The Making of “Hebridean Heaven” handspun yarn

For a change I fancied using cool and sky-like colours for my latest skein – it is inspired by the great big skies of the Outer and Inner Hebridies of Scotland!

Rolags at the ready! Lovely airy colours of blue, ivory, grey and purple

Rolags at the ready! Lovely airy colours of blue, ivory, grey and purple

I was drawn to all the blues, purple greys and palest ivories that I had.

I spun the yarn spun slowly on my Wee Peggy and then wound onto my niddy noddy before soaking and setting it with a weight to dry overnight!

Here are some pics of how it went.

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This yarn will create a striped effect in any weaving or knitting/crochet project.
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If you’d like this yarn for a fiber project then hop over to my shop Karmicdelight :0 –

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/199762181/handspun-white-blue-and-purple-yarn?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=hebridean+heaven&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Next up – Halcyon Hippie – this one will be all pistachio, rose  and plum….

The Making of “Honeypot” handspun yarn

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This yarn was calling to me to be made.

I was drawn to all the yellows, oranges and palest lemons in my fiber stash two days ago and couldn’t rest until the colours were carded and blended to my liking,
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the yarn spun slowly on my Wee Peggy and then wound onto my niddy noddy before soaking and setting it with a weight to dry overnight!

Here are some pics of how it went.
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This yarn will create a striped effect in any weaving or knitting/crochet project.
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If you’d like this yarn for a fiber project then hop over to my shop Karmicdelight :0 – https://www.etsy.com/listing/199124369/orange-handspun-yarn-orange-yarn-single

Next up – Hebridean Heavens – this one will be all blues, dove greys, rust brown and ice whites….

Handspun Yarn – back in the saddle

After a long break due to painting commitments I have got my mitts on fiber again.

This batt was carded on my friend Anne's drum carder and has deep sunset colours and a mix of luxurious fibers

This batt was carded on my friend Anne’s drum carder and has deep sunset colours and a mix of luxurious fibers

This time – no rushing – just blissful spinning.

My fave thing to do it colour blend using my hand held carders.

My hand held carders that I've had for 5 years and are very suited to my hands and usage now

My hand held carders that I’ve had for 5 years and are very suited to my hands and usage now

I look at my bookshelves full of fiber tubes and pick a bit of this and a bit of that – mixing fibers and colours as I go.
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I like my handspun to have a bit of boing in them so always add some cormo from my friend Anne (www.cariadfiberart.etsy.com)

I create over 9 rolags usually per single skein that I spin on my Wee Peggy original wheel.
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I spend a long time making my rolags which are lofty and full of air

I spend a long time making my rolags which are lofty and full of air

It is a joy to see the colours develop as I card – I never tire of this.
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Then I lay them all out on a board by my side and pick up random rolags and spin.
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I love the adventure of this and the unpredictable results of colour blends I get.
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To shop my handspun yarns, handcarded batts, my handwoven items plus my watercolour sheep and other fiber animals come and see me at
www.karmicdelight.etsy.com !

Fiber Addicts – Watch This Space…

I love to see all that I have fiber-wise on view – know what I mean?

Seeing an array of colours and fibers plus angelina just gets me into orbit.

So – I had a few grossly oversized and accidentally bought (on Ebay where the photos were a bit deceptive!) cardboard tubes. They were being moved from here to there in my house. Always in the way but I was loathe to throw them away as they may come in useful…well indeed they did.

Please see BEFORE and AFTER pics of a corner in the workshop part of my downstairs knock-through.

I know some of you STABLE girls may snicker at the feeble excuse for what I call my stash but – at least I am actually using mine and not using it as an alternative to roof insulation. So there!

Now I am inspired and shall be carding , spinning and either knitting squares or weaving my produce till it is ALL gone and then I will have earned a blinking good spending spree and start all over again.

Do you have pics of your stash? Go -on I know you do – so let’s see ’em. Send to eastwitching@hotmail.com and I will feature them here….with a prize of my bestest handspun yarn for the WORST case of fiber hoarding.

Deadline – November 30th 2012

Oh Silly Me – sheep art

Don’t know what happened but I was just sitting daydreaming after having a cup of tea this afternoon and this silly idea occurred to me.

For all those with a love of sheep and the fiber fun they provide us I have created a jazzy sheep image and thanks to the people at Society6 it comes in mobile cases, laptop covers and greetings cards as well as prints.

So if she lights your candle have a look:-

I painted the original sheep in watercolour and then added a flamboyant mauve background and some creamy coloured text.

 

 

 

 

The Making of Frond – a delicate laceweight yarn

With summer really trying hard now to catch up and push forth its colours and flowers my backyard full of ferns inspired me to spin a graduated single – in all shades of green.

Here is how I made it – in pictures:)

Finished skein “Frond” 185 yards single at 15 wpi and 50g it is a delicate little soul.

Some fluff used in the making – cormo, cash merino blend and wild silk plus angelina for magic

Hanging about under my garden arch drying and lightly weighted to keep kinks at bay.

Finally – satisfaction – a skein of green simplicity ! – Now available here – https://www.etsy.com/listing/104984916/handspun-yarn-hedgrows-and-happiness

 

 

 

Disaster on Almond Rose Shawl

After spending ages warping up this over 6ft project I get to the actual weaving bit and realise that a section of thicker warp just will not lift and open into a shed!

This 6 inch section of thick warp threads will not disengage to form a shed!

Tried everything – tightening the tension onto the back bar and opening it by placing thick yarn and even card into the first section of weft – all to no avail.

My reed is 7.5 and all the rest of the warp yarn is fine as they are not so thick – but the last right hand section is way to thick I realise now. Should’ve used a 5 reed for the whole thing perhaps or just not used such wildly differentiated yarns in my warp!

Desperate measures – I cut loose the whole section. I just hope the cloth will weave well as it is now off balance…

So – with a deep breath I cut that whole section loose! Luckily it was just a whole edge and that yarn appears nowhere else in the warp.

So – the shawl will be 6 inches narrower but it is still a nice ample and generous width.

A few inches worked and it seems to be holding together ok.

I have worked a few picks and already I am settling down to liking the patterns that are appearing and pretty colour blends as they appear – phew!!!

I like this counterchange of toffee and buttermilk colours…

I am saving the many yards of this gorgeous two ply alpaca which is so soft it takes your breath away and will use it all up in my wefts.

I like the patterns and blends that are emerging. That eternal magic element of weaving – surprise!