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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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Hand spinning – part 2

Happy Monday!

I’m sorry I haven’t been on last week much, I had the best intentions to blog on Friday but I ended up super busy with work and then we went to dinner for hubby’s work. And then, my weekend was completely full of spinning! I think I’ve become completely addicted.

If last week was fun, this week was just even better! We got to try all kind of different fibres and I made my very fist skein of yarn! How exciting!

I feel like I’ve gotten much better in a week already, I’m spinning much more even and thinner than I did and it’s been very encouraging to see progress. This week, we got to continue spinning our white Corriedale wool, but we also tried black Corriedale, alpaca and even processed wool top. We also learnt how to ply and wash our wool and I love how the washed wool looks and smell!

I’ve also already spun all my alpaca (the brown skein) and made a little sampler yarn, and you can see already that the fibre looks much finer and even than on my white wool, yay!

Now I just can’t wait for next week, when we will get to try dying!

Have a great week 😊

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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A nice hiatus in Hobart

Hello readers! 

Did you miss me? I certainly did miss you! I was at a conference for work this week, and I got to visit the beautiful city of Hobart, in Tasmania. 

The conference was pretty great, and we even started the conversation about gender equity and women in STEM sciences, which is about time. 


Another very exciting point for me was that I got to buy some gorgeous 100% Tasmanian wool. And it’s also hand dyed! 

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After caking


The colour is “Salamanca”, which is the artsy area of Hobart, right next to the leisure harbour. That’s also where I got this wool from 😊

I think I’ll make a shawl/scarf with it, as I lost my scarf on the plane on the way there. 

I wish you all a great weekend 

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