I get asked why I bother to spin fibre when I can buy luxurious yarn in the yarn shop.
There are so many reasons why I like to spin, but tonight, I will pick just one reason. First, I want to spin to create lace weight yarn so I can make my first shetland lace shawl. Second, I have started knitting a shawl, and so far, everything is moving nicely.
The first step is to incorporate an eleven-stitch wide piece of lace that will be the border of the lace shawl. My current project is from the book The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick.
The yarn I’m using is not handspun, but I can guarantee you that I will be using my own handspun yarn when I start my second shawl.
I would be very interested in knowing what your first shetland lace shawl was that you completed. What yarn and needles did you use? I started out with wooden needles as I was told the wood helps stabilize the stitches better.
Also, if you missed it, there was a shop update on Friday. I listed hand-dyed Polwarth and blue-faced Leicester combed top. Go check it out.
The planter boxes are almost ready. Just need a liner and some good soil. Also, we will have gravel spread around the outside of the boxes. They already look amazing!
In the meantime I have been growing plants in the green house. I started at the end of February. You can watch videos and read posts on Instagram at https://bit.ly/3iXSNPW Here are a few pics I posted earlier this month.
You might be asking yourself what does growing plants have to do with support spindles and fibre. Well, sometimes I love to spin fibre that is in its natural colour. I spin up a good amount on my support spindle, ply on my wheel, and then dip my handspun bare yarn in to a bath made from the flowers and plants I grew from my garden. That is the plan. As well I have been teaching more classes on how to use a support spindle. If you want to learn or have a friend who is interested in learning how to spin (https://etsy.me/3u6HtHr) I’ve been told I have a lot of patience and would love to see you and them succeed. Here is a recent review…
I hope your day has you planting and spinning in a good way 😉 -Keli
We are demolishing one old flower bed and putting up four brand new ones. All of these flower beds will be for flowers that I will use to dye fibre and yarn with; I’m so excited. Watch the latest video here.