i am really pleased to have added a selection of learn to spin drop spindle kits to my etsy shop!
want to learn to make your very own handspun yarn? looking for a special gift for a creative person on your list? take a peek at my learn to spin kits- each one includes a light weight, top whirl drop spindle, 4 ounces of gorgeously handpainted wool, and detailed, clear instructions.
i have added some merino/silk top to the shop as well. it's always such a treat to spin! i am partial to this one, myself:
and! i was really excited to learn that etsy is now offering a coupon option for sellers! as a thanks to you, my friendly blog readers, i am offering a 25% discount off all orders between now and 12/15 (the last day i'll guarantee shipping for a christmas arrival). just enter the code "hello" on check out!
i just added some hand dyed, hand carded spinning batts and some handpainted merino/tussah silk top to my etsy shop. i'm feeling really proud of this recent batch and hope that you enjoy it too. there's more to come over the next few days too!
i hope those of you who celebrate thanksgiving had a great one. here's what i have been working on over the past few days. they'll go on etsy at some point when i get a chance, hopefully by sunday evening at the very latest.
there's a half decorated christmas tree and two girls with mugs of cocoa in my living room so i had better best skedaddle! happy weekend, all!
i gave greta a jar of what she calls "pretties" (yarn scraps) today, hoping that it would hold her long enough so that i could update my etsy shop.
she spent a little bit of time decorating the dog and then whoosh! onto the next thing. i love the non-stop energy and excitement of life with a toddler, but man! it can take some serious strategics to get anything done.
i managed to take a lot of photos of yarn, but the big update that i have planned is going to have to wait until tomorrow.
i did get this one batt set listed though. yay for that! it took some definite willpower to not spin these up myself- they are soft and lush and eager for someone to make them into yarn, that's for sure!
we have lived in three different homes since i began making yarn. the corners where i've kept my spinning wheel have been my favorite spots in all three places. these days, my wheel is kind of migratory. i've found that i can bring it over to the dining room table so that i can spin while greta snacks. (she's a slow + frequent snacker, so this works pretty well.) but this is the "official" corner for the wheel, as of right now:
and there's the last place, but honestly, i think you always remember your first with a special kind of fondness:
i miss that cozy little corner.
if you are like me (nosy) and like to see where other people craft, this flickr group is fun.
something has shifted, and i am getting more and more drawn to darks (charcoals + somber grays) punctuated by cheery brights. i am thinking there are peaches and fuschias and shapes of turquoise in my dye pots' futures.
i'm working on getting october's colors out of my system so that i can move on to something new for november! does that ever happen to you, with things you make? like you have to do as much as humanly possible with a certain theme before you can move onto the next thing? i got pretty obsessed with deep ceruleans and rusts and golds over the past few weeks.
here's a full shot of my drum carder, for those who might be curious:
i was reminded yesterday that some of you might not be familiar with the apparatus or the process of combing and combining fiber to make it ready to spin. a drum carder uses two drums, both covered with little metal teeth, to straighten fiber (it's pretty curly when it comes off the sheep).
the teeth kind of make the carder work like a big, hand cranked hair brush. (there are electric carders too, and i can only imagine who much fun they must be! and many fiber artists use hand carders, which look a lot like two large cat brushes, to do the same job.) my carder is from louet; it's the standard fine cloth model. (i wish mine had those cute sheep + alpacas on it! that must be a newer design.)
for me, one of the most exciting things about having a drum carder is the possibilities it opens up for combining and blending different fibers, textures and colors! the sky is the limit. there's a kind of free-form energy about carding that really appeals to me. toss in whatever's lying around! if it can go through those little teeth, it can be carded.
the final product is a batt- basically a nice big roll of fluff ready to be spun. there are a few different modes of spinning from a batt, but i generally unroll, and tear off strips about two fingers wide. these batts are wool carded with soy silk, and hopefully i will have some yarn to show from them soon.