coils are my new jam!

Oh My Goodness!!.. I think art yarn style yarns are definitely going to be my new style for 2019!..

This is sad considering I’ve been spinning now for at least 14years and always stuck with making standard 2 or 3 ply yarns as that’s what most people seemed to knit with and selling my handspun yarns helps my hobby and allows me to buy more fibres to spin then sell…

I’ve realised today by doing this I’m killing my creative side and so now I’m going to spin and make yarns that I want to make..If they sell that’s great if not I’m not going to worry about it because I can afford to buy fibres to spin it’s not like I can’t and selling them is just an extra bonus..

So today is the day that I finally break free from my own creative chains and head off in a new direction doing what I want and how I want..

Well done Me! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

let’s make coils..

๐Ÿ˜Šits plying day! ..I finished making the thick & thin rambouillet singles last night that I’m going to use as the coils.

Im hoping these look like rose buds when done.

also my sunflowers have decided to sprout again?๐Ÿค” ..and my marigold seedlings are loving this Autumn weather..they have doubled in size within the past few days..๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’›

Ok I’m off to get these coils done..chat later..๐Ÿ‘‹

its Autumn..

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! โ„โ„๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy your Sunday

there’s so much lanolin in this yarn!

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

now to ply

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.

Eddie’s yarn

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.

smooshy soft merino fleece

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.

Howdy!

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 witchettygrubs๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ …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..

sick, sick, sick

ugggh I’ve come down with a cold and it started just before this Finke long weekend here in the Territory, which is a total bummer as I’ve spent the past two days mostly asleep in bed!

I knitted a beanie from my handspun yarns..its grey alpaca fleece and dyed black merino top.

I gifted it to one of the butchers I work with as it’s his first Finke race that he’s going to as he’s from New Zealand..

He loves it but I only have a pic of me wearing it for you..

just a basic 3×1 rib beanie..

I’ve started on another beanie with some of this leftover grey alpaca handspun and some dyed pink handspun merino to make a hat for me that I’ll wear when I’m at the Beanie festival in July..

To all my Facebook friends I permanently set the account for deletion as I hardly use it anymore.

I’m mainly on Instagram or popping on here…ok bye!