Spindles: Field & Stream

Spindle: TTT Field & Stream

Field and Stream
Whorl | Dymondwood in Field and Stream
Shaft | Dymondwood in Turquoise
Total weight | 1.6 oz
From | Susan from Thomas Creations/Threads Thru Time

The last of my Turkish spindle finally arrived this morning after about 6-7 weeks in transit from Canada and it’s gorgeous to boot! My stash unfortunately is lying in boxes so this baby won’t see any action until we reach our new place (yes, more on that another day and when things are confirmed). In the meantime, I’ve decided to pick up my knitting – it’ll be another pair of socks but this time in a solid coloured yarn. This will be my travel project for the next couple of months. I might wind up another skein of yarn – my handspun – in yarn cakes just in case I finish the pair slightly earlier than expected. We’ll see how it goes…

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Spindles: Oklahoma Wildflower & Pau Amarello

Spindle: Oklahoma Wildflower by Threads Thru Time

Oklahoma Wildflower
Whorl | Dymondwood in Oklahoma Wildflower
Shaft | Dymondwood in Purple Passion
Total weight | 0.5 oz
From | Susan from Thomas Creations/Threads Thru Time

Spindle: Pau Amarello from IST Crafts

Pau Amarello
Whorl | Pau amarello, brass weighted
Shaft | Tulipwood
Total weight | (80mm) 10-14 gms
From | Ian from IST Crafts

Some new additions to my spindle collection.

These will probably one of the last few Turkish spindles that I’m getting as I have some from each weight group. I do like the look of certain woods (Bocote, Pink Ivory, burl woods, Sumac, etc) so will probably get those featured in other forms of spindles like supported spindles or my regular top whorl spindle.

I haven’t spun anything on my tiny TTT spindles nor the IST Craft one as I’m still focusing on finishing my Wensleydale on my Bosworth. It’s just faster to wind up a cop on a top whorl than making a nice “turtle” on a turkish but we’ll see how it goes. On top of that, we’re in the middle of a move – more on that later – so my entire stash is already in boxes…and yes, that includes my spindles as well!

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Woody Grass

Woody Grass

Ply | Three
Yardage | 632.4 m
WPI |
Fibre | Simple Scarves Superwash Merino-Nylon in Woody Grass
Tool | Serenity Wheel [10:1]

It has been a while since I last worked on anything green and when I first ventured into dyeing up fiber blends, I felt that superwash merino-nylon was a good addition. The fiber blend I purchased was soft yet strong and very well blended – the nylon was barely visible which made for a “clean” and non-sparkly yarn. I don’t normally buy a lot of green fibers. Somehow green doesn’t appeal to me but you can’t exactly not dye certain colours or shades for a business. I decided on, what I would call, a mixed terrain blend of colours – olive, grass green, brown, golden brown and yellow-gold.

The end result is what you’d see here – 600 over meters of lovely sock yarn. I spun the singles on the thin side and so this wouldn’t exactly be a true-fingering weight yarn. More like light fingering. I am not too sure if I’d like to use these as socks simple because 600 or more meters is a lot of yardage and if I can stretch and make use of every inch of yarn, that would be great. So this would probably end up being a shawl of some sorts. I’ll have to figure out a pattern for it or just design one! Tehehehe.

I have another skein of handspun that I’ve just completed. I just need to let it rest of the niddy noddy before “finishing” it with a bath and lots of twacking to smooth out the twist. (Yes, this is all spinning jargon. *grin*)

Woody Grass

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Spindles: Wild Berry

Spindle: Wild Berry Spindle: Wild Berry

I have been eyeing these spindles since I first saw them in the spindlers forum on Ravelry a while back. When Susan wrote in her group forum that the manufacturers of dymondwood were phasing out certain colours, especially the pinks, I knew I had to get some in my favourite colours. I had missed out on the updates due to the time difference between Europe and California (or PDT area) and the call out for anyone who was destashing didn’t give me much results (I did snag one but that has yet to arrive in the mail). So when she announced that she was updating with some spindles, I just had to get one…even if it meant surfing the night in the middle of the night for all sorts of things (door stops, anyone?) just to catch an update. Tehehe.

I must admit that this “colourway” was not on my to-get list but I couldn’t shy away from the purple so I grabbed it. I tore into it the moment it arrived and was instantly amazed. It does live up to its name of being tiny! In fact, it’s so tiny that it fits in the palm of my hand. I am hoping to give this a go later on – I have plenty of spinning WIPs at the moment. So for now, it’ll just have to sit pretty in the spindle vase along with my other spindles. Tehehehe.

