From failure to beauty

A year ago, I had already tried spinning with my old Finnish Kiikkalainen spinning wheel. As I’ve already told you, that didn’t work out…

After that, I’ve been learning to spin with spindles and my Ashford Joy2 spinning wheel and gotta say, finally I got the result I actually wanted! Still far from perfect but already pretty, usable yarn coming out of my wheel.

Last year I also got into dyeing. On October, I dyed first time with Jacquard acid dyes and first attempt wasn’t as successful as I hoped. The green didn’t turn out green, but yellow, and I didn’t like to roving at all. It was hanging on my craft shelf waiting for something.

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That something came this year: Stashdown 2017 Wheel Edition! I decided that it was time to use that roving in this project so it was the first one I spun with the wheel. And it actually turned out really nice! Colors blended nicely together and made a little fractal look when the colors didn’t match up while plying. But I’m really satisfied of the results.

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POF-ing

Lately I’ve fell in love with spinning technique called POF-ing (POF stands for ply on fly), meaning that once you finish spinning the fiber, you get already plied yarn out of spindle.

Yes, I’ve been doing this with spindle, don’t know if it’s even possible to do with the spinning wheel, but I use my turkish spindles for this technique.

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It feels quite slow, you don’t see that much progress, but actually I think it’s faster than first spinning the singles and then plying those. I learned to collect the single around the shaft of the spindle, and from the shaft as butterfly around my fingers, which makes it really easy to ply. Below, you can find links to videos that helped me, thanks to Spinning Sara for making those!

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Both of these projects are still unfinished, but I’m not in a hurry with those so I just enjoy the ride!


Tutorial videos:

Temporary cop on a Turkish Spindle

Making a butterfly for your singles

Yarn!!!

Since I bought my Ashford Joy 2 spinning wheel, I’ve already made several yarns with it. I just love the compact look of the wheel, the double pedals and the ease of spinning with well working modern wheel. It’s also lightweight, so it’s easy to grab along and take the spinning outside of the house.

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Ashford Joy 2

I happened to find the Joy 2 cheaply via Ravelry spinning group, with many bobbins and the carrybag, so I didn’t have to pay a fortune to get it.

First yarn which I actually finished, was spun from Tale & Tendrils Elbereth, 100% merino wool. Merino felt quite different from the finn lamb, which was my “testfiber” in my first spinning attempts. In a way, it felt stickier and harder to draw, but once I got hang of it, it actually was really nice to spin.

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Tale & Tendril: Elbereth, 100% merino

The result was still lumpy, uneven yarn, with too tight spin, so if you try to knit or crochet with it, the result is really stiff. But anyway, you had to start somewhere, right?

I’ve bought most of the wool I’ve spun from Nunoco‘s Etsy store. When I first came across to their store, thanks to fellow spinners in Finnish group, I fell in love with the beautiful colors of the fibers.

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Nunoco Marigold, 100% merino

So from first Nunoco fiber order, I was able to spin a bit better yarn already. I wanted to make gradient yarn, without knowing how to actually do that. So I just spun 2 singles with all the colors split in parts and then plied those together. Looks more like fractal spun, but I loved the yarn immediately, and it will be a cowl when I have time to knit from it!

Second one turned out even better, you could see that learning had payed off and the yarn was already thinner. I spun all colors after each other and tried new plying technique, Navajo-ply, to get the colors in their own segments.

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Nunoco Herb Garden, 100% merino

 

I have many projects going on at the same time, so while I spin with my Joy, I also spin with spindles. I actually was able to finish a yarn for my boyfriends daughters socks, which was made of cotton candy colored finnwool I dyed myself!

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“Cotton Candy”, 100% finnwool dyed with food coloring

Also, from this yarn, I’ve knit for the first time from yarn I spun myself, and boy I feel proud! It’s so soft to knit, I hope the little girl will love her socks when they are finished, since of course, I spun too little of the yarn, so I gotta spin some more before getting both of the socks done.

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Socks from “Cotton candy”

 

 

Yarn spinning

I’ve wanted to learn how to spin my own yarn as long as I can remember. I remember myself spinning my grandmoms spinning wheel, which was used only as decoration, and I loved seeing the wheel spin fast and the feel of the pedal under my foot. Nobody in my family knows how to spin, so there was nobody to teach, so it took years before I got the spark and started to learn the art of spinning. Thanks to modern technology and YouTube!

