Thursday, January 5, 2012

Setting the twist and finished project!

I set the twist on my handspun yarn last night and left it to dry overnight.
It looked like this in the morning: 

There was just enough for a little project:

Monday, January 2, 2012

A new Spin for 2012!

My New Year's resolution was to learn to spin--- yarn, that is.  I got this nifty supported spindle, the Spindolyn, from Santa (thank you Santa!), and on New Year's Eve eve, I took a trip over to Uncommon Threads in Palm Harbor.  Not only did I get a big bag of really cool fiber, the spinning teacher was in, so another customer and I got a free lesson!  :)

The demo was on a drop spindle, but the principle is the same.  Here is the Spindolyn in action:

My first fiber selection, 1.1 ounces of Merino amethyst:
Beginning to be spun:
All spun into 'singles':
wound off the Spindolyn into the first ball:

divided into two balls for plying:

Plied into three two-ply hanks:

I used this tutorial. The next step is setting the twist, which will probably happen tomorrow. 

Proverbs 31:19  She lays her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.