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Spindle Spun Stitches
Long-Term Goal: To Spin for a Sweater
Purchased a spindle from Mizpah of Bristlecone Spindles — you can find them here
Received a few spindles from Wood Cozy Workshop on Etsy (Olga, in Russia) – you can find her here
On & Off the Bobbins
SweetGeorgia Yarns silk puff (40% merino, 40% SW merino, 20% silk) ‘hearth’ – Ashford eSpinner 3; continuous backwards, lots of twist @ 1430 on speed knob
Chaotic Fibres Whiteface Woodland / Llama / Ramie / Bamboo – plan to weave with finished 2-ply yarn, sampling done on The Wool Circle here
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
Sue shares: I’m powering along towards the finish line over here. I started out with 300g white, 100g grey, and 200g black Jacob combed top. I added in sari silk and English Leicester locks for colour, and dyed some of the white into all the inspiration colours from the original kit. I’ve posted photos in the past of the various batts I blended with these raw materials. I’ve been spinning these on and off over the last few months. My goal is to knit the Toni cardigan by Cocoknits. Here are a few progress shots.
Brittany shares: So. I blended this pulled roving and it is magical. Containing the Tansy Gotland/BFL/Icelandic twins I’ve shared about before, Nora’s fleece (Gotland), brown Alpaca, Navajo Churro, Corriedale, hand dyed baby Alpaca, hand dyed Merino and silk. Spun it woolen, full draft. 2 ply. My default. The Pattern is a test Knit for Crafting Kraken Maid called the Reign Touque. You can see the beads on the tips of the crown. Double Brim. And adorned with a fox fur pom ethically harvested here in Yukon. This touque has squish, a bounce and is so very warm with that double brim.
Zero to Hero // #sweaterspin #useyourhandspun #spinallthethings #weavewithhandspun
Laura shares: I test knitted AnnaJohanna’s Vaaka cardigan with my handspun (carded Finn, not a very nice prep as it’s meant for felting) and some Drops Kid Silk. I wanted to share this because I think this is a great pattern for smaller amounts of hand spun, together with commercial silk mohair. This one is for my dauhgter, but I’m planning to knit one for myself too. The pattern will be published in March.
Glenda shares: I was inspired by Rachel’s @welfordpurls_admin Spark of Grey shawl, so I made my own.The contrast colour yarn is 18 micron fine merino 2-ply that I spun to 16 wpi, 426 m in 48 grams. The main colour is a commercial yarn.
Liz shares: My sweater spin isn’t done, but it’s getting there slowly. I’m in love with this yarn. It’s a sport weight bfl cross with Just a touch of bamboo and Angelina.
Meagan shares: I’m not capable of taking pictures of myself without making an awkward face. So that is why my head is cropped out. I’m excited to share my completed Terra Nova Sweater. I am so in love with it and so proud of it!!
Sample Spinning // PLAY
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung
Sam shares: I can’t stop smiling when I look at this yarn I have spun. It is Alpaca/merino/silk 50/30/20. It spun like a dream. I split the braid in three and the colours when lined up looked like a fractal. Spin onto three bobbins and then plyed. Quite high twist to hopefully make my sister some cosy socks to wear when she is cwtched up on the sofa. I just love the pops of colour. The browns and orange just zing. Gifted by my lovely friend @ollycob too bad she doesn’t like orange
Becca shares: My first cast on in, no joke, 20 months! What better way to recapture some mojo than with handspun mitts? Plus, the chilly weather makes it so much more fun. Yarn is Shetland/Polwarth blend 3ply that I spun back in … 2019 I think…
Dionne shares: Since I’ve returned home from Guatemala I knew I had 5 days before a shoulder surgery. I got tons of spinning in and even made this batt for some play. I sandwiched a coral with sparkle between 4 shades of blue and a outside layer of black with sparkle. A week after my surgery I was able to start spinning it.
Julie shares: Southdown wool in South Downs colors, chain-plied for my sock study. I believe my feeling today is properly chuffed!
Amanda shares: A bit of transformation: a sad, faded cardigan got frogged and I overdyed the yarn with cutch. It is now a lovely nut brown colour with hints of pink in some lights. I promptly made a crochet shawl from it (After Midnight Shawl by Charlotte Lee). Definitely my kind of colour now!
We have a lot of ALONGS going in the community at the moment — here are more that we didn’t get to today! Check them out:
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Until then, Happy Spinning!