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Three Waters Farm is dyeing for the Completely Twisted and Arbitrary Spinning Group on Ravelry, January through March. The theme was early Twentieth Century Art: you can see all the submissions here.
After plenty of sampling, I chose to go with Franklin Carmichael’s Mirror Lake and Georgia O’Keefe’s Music, Pink and Blue No. 2.
Carmichael’s Mirror Lake appealed to me because I LOVE reflections; I love playing with lights and darks. To emphasize the light and dark aspects, I chose to represent this painting with two colorways, Mirror Lake andReflections on Mirror Lake.
Ah, Georgia O’Keefe! I assumed that this painting was part of her flower work, but when I did my research, I discovered that it’s titled Music, Pink and Blue No.2. O’Keefe sometimes translated music into painting, and though there is no record of what she was listening to while she painted this, her music collection consisted of mostly 18th and 19th century classical music — Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, etc. — as well as sacred music, madrigals, and opera. I had a lot of fun organizing these colors (and, for the record, I was listening to Amy Winehouse Radio while I was working this out!) Introducing Color Music!
The colorways are available on BFL and on Merino/TussahSilk 80/20.
The colorways will be available for the entire length of the SAL. You can find them in my Etsy shop! Orders will ship within 14 days of purchase.
Happy Spinning everyone!
February 11th, 2016
As the winter morning sun crests the tree tops, sunlight rakes across the field, turning the grass green-gold and lighting the holly tree. The waxy leaves glint bright green where the sun strikes them, but they remain dark green inside the canopy where they are out of the sun’s reach. The bare deciduous trees are gold in the light, but from behind, they are black, as if drawn with India ink.
Everything before me is green and gold and black. I hear the cry of a bluejay and the call of a cardinal; as I look up I see them vanish, one behind the other, into the holly tree to look for berries. Welcome to Birds in the Holly, our January 2016 Top of the Month Club!
Our wool this month is Rambouillet!!! Rambouillet sheep were developed in France by crossing merino stock with long-wooled sheep; they were introduced into the US in the mid 1800’s. They thrive in the western rangelands of the United States, which is where this Rambouillet originates. Fine and springy like merino, this fiber will spin into a next-to-the-skin-soft yarn with plenty of bounce.
Our wool/silk blend this month is Polwarth/Tussah Silk, 85/15. Easier to spin than merino, Polwarth has a bouncy feel and a matte glow which gleams with the addition of tussah silk.
Holly Green is our tonal companion colorway this month.
January 1st, 2016
There is no stopping it; we are sliding into the dark heart of the year. As a hedge against the darkness, I teach myself to recognize its beauty.
Looking to the west at sunset, I see the trees on the horizon, black outlines against the lingering golden red sunlight. At the same time, the sky above darkens into multiple shades of violet twilight; there is so much pleasure in this Lingering Light.
Our wool this month is Targhee! Targhee is one of the newest sheep breeds. It was developed in Idaho from crosses of Rambouillet (highly crimped, very soft), Corriedale (moderately crimped and moderately soft), and Lincoln (long, lustrous, coarse curls.) This US grown wool is very soft at 23 microns, with lots of muted luster.
The wool/silk blend this month is Merino/TussahSilk, 80/20. This is a great blend that spins into a bouncy yarn with a silk gleam.
The companion tonal colorway is Violet Twilight.
January 1st, 2016
I was a bit surprised to look down and see that the colorway I was spinning (Bright Open Sky, November TOMC) matched my clothes. (Maybe I should just be surprised it doesn’t happen more often…!)
November 23rd, 2015
I was able to knit a few rows on my Hitchhiker at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market this morning.
We’ve been doing a Behm-Along in our Ravelry group. You can get a look at the range of beautiful Martina Behm patterns here. I’m almost half-way through! (The colorway way is Tomato Medley; it is BFL and I spun it into 450 yards plus of 2-ply fingering weight yarn.)
November 21st, 2015
Red is in me right now; red is in me and all around me; red leaves and red apples, red fires and red sunsets. Outside of me is blue; blue sky and more blue sky, startling me with its intensity and absolutely startling next to red. Introducing Bright Open Sky, our November Top of the Month Club!
The wool this month is Finn Top! It has taken an entire year to get more Finn wool in stock; if you haven’t spun Finn before, you are in for a treat! The micron count of this Finn is in the same 25 micron range as our BFL, so you can use it for both outer garments and garments that are going to be worn closer to the skin. Finn has a satiny luster that gives the yarn an inner glow. The fiber itself is open and easy to spin and makes yarn with lots of body, whether your yarn is thick, thin, or in-between.
