Sunday, May 23, 2021

Lockdown spinning knitted

 I knitted several items from the Merino I got from Wollknoll.

I decided to post photos of some of them as it is good for looking them up in the future.

I has a Donegal Tweed pattern book for quite some time without ever knitting any of the jumpers or cards from it. As the lockdown proceeded I thought it might be a good time to tackle on of them using my hands-on.

I got a KG of green Merino from Wollknoll and spun it into an aranweight yarn and commenced the smaller size.

Aa it turned out, I had two problems: I didn't have quite enough to add the collar and I could not make head nor tail of the instructions for the front pieces. So I had to improvise. It turned out quite well despite this.                                                                                                                                                                                    


My next item is of a more delicate nature; 

I plied a bright orange with a cream yarn giving spangled/marled effect thinner yarn  - about fingering weight. 

I really like this shawl pattern (will have to root about to find it again - GRR).

The next one is a chunky blend of pink and green knit into a simple shrug to wear as shoulders and short sleeve with a sleeveless dress.

Also chunky is this shawlette with glitter etc  - I like this one a lot. It feels lovely.

Several other things are round the place - some gone to good homes too.
Must find that shawl pattern.
Spinning and knitting was a great distraction in these days.
Bye for now.


Friday, December 4, 2020

Chubut orange/tan and all spun

 Chubut Orange and Tan Laceweight (12 - 14 WPI)

643 yards/588 meter

187 gms/7 oz

All the Chubut hanks - 

What willl become of them? Don't know but it has been fun spinning them and it is a lovely lovely fibre.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Chubut lace: untwisting

 It became clear with my lace swatch that the pattern amendment I made i.e. SSK every second lace tow did not remove the twisting from the knitted piece;

See, still shows an anticlockwise twist.

However, using YO k 2 tog THROUGH BACK LOOPS every row seems to fix the problem.

So I could continue knitting this to make small neck tie perhaps with a nick pin


I then decided I din't like to much and changed over to trying a 2X2 rib on 4 mm needles instead.
Much prefer this - for now anyway.
Next up, the orange and tan 2 plys, currently drying on the swift after being set in warm water.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

More Chubut Spun

 Fractal spinning was a lot of fun to do especially during lockdown.

The rovings waiting to be spun:

Setting up the fibers:
99 gms of each color ; 
each color divided into three
set 1: 33 gms of red (R), black (B), cream(C)
set 2: 16.5 gms of each color X 2 in sequence RBC x2
set 3: 11 gms of each color X 3 in sequence RBC x3

Each tray spun into lace weight singles on 3 spools

3 Plys keep changing colours in strips - which makes spinning interesting;

Fractal 3 ply spun on swift

Chubut fractal WPI around 9

Overall result: 259 gms, 9 wpi, 301 m/330 yards
Soft to the touch fairly even.

This is the loveliest fibre I've experienced. Although very fine (16.6 mic), the fibers are fairly long and easy to spin.
The dying was excellent too - almost no bleed at all when soaked to set in hand-hot water.

There was a little roving left over from the fractal prep - Red, Black and Cream adding up to 45 grams
This was spin in to a graduated lace weight giving 183 yards/167.3 m 
I've knitted a swatch using 3.25 mm needles first then 4 mm needles and decided on the 4 mm for a little project.

I've planned to make a little scare with gr=arter stitch and lace knitting (I've holes) as follows:
C/O 30 
Garter stitch 10 rows
K4 (YO 2 tog) x 11, K4
K4 P 22 K4
K2 (YO SSK) x 13, K2
K2 P26 K2
Repeat this until color change comes up, the Garter stitch 4 rows then begin pattern again.

The swatch showed me that it is important not to use 2 tog all the time as this will lead to skewing the lace to the right. The SSK fixes this although it is a bit annoying to do.

Adding rows of garter stitch tends to keep the pattern straight and underscored the color changes. Hoping to get a bit of satisfaction out of this while planning the next (and last for now) spinning adventure - the autumnal orange and tan 2 ply from the last rovings.

