Wednesday 1 February 2012

Woolly Wednesday

 Another month already, wow!  Well, in January there have been various woolly projects on the go.  I managed to finish spinning the beautiful purple wool from Sarah.  And then plyed it.  It was such a delight to ply, seeing how the changing colours mingled with each other.  It is like a collection of purple gems. I have been known to just look at it and admire it!!  I don't know what to make with it yet, but I'm looking forward to see how it knits or crochets up. 

I have now moved back to the alpaca, but for the life of me cannot spin it thick.  I don't know if it is just my technique, or because the alpaca has little natural crimp it won't hold very well if I take too much.  So I think my plans for the chunky knit dress may have to be put on hold, either that or it will end up as a 10ply or something ridiculous like that!!
 I had a little play about with needle felting too.  Making my first three dimensional needle felting as a gift for my niece.  I am rather fond of this little bunny, even if he does have a bit of a crazed expression! 

And I am already making plans for this lovely Portland fleece from Dawn.  Just got to wait for the weather to improve a little. Some of it will be going towards my Guild ring for the National Exhibition after a bit of dying, spinning and knitting!  I've already made a start on one of the rings, but not much to show for it at the moment, hopefully by next month something will be taking shape.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is up to this month.


  1. The purples look lovely.

    I know what you mean with the alpaca, I was spinning some on Sunday longdraw and it was very fine. I've spun it at home before and plied and got probably an aran weight yarn but I think it does lend itse'f to fine spinning. Maybe blend it with wool? Or just use it for something else lol.

    Lovely spinning x

  2. Have sent you an email about Alpaca at the NEC, there's a competition to enter spinning too! ;-) Thought you might be interested.

    Going to post the info on Spinspiration too, probably next couple of days so as not to interfere with the Woolly Wednesday.

  3. I am loving what is on your bobbins. I am having the opposite problem with my Adventures with Alpaca, I had plans for a nice lace shawl, so far I can only churn out chunky! I am not sure where I am going wrong. I am picking up another four Alpaca fleece tomorrow that someone is giving me, I have no room but couldn't say no! I better practice some more and try to get it to do what I want, I think I am going to be spinning Alpaca for quite some time. I would love to be able to get it like yours! :)

  4. Perhaps we ought to just swap Lucy! I spin for your lace shawl, you spin for my dress!!

  5. The purple has turned out really well, Claire. And the alpaca looks good too. A nice colour - I love brown shades. Good luck getting it to spin thicker.

  6. Such a beauty! Hopefully in some future I will be able to spin yarns like these. Thank You for inspiration!


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