Fractal Spinning

Its very strange, I was sure I’d taken an in-progress shot of this yarn, but I can’t find one, so I guess not. Pity, I like showing the yarn develop step by step. This was spun from 200g of Falkland fibre from Felt Studio UK, and was bliss to spin.

(photo courtesy of and copyright of FeltStudioUK)

I was working on trying to spin finer, and also more consistently, and the quality of the fibre really helped with that. I decided to divide it up so that I could do fractal spinning to break up the colours (fractal spinning is where you split the roving in half, lengthwise, spin one half as is, and split the other half into fractions, eighths in this case, before spinning, finally plying the two yarns together).

I’m thrilled with how it came out! This is definitely the finest and most consistent yarn that I have spun so far. I did it as a 2ply, and ended up with 740 yards. 

I have in mind a very special project for it. Our very close friends and Posh sidekicks, Gerd & Zara, are having their first baby as I write this. If it turns out to be a little girl, I plan to knit the lovely EZ’s February Baby Cardigan for it. I think that would suit this yarn perfectly. If not, I think I’ll knit myself a little shawl with it, and use the yarn I’m spinning now (a blue/green combo) for a baby cardigan. This will be the first time I’ve ever knitted with my own handspun, exciting stuff!  

Spinning

I’m thrilled with this yarn I’ve been spinning. It’s been a few months since I did any spinning, and I wasn’t terribly proficient then, so I thought my skills would have backslided a little bit in the meantime. But when I sat down at the new wheel I found that my fingers seemed to remember just what to do, and I was able to pick it back up right where I’d left off. Of course, it helps to have good fibre to work with.

This is Falkland, purchased from Felt Studio UK, and it was a dream to spin. I hoped it would end up as a sock weight, but when I plied it, it came out more dk weight, with 225 yards from 97g of fibre. I’m particularly pleased with how it plied, as it came out just how I wanted it, tightly plied so that the yarn is springy and bouncy.

My ultimate spinning goal is to spin enough yarn to knit a sweater. I have a few kg of undyed fibre here, waiting for Tony’s magic dyeing fingers, and in the meantime I’m trying to practise consistency in my handspun. I had the best day on Friday, I just sat and spun all day. Heaven. I sat there in the evening, watching Dragon’s Den, and I could still feel the tingle of the twist in my fingers.

Oh, one little tip I’ve discovered: some of you may have the same problem I had, of sweaty hands while spinning. I did a bit of research, because this was a huge problem for me last time I did any spinning, because my hands are always sweaty. And it turns out, if you spin with bare feet (normally I wear socks, I’m not a big fan of bare feet), you can go for hours and hours, even in the warmest weather, without your hands getting sweaty. Strange but true. If anyone else has any spinning words of wisdom, do share!

Going Batty

Well, this week’s update took a bit longer to get ready than I anticipated, mainly due to a technical hiccup caused by the wrong person putting the new lighting together. Note to self: next time expensive electrical equipment needs installing, go and hide in the wardrobe.

The actual shop preview is already up, but I wanted to highlight some of the batts this week on the blog. I think our batts are beyootiful, but they just aren’t selling quite as fast as the yarn, so I think it’s about time they took a turn in the spotlight. Because if something doesn’t sell out within five seconds of the shop opening I think it’s The End Of The World As We Know It (and I don’t feel fine). So, here are some of my favourites from this week:

What Katy Did

Begin The Beguine

Charlie Brown

Evry Time We Say Goodbye

I Carried A Watermelon (I have been waiting to use this name for ages)

The Long Way Home

Friday Fibre

Some more favourites, from fibre and yarn……

Moulin Rouge Shetland/Alpaca/Angelina Batt

Peasouper BFL Roving

Lei Elopement

Sophia 4ply Shamrock

Eva 4ply Mermaid

Charlotte 8ply Maidenhair

As always, the shop goes live at 7pm on Sunday. Happy hunting!

Posh Fibre

I’m so nervous about our new fibre! I shouldn’t be, it’s beautiful, and lovely to spin. But still. Here are some of my favourites:

Raindrops On Roses Merino Roving

Edelweiss Merino Roving

Petticoats Merino Roving

Scotch Mist Falkland Roving

My Favourite Things Falkland/Alpaca/Silk Batt

Paddock BFL Roving

More favourites tomorrow!