2/22/18

Scrappy Spinning Thanks to 'Mary's Little Lamb'


When Mary had a little lamb...she may have taken it to school, but she did not take that fleece as white as snow out in the freezing, rainy, muddy weather.

 Instead she stayed home, sheared the snow white fleece...which was so clean from not being out in the freezing, rainy, muddy weather she skipped the cleaning step.  Then she breezed through all the steps it took to get it ready for packaging and shipping.

What a smart girl Mary was, and today because it is freezing, rainy and muddy, I am not taking my 'Little Lamb Lovelies' to school work either.  Nope, I'm staying home and playing with recently received packages of wool from Mary Paradise Fibers.

 I'm finding...that just like in quilting/sewing, spinning out of the scrap basket is one of my favorite things to do.  'Scrappy Spinning'!!!


2/19/18

Now It Is Yarn and It's 'Hand Done, Honey'


As you can see, I am set up to spin, and even have a spool spun which was last Wordless Wednesdays wordless post....just because I was speechless.  Since then, I have overcome my lack of words to express the awe and excitement of spinning my first spool of yarn.  Actually it is not officially yarn...there are several more steps before it can be called yarn.
 
Next step is 'Plying'.  That's where you un-spin spun spool backwards.  What???  Yeah, my thought too...and I thought I was done.  I won't go into the technical aspects of backward spinning, just know I did it with much ado and adjustments in using two strands of metallic thread not meant for spinning backwards.  Very thankful for UTube and Mr. Ashford himself for plying and more instructions.
 
Again, I won't go into steps after plying except to say my ordered 'nitty noddy' is somewhere between here and wherever. 

So, I improvised by winding the now backwards spun almost yarn around the back of my spinning chair which also spins.

Off the spinning chair back and into what is now called a 'Hank'.  Still not yarn, but close.  Why Hank?

Oh, notice the un-backwards spun strands of metallic thread?  My saving grace that it is 'Art Yarn' and I can say 'I did that on purpose'...artistic license!  Next, a warm bath...for the yarn, not me!  Seriously, to SET the forward/backwards spun twisted hank it is soaked in warm water, towel dried and hung out to dry....me too!

NOW it is YARN and it's 'Hand Done, Honey'.
And so is this....
 
I am so Twisted and Set...literally!

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