Saturday, 8 March 2014
Category: batts, fibre, handspun, lendrum, spinning, wonderwool
I am so excited to announce that I will be at Wonderwool in Wales this April! I will be in stand W7 in hall three with my gorgeous fibre blends, roving, locks yarns and if course my brand new range of resin spindles. Eeeeeep I'm so excited!
This is the first time I will be showing at wonderwool, so if you are going come and say hello to help ease my nerves!
Here's what's been on my carder this week:
And Watery Mermaid batts... Perhaps I'm dreaming of holidays by the sea!
Id also like to introduce you to my new wheel! This is Maple, my preloved Lendrum. Isn't she a beauty?
I think I will have to sell my lovely Joy, even though she was my first wheel, but for now I have them both safely tucked away in my cottage!
Monday, 24 February 2014
Ok I admit it! I love spinning lumpy bumpy thick and thin, squishible, fluff balls of yummy yarn. Or any yarn for that matter, as long as I can feel the fibres through my finger tips.
I've been thinking alot recently about WHY I love spinning.
I think it comes down to a love of knitting, which gripped me when I was a teenager and gave me my obsession for textiles and design. I picked up my first ball of rainbow acrylic 4ply when I was 14, and instantly I was struck with this lust for yarn- It wasn't necessarily about the knitting in the beginning, but the overwhelming sense of possibility and free creativity that this yarn represented to me. I never made anything with it, but kept it to look at and to knit a few lines of knotted, holey garter stitch- I was totally in love and thrilled to the core. I think spinning holds this same excitement for me- the idea that I can create anything, any colour, texture or amount- but I also love the free organic nature of spinning- where you can let the fibres tell you what to do and how it want's to be spun.
I love the satisfaction of making something from nothing- from a sheep in a field, to the dye pot, to the carder to the wheel or spindle.
When I'm spinning a yarn, i'm constantly trying to better myself with every twist of fibre, constantly enjoying the colours interplay and surprise me.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Happy New year everyone!
Just a quick blog to show you a very pretty little mini swatch I made using some thick n think handspun I've been working on.
I made it using some dyed roving (Apple Bobbing) spinning it fast and lumpy bumpy on my Country Spinner. Then, I've been plying it with some viscose sewing thread in this gorgeous pale champagne colour, sometimes letting a gold lurex thread autowrap around it as I go along, and sometimes adding in a couple of sequins.
I couldn't wait to play the whole thing so I made this little swatch using 12mm knitting needles and 7 stitches. It might be a bit loose for some of your knitting tates, but I really love that soft, open look to my knits.
I'm thinking it would knit up into a gorgeous squigy hip length cardi, open with no buttons. Kind of Missoni-esq and great to wear with tea dresses or jeans.
It would be a very fast, satisfactory project to get me my knitting projects for 2014!