Another Fair Isle

October 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm 7 comments

This past weekend was  my long-awaited “Fair Isle for Handspinners” workshop down on Whidbey Island, which is pretty fair in it’s own right.

The class was held at Greenbank Farm
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and teachers were Elizabeth Johnson (from Shetland)
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and Martha Owen (from South Carolina)
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Elizabeth brought a ton of wool from Shetland- some raw and some washed and mordanted for dyeing- so we had lots of wonderful raw materials to play with. We each got a pack of raw natural colored wools to start.

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After that came the color!
Three dyestuffs- onion skins, cochineal, and logwood
yielded a wide range of shades for blending and spinning!

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The right yarn for fair isle knitting is a little different than my usual spin-
It’s done long-draw, but with more spin in the single, and a fairly loose ply. So that was new for me.

Another cool thing I learned about was the Shetland Knitting Belt. (sorry, no pictures from the demo)
I think the best thing about this technique is that it frees up one of your hands from having to hold a needle, and makes the of the two working yarns easier to manage. Very neat idea.

We did a little knitting with our sample yarns on day three-
I got a little carried away with all the colors, I think…

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Here are some other scenes from around South Whidbey courtesy of The Man.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle  |  October 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The Man’s photos are very, very nice. And I don’t think you got carried away by the pretty colors at all! How did you find native Shetland to handle and spin? That wad of white looks wonderful!

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    • 2. sheepsclothing  |  November 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      thanks michelle- the man does have a good eye, doesn’t he? Anyway, Elizabeth (our teacher from Shetland) shipped all the wool over ahead of time! white and a range of natural colors. some raw, and some washed and mordanted for dyeing. I think we each came away with at least a pound or so to play with- maybe more 🙂

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  • 3. Donna  |  October 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Great photos Denise! Love your bag 🙂

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  • 4. Jody  |  October 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Wonderful photography!!
    The Fair Isle knitting is superb too 🙂 Such a pleasure to look at.

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    • 5. sheepsclothing  |  November 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      thanks Jody- it was really amazing to see the sample items that both instructors brought. lovely stuff.

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  • 6. thecrazysheeplady  |  November 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

    So pretty. All of it.

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  • 7. Tina T-P  |  November 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Beautiful yarn – Yvonne said the class was great fun. Looks like you had some too. T.

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