Wednesday, 27 March 2013

An Afternoon Spin - 3 Ply

Just for fun I decided to spin up these last end of fibres together and construct a 3 ply yarn from them.
I spun the dark fleece as lumpy and bumpy as I could so as to give a chunky texture and body to the yarn. I spun the lilac merino tops finely and the mixed fibre as normal, to balance the final yarn thickness and weight.

Here they all are on my Lazy Kate ready to ply together.

Here is the finished yarn of 3 ply washed and balled ready for use. I think I will add it to my stash for now as I'm bound to need a little chunky handspun for something!

Boats Update

It's an extremely cold Spring, March has been dismal for getting any work done on any of the boats. Skipper has been trying to do a few jobs ready for "Lift In Day" for our yacht, which is booked for April. She still needs her anti-foul coat of paint, varnish and re-fit, we have usually done all these tasks by now!
 These are weather permitting type work and the temperatures need to be at least 10- 15 degrees for paint and varnish to be applied properly. No hope of that at present.
Let's hope April bodes better,it's going to be a very busy couple of weeks!
I will blog some photos on the progress soon... I hope...

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Peg Looms and Warp Waiting


Peg Loom- ready to thread a warp

Peg Looms are very simple to use and are an easy way to start weaving giving you endless possibilities to create a fabric.

Here I am weaving a test sample with DK weight yarns;
six altogether to create a multi coloured weave.

When I have woven halfway up the pegs I remove the pegs from the frame and slide the piece of work down the warp.

Then the pegs are replaced in their holes in the frame and I continue to weave.

Here are some more peg looms in action - mixes of fluffy and novelty yarns.
- some gorgeous chunky weight handspun yarn.

- warp waiting
just thought I would show you the warp I have put on my Ashford loom, this is waiting to be woven into some fabric,
I will blog about the finished results soon!