Apple blossom and weaving

I’m sorry about the uninspired post title… I really didn’t know what else to say πŸ˜›

yay more handspun :)

I’ve done some spinning and I’m very pleased with the way it turned out! I’m afraid it’s a bit underplied, but thankfully that’s an easy enough fix. I’ll just run it through the wheel one more time when I’m getting ready to weave πŸ™‚

yay more handspun :)

I love watching dyed fiber turn into yarn. There’s something oddly satisfying about the whole process.

yay more handspun :)

I spun the two batts separately and plied them together for a total of 610m of 2plied yarn. I even like the slight barberpole!

yay more handspun :)

So here’s a very good reason why you should NOT ply your yarn while watching netflix. I noticed I kept feeding the yarn faster while keeping a steady treadling pace, which resulted in a decent ply twist in some spots, and underplied yarn in other spots.

In the end it’s all good because this yarn was made with love. After some deliberation I decided not to make a baby blanket but a wide shawl/ poncho for the baby and expecting mama. The fiber is not superwash and it would only be a lot of extra work because it can’t be washed in the machine.

yay more handspun :)

It’s made with love. So here’s an artsy picture. yay!

Since I’m a bit rusty on the weaving front I decided to make a practice shawl for myself using my ‘industry’ handspun yarn πŸ™‚ (remember the corriedale I dyed and spun on the bliss as a test drive?)

yay more handspun :)

I finished off the last bit of yarn and ended up with a total of 1.265m of chain plied yarn. The yarn doesn’t have a lot of ply twist because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it when it was done. As I’ve already mentioned, it was just a test.

yay more handspun :)

In the end I decided to use it for weaving simply because the colors would look so much better if they’d be aligned. Because I tried to keep the colors intact (to prevent a mud colored yarn) I ended up with long color sections.

I felt that these color sections would interfere with any kind of knitting I would do, so I decided to weave a wide shawl.

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To try out my new learned theory about using handspun as warp I decided to just go for broke. I suffered 2 broken warp threads, but so far thats about it. I’m being very gentle because I know that there’s really not enough ply twist (but I still love the way it looks and feels, I can’t help it).

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What I love about weaving (and still manage to forget every time) is that it’s such a fast process! The only time consuming part of weaving is warping the loom, but the weaving itself is a very fast process. It’s so addictive I have to force myself to stop.
I don’t really have a problem with the warping because (thanks to Madelein van der Hooght’s instructions) I’m trying to learn to love and enjoy the whole process (and I’m afraid it’s actually working ha!)

Spinning to weave

People sometimes ask me why I spin. The famous question of ‘can’t you just *buy* yarn?’ is a famous one. Yes. I can ‘just’ buy yarn and be done with it, but where’s the fun in that?

The spinner in me is a different type of person than the knitter in me. My inner spinner is obnoxious. She gets a total kick out of creating things that nobody else has. We can all buy the same fiber and still everybody would spin something else, for a different project, using a different style or whatever.

What I’m trying to say is that my inner spinner thoroughly enjoys the entire process (which can take quite a long time for me). How to blend, how to spin, how many plies, what weight. For my inner spinner, spinning it’s all about the process and much less about the product.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have a number of yarns I still haven’t used for knitting projects yet. Simply because these were yarns I just spun for fun or for practice. And while there’s nothing wrong with that of course, it is a bit of a shame πŸ™

The knitter in me is more of a product knitter. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the process of knitting, it just means that I select my projects based on what kind of garment I want/ need. In all honesty, I noticed that I don’t mind knitting mindless garter, endless stockinette or ridiculous ‘true lace’. If I want it, I knit it. I’m no longer afraid of knitting difficult things I guess.

I call my inner knitter a project knitter because, even though I absolutely love the knitting process, I really do NOT like working on something that won’t be worn. I made a number of those and I decided that it’s not really for me. These projects lying around in my closet/ room, taunting me.. nope. not for me.

