Dear Spinning Circle,
Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. You are most welcome. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here.
Enjoy the show!
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Spinning On The Wheel || Finnish
We will be spinning at the wheel! Looking at samples from the Spinning Sheep Breeds Kit from the School of SweetGeorgia, which is the kit from my new workshop – link here (affiliate link). This week, we will start off with the first couple of breeds in the kit and work our way through the entire set over the coming months – which will take us into the summer! Exciting!
On & Off the Needles
Finished – Knitting
Florence Tank by Sari Norland – Drops Lace Unicolor (70% Alpaca/30% Mulberry Silk); 3.75mm // US 5
Magnolia Bloom by Camilla Vad – Custom Woollen Mills CVM 4-ply; 6.00mm & 6.5mm // US 10 & 10.5
In Progress – Knitting
Cruiser by Kristen Finlay – Small Bird Workshop CVM/Mohair held double with Cascade 220 Fingering 100% Wool in colourway 9680
Community Inspiration // Participation
For June, tell us about your plans for the summer as we approach more opening & gathering! Ravelry Episode thread here.
Breed & Colour Studies – Shetland
Alicia shares via Slack: I loved this breed and color study! The braids from Katrina were so much fun to spin. I ended up spinning a 3-ply fractal and absolutely love how it turned out. I also figured now was the time to pull out my shetland roving that I had made from a fleece. I was surprised with the differences between the two shetland wools/preps. The roving was made of just the undercoat of the sheep and is so soft. It was a little slippery to spin and has a slight halo due to its woolen nature. I loved both spins and now want to play with more shetland wool!
Samantha shares via Slack: Road trip to the beach today for my Birthday so I thought I would take my B&C ….. determined to get off Sleeve Island One down, one to go and then I can get back to body!
Tour de Fleece 2021 // #tdf2021
Tour de Fleece 2021 starts on Saturday, June 26, 2021 and runs until Sunday, July 18, 2021
Kat shares via Slack: Prepping for La Tour – 8 batts of Zwartbles, the last bit of this fleece I had left. To be matched with 8 batts of Poll Dorset, to be blended half/half with a bit of black tussah silk noil.
Spindle Spun Summer (SSS)
Spindle Spun Summer – Starting on the Summer Solstice! Co-hosted by Marce of Hay Brown Berry Podcast
Chris shares via Slack: Working on the colors for my foxthoughts…
Angela shares via Slack: Managed to finish plying my warm up spindle spin which means the spindles are free again to start spindle spin summer for real tomorrow. I’m still striving for consistency with my support spindles but I’m happy with how this yarn has turned out. The rolags were from Spindles and Stitches and had been lurking in my stash for a while. It has been so lovely to finally spin them up. Since purchasing them I did give a couple away in little swap and gift packages but still had plenty left to spin myself. I’ve ended up with 72g grams of yarn. Approximately 260m and about 15wpi Singles spun on my spindles and then plyed on my espinner!
Sarah shares via Slack: I just finished weaving the most beautiful thing I have ever made out of my handspun yarn. For this cowl I spun up a light fingering weight 2 ply yarn out of Cotswold. I spun up 2 4 ounce skiens and used one skein as the warp the other for the weft. I put a 3 yard warp on my rigid heddle loom intending for a scarf. A little over halfway through the scarf I decided I would rather have a cowl instead. I used and overall Brooks Bouquet pattern. It is super lightweight and has tons of drape making it perfect to wear even in the summer here in central FL. I love to use cowls as some added head protection in the sun. This project has inspired an idea for a top that I need to sample and play around with, but will be starting soon.
Dana shares via Slack: I’ve been working on a new fleece that I got from Shepherd’s Hey Farm. This is Dundee, a large Corriedale/ Romeldale cross Ram. It’s been amazing to work with and I am smitten with the first skein of 2 ply. I combed the locks, and sampled a 2 and 3 ply.
Kathy shares via Slack: I am really enjoying the combing discussion! This is a new process for me and I got some combs to try this on my most recent Shetland fleece. Definitely results in a smoother more enjoyable spin! This little 2-ply sample was spun long draw and it is super bouncy – a reflection of the super crimpy fleece! While I could try a more worsted approach, I think that would be working against what this fleece might want to be.
Linda Sue shares via Slack: I have bought fleeces before, but typically send them for processing to a mill near me. With COVID, and the need to stay home to also care for my MiL, on top of still full-time telework, I thought I would process “a” fleece myself. Well, I now have 3 fleeces!!!! The first is a Romney, dark gray – named Lulu. I am testing washing locks in prep for the merino I bought. I also tried a small batch of the fleece, to see how that went. I plan to try combing the locks…a first for me!
Zero to Hero // #sweaterspin #useyourhandspun #spinallthethings
Josephine shares via Slack: Working on a shawl spin for Andrea Mowry Cinnabar shawl. I have two Woolfiend braids, one of merino-silk, the other one targhee-bamboo-silk. The colorways are not the same but seem pretty close to me. I am finishing today my first singles (merino-silk). I plan to make a 2 ply fingering, each braid will be one ply. I really hope the fiber combination will work in the plying, as targhee is pretty different from merino. Crossing my fingers! ALSO, she just bought a new toy!! Just got this beautiful Philias Cadorette CPW wheel! The wheel is 30 inches of diameter so this will spin really fast. So excited about it but I am not able to get it working yet. I tryed a band that is probably too slippery. My bobbin doesn’t turn with respect to the flyer, although it is not stuck, I can make it turn easily with my hand. I also need to adjust the wheel height on one side because it sometimes rubs on one of the posts. Is anyone very knowledgeable about these antique wheel? I would love to ask them more specifuc questions
Sample Spinning // PLAY
Katie shares via Slack about a hack for her wheel: Not sure if this counts towards spindle spin summer but I 3D printed the quill attachment for the EEW 6.0 and have been practicing long draw on it!
Shauna shares via Slack: I finished my first bobbin, 105g, of combo spin singles. I’m going to do 6 bobbins and 2 ply them together. I’m getting a very fall vibe from this. My guess is that it will be overwhelmingly purple/maroon, but it’s hard to say. I love how frequently the colors change. All of the fiber but one braid of Malbrigo Nube is spinning and drafting like a dream!
Linda Sue shares via Slack: New here, and wanted to share what I just warped on my 32″RH Kromski. The warp is my handspun from a Loop Bump named Serandipity. I plan to use a silvery gray (commercial) as my weft. I am hoping for a stole, 20″x70″.
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Until then, Happy Spinning!