Homespun Honeysuckle

I’ve had fun this summer learning to spin on my Cassandra wheel by JMS Spinning Wheels.  Part of the fun is playing with the colors that develop when the wool spins onto the bobbin.  Now as I look around my yard, I see so many colorways that I would like to duplicate in yarn.  This yarn was inspired by my honeysuckle.

This yarn started as an experiment in using pokeberries as dyestuff (I’ll talk about that more in another post).  I also dyed some wool roving using food coloring.  After dyeing the wool roving, I hung it up to dry–my, it turned out so bright and pretty!

In the dye bath

Drying in the sunReady to spin!

The next step was to spin the wool onto bobbins.  One of the best thing about my wheel is that it came with 8 bobbins and a lazy kate.  (I never thought I would need so many bobbins, but it is amazing how many projects you can get going at once!)  After the singles were prepared, I plyed them to make the finished yarn, about 450 yards worth.

Pokeberry on the left and food coloring on the right.

Pokeberry on the left and food coloring on the right.

Homespun Honeysuckle Skein

I think this project turned out very nicely.  This skein is already into the hands of a knitter, so hopefully I’ll have some pictures to show how the yarn works up.

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A Hat or a Halo?

A hat made from "Archangel" roving from Malabrigo Nube line.

A hat made from “Archangel” roving from Malabrigo Nube line.

This may look like a hat (and technically, it is!).  However, this adorable hat was made from dyed wool roving–the Nube line by Malabrigo–called “Archangel.”  I chose the roving as some of my first spinning wool because I liked the bright colors; I had no idea how beautiful the yarn would be.  And I have to say, although my crocheting is adequate, I think the colors make this into a halo fit for an angel.  I am proud to present it to a lovely lady as a “thank-you” gift.

Dyed merino roving and two-plyed yarn made with "Archangel" by Malabrigo

Dyed merino roving and two-plyed yarn made with “Archangel” by Malabrigo

A Hint of Persia

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Yarn spun from Malabrigo Nube “Persia”

I love color and whimsy.  So spinning dyed roving is a real treat–you can’t guess from looking at the roving what the yarn will look like when it is spun.  (Roving is a bundle of fibre where the fibres have been carded into one direction.)  I am so lucky to live near the Yarn Barn in Lawrence, KS.  I can get my hands on the different fibres to feel the softness and imagine what the finished product will look like.  This yarn is “Persia” by Malabrigo Yarns in the Nube line.  “Nube” means cloud in Spanish, and this yarn is 100% Merino, so it is super soft.  My spinning technique is improving and I’m very happy with my Cassandra wheel.

Malabrigo Nube "Persia" roving & yarn

Malabrigo Nube “Persia” roving & yarn