Friday, September 14, 2012

Wool for your loom

Wool top.. Midstates Wool Growers has great prices on wool top..11$ a pound.. They also sell merino top in a bunch of beautiful colors but my skill levels are not there yet and the merino is more expensive. This a picture of what I got.. It is sooooo soft and really will fallin love with it. I think you could make some nice yarn for a shawl out of this.

I ordered two pounds worth and here is an idea of the size...




Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spinning yarn for continuous strand weaving

Well I have been busy spinning yarn on a spindle. I think this would be. Great way to get yarn for continuous strand weaving. It is relatively easy to create bulky yarn this way you can create as much or as little as you want. Sort of like a painter with his/her palate. Even if you do not want to psi urn you can easily make your own yarn by plying commercial yarn together. It is helpful to have a spindle to ply with.. You can make one for less than five dollars with materials from hobby lobby and home depot. Here is a picture of some spindles. The one on the far right is a store bought spindle from louet.

Here is a picture of my first yarn



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Weaving and Spindling

I am still working on my latest shawl with the Viking yarn.   I guess I am a little frustrated that I can't seem to get my rows perfectly straight.    I just need to bite the bullet and finish.   I think I might do fringe on this one.    The yarn is beautiful.

All this work with yarn has made decide to try spinning.  Actually I am learning spindling.  It just seems like the best way to learn to make yarn first.  It seems like if I can learn to easily make yarn with a spindle then I can do it with a wheel.   Plus spindles are much cheaper than spinning wheels.
I ordered a spindle online.. but asked my husband to help me find some old tinker toys.    It seems like you could make a cool spindle out of those.  Also online there are instructions for a yarn swift out of tinker toys... how cool.

I am using the craftsy course to learn to spindle.   They had a great deal going on when I signed up.      So far I love the online course.  I also have an instructor helping me a little too.   The craftsy course she teaches you how to make a niddy noddy out of PVC pipe and a lazy kate out of a box.   I love the PVC pipe niddy noddy.