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Spinning with new Spinning fibers! BFL and Angora rabbit

One of the reasons it's fun to be me is sometimes people like to send me samples of they're fibers if they are in the fiber industry.  Recently I lucked out and received two wonderful care packages one from Barnyard Blue farms and one from Tailspin farms.  I am incredibly greatful to both of these small farms for thinking enough of me and my business to send some samples my way.  

I'd spun blue faced Leicester  ( BFL) before and already knew I loved it but hadn't gotten to play with it in a while.  With it's long fiber length and great texture it just screams to be made into very fine yarn.  I made myself a wonderful thin two ply and started making some "outlander" inspired fingerless gloves.  I got so inspired by this new fiber and the options it opens up I've planned a mini collection for this winter called rustic winter that will feature the muted colors of Andrew Wyeth paintings ( one of my favs) This mini collection will also have angora rabbit  blends from Tail spin yarn and a new pattern kit as well.  I'd never spun Angora rabbit by it's self and I must admit I'm hooked.  I just love the lovely drape and natural color.  

Here are the two review and spinning videos I made of both small businesses.  Please check them out and sign up for my coupon email list to get coupons and early shopping for the rustic winter collection.  
 

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Beach yarn spinning

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Even though we are in the middle of expanding to include other fiber artist on our site I love that we are primarily a family business. The girls try to help the best they can sometimes more than we need. My husband really doesn't get enough credit for his help as the self proclaimed "creative director" and head of the awesome free swag and gift with purchase department ha ha. His job is very technical and demanding so getting to be creative with the rest of us is a lot of fun for him. The other perk is we get to take our business on family vacation with us. We made our yearly pilgrimage to north myrtle beach sc ( we're from the coastal low county) and it was great to get to hang out with my mom and fellow fiber artist and get some yarn spun and hand off some fiber. Now that we're back on Knoxville we have so much to get done for the next collection release "Indian summer " July 25th 

heres some pictures from our first beach trip to oak island no with moms side of the family and a video from north myrtle beach.  

 

Enjoy a little behind the scenes

 

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oh the excitement  

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Oak island nc

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mom and her louet  

North myrtle beach  

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seagull  feeding in oak island nc

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Sneak peek of some cool free swag for the holiday collection