Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Newest Skein

Spent my day yesterday spinning up a skein of mixed fibers; one ply is coopworth dark (compliments of Petra when I purchased my wheel), and the other ply is a mix of gold/yellow with deep red. I hung it to dry on the cloths line after setting the twist in it overnight.
It is approximately 150yards and weighs 5 ounces. I think it turned out good. This is a two-ply that I am quite proud of. Looks like great sock yarn.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Spinning, Spinning, Spinning

I have been exploring more aspects of spinning recently and learning more and more with the help of Petra and her books. She has taught me so much. I just recently learned to Navajo 3-ply, and 3-plied my "white chocolate mint" wool. I was going to knit socks, but now that I have started to knit with it, I think it would be better used for hats.

The blue/white 2-ply was supposed to blend better, but I made a mistake and spun the white in the wrong direction I think... LOL Doesn't look too bad; plus it will make great socks some day.

The grey wool is my Newfoundland sheep fleece 2-plied; should make for great vamps. Thanks again Petra.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Newfoundland Sheep Fleece/Wool

This is a one ply spin of "Newfoundland Sheep" wool. It was given to me for a practice spin. I love the way the dark greys and lighter greys go together. I have since 2-plyed this and the colours blended beautifully.
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Me & Spinning

I feel like I have connected with a little of the past when I am spinning up a new yarn. I am so addicted. This is a pic of my spinning a blended colour of green and white. I call it "white chocolate mint".
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Funky Chunky Scarf

This is my friend Jackie sporting the scarf I knit out of my first spin. I call it my "funky chunky" scarf...
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Spring is coming!

It seems this winter has been extra long; not sure why, maybe it is the anticipation of spring and summer.

I had the opportunity to meet, visit and learn from a spinner here on the west coast of Newfoundland. She gave me a lesson on spinning and let me borrow her wheel for a while. Since I have borrowed it, I have been spinning like crazy. She had a lot of Newfoundland Sheep wool and gave me a bag full to try. It is a very unique fiber as compared to other fibres. I have been spinning up a storm... and reading a lot on spinning.

I have spun a lot of multi-coloured fibers and plied it and knit up a "funky-chunky" scarf. I will post a pic of my creations later. My friend Jackie says it is an "artsy" scarf.