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Happy mail and early presents

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve finally been able to catch up on some blog reading today and I realised that I haven’t shared with you the happy mail I received recently.

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway hosted by the wonderful Bogga from Knitting in France. Bogga is very talented and is always doing test knits, which is super fun to look at because it makes you want to start all the projects! She also dyes her own yarn and this is what she sent me as a prize for her giveaway, which was super exciting! She didn’t just send me yarn though, she also added so many stitch markers, a few key-rings and a cute little pouch in which I’m now keeping my stitch markers. Did I mention I got very spoilt?

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I’m thinking I will make socks with the yarn, I quite fancy having a pair of lacy pink socks for the summer!

This week, I also received my spinning wheel, quite early considering my birthday is still in 3 weeks but I’m grateful we received it early so that I’ll have time to use it before baby is here. It’s a Kiwi2 from Ashford (a New-Zealand company) and it even came with some wool top to spin!

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Isn’t it pretty? I put it together yesterday and I’m so pleased with it, I love the double treadle system and I really like the light wood colour. Funnily, the chair I’m using to spin is actually not too bad on my back so I will be able to make good progress on my alpaca fleece in the next few weeks hopefully!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting everyone!

Emma

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Spinning take 4 – Batts!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’m very excited to show you my spinning progress today! We made batts over the weekend, from a very large stash of fibre brought by our instructor.

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Oh my goodness! So many colours to choose from! So all of us had free range to chose any fibre we wanted from that enormous pile, and just this part was so much fun! We all came out with very different batts which was super cool. Mine is on the bottom left 🙂

One of the ladies also started plying her combo spin with some of her other hand spun and it looked amazing!

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I’m also very pleased with myself because over the weekend I have managed to spin my whole batt! and I just love those autumnal colours and also how much progress I’ve made! look how thin it looks compared to my first hand spun!

This is my last week with the wheel so I will be spinning my left over Corriedale wool and next week during class I will be plying this spun batt. We also got given some other bits of fibres so I might also spin those while I still have the wheel!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Emma

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Hand spinning take 3!

Happy Friday!

I’m a bit late this week reporting my latest progress in spinning but it’s okay because I don’t have class this week (very sadly 😢). I can see I have made a lot of progress which is very encouraging. I think I’ve actually got the hang of drafting the fibre into the wheel and I can spin a pretty even 2 ply aran weight, which is awesome!

I have made two new skeins, one of alpaca (it was just so soft!!) and one using a wool top. I really liked the alpaca as it wasn’t as greasy as the sheep wool but it was very very dusty and still needed thorough washing. The wool top was a bit harder to spin (as it needed a lot of twist) but it was very clean and only required to be set in hot water post spinning.

I’m really loving that we get to try all those fibres with this class, it’s been so nice to see the differences with thickness and length of the fibre, greasiness, and processing. I’ve also been busy this week using my hand spun wool in my first ever project, a beanie for hubby. I’ve used my black Corriedale wool and got to work. I didn’t use a particular pattern but I’m very happy with the results and it fits hubby well so it’s great!

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I cannot wait for the next lesson next week, when we get to use bats (which are mixed fibres) and even to make our own! I’m very excited about that last class and I really hope I get lots done before I have to give back the wheel. I’m trying to save up to get my own hopefully in September for my birthday but we shall see (I might give in before that 😅).

Have a lovely weekend!

Emma

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My first go at hand spinning

Happy Monday!

I can’t remember if I mentioned this, but a few months ago I treated myself to a hand spinning course, which just started this weekend. This was something I had wanted to try for a while and I was just so excited to start!

During our first 3 hours, we got to learn how to work the double treadle spinning wheels, how to recognise good sheep fleece, how to prepare the fleece (from pulling out locks to combing them) and of course, we got a taste of spinning. I have to say that it was as hard as I imagined it would. I got the wheel spinning quite well when I was not thinking about it but it was a bit hard to draft the right quantity of fibre from my fleece while making sure to move the wheel in the same direction. Our teacher, Janet Day from My spin on Things, was so knowledgeable and helpful during the class though. Watching her, you would think spinning was the easiest thing on earth! Although my spinning was not perfect (read very very chunky and uneven!) I did manage to spin quite a lot during the class.

The great thing about the class was that we got to bring the wheels home with us to practice and I’m loving it! I’ve been spinning more and I can’t wait for next week’s lesson, when we get to ply our yarn. I’ll share my progress here with you, and maybe by the end of the course (in about 5 weeks) I will be able to have a beautiful even yarn like Janet (on the left picture).

Have you tried something that had been on your bucket list for a while? Did it match your expectations?

Emma

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