Vision quest yarn
Vision quest yarn

For this yarn, we were asked to take our inspiration from a provided photograph of  a path.  The photo I chose was of a straight paved road, with plants and dirt on either side.  The sky was blue with some clouds.  The road led to a bright golden light at the end, with some of the light reflecting on the road.  When I looked at this image, I thought about how I often think that the path will be hard to find and hard to follow.  But what if it is really clear and easy.  A straight path toward the light–the golden white light.  A straight path which also contains the light.  Maybe it doesn’t have to be hard–what an idea!

I decided to use white silk for the center of the yarn.  I tore it into thin strips and then attached them together to make a ball and then spun it by itself..  I also bought 3 different natural colors of alpaca–its the first time I spun alpaca.  I spun them each separately and then also plied them separately.  I wanted the path to look kind of twisty and complex and yet straight at the same time.

Here is the yarn before dying
Here is the yarn before dying


After that, I wanted the path to be golden, so I died the whole thing in turmeric using instructions I found here.  I really like the golden yellow and how the silk and different colors of alpaca took the dye.  To finish it off, I plied one more time with some finely spun blue and green singles to add in the colors of the earth and sky.


on the bobbin
on the bobbin

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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