but actually it still feels like Summer..It’s too hot to sit outside in the garden and spin as it’s currently 39c out there.
So I’m inside with the aircon going and looking through my stash for something to spin while watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them..
I don’t really watch movies while I spin they are more to keep me company as background noise.
I ordered a package from Ashford a week ago and fingers crossed it will arrive this week. I’ve ordered a flicker and a mini niddy noddy.. I’ve decided to make up mini skeins to sell at the beanie festival this year instead of my usual 100g to 200g skeins.
I think from a buyers perspective that’s never used handspun yarn that buying mini skeins will give them a better idea if they like the yarn and also they are not left with a huge skein of yarn to use if they dont like it or if they are beginner knitters or crocheters.
Ok my movie has started and I need to make a nice hot drink or turn the aircon off! ❄❄😉
Enjoy your Sunday
My last yarn for Spring…
It’s 100%Corriedale and 100%Finn..spun as singles and then plied together..A photo of the corridale fibre I used is posted few posts back…Now to soak and set the twist and later tonight Ill start spinning up something new…I’m digging in the stash for Autumn colours.🍂🍃🐌
These two skeins are from merino fleece mixed with baby Alpaca, baby Camel, Super fine merino and silk. My last post shows a pic of the singles on the bobbins.
You can see how dirty that fleece colour looks compared to how lovely and grey and clean it looks now. That fleece was a beautiful coated fleece so I think most of that creamy colour must be from the lanolin in it.
I’ve soaked it and even now you get that lanolin feel on your hands. It’s not a sticky horrible feel it’s a really soft like you’ve lightly touched skin cream feeling? Its hard for me to describe but this feels amazing soft and has zero itch near my skin..
So I had to take a pic of them near my chili plants (no chili’s yet but lots of flowers) and my 4 sunflower seedlings that are going strong!.
I’m going to plant them out in the garden bed on the weekend. I’m planning my next fibres to spin and once I’ve decided what type of yarn I’m going to make I’ll get cracking on that..
Chat soon xx
Last night I finished spinning the merino fleece from yesterdays post.
I spun it lumpy and bumpy. I didn’t want to spin it too thin as I want a slight chunky textured yarn when I ply it..
My garden herbs are loving this summer weather but I have no idea why I am growing basil. If I’m honest with myself I don’t like the taste of it so tomorrow I’ll ask someone from work if they want some.
My work takes up so much of my day and then going to gym afterwards doesn’t leave much time in the evenings to do everything I want so spinning hasn’t been a priority lately.
I’ve been using most of my spare time practicing on my uke but this month I want to get back to spinning up this merino fleece that I started spinning in January and then start on some new spins.
It was Imbolc yesterday or the first day of Spring in the Celtic calendar but here in Australia its our last month of Summer and its getting stormy outside so I’m hoping it rains and I wont have to water my garden.
I planted some sunflower seeds last weekend and they have sprouted and grown so much in a week! I wonder if they’ll keep growing through Autumn? I hope so. I’ll transplant them out of this pot and into the garden bed soon as these ones are the giant variety.
Ok I’m off to enjoy my day, have a great Saturday xx
Yummy corriedale from @craftycatknittybits …
…oh yeh and I’m glad I did!!..
I bought these at the start of December with my Birthday money as early Christmas presents to me! They arrived today all the way from “sunny” England..
I bought them on Etsy from the lovely Caroline of The Shepherds Hut UK.. on Instagram she’s @cjpfibres
I have to say this isn’t the first time I’ve bought from Caroline and wont be the last!.. love them all so much!
Sunshine Mellow – Rambouillet, Cabbage Patch – BFL, Acorn Yellow – Finnish, Red Leaves – Rambouillet, Lemon & Lime – Superwash Merino/Nylon
My first yarn for 2019! I really want to keep this yarn but I plan on giving it away as a surprise gift tomorrow to my workmate who wants to knit some woolies for her first grandchild who just happened to be born in December on my birthday!…hes obviously going to be an awesome person like me!..wink wink..
2ply 200g, 246 meters, 11wpi/DK, merino bamboo & shetland fibres.
I spun up these blue green fibres over the weekend. The blue is called Lightening – its 70% merino and 30% bamboo from Cat and Sparrow fibres, the green is called Green Jersey its 100% Shetland from The Shepherds Hut.
I’m making this yarn for a friend at work. I’m hoping it doesn’t have the barber pole effect too much when I ply it.
I also noticed on my Instagram last night that the first yarn I finished on January 1st 2018 was also made with blue and green fibres!
I’ve purchased a beautiful merino fleece from a farmer in Tasmania. I want to spin up some of this fleece to gift to a friend at work as she’s just become a grandmother for the first time and she’s thinking of knitting her grandchild some winter woolies.
She knows I’m a spinner and has said she’ll buy some yarns from me, but I’ll give her the yarns for free as I know she’ll appreciate it.
This is a beautiful fine coloured coated merino fleece, white with smoky grey and light grey speckles.
I only purchased 700g but I’m also gifting 200g of this to another overseas spinner I met through Instagram.
I dont think she’s ever spun fleece before and I want her to have a great experience spinning with a lovely fleece as theres nothing worse when learning to spin fleece and getting a dirty matted fleece and having to spend hours cleaning and flicking it before even starting to spin it.
If I have to spend time cleaning a fleece then I dont even buy it. I dont mind dirt on the tips but lifes too short to waste time on crappy dirty fleeces especially when there are farmers who sell beautiful coated fleeces that I can buy, flick and spin as soon as I get it.
I’ve finally got a finished skein of yarn to share…the fibre I showed two posts ago well it’s taken me forever to get it spun due to everyday life getting in the way…
this yarn was meant to be coils and when it came time to ply I completely forgot to ply the way my spinoff 2009 magazine showed me, so now my coils are what I like to call witchettygrubs😂🤣 …oh well its plyed and balanced so I’m sure someone will love it and buy it at the 2019 beanie festival…
Tonight I’ll get out some more fibre & my copy of The spinners book of yarn designs and try some of the yarn ideas in it as I’m thinking of making more art style yarns coming into this new year..
I’ve turned into the type of spinner that buys all these gorgeous fibres and then doesn’t have enough time on the weekend to ACTUALLY spin them!..
So no more wasting most of my weekend on Instagram..because I spend a heck of a lot of time looking at spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving etc that other fibre artists out there post.
So what did I buy… I bought some gorgeous handdyed fibres from The Shepherds Hut ..some are shetland and some are merino/bamboo..
Love em..now to spin them!