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I bought my first wheel a year ago. Over 100 year old fella, Finnish “Kiikkalainen”. He is really charming but has his own squeaks and tricks… He was in fine condition when I got him, you could see that he’s been kept in warm and neat place, only a bit dust on but otherwise nothing wrong.

So, with much determination, I started to learn how to use the spinning wheel. Well… the start wasn’t easy. You couldn’t even pedal this spinning wheel slow enough to be able to feed the wool fast enough. Tried to spin every now and then, and then again longer pause after getting really frustrated…

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But since I was really determined, I was following a Finnish spinning group in Ravelry and decided to order a spindle so I could learn with slower pace how to feed the wool. Found pretty looking top weighed spindle from Etsy. And day after that, I found a modern spinning wheel cheaply from the spinning group group, just when I had given up the idea, that I will learn spinning with spinning wheel.

So last Tuesday, I came home with Ashford Joy 2 spinning wheel. Oh boy, how easy the spinning felt! So effortless and easy… It’s great that it fits to small space, since there’s not that much extra room in our apartment and it is really silent and looks nice to me.
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So, now I’ve got 2 spinning wheels and one spindle to use. And wool. I’ve got many kilos of Finn lamb wool! Raw wool, straight from the sheep owners! In many colors too, and since I wanted to learn the whole process of making the yarn from the wool, I bought new hand carders too.

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All this wool processing is so relaxing and fun! Love the feel of the wool in my hands and love to see how it transforms from a “lump” of wool first to fluffy batch to be spun and then to yarn!

Hopefully soon I can show you something I’ve made using the yarn I’ve spun!

Kehräys

Uusin innostukseni käsityösaralla on kehräys. Monta vuotta olen pohtinut, että olisi ihana oppia tuottamaan itse omat lankansa, mutta kuitenkin se lopullinen kipinä antoi odotuttaa itseään kauan, kunnes tänä syksynä sitten iski.

Facebookista löytyi perinnerukki ryhmä Ämmä ja koukkari – Perinnerukin ystävät, jota varovasti selailemalla aloitin tutustumisen kehräyksen maailmaan.

Olen aina mieltänyt kehräyksen jotenkin hirvittävän haastavaksi, ja sitähän se onkin. Mutta mukavalla tavalla, antaen taas vähän jotain uutta käsillä tehtävää ja opeteltavaa.

Luonnollinen tie olisi ollut ostaa ensin rukki, ja siihen kehrättäväksi sopivaa materiaalia, mutta minulla meni päin vastoin. Ensin tuli yli 8 kg suomenlampaan käsittelemätöntä villaa, ja sitten piti ostaa vihdoin se rukki.

VillaaKoska rahatilanne ei päätä huimaa, ja pelkäsin sijoittaa isoa summaa uuteen juttuu, minkä kiinnostavuudesta en kuitenkaan ollut varma, päädyin ostamaan vanhan kiikkalaisen rukin Facebookin kirppisryhmän kautta. Ikää rouvalla on jo paljon, mutta omatessaan samanlaisen ulkonäön kuin mummoni rukilla, mitä lapsena huvikseni paljon poljin, se vei sydämeni. Ja se osoittautukin hyväksi ostokseksi halvasta hinnasta ja iästään huolimatta. Oli nimittäin siistissä kunnossa, sisätiloissa säilytettynä. Pyörä pyörii tasaisesti ja muutenkin osat olivat kaikki ehjiä. Riitti kun pölyt pyyhki pois ja rasvaili paikkoja niin hienosti lähti rukki vauhtiin.

KiikkalainenAluksi tietämättömänä yritin saada kehrättyä yhdellä nyörillä, joka kulki vain kehrän kautta, kunnes perinnerukkien ystävät auttoivat ja ohjeistivat millainen nyörityksen tulisi olla, ja sen jälkeen onkin alkanut homma luistamaan paremmin. Jonkinlaista langantapaista on tullut jo kehrättyä!

Lankaa rullallaPitkä matka on vielä siihen, että kelvollista lankaa saan aikaiseksi, mutta hiljaa hyvä tulee! Nyt sentään jo wanhan rouvan aivotukset alkaa vähän paremmin olla selvillä, ja ymmärrän vauhdikkaammin lankaa torveen ohjata.