Birthdays are getting cooler :)

Today I’m celebrating my 26th birthday (w00h00!) and there’s a few goals I’m hoping to reach. I hope, if everything works out, to finish my masters this year (not calender year), and I hope to learn to spin a lot of yarn really well (and fast hihi).
I hope to have a lot of fun with my new job on the side (I give workshops to groups of (2-8) women (men are allowed too ;)) on skincare and wellness. I’m trying to update the page so I’m hoping to be able to link to that page for more information. But if you’re living in the Netherlands (uhm… radius of 30km to Rotterdam :P) and you’d like to hear more you can always leave a comment and I’ll contact you πŸ˜‰
(sorry for the sameless advertising on my own blog…. hehehe)

ahem… but back to the story about spinning… so today it’s my birthday and I’d like to say some appreciative things about The Man.

Later this month we’ll be celebrating our 7th anniversary and I’d like to tell you about why The Man’s so awesome.

– Even tho he gets up early in the morning to go to work he always makes me a coffee ^.^ (yes even when he’s late.. I hope his boss doesn’t read my blog… lol)
– He gives me space to be creative and doesn’t complain when I’m knitting/ sewing/ spinning (even tho it makes a lot of noise (not the knitting) and is overall very messy (not the spinning part).
– He’s okay with me being a dork πŸ™‚ which sais a lot.
– He likes my equally dorky brother (sorry shiwi you know I love you ;))
– He’s really funny πŸ™‚ (most of the times)
– He’s great at surprises (srsly great…. :|)
– He bought me a huge pile of fleece for my birthday… :|:|:| I still can’t get over it πŸ˜€ *droooolll*

The list is actually a lot shorter here because I didn’t want to make you all jealous,Β bore you to death so here’s the interesting part for a blog: the epic pictures of a birthday present πŸ˜€


So how did this happen? Well I was browsing a (Dutch) topic on Rav, looking for places to buy fleece. So far I’ve only spun commercial roving and I was (still am) very curious to raw fleece and the whole process of ‘from-sheep-to-sweater’. So the only thing I haven’t experienced now is the shearing part, which is ok by me πŸ™‚

So while looking at this thread I notice a lot of farms obviously where they sell fleece so I ask him: where’s Schijndel. And tell him about it. This was over a month ago… and guess what, he remembered hihi πŸ˜€ The whole package is from De Weidonk. Let me show you what was in it πŸ˜€


About 200 +/- grams of creamy alpaca


About 200 +/- grams of warm brown alpaca


About 400 grams of BFL


About 500 grams of brown Wensleydale


And a huge sack of (my scale only goes up to 500 grams LOL) there’s a note that sais cross between Wensleydale and Gotland, an this a whole sheep I think.. πŸ™‚

For the fast and experienced spinners this might not be that much (I don’t know?) but let me show you how far I am with the 300 grams of Dandelion:

BFL: Dandelion

I’m nearly done with half of it…. I did a little calculating and one turn of the wheel gives me 5,5 turns of the whorl (?), but as you can see I only have one size. The wheel resembles a Louet S10 and I’ve come to the understanding that a 5,5:1 ratio is rather slow, so I’m hoping to be able to buy some other bobbins with different sized whorls… at the moment I’m trying to spin singles for a light fingering wheight yarn so my leg is getting rather annoyed by the low ratio… πŸ˜›

I came to this conclusion while working on this side quest: what is the difference between cottonwool and cotton? The cottonwool you buy in the stores I mean. It sais 100% cotton so it should be natural right? so the question is: can I spin it?

experiment: spinning cottonwool

I know spinning cottong is very difficult and I know now that a ratio of 5,5:1 will not make it any easier, but I had to try, you understand right? πŸ™‚

I tried some of the cheapest stuff I could find: this stuff costs about a euro per 100 grams so why not right? Unfortunately this version is completely made up in layers and it doesn’t really spin very nice, but it does actually work:

experiment: spinning cottonwool

I suck.. I know… πŸ™‚ I’ll get better πŸ˜‰

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