Posts tagged #handspun yarn

Carding Batts

I've been having a great time over the past few weeks carding batts on my Fancy Kitty Kitten drum carder.  I suppose you could consider these to be "kitchen sink" batts, because I am throwing in a bit of many different types of fibers.  I've been using a variety of handpainted and natural colors of wool and silk fibers that I have in my stash.  And to liven up the batts I have been adding a hint of sparkle with some angelina fibers.  My goal is to make batts that create a heathered yarn, and after two or three passes through the carder the colors are well-blended, but not so much so that you can't discern the original colors upon careful inspection.  The spun singles are beautifully heathered, and I can't wait to ply them up and start knitting.

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Posted on February 23, 2014 and filed under Carding, Spinning.

New Year, New Studio

Now that I have a dedicated studio space, my looms and spinning wheels have some breathing room.  I've been enjoying a few minutes of spinning in my studio nearly every day for the past three weeks.  My fascination with plying two different colorways together continues, and in just a couple of week I had spun and plied enough yarn to wind a 3-yard warp out of the reddish-pink hued yarns.  The weft yarn that I am using is one of my handspun yarns in purples, periwinkles, and greens.  So far, I am loving the results!

My Schacht Baby Wolf loom in the process of being warped with some of my handspun yarn

My Schacht Baby Wolf loom in the process of being warped with some of my handspun yarn

Current weaving project that combines a straight twill with plain weave.  Warp and weft are both my handspun yarn.

Current weaving project that combines a straight twill with plain weave.  Warp and weft are both my handspun yarn.

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under Weaving.