Monday, December 7, 2015

Spinning Yarn

This past week has sent me spinning...
Spinning yarn....
For the first time in my life...
Many fibers are suitable for spinning..Cotton, silk and wool are the first three fibers that come to my mind...
Being that I  already have wool roving on hand from my other projects, I thought that I would use it for my first attempts at spinning....As it turns out wool roving is excellent for beginners to spin with..
As you can see upper left,  this is what wool roving looks like before it is spun...This particular wool roving is a medium Coopworth, this color is the natural color















The white colored fiber (roving) is wool that comes from  Blue Faced Leicester sheep..The different colors are scraps of Merino wool that I added as I spun.


 I plan to weave my first yarns, in combination with other fibers to make a wall hanging  :-)



After the yarn is spun, I let it sit in very hot water(boiling - almost boiling) with wool soak for five minutes..
This sets the twist..
Then the yarn gets hung to dry :-)





Linking up with Currently Monday




A spindle that I made :-)















For a test project, I wanted to crochet something that was very quick to work up..Something that required very little yarn....I decided to crochet a snowflake / star Christmas ornament..This ornament is about 4 inches in diameter and FUZZY :-) The white yarn is bulky weight, the colored yarn is normal weight..This  snowflake will decorate a package full of my handmade goodies that I am gifting a loved one for Christmas..I plan to crochet several more of these snowflakes to give to friends and family members to hang on their Christmas trees..



Yarn hand spun by me













A bulky yarn hand spun by me






This snowflake/star crocheted from commercial acrylic yarn






crocheted from commercial acrylic yarn





Hand spun and crocheted by me
















6 comments:

  1. What fun to see this process. I hope you photograph your finished projects with these yarns.

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    1. I will..It may take me a while to finish the projects though :-)

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  2. My daughter would love some of that yarn. We have a local yarn maker/spinner. She is eyeing some of his stock.

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    1. I sure need lots of practice..It is an awesome feeling to find a new activity to fall in love with :-)

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  3. The finished wool is quite a feat. Good for you.

    Diana

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    1. Thank you..It is quite a feat for me, lol..Practice, practice and more practice :-)

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