Dear Spinning Circle,
Live Stream: Saturday, October 2nd @ 8am Pacific // 11am Eastern
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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.
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Spinning On The Wheel || Icelandic
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
In Progress – Knitting
Ystava by Jonna Hietala – Estelle Yarns Llama Worsted, 5 skeins
Lunenburg Pullover by Amy Christoffers – Dominion Fleece & Fibre North County Cheviot, naturally dyed in Indigo, Marigold, Madder
Community Inspiration // Participation
For September, tell us about the fibres you DISLIKE and WHY! Share in the Ravelry episode thread or comments on YouTube or here on Patreon!
We have winners to announce — just waiting on people to submit their final photos and yardage – stay tuned!
Breed & Colour Studies – Jacob
Julie shares via Slack: Here is my #jacobcolorstudy project. Very fun to think about and combining shades and tones into yarns, and how those yarns might offer contrasting relationships in a fabric. Also this project completely removed my fear of kemp!
Linda Sue shares via Slack: Finally started the Jacob Breed & Color study spinning. Trying the gradient white-gray-blk. Will make 3 ply. It just seemed the simplest thing to do with the kit. Hoping to get a Sport – DK weight 3-ply. Just realized I did not take a pic of the blk single #1. Will do that before switching out to a new bobbin.
Megan shares via Slack: I started my handspun cashmere sweater!!!
Zero to Hero // #sweaterspin #useyourhandspun #spinallthethings #weavewithhandspun
Shauna shares via Slack: I’m working on this one now, although not in handspun, for the Joji Fall Knitalong. I’m loving it. I’m not sure this would be a first timers brioche project but after one other simple one I think anyone could do it. It’s not hard but it doesn’t hold your hand through the brioche techniques.
Sarah shares via Slack: I finished my second ever sock spin. The 1st time was many years ago and I wore those socks forever, until the puppy chewed a hole in them, LOL. The fiber is a merino nylon blend. It’s a try 3 ply. The color way is dark Halloween. Since I am not a huge fan of Halloween(it’s how I was raised) I loved this one as it isn’t overly Halloween.
Ashley shares via Slack: Just finished my first intentional handspun sweater project. I bought the fiber at the end of 2019. It’s Andrea Mowry’s Comfort Fade Cardi. I spun 2 lbs of paradise fibers odintalon color way (it’s Ravenclaw themed) for a smooth 3 ply. I spun short sections of the top from the fold to add a little bit of air but to maintain the shine provided by the silk in the blend. I’m still a pretty new spinner so it was amazing to see the progress in the singles from beginning to end. I’m so thrilled and I can’t wait for cooler weather to show it off.
Alison shares via Slack: My second hand spun sweater, it such a lovely soft cardigan. Merino,alpaca and mohair, very warm. I really wish I could wait til I finished spinning to cast on but it’s to exciting! So now I’m getting very short of yarn. I think I‘ll be using my gauge swatch to finish the ribbing. It’s for my lovely sister, she’s a gem. One day soon I’m going to make a cardigan for myself from my hand spun! The pattern is cabled cardigan by Irene Lin.
Greta Lyn shares via Slack: Finally finished my “The Twigs” by Junko Okamoto. Yarn was all fulled singles. The black is a Finn fleece I had milled into roving a few years ago, and the color work is two different braids of Malabrigo Nube merino. My thoughts at the end were that there are spots where the Finn singles got thin enough to raise eyebrows, I’m glad I have some left over in case there is a catastrophe and a spot tears. It’s surprisingly very light and I can’t see any areas of biasing. I don’t think I will ever do a handspun singles sweater again, 2 or 3 ply just will be stronger and give me more peace of mind. The pattern is quite an interesting silhouette, I made sure to block specifically to its measurements. It’s sort of a one size (?) deal, about a 50 in bust. I’m pretty average so if you were a smaller person you’d be swimming in it for sure. I love the sleeves. Looking forward to fall. Which needs to come quickly… I think I’m summered out!
Sample Spinning // PLAY
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung
Amanda shares via Slack: Clearing out the stash a bit—this week I made “Stargrove” by Tyra Smith out of some old sample skeins I had made from Swedish Finewool (natural white and natural brown). It is an interesting pattern because it is a combination of knitting and crochet. Feels good to use up some odd bits of yarn (they look much better as fabric!)
Greta Lyn shares via Slack: I have all morning and until 2pm to just work on embroidery for my silk moth weaving! I hand stitched a silk backer to stabilize last week and now I’m trying to figure out placement and design of the motifs. You guys have been great encouragers to me to finish this strong. Thank you.
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Until then, Happy Spinning!