Sunday, July 27, 2008

Plied Yarn

Two of the tiny skinny yarns I spun with my low tech spindle.  I plied them on my first spindle (the heavy one).  It came out pretty well.  I soaked the yarn and hung it to set the twist and dry.  Now it's skeined up.  

Another Bear - Francis

Just finished another bear, two more to go!  

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Baby Turkish Delight!

The spindle, and it's silk padding.

My new spindle arrived today! It's a Baby Turkish Delight from Jenkins Woodworking out in Oregon. It's very pretty, the arms are made of Osage Orange, and the spindle shaft is maple, I think (I might be lying about it being maple). Anyway, I took some quick phone photos when I opened it at work today. I'll take better ones soon. They wrapped it in some dyed wool roving and tissue paper, and the parts were padded with some silk fiber. I'm excited to try the silk. I spun a little wool with it tonight and I love it!

The outer wrapping, tissue paper and roving.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Pink Bears

I knit up a little bear from a pattern that I found online, back in March. There was a lot that I didn't like about the completed bear, so I wrote a new pattern. A friend ordered one, and wanted it to be pale pink. Lion Brand doesn't make the yarn I'd been using in pale pink, so I bought a bunch of white and dyed it. Unfortunately I didn't dye enough. I had knit everything but one leg when I ran out of yarn. I ripped out the leg, arms and body, and reknit them on smaller needles. When I got an order for a second pink bear I bought and dyed an extra skein. I completed pink bear number two with yarn to spare.

First Sweater

My own design.  I wanted the collar to fold over instead of just standing up.  I'll have to try again on another sweater.  I do like how this one turned out.  

(I finished this in April)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Learning to make yarn.

My first yarn.  
Made from some mystery wool included with my drop spindle.  It came out on the thicker side, with some super thin spots.  

My second yarn.  
Just as thick/thin as the first.  Made from "domestic top" roving, mostly natural with the last bit spun from leftover dyed scraps.  A little closer to worsted weight (for the most part)

I signed up for a spinning class, bought a (large) drop spindle, practiced on the wool that came with it, practiced on more wool that I had laying around, went to my first class, made a littler drop spindle, spun tiny skinny yarn, took lots of roving home to practice, continued spinning tiny skinny yarn, ordered another (smaller) drop spindle, set up this blog and am now waiting for my new drop spindle to arrive while spinning another spindle-full of tiny skinny yarn so that I can ply it with the first spindle-full I made.  Ta-da! 

I will post photos of the tiny skinny yarn that I've been making soon.  Maybe once it's plied...