Posted in spinning on February 3rd, 2011 by Sarah

Here are some yarns that have recently sprung into being:

On the left is a handspun, hand-dyed wool from which I shall create a pair of lacy, Victorian-inspired fingerless gloves with pretty decorative buttons for my fabulous friend Minerva. Even though the color is bright, it seems to have an antique-y feel to me.

The yarn in the middle… what’s better than an acid/vomit green mohair lace scarf? Don’t answer that. As far as I’m concerned, there is NOTHING better!

On the right is a hand-carded blend of black, hot pink, turquoise and green. Its final resting place is as of yet a mystery, but it will be the fourth incarnation of this particular dye lot of wool.

Most people who spin mass quantities of yarn typically use a spinning wheel. I choose to shun “modern” technology and instead prefer to use a drop spindle:

It’s basically just a hook on a stick. A wheel is attached to weight it down to make it spin longer. It’s much slower and more labor intensive than a spinning wheel because you are creating yarn entirely manually, but it gives you complete control and involvement in the creation process. My spindles all very utilitarian, but they can get quite fancy. I used to have a nicer handmade spindle, but it was incinerated in a now-infamous post-holiday orgy of destruction.

Random. Goodnight.