Low Twist Singles

Balanced. low twist singles are something that I have believed for a while to be a thing of magic and completely unattainable by mere mortals. I’ve tried and failed on several occasions to spin them and always end up with either, too much twist and a curly mess that ends up being wound up and plied to balance it out. Or, end up with not enough twist and the singles fall apart every 10 inches or so.

Yesterday I tried again and only the first few yards on the bobbin were of the drifty apart kind. I washed and finished the yarn last night and hung it up to dry.

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This terrible photo was taken in the bathroom which has no natural light but it’s the only place in the apartment with a wall mounted hook on which I can show you the yarn in all it’s balanced beauty.

The yarn is a combination of 2 indie dyed tops that because of their composition were a bit felted and hard to draft especially when you have been spoilt by hand blended combed tops. As they were of similar colours I blended them together.

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Again, apologies for the poorly lit, iPhone photo but it’s the only one I have of the tops to show off the colour graduation.

It’s a Merino/silk/camel/angora blend and it looks like this now it’s done.

 

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Needless to say I am very happy with it. I have no knitting plans for it as yet though.

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in a spin

I have two finished yarns to show off today.

Before I do though, people who know me should be prepared as neither of them are duck egg blue, or even blue green. Yikes!

The first was originally meant to be 3 separate colours striped. I had it in my mind that I needed a yellow, grey and cream shawl or cowl or something and I had 3 Shetland tops in exactly those colours.

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I started to spin the yellow and to me it just looked flat. So I got my hackles out and blended the 3 Shetland tops together to make something more pleasing to my eye. The finished yarn is about a  10-12ply.

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The next yarn was a custom blend top from World of Wool. A gorgeous burnished orange BFL. Both BFL and Shetland have to be my two absolute favourite fibres to spin though they are quite different in character. But I could no more chose between them than chose between chocolate or salted caramels.

Both please!

 

 

 

 

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I don’t know what either of these yarns will become as yet but I think I need to spin a dark grey yarn to stripe with the orange.

Three bags full

I love blending wool on my hackles but it does come with a downside.

 

That’s all the waste from just the Alfresco!

 

So now I have 3 bags full of blending waste.

I was wondering if there was anyone out there who could make use of nearly 1.8 kgs of fluff for free. Obviously postage would have to be paid for by the recipient. As I do blend with felt resistant wools such as Southdown and Dorset Horn not all of it is felt able .

Alfresco

Well, Summer is nearly upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere and though I’m not a huge fan of the hot weather (British understatement) I do enjoy an alfresco lunch with friends, preferably under the dappled shade of a tree or two. I love warmer days when you can throw open the windows and patio door to let some fresh air in. Gotta love fly screens though 😉

Anyway to the point!

I created a delicious double blended colour way for my Etsy store that makes me think of alfresco lunches with friends. It’s called, Alfresco! Ha, fancy that!

 

Alfresco on the hackles 2nd blending.

 

A dreamy cloud…

 

…or 2

 

I spun up a sample because I needed to see it in the yarn so to speak. Obviously I’ve kept some back for myself. I’m not totally selfless! I see it as a shawl but then all I want to knit at the moment is shawls.

Oh, it’s a blend of BFL, English 56’s, Merino and a bit of Bamboo. There are only 2 x 130g boxes for sale for now so better be quick!

double blended duck egg omlette

I always try to follow advice given to me by wise, knowledgeable people and a comment by Jules on my last post about making more for myself really hit the mark. So much so, that I immediately set to work.

I took a custom blend I’d had made by World of Wool which was a bit insipid as I hadn’t put enough colour in it and I added three more shades of dyed merino to it. Then I put it through the hackles twice to make delicious clouds of duck egg fluff.

 

I’m in love 😀

Thanks Jules

Duck Egg Omlette

The last colour way of the day is Duck Egg Omlette. People who know me will be surprised that I’m even considering parting with this because it’s my absolute favourite colour but hey, I know the secret recipe 😉

 

It gets a lot of pics because it’s so flipping pretty!

1 part Merino

1 part BFL

1/2 white Shetland

1/2 grey Shetland

a pinch of Mohair

I have 170g available for $47.60 plus postage. As always it comes packaged in a box to prevent the squishing and ruffling of these hand blended fibres. Postage is by Australia post and will be calculated once I know where to send the pretty fluff.

More colour ways are on their way so visit me again soon.

 

Creme Caramel

Mmmmm, I love caramel and one of my favourite desserts is creme caramel though to be totally fair I love everything toffeeish and caramelly.

