Apple blossom and weaving

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

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 🙂

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 🙂 (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.

weaving

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).

weaving

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!)

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