It’s been a while since my last post. It’s not that I’ve stopped crafting, so in this post I’ll catch you up with what I’ve been spinning.
I’ve been having fun lately spinning cabled yarns:
These yarns are constructed from four singles. You ply the singles together in pairs, adding extra twist, then ply those two 2-ply yarns in the opposite direction. For the blue/green yarn I spun the singles Z (clockwise), plied pairs of singles together S (anti-clockwise), and plied those pairs together Z. In the purple/brown yarn, I spun in the opposite direction (singles S). I prefer to do the singles S for cabled yarns, but I usually forget when I start and just default to spinning the singles Z. The fibres for these yarns came from Southern Cross Fibre – Grazing on the left and Gingerbread and Sugarplums on the right.
I’ve also been playing with coils:
To create these yarns you start by spinning dyed top with regularly spaced large slubs (thick and thin). These are plied with a commercial 2-ply wool yarn that has had twist removed (to make a more balanced finished yarn). I started using a ginger coloured commercial yarn, but ran out of that about 2/3 of the way through my thick and thin single. So I finished up with a dark grey commercial yarn. The fibre colourway is called Kenya. I bought it off Etsy years ago.
Finally, I spun up this lovely 50/50 merino/silk blend as a standard 2-ply yarn:
I usually try to avoid having too many sweets in the house. As I’ve been often told, “exposure leads to consumption”! However it’s always fun to learn new skills, so when my daughter suggested a cooking class at New Farm Confectionery, I was up for the challenge and we signed up for the class.
Last weekend we took advantage of our freedom (and the fact that we are no longer ruled by the academic calendar) to drive up to the Granite Belt. We had a lovely 4 and a half days driving through beautiful country where we tasted wine, cheese, truffles and more.
The previous set of Huck towels were so much fun, I had to try again. This time in green and natural cotton. I wanted to make a slight change to the draft – you can see it by comparing these two towels:
What a perfect name for this colour! Verdant was the October 2020 offering from Southern Cross Fibre Club. I love David’s colour sense, and the fibre is always lovely and easy to spin. This one is Falkland wool, which is nice and springy.
Taking a break from the cotton. I found this wool in my stash. I think this is wool that I dyed myself, but I’m not sure when I got it or what type of wool it is. It feels like BFL or Polwarth, a bit on the strong side, and not as soft as merino.
Monday mornings take on a whole new meaning when you are completely in charge of your own schedule. No more commuting – so we’ve decided to schedule a regular Monday morning walk and breakfast (at least while the weather is warm). Today’s destination was Karawatha Forest. Less than 15 minutes from home and we were walking in the forest, listening to the birds sing. Even at 7am, it was warm and humid, but the 50-minute, 3.5km walk was good exercise. We saw a few joggers on the trails, but it was certainly not crowded.
Spinning is an activity that I usually enjoy in the evening – so each project moves slowly. Several months ago I purchased about 800 grams of natural coloured combed cotton sliver in “green” and “cinnamon”.
I have time for a few more projects on the old floor loom before I take it down and sell it to make room for my new loom. In December I tried out Shadow Weave – a weave structure with alternating dark and light threads in both warp and weft. The result was lovely, I’ll be experimenting more with shadow weave in the months to come.
Hi there. Many of the readers of this blog will already know me. My name is Karen and I’ve lived in Brisbane Australia for 20+ years. I recently retired from a long academic career, most recently with the University of Queensland Business School. While some of you may be familiar with my advocacy work in the area of extraterritorial US taxation, this site is all about my crafts (and maybe some travel).