WnS Ep. 235: Pause.
WnS Ep. 235: Pause. | Taking a deep breath and pausing this week. No major project progress but some weft-faced coasters in handspun Herdwick made it onto the loom! #weavingwithhandspun #woolnspinning #handspinning
Dear Spinning Circle,
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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
Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works Cormo // Processed by Kingdom Fleece & Fiberworks – supported spindle spun
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
On & Off the Needles
In Progress – Knitting
Wool and Honey by Andrea Mowry – Disdero Ranch Copaca (camel colour) – Corriedale & Alpaca blend (80/20) – 3.00mm // US 2.5
Lunenburg Pullover by Amy Christoffers – Dominion Fleece & Fibre North County Cheviot, naturally dyed in Indigo, Marigold, Madder
On & Off the Looms
In Progress – Weaving
X’s and O’s Coasters – Amanda Rataj
- handspun Herwick & Mixed Batt, Romney & Perendale
Community Inspiration // Participation
Cassidy asks: I’m a new spinner, I’ve been using a drop spindle and spinning for about 2 weeks. My question is, should I be taking notes? If so, what should I take the notes on? I know note-taking is important when dyeing so you can replicate your results, but what about spinning? I know I should label the yarn I’ve spun, but I don’t know what I might need to remember about how it was spun. Any help would be much appreciated!
Weaving // Breed & Colour Study – Jacob
Kathy shares: Here is my Jacob B&CS project – I was thinking possibly pillow tops for a total of four. I used the gamp in the warp and then crossed with the light, the gray and the dark which I ran out of and then had to rethink my plan. The last bit of light weft came from some shetland previously spun. My leftover yarn was minimal. There is enough length for four tops of close to equal dimensions or I could do two pillows with woven fabric on both front and back. I used Rosepath threading and 12321234 treadling for this pattern, straight draw threading in the multicolored stripe in the warp. The big question now is – shall I felt this fabric?? I was kind of planning on doing this but am unsure about felting it as a large strip of fabric (which seems likely to cause problems) or to cut it apart, sew the ends, and then felt individual pieces. Any recommendations?
Pia shares: 3-ply fractal coming up! This is Spunky Eclectic targhee that I got from destash mostly so I can practice spinning thin singles and play with fractals. They’re so pretty on the spindles.
Sarah shares: I was inspired by the Wool Circle to get out my wool/silk/flax blend. It’s in a beautiful colorway called birthday cake. The silk is sari silk and this blend has a few different wools. I don’t remember which ones. The larger mini skein is a two ply where I striped the fiber down before spinning. The tiny mini skein is where I blended the fiber a bit with my hand carders. The blended skien was easier to spin as I didn’t have large clumps of flax. The colors are a bit muddier, but I expected that. I like spinning the blended skien better. I honestly can’t decide which skien I like better.
Suzanne shares: One of those skeins that will teach you a lesson – the hard way…. I carded some of my Columbia fleece and spun it a mix of supported and unsupported long drawn. The resulting singles were rather lumpy. I wanted to do a 3 ply and didn’t want to get out the drill to rewind onto weaving bobbins…. So I decided to chain ply it turns out, it’s better to chain ply a smoother single. I did get really good at fixing broken singles and it really helped me gain more confidence with chain plying. I’m a “learn it the hard way” kind of person it seems
Zero to Hero // #sweaterspin #useyourhandspun #spinallthethings #weavewithhandspun
Debbie shares: I spun/knit the Radiate sweater by Joji Locatelli. Another #zerotohero for me!
Kristan shares: I started sampling for this Illuminate sweater back in September and it’s finally done. It’s my first ever sweater + first time knitting stranded colorwork. So lots of learning. The CC is 1 ply BFL & 1 ply Cormo. MC is a 3 ply from pin drafted roving, the mohair has given it quite the halo which I’m happy about since the pattern called for mohair held double. Now I’m just crossing my fingers for some cold Florida days so I can wear it.
Shauna shares: I’ve been inspired to try spinning a cable plied sock yarn. If all goes the way I’m hoping that means this will be a four ply fingering weight yarn. Not wanting to take a chance on my “good wool” I raided my stash and found this braid I bought at my first fiber festival, the same one I bought my wheel at. That was over three years ago! This is 113g of Cheviot. I’ve never spun any Cheviot before so this is also new. It feels coarse but I don’t mind a scratchier wool for socks. Not only is it a struggle to maintain the thin single but I also have to add more twist than normal to accommodate for all the the plying that will happen. I’m using Rachel’s tutorial and will wind a center pull ball from the singles and ply it on itself, then ply the plied yarn back on itself again. Confused yet? Me too
Dana shares: I’ve finished a three ply for the DRK Everyday Socks SPA/KAL. Fiber was Just a Glimpse from Hello Yarn club. It was spun as a fractal, split end to in thirds, spun 1:2:4 (pieces). I can’t wait to get it on the needles and see what it looks like.
Sample Spinning // PLAY
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung
Eve shares: Spinning some singles to be used as weft with this already spun yarn. The fibre is merino/tussah/sari silk/trilobal.
Becca shares: Finished two hats with the remaining Shetland/Polwarth 3ply after finishing my recent mitts. One for me, one for gift bag. Patterns are Rachel’s WPI toque and a basic 1×1 ribbed hat from PurlSoho and both are go-to patterns for me.
Elisabeth shares: Cluck cluck! 4 ounces by the skin of my teeth, lol :)
Kat shares: Small moth brooch update: almost finished!
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Until then, Happy Spinning!