Assessing my spindle collection – the intro

This summer, I was part of a group that signed on for a Spindle-Spun-Summer – to try to work with our spindles as much as possible. While I was interested in making more yarn on my spindles, I was much more interested in learning about the spindles that I called my favourites.

I was inspired in a large part by an article by Debbie Held – What I Learned From Spinning on Every Single Spindle I Own. While recovering from a back injury, she set out to spin on each of her spindles with the idea of culling her herd.

I’ve long been a spindle spinner – have introduced many people to spinning using spindles and have written about it for PLY Magazine. My spindle of speciality was suspended or drop spindles. Until March 2020, the magic and allure of support spindles had eluded me.

As I embarked on this journey of learning how to spin with supported spindles, I was thrilled to receive the Summer 2020 issue of PLY Magazine, devoted entirely to supported spindles. What really captured my interest was Stephanie Gaustad’s One Spindle Does Not Do It All: it does what it does again and again article.

So I set out so see if that was in fact a true statement. Join me as I spin on each of my spindles and make yarn with a stick!

My Pandemic Blanket

In June 2020 I decided that I needed a large, simple project to keep my hands occupied and my busy mind focused on simple stitches and gestures.

I didn’t want to make any decisions about colour or to have to focus on a pattern. I found the perfect yarn from fellow guild member Lynne Anderson of West Coast Colour. And I was on my way.

I enjoyed every minute of this crochet project. I savoured the simplicity and repetition. I even loved weaving in all the ends.

And best thing, I love using it. It is comforting, with a weight to it that says everything is going to be okay.

Pandemics end.

Colour and Spinning Playground – new workshop

My newest workshop is a full day of colour, experimentation and fun devoted to learning how to use blending equipment, blending colours and spinning the results. In this class you can make all the yarn needed for the wrap featured in the photo.

In the first half of the day, we use the most portable tools for blending colour for spinning: hand carders, blending boards, combs and hackles. In the second part, we will spin it up and reflect on our results. In addition to experimenting with different blending tools, participan learn colour theory in a practical and applied way.

And here are the results of several of those colour/yarn experiments.

To promote my classes, I carry around several skeins to show what the results could be. After all the trial and error for this class, I ended up with a lot of yarn.

Instead of the hassle of all the skeins, I decided to make a large piece of fabric, leave the fringes long, to show you what the yarns and colours look like woven up.

Below is the warping process on my 32″ Ashford rigid heddle loom.

I saved yardage from each of the warp yarns to use in the weft, and wove it all in a random way.

And many thanks to Kylan Rivers at Kinfolk Yarn for the photo of my finished piece, modelled by yours truly.

Now I can show the yarn and colours in action.

So join my in my class on March 14 – at Fibres West in Langley, BC, and you can make all the yarn needed for this wrap.