From ? To June 2014 – A Spinning Round Up

I haven’t just been knitting, I’ve had the drum carder out and the wheel too.

First up, two skeins which have been all spun for a while but not taken off the bobbins and skeined up.

The first was a braid from Hilltop Cloud, a blend of Teeswater and Silk, I spun this fibre before but not as a silk blend. I cannot actually remember much about the spinning process, but I do remember that I Navajo-plied this one. No idea on yardage yet as it still needs to be soaked, but it is looking pretty good so far. It is actually a brighter green in real life, but the camera wasn’t cooperating.

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Next up, one of my first blends from the drum carder the BF got me for my birthday last year (which gives you a good idea of how long these ones have been on bobbins, the Teeswater/Silk was from the Tour de Fleece 2013). This was a Merino/Tussah Silk/Angora/Firestar blend, plied with a strand of Habu Stainless Steel. It is incredibly soft and breakable, and I’m planning on weaving this one rather than knitting or crocheting it. Again no idea of yardage (plus in need of soaking) but I’m hoping there will be sufficient to make a woven cowl, as the Angora content should make it nice and cosy.

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And finally, a more recent one – I finished spinning this last week (or was it the week before… I need better notes). This was another of my carding efforts – a dark Gray Merino from Penelope Craft over in Amsterdam, a Gray-Pink Merino from Floop (from The Yarn Cake, Glasgow), some Tussah Silk and some alpaca from Ginger Twist Studio here in Edinburgh. Three skeins of slightly thick-thin 2ply Aran weight which I’ll stripe up with some Manos de Uruguay Wool Clasica in a dark fuchsia/purple colour.

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Spinning: A Round-Up, February-May 2013

Since I last (ahem) blogged about my spinning, I have – unsurprisingly – spun a fair bit more. The last spinning post, detailing the first month of the handblended club from HilltopCloud, was some time ago.

In the meantime, I’ve had the pleasure of spinning up the following…

From Hilltop Cloud

200g Baby Camel and Tussah Silk blend in ‘Teal’.

100g Teeswater in ‘Winter Sunrise’, from the Best of British (BOB) Club, plied with silver thread.

From SpinPretty

100g Merino and Angora Blend in ‘Shades of Gray’.

From Once A Sheep

200g Merino and Silk Blend in ‘Purple’ and ‘White’. Blended during spinning to create a gradient yarn.

From The Yarn Cake

50g Shetland in ‘Shetland Black’ and ‘Moorit’

From Sue’s Crafts 

150g Shetland in ‘Purple Smoke’

Spin, Spin, Spin

I got the wheel built the day after I got it. I opted to wax it rather than varnish as I like the natural wood.

That is one of the really fun (to me) things about this wheel, you get to build it. There is something extremely satisfying watching all the pieces slot and screw together, seeing the shapes form, and finally having a fully working item at the end of it.

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And it has been great fun to use too… more on that over the next few days…

December Celebrations

The blog has been relatively quiet for a reason. December is a big month for me, not only do I have Christmas to contend with I also have my birthday – a mere week before Christmas itself.

I’m exceedingly lucky in the sense that these days are kept separate and I get proper celebrations for each one.

This year was no exception (bar some minor irritations but we’ll gloss over them) and I had a wonderful birthday. I got some lovely gifts – although due to timing I didn’t get to open them until 9pm.  I did get an exceedingly nice lunch out, cocktails and dinner so I was kept busy during the day.

The biggest gift though….

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An Ashford Kiwi 2 spinning wheel from J. The level of conspiracy needed to acquire this though seems to have been somewhat excessive; given my extraordinary (and extremely irritating) ability of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like say when emails and text messages come in between the co-conspirators… or actually working in the shop when it is delivered. That kind of thing.

 

It was still a surprise though…. I thought the big box was Lego….