The Feral Spindle

Spinning for Feral Beginners

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Too Long between spins?

With knitting designs and painting at the front of the queue, the spinning has certainly slowed down. Since I can't keep away from the fibre club offerings, I've sneaked a spindle session in every once in a while. Here are some of my recent illicit spinnings:

Dark Matter Wool and Mohair Blend from SIOz

Dark Matter Handspun in 2ply -- worked out to about a heavy laceweight
with less gold and more of the green and blue end of the lot than fibre photo

The roany-rust 2 ply above is a sampling of a coloured Romney. It took me several goes before I was happy with this colour, which I became obsessed with. Not too orangy, not too brown, and not too red. It feels fabulous!

Monday, December 20, 2010

To spin or not to spin?

V's "Bronze Goddess" handspun

Much as I love my drop spindles, I must admit, I haven't the time I'd like to use them. What a sad state of affairs this is.

My holiday season this year is being spent with a broken leg/ankle/foot so I have no excuses -- I've been working on knitting designs, and have left little room for anything else. Except, I am determined to enjoy spinning again.

The only problem? I some lovely handspun that I so want to knit -- a hank of V's handspun she's nicknamed Bronze Goddess. I dye the organic merino top last year. And now -- it is yarn and it's mine. Too much distraction.

So, I've found the oldest project clinging to a spindle and I'm determined to finish that this week. It's some polworth I dyed ages ago and have gently spun it every so often on one of my gemstone spindles. I'd spun and plied a bit of this yarn ages ago and have neglected to finish the lot of fibre in this colourway. Drat!

Back to the drop spindle.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More V's Handspun

Couldn't resist posting a picture of some of V's handspun -- she's advised she's got a new lot for me to photo -- the lot of organic merino in a custom colourway. The yarn above isn't spun from my colours, but it is rather fetching! One hank is a thinner laceweight than the other. Mmmmmmmmm. What to knit with it?

Here's the new lot of Semaphore superfine, low-micron merino top that is teasing me!

Back to the dyelots!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Handspun Beanie in Winter Blues

Handspun Australian merino beanie (SIOz spindler's club)-- the singles were spun to around 19wpi, then worked as a 2ply to around 10wpi, with lots of twist. This beanie is very warm and very very soft. I do not want to take it off my head!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Way Over the Rainbow Ball of Handspun

Ball of handspun (2ply, laceish weight) SIOz Way Over the Rainbow Organic Merino top. Finally, I get to knit with it!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rainbow 2ply/laceweight

from this organic merino top to...

That's most of it. There' s one more hank that I only spun the purple and red/orange -- played around with getting a nice big chunk of purple to knit with.

Friday, March 19, 2010

On Mars -- that's where I've been

No time to blog, as I've got a pile of knitting patterns and fibre to work on. The top is my Feb club fibre colour and it's so soft and squishy. One hank done and another to finish. 

The second photo is a colour -- On Mars -- that's exactly what I was trying to paint, which is making me very happy. It's already gorn from the market and I really look forward to the results. It's almost a shame to spin it, as the giant ball of fibre was so nice to look at.

It's a deadline month, so I'm not playing online. Where's that jumper I'm knitting?