Spinners with Big Hearts

Roving dyed in the Trout colorway turns into gorgeous yarn when spun. This is just part of what will be woven into two shawls.

Roving dyed in the Trout colorway turns into gorgeous yarn when spun. This is just part of what will be woven into two shawls.

This is the fifth year for Heritage spinners to spin yarn that is then woven into a two shawls. One becomes the grand prize in our fall Fiber Art Show that is a fundraiser for U-M Comprehensive Cancer center (we’ve donated over $5000 so far) and the second this year will be auctioned at Knit Michigan in February.

This time around the roving was dyed by Christel, who was back for a visit.

Okay, well, this photo was taken of Christel about five years ago . . . but I like it. This was taken the day we were rearranging the back room - those shelves shes resting on are long gone!

Okay, well, this photo was taken of Christel about five years ago . . . but I like it. This was taken the day we were rearranging the back room - those shelves she's resting on are long gone!

Then the roving it was spun by two groups of spinners – one in Michigan and the other in California. Sybil is good friends with Linda who has a group called the East Bay Knitters in Dublin. They were kind enough to spin nearly as much as the Michigan group did. In all, three pounds of SuperWash Merino were spun so that when plyed they’d be sport weight. Everyone spun up singles, and then to even out the differences in spinners and roving color, we had a ply day on Sunday and matched up bobbins. Most of the singles are now plyed, with the balance to be spun up this weekend at Girls’ Night and Spinning Group.

Linda - leader of the California spinners

Linda - leader of the California spinners

The plying Michigan ladies. From left: Suzanne, Ann, Debbie, Pat and Sybil.

Once all the plying is done, the yarn will be forwarded to Mary for weaving.

Thanks to all for participating. It really is fun to watch this group effort come to life!

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