Next post: what twisted the lace knit and how to fix the pattern to suit the handspun.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


 Entering second partial lockdown November 2020, I decided to treat myself to some luxury fibre so I could spin something interesting during this time. I've haunted all the walking sports pithing 5 kg of my house and really miss the beaches which are out of bounds.

I ordered from my favorate source, Wolleknoll, Oberot-Neuhausen , Germany. Their web site has an English language version and I get their catalog. I love that it is so easy to distinguish exactly what is on offer with details such as Price/Kg, number of microns clearly indicated on each fibres type. Thecolors are lovely too.

I went for two packs of Chubut assorted colours, 16.5 microns. It is easy to track the order and it arrived in a few days. 

The fibre is very very soft yet easy enough to spin.

I've played around with it without any real end-product in mind other than making lots of different sorts of yarn - with color play, different weights/plys and techniques.

First off, I decided to make a chunky three-ply using pink, light green and grey. The pink is a lovely hot color but I'm not mad about hot pink so I "greyed" it down.

Chunky - 6 wraps per inch.

Soaking in warm water with washing up liquid

In a squidgy nest

189 meters/207 yards            303 grams                average 6 WRI chunky        very soft
Not very even - there are spots that bloom along the way - but this allows the individual colours to make a more definite appearance rather than disappear into the marl.

Approk 18 -19 grams each of the solid ping and green were left over so I plied them on themselves and they might be useful for adding small accents to a piece knitted from the marled yarn.

Next a 2-ply using blue and yellow.

I opened the blue roving using carders to facilitate spinning for this one as I planned to spin a finer yarn

Long, silky fibres! Lovely.

I spun these using short forward draw with hands around  6 inches apart . Idid the same with the yellow.

195 grams.        274 meters/300 yards  10 WPI

Next up - a fractal!!!

Using Red (R) , Black (B), Cream (C)

99 Grams of each divided in to 3 ie 33 grams X 3 R, 33 grams B X B, 33 grams C X3

Spool 1: R33g followed by B 33 followed by 33g C. one pattern run

Spool 2: R 16g followed by B 16g followed by C 16g repeated once i.e. 2 pattern runs

Spool 3: R 11g followed by B 11 g followed by C 11g repeated twice i.e. 3 pattern runs

I know the beginning will be solid red blowed by red/black but not sure what exactly will follow in terns of marls and solids - and that's what makes it fun to do!

Here they are lined up ready to spin into singles:

Spinning singles at 24 WPI for each sequence of colours

 Singles lined up for plying 

Spinning in progress

First change of sequence:







and so on.

See : More Chubut spun   Novemebr 28 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Cangora or DoggieDown is what some call the fluffy undercoat that is shed by certain dogs who have double coats for added insulation.

When I brush my Border Collie ( redhead called Connie), I often save the softest brushings and put a handful in a little net bag (off fruit) then wash with Fairy Liquid and leave it to dry.

I had built up enough to spin a fair amount of two-plied singles. I then went in search of a pattern that might suit this soft fuzzy yarn.

As it was next-to-delicate-skin type yarn, I looked for some type of neck warmer such as a cowl.
Low and behold, I found just the thing on Ravelry, Absolu Keyhole Cowl by Stephanie Steinhaus.
Her pattern on Ravelry:

The yarn even looks similar to Coagora

This is howdy Cangora version it looks:
With a broach:
With Corcks in the garden!

Feels Lovely.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Alpaca Spun

SO, spun the Alpaca.
Takes up a lot less room now - but not sure what it will eventually become.

Three LONG hanks and one smaller one.
The long ones make up 513 yards of approx. 8 twists per inch.
There are of course some thin bits (this being home-prepped and hand-spun).
There is also a smaller hank that I've not measured
The colors is sort of milk chocolate.
It feels soft and is draped rather than bouncy.
The reason for the long (and eventually inconvenient although visually alluring) hanks - had to do with possible weaving - but I"m not sure now.
Ah well!