Gasp!!!! It is so pretty! These are the exact dye colours that I have here beside me. I have been spinning all week to dye skeins for a friend who is about to have a baby. I have some fleece that I was going to toss into the pot to make a multicoloured batch! Very very pretty all spun up!
Those are SO pretty! My grandma has a spinning wheel and I have always wanted to learn to use it. That looks so fun to take something through the entire process from sheep to sweater.
Sooo beautiful! I'm gonna have to get me a spinning wheel now and a ... sheep. Stunning.
Beautiful! I still haven't gotten past the whole staring at the spindle and wanting to cry part.
It looks great! I was thinking about learning to spin recently, but I was wondering how much it costs for the material, and how difficult it is to make... could you please enlighten me?
It's not cheap, Yofed. Fleece is inexpensive, at least if it's unwashed and pretty much straight off the sheep. Often free or close to it. A decent set of hand carders cost more than a hundred bucks. A drum carder is maybe $300. A spinning wheel can be double that (though a drop spindle can be had for $15, or made out of dowel and a few old CD's). But in our experience fibre buffs love sharing their art and tend to be very generous loaning their equipment out to newbies. I got 'in the loop' by taking a drop-spinning class run by a local knitting store. We've gravitated to ladies spinning at craft shows and farmers' markets and made connections that way. As I recall, NS has a lot of spinners and knitters. There is quite a knack to the spinning. We're pretty poor spinners at this point, but the yarn is at least usable. It's very helpful to have someone show you (or at least watch a whole lot of YouTube videos). The whole process is very labour intensive. But for us that's part of the attraction -- doing every step, continuing the project week after week, a bit at a time.
That is so beautiful. I have begun handspinning in the past few months, and have an angora rabbit now too, whose fur I spin in with alpaca. I'm not too great yet at thin consistency, but some day... ;) I love the colors in the yarn. That is beautiful. I hope to start some dye experiments with the light colored angora and alpaca. Get some color in there!
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