Category: Spinning

Charcoal & Maple Spin – Completed

While I don’t have a whole lot of spare time, I am spending what I do have doing things I love most in order to maximize that free time. That means today I spent a portion setting up the start of my circular sock knitting machine (handle attached to the base, 72 needles inserted and individually tested) and then I spent the rest of it spinning up the last of my merino / tencel blend from Three Waters Farm.

Tomorrow I should be able to ply my three bobbins together and fingers crossed that I’ll end up with a really lovely yarn to knit into something exquisite. We’ll just have to see!

In the meantime I am also continuing on my socks, I’ve been a bit neglectful of them so I’m still working on the heel flap, but I’ll get there. I hope everyone is staying safe.


Using That Handspun

I’ve been trying to make an effort this year to use up some handspun yarn, but honestly since I’m so new at spinning not all of it suits the projects I like to knit. I did make a scarf that I love, but there’s still lots of yarn to turn into something pretty.


Pretty caked yarn

I decided to knit up my corridale into a scarf, and I’m tickled at how pretty the yarn looks all caked up. Not bad for this beginner spinner!


Spindle Work

A little action on my turkish spindle this week since I couldn’t get time to use my wheel.


From Fluff to Yarn


Merino

I started spinning my first ever rolags in a colourway called Monet’s Lily Pond. So far I’m learning a lot, I need a lot of twist into the singles. I’m hoping to get a 3 ply striping yarn for socks with this, but we’ll see how it goes…


More Yarn

It’s drying now to set the twist, a skein of Bright Idea I, 100% corriedale (LOVE) it poofed up so much!


New Fiber

I’ve been experimenting with different types of fiber preparation and yesterday these amazing rolags showed up in the mail. I’ve never spun from a rolag before, but I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m thinking self striping sock yarn, if I’m lucky enough.


Time to Ply

I finally finished spinning up this amazing 100% corriedale fiber – and now it’s ready for plying. I’m trying to reach myself Navajo plying so I can do a 3ply, but it’s slow, so I might spin the rest of my galaxy braid in the meantime (that one will also be a 3ply but I have lots of that fiber).


Progress

Sometimes it’s hard to see how we’ve progressed over time when it comes to particular hobbies. I know when I started spinning I felt pretty hopeless. I would browse over Instagram and see all the beautiful skeins and wish mine could look like that.

Now that I’ve arranged my pictures together I can certainly see how far I’ve come in the last 4 months, and it’s something I’m very proud of.