Monday, January 11, 2016

All done

I've finished spinning the yarn for my daughter's bridal shawl. I've got 845 yards, 4.3 ounces of two-ply merino/silk laceweight yarn. Now to find a pattern.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Had to make a new whorl

My handmade clay spindle whorl broke : (

I made a new one out of that polymer clay that you bake in the oven. I've never used it before, but it seemed pretty straight forward. I mixed a plain kind with a sparkly kind. It's cooling now. Hope it works, I have about 100 more yards to spin to have enough for the shawl I have in mind for my daughter's bridal shawl.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Progress on the bridal shawl

I've been concentrating on getting the yarn spun for my daughter's bridal shawl. It's two-ply, one of merino and one of silk. I'm spinning the merino on a drop spindle that I purchased to spin fine yarn with, and I'm spinning the mulberry silk on my Kromski Fantasia wheel. I've been plying the two together with my wheel.

My spindle and whorl are from The merino is from a fleece I purchased at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I flicked the locks of the washed fiber and am spinning the flicked locks with the spindle.

So far, I have about 480 yards of two-ply merino/silk yarn.

I'm hoping to have somewhere around 800 yards or so when I'm done.