Fiber Artisanry with Local Fibers

I’m excited to show one of the first knit and crochet accessories I made from 100% hand spun yarns. I previously wrote about the NY fleece origins here and about my process of learning to spin here.

Hand-spun scarf made of fleeces from NY sheep and alpaca; Feb 2014
Hand-spun scarf made of fleeces from NY sheep and alpaca; Feb 2014

I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn how to make my own yarns at Knitting Etc. because I can expand my creativity with fibers. Most of the yarns are 3-ply wool from Jacob sheep, and some are 2-ply created using the “Andean Plying Technique.” Some of the borders are single plys of wool.

It was exciting to combine different colors–browns, grays, whites–all natural tones of fiber animals. I love the textural and color variability of the scarf, and am glad I can make it a staple accessory to my wardrobe. This scarf has come in extremely handy with the snowy, cold weather in Ithaca NY!

It has also been great to interact and develop relationships with people who are deeply interested in fibers and animals. Thinking about all of the different people who I’ve met in my process of researching the New York Fibershed has motivated me to devote my “free” time to fiber artisanry.

I am eager to continue to spin my own yarns and work with rolag fibers of angora rabbits. I received some from a Fiber Farm Community Supported Agriculture project, and from fiber artisan “SarahSyracuse” on Ravelry.

If any readers from Ithaca New York are interested in learning more about fibers, female entrepreneurship in fiber arts, and/or knitting/ crochet please let me know!

Ithaca Winter 2014; Photo Courtesy David Arellanes
Ithaca Winter 2014; Photo Courtesy David Arellanes

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