Strega's Needles & Hooks

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Not just any swatch, but one I made from my first ever spindle spinning!
I was given a huge bag of raw fleece that is so dirty I'm washing it in small batches in the bath tub. Each time it takes 5 washes and 4 rinses to get the fleece reasonably clean.
Then it takes 4 or 5 or 6 days to dry thorougly. In the photo the fleece is in a pillow case hanging on the clothes line.
Then it must be carded. Since the staple is quite short, the carding takes hours. I card enough to spin about 20 meters at a time. It's a very long process!
For this swatch I transfered the spun yarn from the spindle to two cardboard tubes that once help toilet tissue. I then plied them together onto the spindle, then wound the plied yarn back onto another empty tube.
Finally I was ready to knit the swatch. After knitting I used some Easter egg dye to dye it in the microwave.
What a learning experience! In the coming years I hope to be a much better spinner because I've found that I really love doing it. :-)


Blogger Ariel said...

YAY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks great!!!!

Friday, 09 June, 2006  
Blogger Tallguy said...

Oh, you are doing very well!! Beautiful piece of knitting -- all the more special because you did it all by yourself!! Terrific! But you already know that.

Sometimes a very dirty fleece is just not worth all that bother. Does it have a lot of VM in it, or just greasy? Get a really good strong detergent to get it clean. And a little grease is good too!

I have to say I like the CD spindle too -- altho cheap, it does work beautifully, and so portable. I take it whenever I have some waiting to do, and I can sure do a lot in little caught moments!

Can't wait to see what else you come up with!!

Saturday, 10 June, 2006  

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