• I have been busy knitting AND spinning. So let’s do some recent stuff.

    Greenwood Fibers "Grapevine" Spinning singles from Grapevine

    Greenwood Fibers "Twilight"

    Sock yarn from Twilight, using my new Enid Ashcroft Midge in Tulipwood

    The unending rayon or possibly merino

    Another spinner on Ravelry has this same stuff! She says hers was labeled as merino. It sure feels like rayon to me. I guess I’ll know more when I wash it.

    And I have a new yarn bowl!
    Twilight in progress

    It’s made from pine and processed a certain way to make it translucent!

    yarn bowl up to the light

    side view of my new yarn bowl

    It’s beautiful work by Lon’s wood turning teacher, Howard.

    yarn bowl from the top

    Let’s have one more picture of that EA Midge!

    Enid Ashcroft Tulipwood Midge

    This is the Milk Run shawl, done up in natural colored wools. This is almost all spindle spun. Most of this yarn has been kicking around in bins for a long time now. I really like this shawl.

    River Run shawl in natural browns Side view of the River Run shawl Front view of the River Run shawl

    And that’s it for today!

  • I posted this on the Jenkins forum, but thought I’d post it here too. I did a sampling study, which is pretty unusual for me. I noticed that the yarn spun and plied on my Turkish spindles had a puffiness that I hadn’t seen before. I wanted to do a test, with spindles of similar weight and fiber prepared in the same way. So here’s my test, starting with the first group of spindles:

    Jenkins Lark and unidentified boat anchor

    Jenkins Lark and unidentified boat anchor

    The high whorls are:

    Greensleeves Loki and custom high whorl

    Greensleeves Loki and custom high whorl

    The custom is a tiny bit lighter than the boat anchor Turk, but close.

    The fiber is a Corriedale/Romney, combed on Viking combs from roughly the same area of the fleece. I tried to use the same draw on both samples. I did give the Turks an extra spin, during the original spinning and also on the plying. The high whorls didn’t need that.

    Here are the results;

    High whorl on the bottom, Turkish spun on top

    High whorl on the bottom, Turkish spun on top

    Second picture of the samples:

    Turkish spun on bottom, high whorl on top

    Turkish spun on bottom, high whorl on top

    I think you can really see the difference here.

    I have not counted twists per inch and it’s likely that the Turks are putting less twist into the fiber. The interesting thing is that you could choose to use Turkish spindles to deliberately get a puffier yarn, even out of fibers that are a bit on the coarse side. But, if you are doing socks, you might want to go with high whorls. That would give you a longer wearing yarn.

    If anyone else tries this, please let me know how it turns out! I think I’d like to try it with carded fiber too. I’ve been spinning a long time, but there are still new things to be learned.

  • Fiber 06.08.2013 No Comments

    I realize I am linking to old posts on Abby’s blog again. But here is another interesting one: Should everyone spin? And while I do agree with this one, it concerns me that the thing most spinners spin is prepared fiber. I’m not sure that it does you a lot of good to know how to spin when that supply of fiber dries up. Knowing how to process a fleece from scratch is part and parcel of spinning.

    I finally have taken out all of the bins of fiber in storage. I found one more fleece to wash, now drying. There’s a lot of fiber that’s already been spun. I found more cotton roving. I have my office now full of bins and fleece, roving and yarn everywhere.

    And I bought this:
    Greenwood Fiberworks Lovely stuff and I look forward to spinning it (along with my ongoing combed fleece project.)