Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess. I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap.
Nostepinne's can be as ...read more
Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you'd accomplish it with singles.
I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was ...read more
When it comes to spinning - experimentation is the rule for me these days. I've been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I've had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire - Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little ...read more
Sometimes I find that spinning an entire braid of fiber becomes a chore and my bobbins fill up with unfinished singles that I'm tired of spinning. At times like these, it's refreshing to break out my spindles and spin up a small project. A fast little color fix fits my mood this week and I took the opportunity to spin up some yarn for small projects ...read more
Since I returned to my home in Arizona from Greece, I've really come to appreciate my home state. True, it's too hot much of the year, and there's only a small window of time in which I can enjoy wool hand knits, but the desert is beautiful. I find ways to indulge my passion for knitting and fiber - even in warm country. This is cotton farming ...read more
Because it was so fun to spin up my own handdyed fiber, and because I also promised I would share, here's the Sun Fiber I recently blogged about, dyed in the big Sun Tea jar, now transformed into a beautiful bouncy two ply yarn.
From pretty braid:
To squishy skein:
Although the red dominates - the blending of the other colors ...read more
I've shown before how much I enjoyed the result of Navajo plying on the drop spindle. On the wheel, it's even more rewarding because in comparison, the process is completed in such a short time. I like the look of Navajo plied yarn - how the colors stay together. I must admit that on the wheel, it does take some coordination and practice! After ...read more
If you've ever made a big jar of sun tea, the concept of solar dyeing will make perfect sense to you. Simple ingredients: water, vinegar, fiber, your choice of dyes and a big tea jar along with a sunny summer day is pretty much all you need. I also used squeeze bottles to mix my dye in and a dedicated set of measuring spoons . If you aren't ...read more
After the process of dyeing, spinning and plying a selection of fiber, knitting with it is the absolute icing on the cake for me. This lovely lace shawl started life as a 4 oz length of natural BFL and silk roving that Carli dyed for me in her kitchen! I described my goals for the spin last year about this time in my Tour is On post, and showed ...read more
Fiber made from milk? Well, it's actually made from milk protein, casein to be exact. Although it's a protein fiber, same as the animal fibers wool and silk - it's made in a similar manner as bamboo and tencel. The raw product is broken down in a chemical bath, then extruded into fiber. And a lovely fiber it is too - smooth and silky to ...read more