We love spinning

We do. We do love spinning and the wheels and looms never stop. The colours encourage and inspire us and we just love that rhythm of the wheels. We like to make wool batts and spin those but we like the colourways of tops and then we have been interested in experimenting with different fibres. Mostly it is merino and alpaca in our group but we’ll try dog hair, camel, cotton , plant fibres and rare breeds. We do it to see and then we do it because each fibre feels different. The colours can be outrageously bold or very soft and subtle. Sometimes it is just natural fleece colours and other times we like to play with natural and chemical dyes to see what happens. Our wheels are all different too. Some members are more than happy with their electric wheels and others like to play with their manual wheels. Electric wheels are obviously more transportable because of the size. The latest passion for some of the members, thanks to Christine, are the little 3D printed Eel Wheels. You need to be patient setting them up but they really are a bonus for quick and easy small scale spinning.

Crochet blanket

crochet blanketJanette has a nice tradition of making a warm, handspun crochet blanket for each of her grandchildren on one of their birthdays. This one is for a granddaughter. It is warm, soft, cosy and the very thing to keep you all snuggly. It’s made from merino wool in rainbow colours and looks very effective.

There are some great, free patterns for all sorts of crochet blankets of varying sizes on lovecrochet…something for everyone in the family.