Spun yarn Turned into Something – Project

Spun yarn Turned into Something – Project

I have found a new ‘favourite thing to make’ recently 🙂 And I think its a good one to answer the FAQ ‘what do you make with that yarn?’ Because its simple and quick and I reckon that if I can do it, anyone can! For this design I use a fine spun, energized single. I choose to use energized rather than plied for a reason, even though it can be a little tricky to handle because of the twist. What happens when you knit a very fine spun single (and I don’t wash and set it either) is that the energy in it actually opens up the stitches creating a really neat lacey look. I used size 25 needles for this, so I think the bigger the better. It also creates a really wonderfully stretchy fabric when knitted, just great for a scarf/shawl! I also use a heavy lockspun yarn, with as much texture as I can get in it. So the simple part is the pattern! All I did was cast on one, then add one stitch at the beginning and end of each row. Basically I just keep knitting (garter stitch) till I use up all my single. Then I take my giant crochet hook and crochet the lockspun with a single crochet stitch all along the long edge. I pretty much have three times the length of that edge in lockspun yarn which seemed to be adequate. Thats it, simple! And quick, and I love wearing these 🙂  And now I am going to inundate you with photos of them!...

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Yarn Recipe!

Yarn Recipe!

I realise that my posts here are becoming a little more sparse than they used to, the simple reason being that I am more regularly blogging over our on Fiberygoodness.com website, I find it difficult to blog in two places! However apparently I have no trouble spinning on two wheels, although I havent yet figured the trick for doing that all at the same time.. yet.. Anyway I am just going to repost here the same thing as I posted last week on the Fiberygoodness blog, just because I would like everyone to share this fun yarn recipe I made up 🙂 Heres the post..! This week we would like to share something with you! Perhaps you already know about our Fiberygoodness Yarn Recipe series (for sale in our shop), these are spin techniques largely developed by myself (Woolwench/Suzy) and Arlene (the awesome SpinArtiste). They have included quite a variety of spin recipes and one of my favourites has been Arlenes ‘Helix’ yarn, a method of integrating locks into a ply. I love including the concept and activity of weaving into everything I do 🙂 Well I carried on playing with this technique, and not too long ago was lucky enough to be up to my elbows in the most amazing Teeswater locks at the farm of Virginia Scholomiti (The Yellow Farm) USA. I was teaching, and it seemed logical to focus the weekend on… locks! And now was my chance to do some more Helix spinning, this time adding locks into an Nply weave. I used some of the colours we had been dyeing that weekend and a neutral single I had spun earlier and made this:Up till now, the only people I have shared this technique with were the ones at the workshop 🙂 And I say up till now because.. today we would like to share the yarn recipe with YOU! It has morphed a little since I did that one, but mostly in the colours I have chosen, I have been busy with a lot of rainbows recently (for reasons that will be revealed in the next couple of months) and so I wanted to see what this one would look like in rainbow colours. I had a stash of rainbow locks that Arlene and I had dyed together in the US, and this rainbow batt just calling my name, and this is what i came up with 🙂   You can get your free download  with instructions to spin this yarn by clicking the image right here: I also made a video to go with the recipe card, in which you can see each step of the construction of the yarn pictured. I hope you...

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The Yellow Farm

The Yellow Farm

Or should I say, the Yellow Farm turns rainbow! Last weekend I spend an immensely enjoyable time with an amazing group of fiberistas at the Yellow Farm. Virginia is the most wonderful host and not only did she provide us with splendid lodgings and tasty sustenance, she also turned on the perfect spring weather for our dye day. Virginia was also assisted this weekend by Pam Blasko who took wonderful care of us, and they both understood my jetlag and kept the coffees coming 🙂 I only wish there had been more time, I feel like it was such a whirlwind and such brief visits with these lovely friends. But to top it off, there were also LAMBS! Gorgeous little Teeswater lambies 🙂   Despite the distraction of the lambies we did get stuck into some dyeing on Saturday, Virginia had everything we needed there, tables, heating, hot water, and lots of sunshine. We used Country Classic dyes supplied by the lovely Ashley Ann, the colours were delightful and just perfect for this Spring weather.   Of course we were treated to some of Virginias farm grown locks, and I can’t say enough about the quality of the fiber being produced on the Yellow Farm, its a real treat to both dye and spin. We also dyed some yarns and rovings as well as the locks, and we worked on a range of techniques to get some different effects in the different kinds of fibers.     The next day we started spinning up those lovely locks! We tried a range of techniques to bring out the texture in the fibers     Nancy did a beautiful job of her lock spinning   and Hope created some great wearable skeins!   and I made up a new technique to play with the pretty locks, I’m going to call this one Curl:     And my beautiful bestie Arlene created something VERY special with the help of some friends, Carol and Ginny) We will be sharing this at SWAY festival this coming weekend, but here is a sneak peak 🙂 Much thanks to everyone who came along, I really enjoyed spending time with this wonderful group of creative people. It was the best start to my visit to the USA! And now I am looking forward to a Studio day, just me and Arlene and a bunch of fiber and wheels 🙂 Heaven! Next update from Sarasota...

