Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Finished in November

Knitted "Cladonia" Shawl and crocheted heartwarmer from Nås, Sweden
Handspun merino/alpacca/silk blend

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chanterelle mushroom feast after a long search in the forest,

and fresh homespun Blue-faced Leicester (2-ply) from handpainted roving by UrbanGypz (sells on Etsy!). Spun with my wonderful new Golding spindle (forgot to take a picture of it...).

Friday, August 12, 2011

Spinning for real

Greensleeves drop spindles; a "Lady Barbara" (27 g) and a "Maureen's Mjolinor" (14 g).

Now I'm spinning my own weaving yarn! I got different kinds of spindles, ordered a new one almost every week this summer... It was raining a lot. I learnt the basics from YouTube videos and Abby Franquemont's book "Respect The Spindle".

I spun thin singles and plied them together with a lot of twist,
resulting in strong, thin and "not-so-hairy" yarn. 
The natural white yarn is spun from corriedale wool (Spinnvilt webshop), the coloured yarn from dyed merino tops (Hifa Ull webshop).

Plying the singles together on a Jenkins Standard Turkish spindle (Osage Orange, 50 g)

A Russian style Tornado and a little Twister from Houndesign; both support spindles. Great for TV spinning!

Setting the twist.
Weaving with my first handspun yarn, a pretty Finnish pattern.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Spinning yarn on a mixer beater

No wonder there are hairs in my omelettes!

Any day now, the fancy Turkish spindle I ordered will drop in my mailbox. But I really couldn't wait any longer to start spinning, I just had to try it out on something... anything. And I'm proudly presenting my first mini-ball of 2-ply fingering wool, knitted into a practical fingertip warmer/hamster blanket.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Potluck post

Some of my recent finished projects thrown together: A knitted blanket in a cotton/wool blend,   knitted wool mittens and a crocheted wool/silk shawl.