Monday, March 16, 2015

Spinning woolen!

A few weekends ago I took a workshop taught by Jacey Boggs Faulkner. It was a great workshop. Jacey is a good teacher and a great spinner. She is also the creator of PLY magazine, this is a great spinning magazine that is well written with beautiful photography.... Really Really Beautiful(even if you don't spin you will just enjoy the photos)!

One of the topics covered in the workshop was woolen spinning. One of the elements of woolen spinning is the long draw method of drafting. I have often found this method of drafting very hard to do. I am going to try to learn this method of drafting and the plying and finishing to go along with it. The work shop taught this and I stumbled along(I am not the fastest learner ..especially when it comes to my hands translating that). Below is a picture of my early attempts.

 

 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bobbin Full of Thick and Thin

I think there are not many singles that looks as pretty on a bobbin as Thick and Thin yarn. This yarn is also known as slub yarn. I love that it looks like fluffy clouds on my bobbin. It can be used as a single or it can plied. I plan on plying my bobbin. I will spiral ply and make some coils thorough out. The coils look like little beehives but are easier to make. I will either make the yarn into a hat or a cowl.. I cannot decide on that yet.

 
 
 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Finished Venetian Blind with Tailspun border

Well I finished knitting and blocking this and I love it. I wrote about it earlier, the pattern is Venetian Blind from Ravelry. The fiber was my kitchen sink single..( a little of everything spun on the fly) plied with a single spun turquoise merino braid from Quillin Fiber Arts. I used the same color to create a bulky two ply to knit the collar, the increases and for binding off. I spun a tailspun yarn with locks from https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarkreeWoolCraft on etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Finished Spinning a variegated merino braid

Last night I chain plied and washed the yarn. Today it dried in the sunshine.

Here are some pictures of the finished product

This shows the concentrations of colors the best. I spun across the braid with no stripping and I chain plied.

 

I like the way this shows the colors. Not the best chain plying but definitely knit worthy yarn!

 

 

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Spinning a variegated merino braid

When I watch TV I try to do something else at the same time. If I knit while I watch TV I end up messing up my stitches, I don't seem to have as much of a problem with spinning. Spinning is such a tactile craft..I think you could almost do it with your eyes closed. With the lovely braid I just spun you definitely want to look. The color way is called Kaleidoscope, it was dyed by Gritty Knits. I am going to practice my chain plying, sometimes called Navajo Plying. I hope that it will keep the colors together and give me more practice chain plying. When I spun this I tried hard to spin across the braid so that I would have longer sections of color. It seemed especially important with this braid since the color sections in some parts were kind of short. Below is a picture of the braid on the Bobbin. Here is the stock photo of the merino braid since I forgot to take a picture of my braid.

 

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Venetian Blind Shawl

I have been busy spinning and knitting to make this art shawl. I have not blocked it yet but I love it

 

Picture of texture in better light

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grand Champion

Once again a yarn show that needed entries.. This time Heart of NM Fiber Gathering. This yarn won grand champion.