- Blue green braid from Broadway Creations 100% superwash Merino. I’ve been spinning this since April 2015. All spindles are my own handmade.
- Red-black mystery fiber from a facebook destash. Spinning just as long as the braid. I only spin on the spindles when I’m away from home or out in the backyard having a firepit.
- Box o’ grey fiber is Patrick the CVM 2016 I’ve just a pound or so left to comb, plus the combing waste to card. I did much of this spinning during Tdf, all on the wheel.
- Purple and blue is Violette the Corriedale 2015. I love this fiber. It’s super soft but also a pain in the but. Violette was sick the winter before this shearing and died the winter after. The fiber is fine and will felt/mat if you look at it hard. But it’s worth the work. It was also my greasiest fleece to date and I didn’t scour it enough the first time. So I’m scouring again and dyeing at the same time. Then prepping (flicking and combing). About half the fleece is now purple and the other half will be blue (about 1/4 left to go.) I’ve spun some and it makes for gorgeous yarn. I also dye again after spinning/plying to even out the color (and perhaps change it, in the future.)
- Hawaiian Merino There is a shepherd in Hawaii who has not had a place to sell his wool in years. His house is covered in fleeces. A lovely woman is helping him sell it. It’s dirty stuff and a lot of work but fairly cheap. If you want some here’s the Ravelry thread about it. I’ve only spun one single from the combing waste but that turned out so nice. I’ve got to get around to spinning some of the combed nests.
- Piper the Romney X Teeswater 2014 is oven dyed, finger teased and spun however it wants to from there. Then I’ll ply it with the gold thread. I’ve discovered that I don’t like longwools for my normal smooth, thin spinning but it’s fun to dabble in art yarn with it.
- Hampshire from 2014, my first fleece. Dyed as locks after flicking. Spindle spun from the lock (don’t ask how long it took. I didn’t keep track but it was over a year for the 2 singles. Much more off than on.) I need to ply and then this will be weaving yarn.
*Links will take you to Ravelry project pages.
I save up my plying to do all at once as my wheel needs a special drive band set up to ply. I’m still recovering from TdF so I’m knitting more than spinning right now. Plus my wheel is in need of a spa day with boiled linseed oil and the weather has not been cooperating. I’m hoping a good soaking in the oil will help with some issues I’m having. I love having an antique wheel but sometimes the quirks are quite frustrating.
Top left: Alla Moda scarf in unraveled cashmere and wool
Middle left: The second of my Jacob wool handspun shawls
Bottom left: Rose Harbour Shawl in unraveled cashmere
Top right: Dressing gown in unraveled cashmere/merino/wool
Middle right: Gordian gloves in unraveled cashmere
Bottom right: Dracula’s Bride shawl in unraveled cashmere/merino/lambswool
*Clicking on links will take you to my Ravelry project pages.
These are just my active-ish WIPs. I have a half dozen more in long term hibernation. Alla Moda, the Jacob shawls and the dressing gown are all TV knits, although the dressing gown has sorta been hibernating since last winter as it’s too hot to have that mass on my lap. Dracula’s Bride and Gordian gloves are both complicated knits so they don’t get worked on all that often and even then it’s only a row or 2; Dracula because the rows are so long and the gloves because I can’t seem to knit a row without making a mistake and giving myself a headache while fixing it. Rose Harbour shawl is my in-between knitting, or will be once I get into the lace part. Too complicated for TV knitting but not as complicated as the other two. It’s what I knit on most of the time.
I’m going to try to update my progress once a week but don’t hold me to that.
These days it seems everyone has either a blog or a podcast or both. As I dislike being on camera, it’s a blog for me.
I’m Dystini. I’ve been crafting in one form or another for most of my life. These days I’m all about fiber. I’ve been knitting since November of 2011, crocheting (although not very well) since August of 2012, spinning since March of 2014, working with raw fleece since July of 2014 and weaving since April 2016.
I first started knitting on looms (actually I did knit with needles back when I was 20 or so but forgot anything I had learned back then). First those brightly colored plastic ones and then a wooden sock loom. After 6 months or so of this I decided that I could probably handle 2 sticks and gave regular knitting a try. I kept up with the sock loom for another 6 months or so (dpns scared me) but since then it’s been all needle knitting (I got over my fear of dpns.)
Crocheting – not much to say. I can do granny squares. That’s about it.
I should add a side note here. I don’t use much in the way of commercial yarns. The majority of my yarn is unraveled from thrift store commercial sweaters and frequently plied and dyed.
And that leads into spinning. I actually started spinning on a spindle much earlier than I said above. I don’t count it because I was plying strands of those unraveled sweaters and not spinning actual fiber. After several years of this I decided to try spinning with fiber and got a starter kit online. I loved it. But already prepped fiber is expensive so I started hunting for raw fleeces. I got some Hampshire for free and then found a local shepherdess and have been buying from her ever since. In July of 2015 I got my first spinning wheels ( one with a broken flyer and a working one, both antiques). The working wheel has her quirks but I do love her and spin frequently.
Weaving is the newest thing. I picked up an Easy Weaver rigid heddle loom at an estate sale. So far I’m just doing pet mats out of mostly acrylic (some commercial, some unraveled).
I’ll not say much about my non-crafty life on here but if you’re curious, I’ve been married for 23 years to a wonderful man who totally encourages and enables my craftyness. We have 2 cats, no kids. I also do some vegetable gardening, a lot of reading and occasionally some coloring.
Next post will be my works in progress. Just as soon as I take pics.