Wild Berry
Whorl | Dymondwood in Wild Berry
Shaft | Dymondwood in Purple Passion
Total weight | 0.4 oz
From | Susan from Thomas Creations/Threads Thru Time

Spindle: Wild Berry

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Spin WIPs: Wensleydale & SW BFL

Current wheel project!

Spinning seems to be the only craft seeing some serious action these days. So serious that I have even stocked up on sweater quantities – basically anywhere from 500 to 800 gms of fiber to spin up. I haven’t started these projects yet tho. I reckon it’ll be a while before I get to it – I still have to figure out a pattern and game plan. No point spinning blind (not knowing how much yarn I need and what weight).

In the meantime, my spindle AND wheel have been seeing some action time. I’m still working on my own handdyed Wensleydale singles and it might take a while before I can finish spinning up all 4.5 oz of the stuff but so far, the results are pretty lovely. The picture below is the first skein of singles produced. It is slightly overspun but still has a very nice fuzz-halo to it. Yardage wise, it’s a whooping 400 meters and I reckon it’s weighing in at less than 50 gms!

The above is a superwash BFL from Hedgehog Fibres. I don’t really know what I am going to do with it but I reckon it’ll fair quite well for a 3-ply light fingering to fingering weight yarn. If the yardage is decent, I might use this for a shawl but otherwise, socks will just have to do. Tehehehe.

Spindle Spin: Wensleydale singles in Magical Forest

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Spindle: Fleur de Lys & Juniper

These two lovelies arrived a while back and my, how they stand out.

The Fleur de Lys cutout (pictured below) has been on my spindle wishlist since I first saw them a while back. Mike makes lovely cutout spindles and the fleur de lys design is a new one – under six months old, I reckon. I managed to snag one in the most gorgeous of wood grain possible. The colour of the whorl/wood is much dark in real life. I took the picture in such a way that you could see the lovely wood grain.

Spindle: Fleur de Lys cutout

Fleur de Lys
Whorl | Bolivian rosewood
Shaft | Hard maple
Total weight | 1 oz
From | Mike from Spanish Peacock

Then there is the lovely, petite Turkish by Anne. Again, she really knows how to make turkish spindles that are easy to carry anyway, spin forever and just a joy to work on. Juniper is a lightly scented wood so this will definitely help to keep the little bugs away!

Juniper Turkish spindle

Juniper Turkish
Whorl | Juniper
Shaft | Walnut
Total weight | 20 gms
From | Anne from Bulle

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Spindle: Wild apple, amaranth and a Bossie

More spindle candy for you folks!

These arrived a few days ago with a little cutie I got from another Ravelry member who was destashing a huge stash of spindles and other goodies! As a result, my spindle bouquet is starting to take form. I’ll try to snap a pic once my collection is complete. Ohyes, it’s not finished yet. Tehehehehe.

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Wild apple
Whorl | Wild apple, notched
Shaft | Walnut
Total weight | 24 gms
From | Matthes from here

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Amaranth
Whorl | Purpleheart/amaranth, notched
Shaft | Maple, fully waxed
Total weight | 30 gms
From | Matthes from here

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Cherry Mini
Whorl | Cherry
Shaft | Birch
Total weight | 16 gms
From | Bosworth from here

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Scottish Heather

SS Handspun - Scottish Heather

Ply | Three
Yardage | 461.7 m
WPI | Fingering
Fibre | Dyeing4Colour – 70/30 SW Seacell-Wool in Scottish Heather
Tool | Serenity Wheel [10:1]

Another finished handspun yarn!

Yes, it appears that my knitting has taken a break and I have picked up spinning again. Not exactly ideal considering that I have two knitting WIPs – cardigans for Eva and I – but the weather is starting to warm up so I reckon I might have to slow down on the spinning to make room for more knit work before it gets too warm for knitting.

While the yardage is fantastic on this bump of 4 ounces, I am not quite happy with the overall spin. While plying, some of the singles broke due to insufficient twist. Plying usually neutralises some of the twist so if you intend to ply your yarns, it’s good to create singles with an overtwist to it. I’ll have to remember this when I switch between spinning projects. (My previous spin project was an alpaca-silk-merino blend which I turned into laceweight singles – this requires a different amount of spin to keep the fibers together but not make the resulting yarn too wire-y.)

So far, that makes it about 17 ounces of wool spun up for the year. That’s not much but hey, it’s a start. Oh, did you know that I clocked over 5300 meters of singles! Whoa…

SS Handspun - Scottish Heather

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