So in order to do some handspun stash busting I decided to go back to weaving πŸ™‚

But because I really haven’t used handspun for weaving just yet I decided to buy this book (and the dvd), and I highly recommend them! Not just for weaving, but for being mindful of how to spin for weaving! Though I love the book and find it very useful and educational, I find the dvd even better!

Watching the author spin was really helpful and I decided to throw my fears out the window and just go for it!

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I’m mainly recommending this book because I went from these two batts, into these two bobbins in just one day using this ‘new for me technique’.

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I know it’s just a total of 100 grams, but that would’ve taken me much more time! It took me a very long time to finish the yarns before this one, and now all I need to do is finish one more strip and ply them together…

My inner spinner, snobby and obnoxious as she may be, is always open to learning new things and new techniques πŸ™‚ I’m a self taught spinner, knitter and weaver, and what I lack in the physical world around me (teachers and such), I find in the online world of Ravelry and interweave πŸ™‚ (and other places of course!)

 

Spinning and weaving..

The more you spin, the more you learn about spinning and about the awesome shops that are out there.
First and foremost: my favorite Indie dyer and overall enabler: Dutch Wool Diva

She has awesome hand dyed yarns and fiber and here’s my recent purchase

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The kid mohair (the one on the right) now looks like this:

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I’m hoping to use this as weft for my next weaving project, so it’s not a big problem if the singles aren’t that strong

This is what it looked like on the wheel. It was the first time I spun kid mohair on the wheel and I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I think I’ll spin more kid mohair in the future πŸ™‚

Dutch wool diva fibers

I’ve also been spinning the one on the left (merino) on my 15 gram turkish spindle.

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I really like the color changes and decided to make faux lags (just like for this project) to preserve the colors.

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So far I’m really loving the color changes and I’ve only spun 2 faux lags!

I’d also like to say something about my new favorite etsy shop. Nunoco.

batts and goodies

I wanted some nice batts to spin for a weaving project and they were recommended to me by some spinning friends on ravelry. I went through their shop and fell in love with so many different things I didn’t know what to do with myself. In the end I chose two colors just to try them out.

I’m always a bit hesitant to order batts and such via mail. It’s an unfounded fear, but I’m always afraid that they’ll get squished and lose all their bounce and airiness.

When I got the package though, the batts were super fluffy and not squished at all (yay!).

batts

I absolutely love the colors! I really just want to cuddle with these batts! (it’s no wonder I haven’t started spinning just yet). These batts are all merino and silk and have silk noil in them for a lovely texture.

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I really love the colors together and I’m very excited to start some spinning!

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Don’t they look cute? πŸ™‚

The Crazy Cat Lady

I’m Β pretty sure that I’m becoming a crazy cat lady. I’m not sure if there are actual requirements, but if there are any, I’m pretty sure I’m qualified..

I like living with cats (and bunnies). It’s very odd to me to be in a house without cats. So let me tell you about my cats and how they deal with my fiber related stuff..

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Let me tell you about this one sunday morning when I decided to sit down for 5 minutes to enjoy some knitting in the sun. This picture is made less than 2 minutes after me sitting down and grabbing my knitting. My cats are total snobs when it comes to where they sleep. If it’s handspun or handknit, they will sleep on it. But Lopi is something else completely. They absolutely love sleeping on Lopi.

there you are!

I couldn’t knit this project without a cat jumping on it and giving me the evil eye.. let. the. knitting. go. it’s my bed now! πŸ˜›

It’s very unwise to leave any kind of knitting unattended.

there you are!

This is what happens when you leave your knitting to get yourself some coffee.

there you are!

No coffee for me T.T

This behavior is not only limited to knitting and knitted objects. It also spreads to spinning. This is how normal people spin:

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This is how I spin:

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It works because the cat is nice and warm. The weight is actually comfortable as well, the only drawback is the way you hold your arms and shoulders… πŸ˜›

I’m happy that my cats also show ‘normal’ cat behavior, such as stealing your nice warm chair when you get up to get a drink πŸ™‚

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I live with cats, my cats sleep on yarn, and I keep bunnies so I can spin their fur.. Crazy cat lady signing off x πŸ™‚