Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Handspun Yarn Story


Hi Knitters,
The winner of the copy of Wearwithall is Carmen (cnuland - rav id). Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered. I have a really fun giveaway coming up that includes some gorgeous yarn. Look for that in the near future.

Today I want to share a handspun yarn story through photos. The process of spinning yarn has become a real passion of mine. I love every step along the way. The roving in the photo above is from Cloudlover (click here for the site) in the Green River colorway.

In the end I got 298 yards of about a dk weight yarn. I am thinking about making a version of this shawl with it even though I am short on the yardage. I will just make it a little smaller to compensate.













best, susie

20 comments:

Zenitude said...

Beautiful colour! I love to spin too, watching the colours blend together, feeling the fibre between my fingers becoming yarn. The part that kills me is waiting 24 hours to give my singles a rest time before I can ply it!

Deborah said...

Hi.
I love the color! Beautiful spinning. I have a Jensen Tina II spinning wheel which is gathering dust. You have inspired me to dust it off and start spinning again. From fleece to garmet is an amazing process!

Anonymous said...

I started spinning a couple of years ago and end up with skeins of yarn that are usually just a tad too short for most of what I would like to knit. I have started using my handspun for the body of the shawl and a purchased yarn for the edging, other plans are to use the handspun for a sweater yoke and the purchased for the body (maybe saving a bit of handspun for the bottom edges of sleeves and hems).
All those luscious braids of colorful fiber in 4 oz amounts don't spin up to lengths that are usuable except for hats/scarves/fingerless mitts. Beth

Luna Grey Fiber Arts said...

Nice work. Such beautiful yarn.

I have had my eye on this shawl: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-shells
It only takes 250 yards of DK and is free to boot. It might be perfect for your newly spun yarn : )

-Jackie

Amber said...

Love the color, the texture, everything!

I got a wheel in May but haven't had the opportunity to try it yet. I can't wait to begin making beautiful yarns!

Your blog is always inspiring and when I get it I feel like I've had an email from a friend.

Kristi said...

That's really neat! I love the color, my favorite!

Kristi said...

That's really neat! I love the color too, my favorite!

Brandi Schoch said...

I really need to get back to my spinning and knitting projects. This temp work of playing secretary to real estate agent is taking too much time from these pursuits.:)

Knitting Sarah said...

My youngest starts school this fall, so I am combatting any empty nest emotions with spinning. I currently have Cloudlover fiber on my wheel, a handspan I finished last week on my needles and three new braids in the mail. I adore Cloudlover!

Savannagal said...

Your handspun is gorgeous. I must learn to spin. I love the look of handspun yarn. The shawl is lovely and will look terrific in your handspun. I can't wait to see the finished shawl.

cockney blonde said...

Love that colour and its amazing how its transformed with the spinning. Really enjoying your blog, x

Anonymous said...

I'm having serious spinning wheel cravings. I'd love to have a wheel and spin! Your yarn is gorgeous. It will definitely make a beautiful shawl. :) samm at rav

Carmen Nuland said...

Beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Tell me about your niddy noddy--I'm not familiar with one like it. What is the metal piece for? Who makes it? Thanks for the info. Pat Mofjeld npmofjeld@comcast.net

Susan B. Anderson said...

The niddy noddy is a Schact. The metal pipe is adjustable to get one yard or two yard skeins.

Kepanie said...

Beautiful job, Susan! I hope to spin one day.

Deb said...

I have no idea how to spin, but your creations are stunning, the colours are vibrant and beautiful. What will they be this time??

Deb said...

I have no idea how to spin, but your creations are stunning, the colours are vibrant and beautiful. What will they be this time??

haveknittingwilltravel said...

That is beautiful. Makes me want to spin right now! (Don't have a clue how to though and yes I do have a wheel :p)

Hind DP said...

I love the finished yarn, the colors are beautiful!