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Spinning Blue

Sitting at the Old Coastguard and I had set myself the task to finish the mittens off and the cushion cover. No big deal! (She said…….)
 
Also, I took with me a bit of the wool dyed with Woad from last weeks dying experience!
Fatal! It is so much fun to play with the bits, creating variegated yarn, looking at the bright blue sea! Bliss!
Why? Why is spinning such a fascinating thing to do? Spinning in my world is a very intuitive activity, it is all about hand and eye coordination, concentration to “draw” the right amount of fleece out , in order to create a reasonable even yarn. It seems to occupy a special part in the brain, it is predominantly about the feel of the hand and the wool and the spindle. Spinning does quite my mind, so much more than knitting and crochet! This might be because it is still new to me, I am not sure…………?
And I am slowly discovering ways of exploring different ways of creating yarn, from just plain coloured fleece, or carding different tones together to achieve tweedy yarn, by having two coloured wool in a way parallel in my hand. 
I am still so in awe about the woad dyeing, the blue colour is so alive, even in the pale blue of the exhausted dye vat. 

2 thoughts on “Spinning Blue”

  1. Hello 🙂 thank you for taking the time to share your woolly experiences with us 🙂 I’m a knitter and I feel fascinated by hand spinning and would like to get started, would you have any advice on where to start? 🙂 thanks 🙂

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    1. Hi Noemie,
      Thank you for your lovely comment!
      If you still live in London, check out the Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.uk, they can point you to your local branch. A hand spindle and a bag full of roving (washed and carded wool), time and YouTube is not bad if there is no human around to get you started.
      There are many places on line where you can get wool for spinning, Wingham Wool is a good place to start with. I got my Turkish Spindles, which I love from Etsy. Also check out Wool events near you such as Fibre East and Farnham Maltings College with Unravel.
      So much of the top of my head, if you want to know more don’t hesitate to ask me again!
      Happy Spinnig! Ch 🐏

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