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Currently Spinning…

Polwarth Baby Alpaca Spinning on Turkish Spindle

Polwarth & Baby Alpaca spinning

I’ve been working on this one since October. It’s been very very slow going so far, but I’m super delighted nevertheless :) Looking forward to plying it, and hopefully someday knitting a shawl out of the finished yarn :)

Fibre: 60% Polwarth, 40% Baby Alpaca in Trish colorway, from Picperfic.
Spindle from IST Crafts.

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New-To-Me: Support Spindling

Cherry Merry supported spindle

Mirkwood Arts Cherry Merry spindle & ceramic bowl from Willow Tree Pottery

New-to-me: spinning on a supported spindle :) It’s a lot of fun, and easier than I imagined. A bit hard on the body, though… hopefully I’ll learn better ergonomics with practice.

The placement of the cop might look a bit strange, and it possibly is… I wasn’t sure where to put it, because it would be nice to be able to simply slide the cop off when it’s finished, instead of having to wind it off. Had I put it lower down I don’t think sliding would be possible, seeing how the spindle is shaped. Hmm… will have a look at how others wind their cops on similarly shaped spindles.

The spindle is a Cherry Merry from Mirkwood Arts, and the fibre is superwashed Merino from All the Pretty Fibers. Ceramic spinning bowl from Willow Tree Pottery.

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Knits, Purls and Twists of 2013

Handspun yarn: Malabrigo Nube Cereza

New-to-me in 2013: spindle spinning :)

In my post Knits and Purls of 2012 from around this time last year I wrote a 2012 knitting retrospective of sorts, with lists of things that I had tried or learnt. I’m really happy I did, because it was so much fun going back and reading that post today :)

The following post is for my future self, who hopefully will be equally happy reading this in a year or two..!

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More Handspun..!

Superwash Merino, singles

Superwash Merino, singles

My undyed merino superwash spinning project (mentioned earlier here) is coming along really nicely!

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Fauxlags!

Superwash Merino Fauxlags

Fauxlags

Today I learned how to make and spin fauxlags, and had a massive aha!-moment :)

I used superwash merino top and a 15mm wooden knitting needle. My mind is still blown by how amazingly lofty the sample yarn turned out!

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The Yarn I Won! :)

Malabrigo Lace

Malabrigo Lace

Here’s the prize I won in the Malabrigo Stockpile 2013 competition, that I mentioned earlier :)

Malabrigo Lace in the colourways Lavanda (semi-solid purple) and Archangel — I think they’re gorgeous :) I’ve used Malabrigo Lace before, and I love it, so I’m very very happy!

I haven’t yet decided what I’ll use them for. A stripey shawl perhaps, something like Dream Stripes? Or maybe I’ll design something new… we’ll see.

What would you make, if these two skeins were yours?

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New Spinning Project!

ThreadsThruTime / Merino Superwash

ThreadsThruTime / Merino Superwash

This is my current spinning project! Undyed superwash merino top from All the Pretty Fibers, on a Threads Thru Time/Thomas Creations Turkish spindle :)

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Currently Spinning…

Enid Ascroft Turkish Spindle

Enid Ashcroft Turkish Spindle

I was gifted this adorable little spindle for my birthday, and I couldn’t wait to start using it! :)

It’s a Mini Turkish Spindle in African Padauk with a Tulipwood shaft, made by Enid Ashcroft, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! It weighs only 15g, isn’t it cute! :) It spins very evenly and for a very long time, it’s really really lovely.

The fibre is 70% merino, 30% mulberry silk top from All the Pretty Fibers on Etsy. Wonderful colours, beautifully dyed, and it drafts beautifully too.

I’m aiming for a thin, worsted style 2-ply yarn this time, hopefully 4ply/fingering weight or so. I only have 100g of this particular fibre, but perhaps I could stripe it with something else, because I’d love to knit a shawl out if it :)

 

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Currently Spinning…

Polwarth Baby Alpaca Handspun

Polwarth Baby Alpaca Handspun

My current spinning project! This colour makes me so happy, and the yarn has some thick-and-thin:ness to it, which I love :)

The fibre is a very delicious 60% polwarth, 40% baby alpaca blend from Picperfic, in the Trish colourway. I love these gorgeous rich shades of burgundy, plum, cerise and raspberry :) The spindle is my favourite one, from IST Crafts.

Yesterday I found out that the skein of Malabrigo Nube handspun yarn I entered into Malabrigo’s Stockpile 2013 You Can Do It Contest won the Popular Vote! Totally unexpected and hugely surprising, I’m stunned but absolutely overjoyed and deeply grateful..! :) I don’t yet know what the prize will be, but I’m guessing yarn or spinning fibre, yay! :)

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New-To-You Spinalong: Done!

Handspun yarn: Malabrigo Nube Cereza

My handspun yarn, made from Malabrigo Nube fibre

Here’s my finished yarn for Yarnraising’s New-To-You Spinalong! I’m overjoyed by the fact that I actually succeeded in making a knittable yarn within the timeframe :) Woohoo!! 115 grams, approx 252 meters, wpi varies but I’d say it’s about a DK weight on average.

This was a fantastic learning experience in so many ways for me, and I’ve absolutely enjoyed the sense of being part of something very fun and creative, together with so many talented and inspiring people :)

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