Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Creating Some Yarn

It's really good fun to do some experimental spinning.
I mentioned back in December that I wanted to have a go at creating something special for my home such as a wall hanging of some sort using my spinning, knitting and weaving skills.
I am collecting ideas and inspiration from my winter walks out and about on the Island so my design is still very fluid and evolving.
I thought to make a start on this project I would spin up some small batches of yarn in natural tones and soft textures to give me some base materials.

So using some Jacob fleece I hand spun a mixed bobbin of the light and dark previously carded rolags.
Plying this yarn to make a lovely mottled effect of colour.
Then I made another two bobbins up, this time using my handspun jacob along with some mohair and wool blended yarn. One in the dark Jacob

And the other in the creamier lighter tones.
My small skeins are in the photo at the top of the page.
I'm really pleased with the texture and particularly the muted natural tones of colour they offer me. I have a special basket set aside to collect all my materials in ready for me to get creative and Cast On
I look forward to dipping into and working on this piece of "woolly art".
As March approaches things down at the boats will start to get busy; Making Ready to Cast Off for the season ahead.

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