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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
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
Community Inspiration // Participation
Diana shares: It’s hard to imagine that the yarn above came from dyed fibre below. I made rolags on the blending board which evened out the colours. Yarn is spun fine (for me) so maximum blending happened.
Ange shares: I’ve had such an odd start to 2022 and haven’t really felt like I’ve been able to settle in to anything. I’ve been doing lots of simple knitting (mostly commercial yarn from stash) but a couple of weeks ago I picked up my support spindles again and it felt just like coming home and now I can’t stop with the spinning again
Becca shares: Finished spinning laceweight Teeswater singles today for my portfolio. Pretty happy with how this turned out so far… now to finish them and count final yardage and swatch…..
Zero to Hero // #sweaterspin #useyourhandspun #spinallthethings #weavewithhandspun
Liz shares: I’m So excited about this new project and then I just started. It’s been so cold up here in Vermont I decided I wanted some thicker sweaters and decided to try my hand at lopi and it’s been so fun! If anyone wants to join me I’m posting my progress on Instagram and my blog but here’s what I got so far and I’m loving it! Thank you @welfordpurls_admin for making me not scared to knit with my handsspun anymore and just try something!
Josee shares: Here is my finished Shift cowl from my Inglenook Fibers “pie” mill fiber blend set. I really llike it, my only complaint is that some colors came in a way smaller quantity than others. I would have loved to have ad an extra serving of strawberry, blueberry and molasses pie! Nevertheless, I am very pleased with the FO.
Julie shares: #zerotohero? 1lb 3.2oz of Falkland and bombyx. My Lake and Sky shawl, using Amazing Day Shawl pattern with an extra repeat. Made the gradient yarns using my new drum carder and following Ply Magazine Winter issue article on smooth color transitions, mostly. Last rows the yarn was pure playfulness on the carder. Inspiration a photo my neighbor took of sunset over Lake Michigan, at our local beach.
Sarah shares: I finished my handspun DRK Everyday sweater about a week ago, but today is the first opportunity I’ve had to wear it. I made some modifications to so I have more wear time here in FL. I used 5 different skeins of yarn that all had similar colors then I did a three row stripe of each. The collar and cuffs are all the same yarn. I’ve never done a cropped sweater before so it will take a little getting used to but I like it so far. This sweater was a lot of fun to make and a great way to use up deep stash yarns. I have some leftover that I think will be woven into a cowl.
Alex shares: Started knitting what I am calling “the warmest sweater in the world” it’s pretty thick handspun so it’s going fast! The dark colour is from a zwartbles sheep named Trixie, who’s fleece I bought last year as part of Maryland sheep and wool. I’m holding the off white doubled to get closer to the weight of the zwartbles. There are definitely thin parts in this yarn but I am not going to let the lack of consistency bother me because I’m having so much fun knitting it.
Ingrid shares: Finally cast on a whitmoor sweater with some bfl/clun forest I spun a year or so ago (paired with some mohair/silk).
Tori shares: I wanted to share a small victory here. I completed my first handspun object ever using my own handspun this past week. I had spindle spun and spun on my wheel, four braids of targhee/bamboo/silk fiber from various small shops on Etsy to knit the Stay Out of The Forest shawl based off of the My Favorite Murder podcast which I religiously listen to. I used every last scrap of the handspun and even though the color didn’t translate as well once spun up, I’m very happy with the product and look forward to lots of wear of this shawl.
Glenda shares: I have yarn! This spin has taken forever! The fibre is local Border Cheviot, 580 yds in 158 grams, 16 wpi. I will be casting on for socks soon.
Sample Spinning // PLAY
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung
Kat shares: Moth brooch finished.
Crystal shares: Finished plying the 50/50 merino/Shetland miss @ollycob gifted to me. It was such a treat to spin. The color was the absolute perfect pair to the blush pink merino I spun at the beginning of the year. I’m envisioning colorwork in the near future. I’ve been feeling stuck in a color rut lately. And this fiber was a refreshing palette cleanser from all the peachy pinks. It’s not a color I would’ve chosen myself, which I totally appreciate, as I have a tendency to gravitate towards the same sort of colors when buying fiber. The thing I’m loving the most about this color, is that it is a blend of red and green – two colors synonymous with mud. But in this skein, they blend together to make awesome. Thanks so much Eve. I couldn’t have asked for a better spin.
Charlette shares: Lots of things tried here – not all well executed – but somehow it turned out okay and one more U.S. Livestock Conservancy breed (Southdown) is checked off. The roving was very clean and soft, but clingy like sponge cake and therefore hard to draft. I stripped half and spun end to end haphazardly to one of my antique wheels – just makin’ some crazy lumpy singles any which way, mostly SF and SB. I chain-plied it from a center-pull ball on a giant DIY CD spindle, and that made a ropey and rustic bulky weight for the hat crown. I spun two support spindles full of rolags and two-plied them on a Jorn Piel spindle, making a totally different, lofty skein for another use. Then I spun all the other rolags to the antique wheel, having an entertaining supported longdraw experience with all that elastic bounce making me want more Southdown. That yarn I also chain plied on the CD spindle for an aran-weight yarn that became the ribbed hat brim. It’s in the 80s today but cold weather is coming this week, and I’ll be wearing the hat to keep my ears warm on my walk. I used the Top-Down No-Math Hat by Suzyn J. Gonzalez.
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Until then, Happy Spinning!