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

What do you do when things get complicated? Me, I revert to simple. I have noticed this tendency in myself recently, and how it comes out in my fiber work, and actually quite subconsciously. Over the last couple of years I have done a lot of what I think of as ‘yarn architecture’, complex constructed yarns made with multiple plying passes and layers of techniques. These constructions fascinate me and I have enjoyed pushing myself to create new yarns and combine textures and fibers and colours and techniques in different ways. Stuff like this:   But today, and the last few weeks, I have been yearning for spinning simple yarns, smooth and gentle and uncomplicated. I had some corriedale I had sourced from a local farmer, and it just called to me with a quiet voice asking to be spun fine, you know the sort, a tempting cloud of softness that promises to gently glide through your fingers, undemanding and easy and willing to last the distance of at least three Dr Who episodes. It was just what I needed, back to basics spinning, simple, straightfoward, back to basics and not asking me to think hard 🙂 I realised it was in direct relation to my current feeling of being over-full of tasks, responsibilities, demands from children (school holidays, yay) and general, well, life stuff. So while part of me was trying to guilt trip the other part of me into making some new and exciting multi-plyed yarns to go with an article I am meant to be writing, the other part of me just said f**kit, relax and enjoy 🙂 So I did. And it was good. I have to make a note-to-self somewhere obvious as a reminder that I actually do have permission to simply sit and spin and spin and spin and let the world go by....

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Warp Speed Giveaway (Win a circle loom!)

Warp Speed Giveaway (Win a circle loom!)

Warp Speed? Are we really heading to the final frontier, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before…? Maybe 🙂 Warp Speed is the culmination of a few months work and collaboration between Andy Poad and myself, following the growing discovery that this simple little circular loom that we designed and developed really contains all kinds of hidden depths, ones which we hadn’t originally anticipated! But upon exploration these depths have been slowly revealing themselves, in the form of a big variety of warping possibilities and potential patterns for creating a huge range of different kinds of weaves and shapes and forms. Once we put our thinking together we found that between us we could dream up all kinds of possibilities, and really wanted to find a way to share those with other people who are also discovering circular weaving. Having already started the Circle Weaving facebook group, and seeing how willing everyone was to share idea and techniques, we were very inspired to make Warp Speed into something that not only would offer patterns and designs for people to use, but also become a way for other people to create and share their own patterns too. So what is Warp Speed? Its not really a command from the bridge… Its more a suggestion 🙂 It contains a way of writing and reading a pattern designed specifically for circular weavings. Andy is very good at creating logical progressions of constructions and then also explaining them in a clear and simple way. We applied this to Warp Speed and came up with a neat way to explain different kinds of warps in a really consistent way, and it can be applied to any kind of circular loom (not only the Majacraft ones) as we wanted it to be as universal (see what I did there?) as possible. So it has the pattern key, it has a bunch of patterns for warps that Andy and I dreamed up and trialled, it also has some fabulous photos of some very inspirational weavings done by members of the Circle Weaving group, AND it has a template in it that can be printed and used for you to develop your own patterns! So here is the next cool bit! Majacraft is GIVING AWAY four of their new Mini Looms! And these are the coolest wee things, mine is now permanently in my bag with a project on the go, and they are super cute too 🙂  To be in the draw what you need to do is this:  if you havent already, join the Circle Weaving Facebook group (you will...

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Its a WoolWench Giveaway

Its a WoolWench Giveaway

Two things! First, to my utter amazement we are nearly at the 15000 likers milestone on my Facebook page! This coincides with my imminent departure for New Zealand (where I shall remain for some indeterminate time that will surely be at least 6 months), and an over abundance of yarns in my stash. These things add up to a pretty cool giveaway! I need to reduce the amount of yarn in the house and someone is going to get a bundle, some hand dyed skeins, some handspun art yarn, maybe a couple of fun cone yarns… a batt… it will be a big surprise 🙂 Are you in? Leave a comment here, share it on Facebook, and on the 30th July I will randomly choose a winner! And whether thats you or not, I want to thank you for your support and interest in the things I do here and on Facebook, I love to share that little part of our combined online lives in the places where they intersect, its pretty wonderful to feel part of a global family 🙂 So go on, leave a comment on this post, share away, and I will start making up a goodie...

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