And Good Morning! I was going to write this post last night, so I uploaded all the photos, but it takes a looooooooooooooooooooooooong time to create mosaics and upload them, and after all that my eyes were closing so I thought it would be best to save the post until the morning! As I was shutting down my laptop at 11pm I thought to myself that it was funny that my Saturday was over and the Northern hemisphere bloggers’ Saturday is just beginning. Then I thought about you all again, up there, this morning when I woke, having your day while I was fast asleep, and now you’re going to bed on Saturday and I’m about to have my Sunday. Time difference is quite fascinating isn’t it? That we’re all living our lives at the exact same moment, but all at different times…. Anyway, this is a craft blog not an amateur philosophy blog, so let’s get on with the crafting!
What a dilemma about what to post today! I’ve heard the term “bi-craftual” flung around lately and I must say, I love it! I had to toss up between my knitting FO, my crochet WIP or the latest bounty from the magic wheel… I decided on the spinning, but the crochet and knitting will be coming very soon!
Last week was an extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemely productive week for me. I’m on holiday from classes with a few assignments due soon, but nothing urgent, and it rained. All week. I barely left the house (literally) and in between doing bits of assignment I spent the week spinning, knitting and hooking.
Last week I bought the spiral of unspun goodness by Maude and Me in the very first picture. (want one? her etsy shop is HERE) “Me” is Tracee and “Maude” is her cat, they are Wellingtonians who dye fleece into beautiful and irresistible colours (OK so just Tracee, not Maude too) and then sell it in places I frequent which is not so great for my budget but wonderful for my soul. The other day I found this one and managed to wait five whole days before spinning it into a big skein of yarn I love so much it’s scary!
A few people asked about the spinning process, so I took lots of photos for you. Being that I’m only a very beginner spinner, I only know one way of doing things right now, but I hope you enjoy!
So to begin we split the fleece into nice long strips and spin it onto a bobbin… my aim right now is to create a yarn that is 8ply… I’m nearly getting there… My spinning is no longer a mix between “super-super-bulky” and lace weight…. Once that bobbin is full, you do it again onto another bobbin so you have two! (Top photos)
Then, (bottom photos) you put a fresh bobbin on the wheel, spin it in the opposite direction, and with the help of a lazy Kate, you ply the two strands together. That is, without a doubt, my favourite part of the process. It’s when it all comes together and it looks like yarn… so much fun.
It may look like my spinning has dramatically improved lately- I’ve got a few skeins between my last lot and this one -which I named Monsoon- to show you at some point, but I heart this one so much I couldn’t wait.
The last part of the process is to wash and spin-dry the skein as the fibres are all stretched (according to the spinning-goddess that is Mum) and do you know, I MUST love spinning, because usually I get a bit bored with the fussing around, but I even love this part of the process. Then, voila! One beautiful skein of yarn that is currently too precious to make anything with, that sits around being lovingly stroked and admired! This one is 100gms and seems to be a lot bigger than the others, so I’ll measure it and have a hunt on Ravelry for something to make with it!
OK then lovelies, I hope you have a happy rest of your weekend! I’m off to visit my Mum and Dad and brave the freezing wind and go to the vege markets. Thank you for popping by!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX