Spinning Gallery

I acquired my first spindle and fiber at the end of 2006, and a spinning wheel in March of 2007. This is very much a learning process for me, but it’s something I enjoy immensely, and which I’m finding is downright therapeutic. The results are posted here. The photos are from my “spinning” sets on Flickr. If you need a larger image, click on any photo and the link will take you to the Flickr page where you can choose your own image size. This particular page covers 2007: the beginning. More recent years appear on successive child pages. Note too that the order is in reverse chronology; newer spins appear at the top of each page.

As a side note, current spinning tools inventory (not including fiber prep tools) consists of:

  • Cascabeles top-whorl spindle, 1.8 oz.
  • Bosworth mini top-whorl spindle, .7 oz
  • Woolly Designs top-whorl plying spindle, 2.1 oz, 20-inch shaft
  • Jenkins Turkish spindle, 1.4 oz
  • Woolly Designs (Tracy Eichheim) top whorl spindle, 1.1 oz Kokopelli
  • Phil Powell Shape Spindle (dipper style)
  • Running Moon Farm stone spindle (ca 1 oz)
  • Grafton Navajo spindle
  • Texas Jeans Tibetan support spindle
  • Jim Leslie Russian support spindle
  • Majacraft Rose spinning wheel
  • Louet Victoria wheel
  • pre-1881 Norwegian double-drive wheel
  • Hansen miniSpinner

Spin 14

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Fiber: BFL, hand dyed (Morning Glory), from Spunky Eclectic.
Starting Weight: 8 ounces.
Yardage: ca 335; 2-ply.
WPI: ca 10.
Twist: 10.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 14 September 07.
Beads: ca 1000 10/0 beads; purple metallic.
Posted about here.

Spin 13

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Fiber: Fake Angora from Kendig Cottage.
Finished Weight: 7.9 ounces.
Yardage: ca 236; 2-ply.
WPI: ca 10.
Twist: 8.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: November 07.
Posted about here. This skein is pending dye.
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Update: Dyed an ice blue in Jacquard acid dyes, November 2008.

Spin 12

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Fiber: Angora roving from Kendig Cottage. Originally bright white; dyed Jacquard Sky Blue.
Finished Weight: 3.8 ounces.
Yardage: ca 106; 2-ply.
WPI: 13.
Twist: 8.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: November 07.
Posted about here.

Beta 3

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Fiber: clipped German Angora (rabbit). Mostly white.
Finished Weight: 2.5 ounces.
Yardage: ca 59; 2-ply.
WPI: 13.
Twist: 7.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: November 07.
Posted about here. This was a first attempt at spinning Angora.

Spin 11

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Fiber: BFL, hand dyed (Hibiscus), from Spunky Eclectic.
Starting Weight: 8 ounces.
Yardage: ca 364; 2-ply.
WPI: ca 13-15.
Twist: 14.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 14 September 07.
Beads: ca 1200 4 (?) mm beads; clear glass with colored core.
Posted about here. This was a first attempt at a beaded yarn.

Beta 2

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Fiber: Merino-Tussah in different colors, from Mary.
Finished Weight: 170 grams/5.9 ounces.
Yardage: ca 228, chain ply (3 ply).
WPI: ca 13.
Spun on: Rose .
Date: 4 September 07.
Posted about here. This was a test spin of a lovely collection of merino-silk blends in a huge variety of colors. The experiment was to see how the colors would work together in a chain-plied yarn.

Beta 1

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Fiber: Brown Sheep Yarn brown-tones roving from The Sheep Shed Studio.
Finished Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Yardage: ca 600; traditional three and chain ply.
WPI: ca 5.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 4 September 07.
Posted about here. This was a “practice long draw methods” yarn. It’s bumpy, lumpy, and irregular, and is destined to become a felted bag.

Spin 10

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Fiber: Merino-Tussah (70-30), Sea Mist color, from Mielke’s Farm.
Finished Weight: 454 grams/15.9 ounces.
Yardage: ca 962, 2-ply (657; 305).
WPI: ca 16.
Twist per inch: 6
Spun on: Rose and 1 ounce Kokopelli spindle.
Date: 25 July 07.
Posted about here. So far, this is my favorite finished yarn, and I’m almost entirely satisfied with it. The spinning is fairly consistent with just one stretch of loose plying, but the difference a slightly abusive wet finish makes is astonishing.
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It was impossible to photograph the color of this yarn; it changes with the changes in lighting and shifts from heathered grey to blues to taupes. Click the photos to see the closeups on Flickr for a better idea of the coloring. Note that the top photo is accurate for normal daylight; the bottom works for heavy overcast and plain old-fashioned light-bulb lighting.

Spin 9

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Fiber: Merino-Tencel (70-30), Cafe color, from Kendig Cottage.
Finished Weight:
432 grams/15.23 ounces.
Yardage: 3 skeins, ca 1100 yards total.
WPI: ca 18.
Spun on: Rose and .7 ounce Bosworth spindle.
Date: 8 June 07.
Posted about here. This was terrific roving, and the finished yarn (despite my errors) is soft and has a lovely shine. For small comments about errors, click on the photos. You’ll get the Flickr page with notes in the image. The two primary faults are small cases of spiraling and stretches of loose ply.
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Spin 8

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Fiber: Black-white wool roving from The Sheep Shed Studio.
Weight:
a hair over a pound.
Yardage: ca 268 yards, thick-thin, chain plied.
WPI: ca 6.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 20 May 07.
Posted about here. The entire purpose for this spin was to figure out the plying method, so this is definitely not a pretty yarn. It will, however, felt beautifully.

Spin 7

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Fiber: Ashland Bay Merino-Tussah (70-30) blend, McKenzie colorway, from Mielke’s Farm.
Weight:
1 pound, in 2 8-ounce batches.
Yardage: ca 940 yards of standard three ply, plus about five yards of two ply leftovers.
WPI: 16.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 15 May 07
Posted about here.


Spin 6

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Fiber: Alpaca (medium grade “Almost White”), from Copper Moose.
Weight:
1 pound, in 2 8-ounce batches.
Yardage: ca 500 yards.
WPI: 13 in batch 2; ca 15 in batch 1.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 15 Apr 07
Posted about here.


Spin 5

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Fiber: Merino (Ashland Bay multicolor, Laurel), from Kendig Cottage.
Weight:
7.3 ounces.
Yardage: ca 625 yards.
WPI: 22.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 9 Apr 07
Posted about here. Became the Swallowtail shawl here.

Spin 4

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Fiber: Blue-faced Leicester, natural oatmeal, from Kendig Cottage. Fiber is darker than it appears here.
Weight:
7.2 ounces.
Yardage: ca 400 yards.
WPI: 13-16.
Spun on: Rose.
Date: 25 Mar 07
Posted about here.
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Update: This yarn was dyed using Jacquard acid dye (sapphire blue).

Spin 3

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Fiber: 4.5 ounces Merino roving from Collette at the Lazy Perry Ranch (via Karen).
Spun on: Half on Cascabeles drop spindle, half on the Rose; plyed on the Rose.
Yardage: ca 210 yards
WPI: ca 12/inch
Date: 10 Mar 07
Posted about here.

Spin 2

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Fiber: 3.6 ounces Cormo roving from Kendig Cottage.
Spun on: Cascabeles 1.8 and Bosworth .7 ounce spindles. Mostly plied on the new 2.1 Woolly Designs spindle.
Yardage: ca 377 yards
WPI: 17-19/inch (depending on where you measure). For gauge, a US dime and a Norwegian 1-kroner piece.
Date: 1 Mar 07
Posted about here.
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Update: After consideration, this yarn was plyed back on itself to create a cabled yarn. It was also dyed with Jacquard acid dyes. The top photo is a bit dark, but the colors there are true—although you do see them better in a larger shot. The bottom photo is far too bright; the closeup flash distorted the colors but does allow you to see the resulting yarn.
Yardage: 163

Spin 1

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Fiber: 4oz Cormo roving from Kendig Cottage.
Spun on: Cascabeles 1.8.
Yardage: ca 75 yards
WPI: ca 7. For gauge, a US dime and a Norwegian 1-kroner piece.
Date: 12 Jan 07
Posted about here.

The Preliminaries



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A first test run to see how things work.
Date: 20 Dec 06.
Posted about here.