Golden Fleece, module 6 – Magic Flight: Looking back

As I wrote in my previous post, It felt wrong to do what originally planned for this module. I skipped the first idea and decided to go back to basics with what I did when I first started spinning. 2 ply on a drop Spindle.

That choise was definitely the right one!This grey merino yarn was the first thing I ever spun, on a cheap learning drop spindle and I added to much twist into both the singles and ply. The yarn is the stiffest thing you can imagine, and it probably will just be suitable for scrubbing pots and pans!

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The yarn I have spun now is an andeanplied 2ply lace weight merino/silk single. 4 grams and 37,5 meters, and hold on 80 WPI!

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Making this yarn and going back to where it all started has made me think about my learning curve and what I love to do when it comes to spinning. My learning curve has been fantastic, and I have loved every single bit of it!  The other day I decided to do some tidying in my Flickraccount and sort my handspun pictures into yearly albums. Seeing how my spinning has developed and progressed during the years, and seeing what processes that have had me tickled pink!

Here are som mosaics from my years of spinning. Click on the year links to see the whole content of the album

2008
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2009
2009

2010
2010

2011
2011

2012
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2013
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and so far into 2014
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And during this process I discovered what I really really love to do more than just play around with the wheel and make art yarns… I love to make handspun that can be made into use… fine yarns for knitting with. That is the way I create magic!
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Golden Fleece – Module 6 in progress

After lots and lots of thinking I decided to skip my first plan for module 6, it just did not feel right to recreate the yarn from module 1 from where I am in the process now.During TDF I have been spinning a lot on drop spindles, and that is how I started spinning when I first wanted to see if spinning was for me, spinning a plain twoply on a drop spindle.

Back when I first started to spin I was so afraid to not get enough twist into the first yarn I ever spun, and the lovely grey merino turned out as a very stiff and hard yarn and it was only suitable for scrubbing post and pans, but I loved the process of spinning.

So my new plan is to spin a 2ply on a drop spindle now and use that for my module 6 yarn. This IS my magic flight! On a drop spindle I can spin the finest of yarns, like a two-ply fine lace weight. This is where my magic happens, small amounts of fiber and spinning them on drop spindles just because I love the process.

The fiber is a merino/silk sample and the spindle is a 10 gram mini Padauk from Spintollen.nl

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Battle of the bobbins!

A while ago I signed up for a spinning battle with Arlene aka «Spin Artiste«. She does a thing called «Battle of the bobbins» on the spin Artiste blog where she and another person sends a surprise package containing a challenge…. and then you spin a yarn from the contents of the package. No other rules than that you have to use what the package includes, and you can add whatever you want to it.

THIS is what I got… now how in the world can you spin two placemats???

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I decided to cut the edges of the mats and separate the layers.

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I cut circles and ovals out of the green plastic backing

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And the fabric was cut into squares before I actually knew just what I was going to do… I decided to let this be whatever it wanted to be along the way. The only thing I was thinking was that the theme of the package was flowers (at least that was what I was thinking of since the colors of the fibers were represented in the table mats).

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For my own addition I added come corriedale and merino

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and carded them together with almost all the other fibers, giving them two passes through the drum carder,

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Then I folded the plastic circles twice and I sewed them into that shape with a sturdy green yarn. Then I strung them all onto a strand of that same yarn. The fabric was folded and sewed. The puff yarn was cut into pieces, and so was the ribbons. All of them tied and strung onto a strand of that same green yarn.

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Both strands, and a third plain one was held together with a bulky unspecified yarn I had and used as a core for the fibers that I carded. The single with the green plastic was _hell_ to run through the Aura! When I went to ply the three singles they were just to bulky for the orificies of the Aura and I had to twist them by hand with the help of my feet :)

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I am pretty happy with the way this worked out, and I do love challenges like this one. ANYTHING can be spun, you just have to figure out how you can spin them!

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