This week I attended the Michigan Fiber Festival, at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. I go every couple of years and it is a special treat if I can take a class while I am there. This year I signed up for a fiber blending course.
The students throughout the festival were 98% women, which is curious to me. I sat in a circle of women around my own age with our spinning wheels lugged up from home. The teacher gave us each samples of various fibers from silk worms, alpacas, and several kinds of sheep. Some were dyed bright and beautiful colors and some were natural and waiting for a good washing.
The teacher showed us how we could make interesting textures and lovely colors by blending a variety of fibers right from our hands feeding into the spinning wheel. It opened my eyes to new possibilities and I am eager to start experimenting. I came home and spun up the remains of the fibers I’d received and plied it all together into a very random skein of yarn. There is not enough to make an article of clothing, but I think when I finish my current weaving project I will try using this as the weft and see what kind of wild and wooly fabric it will make.
The other, totally unrelated thing that I found interesting this morning is a small clump of shiny gold insect eggs deposited under the leaves of our raspberry bushes. I came upon it by accident and was surprised by the metallic sparkle. I don’t know what they are, but an internet search leans toward some sort of stinkbug. Hopefully, it is not something that will one day mature and consume my plants, but I’m not about to go on a search-and-destroy mission.