What are we spinning?


We had some lovely colours this week and these aren’t all of them. We sit and spin or knit or crochet or look at patterns and ideas and we are surrounded by gorgeous colours. Each colour has its appeal and influences your thinking. Top left there was the not quite toffee, not quite apricot which was blended with cream. It will look different again when it is plied, but how evenly and finely is that being spun?Bottom right is a bold purple but what will it be plied with we wonder? Top left is purple plied with a lavender colour but there are gradations on that purple spectrum which catch the eye. The other two are beautiful natural coloured fleece. Will they be plied with the same colour or something  else. The natural colour is restful. Bottom left is Cindy’s basket of carefully combed fleece. She is back to spinning after a very long break and so is easing into it. The soothing colour of the natural fleece and the combing are all relaxing and it’s a nice way to return to something she obviously enjoyed.


Make art yarn

There’s been considerable interest in the magical art yarn post we put up the other day. People are excited about colour and colour blending. Great way to start the year. We love making our own art yarn. We like sharing ideas about colourways and how to spin something which looks both original and attractive. Colour and texture are always important. Art yarns can use up your bits and pieces of dyed or leftover fibre. You just need the ideas. The UrbanGypZ video does just that for you. Shows you a way of getting an interesting yarn together.

Woolly Wonders

We have fun. We love fleece and we love yarn and it is always good to see what people are doing. Peter tried on the woven wrap Jack had made. It has a central piece and then a scarf piece  attached in a contrasting colour and looks really good. Alexis produced some beautiful squishy wool from her own dyed colourway. The colours are lovely. Sheila decided to dye some Border Leicester with food colour and the result was eye-popping colour . What you can’t see is the sheen on the fleece. Maria is knitting another one piece baby jumper because it is a good go anywhere project and the lovely apricot would be so nice for a baby. Anne is delighted with how her rare breeds yarn is spinning up and then knitting so she has got to work on her vest. It looks great.

Equipment Day

We are still on a high from Equipment Day. It was such a beautiful day , weatherwise , we had had good company and then we saw so much which made us enthusiastic. Margaret had got a secondhand book with graph knitting and we looked at that over morning tea and it gave us all so many ideas. Marina and Cathy had bought spinning wheels at bargain prices and so were wildly enthusiastic about heir new equipment. Wendy was ecstatic with the knitting needle set she had bought because it was so beautiful and the needles were so smooth and classy! We bought wool batts and yarn. Sock yarn was popular and there were some nice colours. Karin had bought some sari silk for her felting. Everything we saw made us think about what to create. We loved the wooden buttons and Ron’s stall where she had this for drop spinning and then spinning in general. All handmade and hand crafted and beautiful. Cathy had bought a woolbatt with the colours of Gustav Klimt paintings which she loved since he is one of her favourite artists. We were happy to see what others had purchased and then we were talking a lot about what would happen to the fibre, yarn and patterns. Days like Equipment Day raise the creative energy levels and that has to be a good thing…and there was no way we were going to come home without our Susie Horn’s bags of bits. Great colours and so useful in our spinning and felting.