I haven’t had much time for felting with the puppy and lambs. I did manage a little spinning.
I got some nice tweed roving from World Of Wool. I think they will make nice hats and accessories. Then I wanted something to spin so I thought I would try these.
This is the pink. The dark flecks are viscose. It drafts nicely and makes a really nice yarn.
And the grey. Over-dying them might be interesting too. The viscose won’t take the wool dye.
They were both nice so I thought I would try combining them. I pulled off a thin strip of each colour and drafted them together. This is the single. I am winding it off the spindle into a centre pull ball so I can ply one end against the other.
and this was the result.
I think I like the two spun together best.
I am a slow spinner. I do it because I enjoy it but I don’t want a lot of anything. I am not making sweaters or even socks. I will use them for some decoration on some felt, probably.
This is is what I am currently spinning, some yellow for the glitzy line at World of wool. It has some super bright triloble nylon in it so it has lots of sparkle.
Yellow, isn’t a colour I have a lot of in my stash but I like how this is turning out. Surprisingly the multi-coloured sparkle tames the yellow. Do you spin? have you thought of it. It’s fun, portable and you can make some great yarns for decorating your felt.
Saturday I spent the day at a spin in not to far form home. There were lots of people there. More people arrived after I took these pictures, mostly wheels but ther were a few of us on spindles.
There were things to buy of course
There were door prizes.
And show and tell, this amazing blanket Rams and Ewes I think it is called. it is a double knit so it is double thick and the back is different then the front. The wool is all natural coloured Shetland I believe. Click onthe picture to get a batter look. here is a link to the pattern if you are interested. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rams-and-yowes
I got a close up of this dog collar and leash,
Here are some other . I didn’t get picture of the table after it filled up, sorry. I was to busy chatting.
And lastly some tiny little handwoven pillows. So if you thought you don’t have the room to weave , you do.
This is my loot, a bag of Massum, a bag of silk cocoons, and a new sketch book.
That was my Saturday well wasted. Nothing better than sharing a fun day with old and new friends doing something you all love.
In the spring I borrowed a blending board from my friend Carlene. I made rollags at guild social meetings and at demos.
And spinning here and there.
I finally got around to plying them all.
Then I needed to be washed to reset after being tight up in skeins for ages. this is before washing. I spent an evening tying the skeins up so they wouldn’t be a mess after washing.
This is some of them soaking.
And after all the skeins where soaked this it what the water looked like. I couln’t believe how dirty it was.
then I had to hang them all up to dry. excuse my shower backdrop. we don’t have the new tub surround in yet so it is just orange construction plastic so we can shower.
And the finished yarn. I am making the skeins into center pull balls on my nostepinne. I am mostly done. I am getting better at them. I didn’t realise how often I do thick and thin yarn until I started winding the balls. It is fun to do.
So thats one thing finished up from 2017 and only 2 days late. All ready for embellishing some felt. I hope you all have a fibery new year.
I haven’t done much other than make meat pies for the farmers market the last week. It seems with cooler weather people want comfort food. So many Steak and Mushroom pies and Tourtiere pies have been made.
I did finish my Guild poker challenge I told you about here: spinning-for-the-guild-challenge/ The beads really were not inserted very well and that showed up more in the plying but here it is finished.
You can see how the locks aren’t in well enough so they are very loose in the ply.
I learned a lot and I think next time I will ply with a thread with beads on it instead or maybe do some sort of core spun yarn with a beaded thread.
I have also been spinning on my spindle. I can do that anywhere. They are both thick and thin yarns. It will show more after they are plied. I finished this, it’s reds with gold super bright trilobal nylon I dyed. I don’t remember what colour I used to get it, maybe aztec gold. The first picture shows the colour best. The second picture is over exposed, so hopefully you can see how much sparkle is in it.
My current spinning project is also red but it has pink mixed in and white silk and undyed supper bright trylobal nylon.
After this spindle is full I will decide if I want to play them together or keep them separate. Later they will make their way into some felting. What have made to use later in your felting?
Last Sunday I went to the medieval for to be part of the demo at our local Medieval fair. It is always fun.
Here I am spinning some of the rolags I told you about in this post.
It looks like I was saying something very interesting to Bernadetts Who was carding on the hand carders and spinning on her wheel. She was Dressed as a Moorish house slave to some a Dutch family. She would not go get us Coffee though. 😉
In the picture above you can see Judy spinning on a medieval spindle and using a distaff to hold her wool. Below is a video of me trying to learn and not doing a good job.
Judy and Ann with distaff and spindles 07-09-17
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It’s a different action then using a suspended drop spindle like I usually do. You have to spin and control the spindle with your right hand and draft off the distaff with the left. My right wants to drift up and help my left draft. I need to practice much more. If you look at a medieval painting of spindle spinners you will see how they have one hand at there side and one up by the distaff.
We were close to the stage so we had entertainment most of the day. Here we are watching the dancers and musicians. but notice I am still demoing and not slaking off. Another great reason to use a spindle.
Then this happened, and we had to pack up quick as the heavens opened and we all tried to stay dry.