We are back to Merino/SuperwashMerino/TussahSilk (40/40/20) this month. I love the easy drafting and the multiple layers of color that happen with this blend!
And Dark Sky against Bright Open Sky? Delicious!
Happy Spinning everyone!
October 25th, 2015
Maple trees are a spectacular part of our fall leaf display. The green maple leaves gradually shift to bright yellow and then mellow into gold before they deepen to orange and then finally intensify into a fanfare of reds. As vivid as these colors are, the change from color to color is barely perceptible. Day after day, these blazing leaves defy the passage of time, until the early November rains bring them all down. Introducing the Maple Leaf Rag!
The wool this month is Falkland, the bright white wool from the Falkland Islands. The Falkland breed is a cross of Polwarth, Corriedale, and Merino sheep. Measuring 26 microns, this wool is crimped but still open and easy to spin; it will spin into a plump, resilient, bouncy yarn.
The wool/silk blend this month is Polwarth/TussahSilk, in a 60/40 combination. The extra silk in this luxe blend will give your yarn spectacular glow and shine.
We have two companion colorways this month, Maple Sugar (left) and Sun-Dried Grapes (right.) The companion colorways are available through both the Etsy shop and through the link in your shipping notice to our webshop.
Have a lovely October and Happy Spinning to you!
October 6th, 2015
September is such an in-between time here in our part of the world. High summer is quietly transforming itself into something new. Clear sky is emerging from the summer haze as spots of gold appear on the sycamore trees. Beside the summer-bleached woodpile, the goldenrod is in full bloom. The blue-green-gold of late summer heralds summer’s transformation into fall. Welcome to Summer’s Chrysalis, our September TOMC!
Our wool/silk blend this month is Blueface Leicester/Tussah Silk, a 75/25 blend. BFL of course needs no introduction; it has enormous luster and is open and easy to spin. The silk in this blend adds luxe to the infinite pleasures of BFL. This fiber will spin into fantastic yarn at almost any grist.
Our wool this month is Superfine Merino. At 19 microns, this wool is incredibly soft. It loves to be spun fine with lots of twist but it also loves to coil and beehive! If you haven’t spun merino before, you are in for a treat!
The tonal this month is September Sky. It is available by pre-order through the webshop and through the Etsy shop!
Stay Cool and Happy Spinning!
August 24th, 2015
Baby it’s red-hot outside! Lately, we’ve had temperatures in the nineties, and some days the thermometer says 100 degrees. This heat can be hard for us to bear, but the tomatoes love these sultry days; they take the heat and turn it into luscious color and tangy sweetness.
A quick tour through the farmers’ market shows a parade of colorful tomatoes: dirty-red-brown and chocolate-red Cherokee Purples, sweet red and pink Brandywines, marbled red and orange German tomatoes, vivid red-orange cherry Sungolds, and redder-than-red Big Beefs and Celebrity tomatoes.
Welcome to our August TOMC: beat the heat with Hot and Sweet!
The wool this month is Corriedale! Corriedale is one of the most popular breeds of sheep. This top is approximately 28 microns, open and moderately crimped, and it is easy to draft and spin into almost any weight of yarn. It is also great for felting.
The wool/silk this month is Polwarth/Silk 85/15. Polwarth is such a favorite: it spins into a yarn with spectacular body, and the gleaming tussah silk adds eye-catching gloss.
The companion tonal colorway this month is Eggplant. It is available by pre-order through the webshop and the Etsy shop.
Stay cool and Happy Spinning!
Mary Ann and Stephen
August 24th, 2015
The early summer heat has been unusually intense here and in order to enjoy time outdoors, I go outside just before the sun rises. The pre-dawn is cool and I like to sit and watch as night becomes day; a special sight awaits me then.
It is dark when I first go outside, but as the sun nears the horizon, faint shadows appear under the trees. Light slowly fills the dark sky as the landscape gradually assumes its daytime colors. When the first ray of sunlight strikes the oak tree’s crown, the rest of the farm is still swathed in that special clear light of dawn. This is the moment I have been waiting for: welcome to Clear Light Dawning, our colorway for the July Top of the Month Club.
We return to Organic Polwarth for our wool selection this month! This fabulously soft (22 microns) and incredibly white wool is certified organic and is from the Falkland Islands. Crimped but open, this Polwarth is easy to spin and will make a yarn with plenty of body.
The wool/silk blend this month is Merino/Silk, 80/20. A perennial favorite, this fiber will spin into a yarn with plenty of bounce that gleams with tussah silk.
The companion colorway this month is Dawn Sky.
Warm(est!) regards and Happy Spinning to you!
August 24th, 2015