Friday, March 20, 2009


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...

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!)

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).


Lucette said...

this is quite an interesting process. makes me want to spin again.

Liz said...

Uninspired is good if it makes you try something different!

Kathleen said...

Thanks for showing us some of the steps. It looks like a beautiful iris flower to me. x K

Jeanne said...

Now I want to spin - my wheel is sitting right here, with dust on it...gorgeous roving, gorgeous yarn!

Flavaknits said...

What gorgeous colours , and what a lovely yarn! I guess boredom is good if it helps to produce this! lol


Paula said...

I am so thrilled to find you and your shop. I am leaving for Scotland 4/4 and will be in your area so I hope to make a visit.

knitso said...

Mhairi aka merinomills from ravelry has just got me hooked on your yarns and I just took the plunge and got some merino sock in ae fond kiss from the homecoming collection, it will become a Cookie A sock for my KAL group on rav. BTW, where are you from originally? Just curious, as another raveler said you had posted about the monumental law passed recently in Iowa, and I lived in Iowa for many years, just back in Scotland 3 years now. Anyway, it was lovely to see the process you go through to make your beautiful yarns! I'm knitsomniack on ravelry if you're there