I decided I need to try spinning some different types of fibers and different preparations to see what I like and what I don’t like. The combed merino top I had was lovely, but I also think rather difficult to spin. It required a lot of pre-drafting to make sure I didn’t end up with something chunky.
I went to etsy and browsed around for some different fiber types, and found this listing for a sampler pack of different colors of Romney roving. In the picture there, I’ve spun the top right and bottom left colors. I still have the other two left to do.
Each skein is an ounce and has about 125 yards. They’re approximately fingering weight. I spun one ball of singles, then plied from a center pull ball. It worked perfectly on the first skein, but I had a couple snarls near the end on the second one. I should let the singles sit for at least a full 24 hours before plying next time.
And here’s a closeup. You can definitely see how the fiber has a halo to it. The yarn is soft, but not like the merino. I think I’ll use this yarn as a weft for some weaving.
Back in February (I think) I took a Tablet weaving workshop sponsored by my guild. One of our members, John Mullarkey taught the class. I had a great time and immediately warped my inkle loom at home so I could play with “Egyptian Diagonals” and doublefaced weaving. I had checked out Peter Collingwood’s Book on Tablet Weaving from the guild library, so I used a font in it to practice the double-faced weaving. I very shortly learned how to unweave. Yikes. That can be a huge pain if you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing.
I had to return that book, so my warp sat for a while, just waiting for me to pick it back up. In the meantime, I ordered Linda Hendrickson’s book, Please Weave a Message. I finished the practice band last week.
It’s a band with no real purpose other than to entertain a cat and its owners. It says “hi my name is roland i am orange and stripey meow!
This is my first “real” handspun. I have messed around with spinning before, but without really knowing what I was doing. Then I got a copy of Start Spinning by Maggie Casey. I took it slowly and did it all on my spindle. I’m a lot more comfortable after spinning these 4 oz of fiber.
And here’s a detail shot. You can tell I’m not terribly consistent yet, but I’m getting better. I think it was best for me to just get through this fiber rather than trying to fret over it and make it perfect.
First off, Bety from Deep end of the Loom nominated me for a creative blogger award. It was so very nice of her to think of me! Unfortunately she also caught me right at the conversion of my blogger blog into wordpress, so I’m late with the thanks and haven’t the energy to pass along much more.
Well, I’m here now. Brent converted the blog for me (yay Brent!) but I didn’t have the time to sit down and figure out how to update now that everything was new. I haven’t changed the template or updated links or anything, but at least there are signs of life in this little old blog. I’m bummed that blogger ended support for FTP publishing, but it seems like wordpress has a lot of options so I might be alright here.
In weaving news, I finished the second cashmere scarf but still need to take photos. I also finished some tablet weaving that turned out just adorable! I will have to make an effort to take some photos and get them up here