Friday, August 12, 2011

Spinning for real

Greensleeves drop spindles; a "Lady Barbara" (27 g) and a "Maureen's Mjolinor" (14 g).

Now I'm spinning my own weaving yarn! I got different kinds of spindles, ordered a new one almost every week this summer... It was raining a lot. I learnt the basics from YouTube videos and Abby Franquemont's book "Respect The Spindle".

I spun thin singles and plied them together with a lot of twist,
resulting in strong, thin and "not-so-hairy" yarn. 
The natural white yarn is spun from corriedale wool (Spinnvilt webshop), the coloured yarn from dyed merino tops (Hifa Ull webshop).

Plying the singles together on a Jenkins Standard Turkish spindle (Osage Orange, 50 g)

A Russian style Tornado and a little Twister from Houndesign; both support spindles. Great for TV spinning!

Setting the twist.
Weaving with my first handspun yarn, a pretty Finnish pattern.