Dear Spinning Circle,
Live Stream: Saturday, January 29th @ 8am Pacific // 11am Eastern*
*Please note this is our last Live Stream on Saturday mornings – we are pivoting to a weekday Live Stream that will be available just like it is afterwards.
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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.
Enjoy the show!
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There is a lot going on in our community! Ketchup & Pickles for January 2022 here.
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Spindle Spun Stitches
Long-Term Goal: To Spin for a Sweater
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
SweetGeorgia Yarns BFL+Silk (85% / 15% silk) in ‘Tofino Roadtrip’ – Lendrum Saxony, 18:1, 3-ply fractal
Hedgehog Fibres Merino/Silk/Flax combed top; pre-drafted (Ravelry page here) – plied & washed
Australian flax strict – Kromski Minstrel, 18:1
On & Off the Needles
Finished – Knitting
Ystava by Jonna Hietala – Estelle Yarns Llama Worsted, 5 skeins
In Progress – Knitting
Lunenburg Pullover by Amy Christoffers – Dominion Fleece & Fibre North County Cheviot, naturally dyed in Indigo, Marigold, Madder
Community Inspiration // Participation
Sue shares: Here is my final check in for our Jacob B&C study. 700g of Jacob top, and recycled sari silk and English Leicester curls. Some of the white Jacob was dyed in our study colours. The whole has been designed as a gradient for Toni, a top-down cardigan.
Brittany shares: A friend of mine sent my Herdwick from Cumbria, UK. Anyways, it is just like Norwegian wool. Super downy under coat with a coarse outer coat and my oh my does it ever blend super fun! I blended it with Nora (Gotland/BFLx) the Tansy Twins (BFL/Gorland/icelandic x) Alpaca and finally Cotswold. It’s so squishy!!! Woolen spun. Gah! I’m obsessed. Mostly spun it unsupported.
Vikki shares: It’s done! It’s done!!I don’t know if I have been sharing along the way but I will give a quick rundown:I was part of the School of SweetGeorgia spin study group last year. I sampled and spun a ton of Manx Loaghtan. 500g worth lol.This is my first REAL intentional spin. I had 640yds/ 417.5g/ 695ypp/ 10wpi/ 5bpi/ 32.5% elasticity!! Crazy right?! So good!I finished the spin late Dec 2021. January 2nd I cast on!! Lol.Now the finished project: The oaken shawl by TinCan Knits. I used 6.5mm needles and I could have honestly gone up a size because the yarn was so fat lol. But I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough yarn since bigger needles make bigger stitches which = more yarn needed.Turns out I only used 502yds leaving me with 138yds/ 90g left to use in something else!I’m really proud of this project. It turned out exactly the way I had hoped.
Sample Spinning // PLAY
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung
Eveline shares: I needed a break from sweater knitting, so here is my teddy bear! It can guard the stash. It was fun to do something that was not a sweater but then the bear was cold and I ended up making a sweater anyway…
Priscilla shares: I have a subscription to a fiber club, where I get 300 gr of dyed natural fibers from a lady who dyes/prepares fiber for spinning from Wales. These come each month and it is ridiculously exciting to rip open the package to see what kinds of amazing colors and fiber come that I can spin into yarn. – full story in Slack!
Maggie shares: This isn’t handspun but I’ve been working on this sweater since August and I am so beyond happy to finally have it off the needles. The last bit of this really felt like work and I’ve not been knitting in anything else and haven’t spun since we put the Christmas tree up. But with this sweater done and the tree coming down I am so excited to start planning and working on new projects! Especially excited to get back to spinning as I’ve really missed it.
Suzanne shares: I decided to have some fun playing with my blending board the other day. It felt like being a kid on a snowy day and getting out the crayons and colored pencils.
Josee shares: finally finished plying my pie blend sampler set from Inglenook Fibers. On ytge bobbin, there is molasses, pecan and blueberry pie. I am pondering about what to knit with this. It is a sport weight, and I have 5 oz, so about 140 g? I have thought of the shift cowl but I wonder if the fact that the yarn is so tweedy will just create too much optical mixing. Maybe I would be better pairing it in colorwork with a natural shade yarn. Any thoughts?
Dionne shares: So I bought a 100g of Finn and had a play. I love color but I don’t always want to dye the fiber. I put gold Angelina in half and sari silk(green, blue) and gold Angelina in the second half. I spun thick thin short backwards. The finished yarn is on another experimental batt.
Kathy shares: Working on an 8/2 cotton color gamp for GCW. However now I am uncertain if I should have separated each color section with the black stripe…
Amanda shares: Anybody else having fun with twill gamps at the moment? I have been playing with 8/2 Bockens Möbelåtta wool yarn and have found that I can feel the difference in weaving the undyed vs the dyed yarn. Does anybody have any thoughts or experience on this?
Megan shares: best cloth i’ve wove so far. i loooove this! blanketing my way to weaving a wool skirt.
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Until then, Happy Spinning!