So, I’ve blended up some delicious caramel coloured Fluff on my hackles in celebration of all that is lovely and caramelly.

 

It’s fat free with no artificial sugars and light as a feather made from deliciously soft Merino weighing 110g and I’m selling it for $30 plus postage. It’s packaged in a box to prevent the squishing and tangling of the fibres that I’ve hand blended.

 

Blueberry

I’ve had a busy weekend with the hackles making lots of pretty clouds of wool.

It’s not a particularly great photograph but I just wanted to show what it is about blending on the hackles that makes me giddy with excitement. If you couldn’t guess its the play with colour, there are 3 shades of blue and 2 shades of purple in this blend.  I like to blend like this because I’m trying to create yarn that isn’t flat in colour or tone, that has depth and interest. For me it’s a more natural and aesthetically pleasing.

This colour way is called blueberry because well, erm… it’s kinda like blueberries.

3 parts Corriedale

2 parts Merino

a pinch of bamboo

a pinch of silk

It’s 368g but I could split it in half or thirds. $28 per 100g because it’s hand blended it is very light and airy so it drafts beautifully. In order to preserve it’s light fluffiness I package it in boxes.

New! Hand blended wool tops for sale

Well I’ve been busy again with the hackles. I’ve created 3 new blends which are super pretty. I’m enjoying blending so much but I really don’t have enough time to spin them all so I’ve decided to start selling some of my blends on the blog for now and if there is enough demand, maybe open an Etsy shop. For now here are some recipes for your yarn.

The first one I’ve called “strawberries in my oatmeal”. Three shades of red blended with oatmeal BFL would make a lovely tweedy red yarn.

1 part Oatmeal Bluefaced Leicester

1 part Merino

2 parts Shetland

There is 140g of this colour way and I’m selling it for $39 plus postage.

Continuing with the strawberry theme is “so strawberry jammy”. The same three shades of red as above without the oatmeal BFL for a delicious semi-solid yarn.

1 part Merino

2 parts Shetland

138g of delicious red woolliness for $38.50 plus postage.

Next up is “raspberry milkshake”. SOLD

3 parts Merino

1 part Dorset Horn

Dorset Horn is a very versatile wool according to the Fleece and Fibre Sourcebook it can be spun into an airy woollen yarn or a more compact worsted yarn. It is noted for it’s resistance to felting. So great for a shawl or a pair of socks!

I’ve blended 137g and selling it for $34.25 plus postage.

All of my hand blends would be packaged in a box to prevent them from being squashed in transit thereby retaining all the light airy yumminess. If you are interested in any of my hand blends please email me at melanie.jordan@y7mail.com with your address. Postage will be charges as per Australia Post rates. At the moment I am accepting PayPal and bank transfer only.

This is all a bit new for me so if there is something I could do to improve my service please feel free to advise me.

Cheers Melanie x

Finished projects and new ones too

I finished my stripe study shawl this morning. I feel a bit ambivalent about this shawl and I don’t know why really. It is in my favourite colours and from yarn out of my stash, it was an easy mindless knit but not boring. It looks good and will be perfect for throwing around my shoulders when there is a bit of a breeze but still… meh!

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Maybe, it’s because I had high expectations and just hasn’t lived up to the hype. Maybe, I just need to wear it to appreciate it more, who knows. So next on the needles is Terra by Jared Flood. Yes, another shawl, not one for the coming summer season but what the heck. I’m very excited to cast this one on, I was supposed to cast on ages ago then I had a bit of deliberation about which yarn I was going to knit it in and now I’m going with my original choice of Shelter in Homemade Jam colour-way.

I also finished spinning the Hilltop cloud yarn. Nearly 700 yards between 2 and a bit skeins of squooshy yumminess.

 

I haven’t allocated it to a pattern because that method doesn’t seem to work for me being so fickle and apt to change my mind as I am.

Next on the wheel are two of my own blends. Spun out spinners on Ravelry are having a shawl themed spin-a-long/knit-a-long and I couldn’t resist.  So Friday being my day off I dove into my stash and found some merino fibre.  I blended it on my hackles and pulled through the diz. I have 3 colour-ways peppermint creme, meringue and creme caramel.

I wish you could feel how utterly light and fluffy they are. I may never spin from commercial tops that haven’t had the hackle treatment again. Anyway, I’m thinking I might make a dream Stripes shawl for the KAL part with the peppermint creme and meringue but you know me 😉