Sunday, 26 April 2015

In a big spin

I finally managed to fit in some time at the spinning wheel this week, ably assisted by Florence, who is fascinated by the whole spinning experience. Her favourite things to do are to sit on my lap as I spin, or to watch (and chase) the shadows created by the wheel spinning around. Anyhow, I managed to turn this ...

swap yarn and fibre (1)

into this ...

plying tonight! Coast fibre for FE (16)

The above photo shows the yarn pre-soaking. It's currently drying and then I will take a close look at it. It's going to be one of my entries into this year's spinning competition at Fibre East, so I want it to be the best I can possibly make it. I might put it through the wheel again to add a little more twist to the ply, as this was one of the things I was picked up on last year. I plied it on a higher ratio than usual too!

Here's a snapshot of Flo's contribution ...

plying tonight! Coast fibre for FE (4) 

plying tonight! Coast fibre for FE (2) 

plying tonight! Coast fibre for FE (5) 

plying tonight! Coast fibre for FE (12) 

plying tonight! Coast fibre for FE (7)

I have also spun up some more fibre ready for plying. I bought it at Fibre East two years ago, seduced by the colours. The colourway is called Northern Lights and it's like a dull rainbow, because the fibre is black BFL. Here's a little bit of the fibre so you can see what I mean.

Northern Lights fibre

My plan is to N-ply the single and add beads as I go. Knowing how time consuming this process is, I need to get a wiggle on if it's going to be done in time. I hope to spend some time on it next weekend as we have an extra day.

Northern Lights spun single (8)

Before I go, I must just share this photo of Florence with you - all the spinning had fair worn her out and she was ready for a snooze! Come back soon and hopefully I'll have a beaded yarn to show you! xxx

Northern Lights spun single (4)


snoopydog said...

Great spinning my dear! Sure to win a prize! Love the pics of Flo assisting. Have a good week. Ros x

Jenny said...

I love that girl. Flo must be so knowledgeable when it comes to yarn she could probably write a book if only she wasn't so exhausted.

Lynne said...

Poor Flo! Who'd have thought spinning could be so tiring!

knittingsandwich said...

oh my goodness that pink yarn is so amazingly gorgeous!
flo is such a helper, cats crack me up! such turkeys. :)