I have been hand spinning yarns coming out of my ears. I decided to take a pic of them hanging from my inkle loom. I can’t believe how much fun it has been recently. The one on the far left is a 2 ply of mohair, alpaca and merino. I like the chunky red one as I achieved the colour with Kool aid. so love those dyes and how fruity the yarns smell afterwards.
My most recent endeavor has been spinning white merino roving drafted evenly and somewhat thinner than my bulky yarns, than pinching a bit of angora bunny fluff and sort of core spinning it onto the outer bit of the merino. I am not attempting to cover the merino but let it twist into the merino and around it making a twisty spiral sort of yarn that is totally cool. Than I ply it again to make a two ply and get a thick chunky yarn that is probably around 3-5 WPI. The last ball of yarn I made was what finished off my weft in my new scarf, although I still have a large bit of it left. Here is a picture of the small ball of yarn BEFORE I did any weaving with it. The red water bottle next to it is for scale as that is a ONE LITRE bottle. It was extremely hard to wind that yarn into a ball as my hands got tired.
I like this yarn as it is merino yarn from my merino ewes, blended with French Angora Rabbit, German Angora Rabbit and English Angora Rabbit. A truly European yarn!
So what do you think? leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts
2 thoughts on “Hand spun yarns….”
wow I really want to start an adventure like yours! As of right now I am gathering as much information I can to present to my husband! I think its a lovely relaxing art. I would like to raise rabbits and start from scratch. Beautiful!!
I’m trying to find the white large loop boucle yarn that stands out in THIS photo. I KNOW I bought it at the Gallery in Prescott a few years ago and I would love to find more. Is it yours? or Michelle Johnson’s? Do you know? I’d appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you so much in advance!
Scarf It Up!