i've been feeling slightly uninspired when it comes to dyeing new yarn colourways over the past couple of weeks, so i've been messing about with something else, & being quite self-indulgent. here's what i've been doing...
instant inspiration! combining so many colours & textures has been hugely fun, and this little bit of self-indulgence is giving me some great ideas for new dyed yarns as well. i've been making a little stack of brightly coloured skeins of handspun, which will be added to the shop fairly soon (along with a free pattern for a simple handspun cowl).
first, find a bunch of different fibres
then, layer them onto the hackle
add some crazy sparkles
and some odd colour combinations, just to see what happens
then, gather up all the layers at one end of the hackle, & feed them through the diz (a small disc with a hole in it, which the fibres are threaded through)
work down the length of the hackle, gently pulling out the fibres & then pushing the diz back up
then, work back up the length of the hackle the same way
here's what's left on the hackle - bits of fluff & fuzz
& here's what comes out of the diz - a bowful of combed blended tops
which goes straight onto the spinning wheel, to be turned into a slubby, textured single
which is then plied with thread (& occasionally, little shiny beads!)