Tuesday, July 24, 2012

coming soon

to a wheel near you?

This is how spinning batts start out.  First you weigh out the fibres you want to blend together.   Each piece of fiber is then halved (in my case) into two equally-weighted sections, one of each section going into each batt, layered onto the drum-carder in a particular order.



After several blending trips through the carder, they are peeled of the carder and rolled up to look like this.



For me, the process is akin to layering on glazes when painting on canvas.  Very enjoyable.  And the exercise when carding is not a bad thing, either.

I wrote about batt-making in a little more detail here.  And if you're looking for information about how to spin batts, Anne has written an informative article here.

Hoping to get them posted to the Etsy shop later today!

Here's a preview of a finished batt:



 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

oodles of new things!

New on Ennea:

The Orbspinner Scarf knitting pattern, by Anne Podlesak. Join the KAL on Ravelry.

Are you a spinner?  Here's how to spin the yarn for it.

Also recently published:  the Berry Patch Socks knitting pattern and spinning tutorial.

On Oceanwind Knits (Etsy shop):

Spindles!

More spindles are on the way.  This one is an all-purpose spins any weight of yarn well, from fine to heavier weights.  Spindles are also available on OceanwindKnits.ca.

And, rovings.  Some polwarth, some merino, bfl, bfl/silk...  all sorts of yumminess.


And now I'm off to card up some batts. I'm looking forward to it because a) the heatwave has finally broken and even though we haven't yet gotten any much-needed rain in about 6 weeks, it is much more comfortable than it has been in several weeks; and, b) making batts is fun and it's been a long time since I've fired up the carder.

Enjoy your afternoon.  :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

today is

hanging out the handknit socks day.



Wouldn't it be sweet if it were an international holiday, seeing all the handknit socks hanging around your neighbourhood?

Friday, July 13, 2012

spindlings.

I'm still working on learning spindle spinning.  However, I'm getting to the point where I have decently uniform singles in the weight I'm aiming for (depending on the fibre, of course).



I still have some 'scrappies' (from Funky Carolina) left over from one of my last spindling projects (see shot of the multi-coloured yoke in my previous post).  They are perfect small amounts of fibre to practice with.  This time I'm aiming for laceweight.

And, I've also been playing around with various simple woodworking shapes and dowels to develope some simple drop-spindles.  They will be available soon!  This is a practice run for the 'fine' spindle, perfect for spinning lace to fingering-weight yarns.