Saturday, 22 January 2011

Rabbit Heart corespun yarn...

We had a few days holiday in Scotland before Christmas and I took my spinning wheel along for the ride. I only got two yarns spun, one of which was my woodland spin-along yarn and the other was this yarn...

Rabbit Heart - merino wool, silk and bamboo, 117g and 125metres long
Rabbit Heart yarn detail 2

Rabbit Heart yarn

Mmm... yarn swirl!
Rabbit Heart yarn swirl

The yarn was corespun (spun at an angle around a thin core yarn) from these batts that I carded up on my trusty drum carder several months ago...
Rabbit Heart batts 1

I don't seem to have any time for spinning at the moment but I'm looking forward to the next chance I get to sit down at my wheel! :)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Handspun newspaper yarn...

I've wanted to try spinning newspaper for ages so when I found an old copy of the Westmorland Gazette lurking in the recycling bin at work, right next to the industrial-sized paper cutter, I spent a few minutes cutting a load of 1cm wide strips and took my little stash of unlikely yarn material home with me...

And then I spun some yarn!

Newspaper yarn - 61g and 90metres long...
Newspaper yarn mound

I love the crispy little strands of paper...
Newspaper yarn

When you look at it very closely you can see some of the words and I liked the way I could read snippets of text as the paper moved through my fingers...
Close up newspaper yarn skein

Citroen... Peugeot... Ford Fiesta... Touran... woodburning stove... Ulverston... Kendal... fell running (it seemed to be mainly car adverts, classifieds and the sports results!).

I first saw instructions for spinning newspaper yarn on Craftster here and I followed these directions, except I was armed with a paper cutter and a spinning wheel, rather than scissors and a spindle, which probably sped me up a fair bit. It's still a fairly time consuming process though!

Now I just have to wind it into a ball and see how it knits up...