Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spinning in the yurt: green fibre make happy sock yarn

Finally, a post with photos. What's the point of having a camera if I don't take any photos for you all?

Whether I'm travelling, waiting for an appointment, or moving into a yurt, one of the most important things is that I avoid getting bored. Boredom leads to thinking which is only sometimes a good thing.

So to keep me comfortable in the yurt I have my alarm clock, mp3 player, Kindle, light and well...self defence system

Actually I do know how to use a sword. There was a lot of self defence classes when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s. I like this one because it has a nice curve to it, is double edged, sharp enough to cut through rope in case of emergency, and the scabbard just the right weight and can do almost as much damage to an attacker as the blade if you know what you're doing.

Surely all that is not enough to keep me entertained. Need a spinning wheel.

Have a closer look at this beautiful fibre.

One of the braids is soft Marino, the other blended with silk. These are hand dyed by Ryan of Knotty by Nature. I figured I needed an extra special treat so I dug into my special occasion fibre stash.

I'm starting with the Marino and spinning my standard sock yarn - comfort yarn - as who doesn't like Marino sock yarn? Problem is, I have the hardest time talking myself into selling sock yarn in my shop. I tend to hoard it in hopes of someday learning how to use my knitting machine to make socks.


Josiane said...

Your wheel is so beautifully finished! It's gorgeous. So is the fibre, and I'm betting the yarn you'll make out if it will be very pretty too.

Noelle said...

I bought this set of fine grade hand looms for socks a few years ago. At the rate it takes me to do a round on one of these looms, I would be lucky to be buried in the half sock I might have finished by then.

Noelle said...

I'd love to see a better picture of the sword. I have one of my own (not sharpened though) and a lovely collection of daggers (very sharp and out of the child's reach).

raven said...

A loom for sock yarn....? I hear knitting on a loom is easier on the hands, I'll have to look into it.