteristic compares.


Look like fun?  Hold on to September 24 on your calendar for an incredible day of dyeing, spinning, and knitting.  Those N people won't know what hit them.

8 comments:

  1. This looks so lovely - I still need to spin a truly balanced single....hmmm...any suggestions?

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  2. Well, Deborah, actually, no one can spin a balanced single. By definition, when a ply is spun, all the energy is moving one direction and needs to be balanced with another ply going the other direction. "Stable" singles are steamed and slightly felted to get them to sort of give up that energetic twist. You have to coerce them to sort of stabilize after spinning. This is part of what Laurie does after the dyeing and spinning of her yarns.

    We'll have her go over all of this at her workshop. Hope you can come!

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  3. D'oh, Deborah - I see you're in Illinois! Guess you'll have to FLY down for the workshop!! ;-)

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  4. Laurie, That is really beautiful!!! I am marking my calendar now!!

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  5. Oh, you're just WAY too far for us here in NJ, Cindy! Absolutely love that colorway that was achieved in the photo. Very, very nice.

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  6. NO! NO! NO! I don't want to have to wait until September! (Visualize me jumping up and down and getting all red-faced.) I want to do this NOW! That is gorgeous!

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  7. Ha ha ha, Peggy! Hey, apprentice with Laurie and maybe she'll share her secrets...

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  8. Although i would love to fly down for the workshop, daughter #2's wedding is taking the spotlight. How about video taping it and doing a e-workshop for us outside of Texas?

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