handspun yarn tips

Review and Demo of the King Bee Spinolution Wheel

I figured it was about time that I got around to blogging about my spinolutions wheels seeing how I"m a dealer and all.  I'd been talking with people in the spinolution Facebook group ( a great resource )  and people seemed to be having questions about what exactly to do with all of the different gears and settings. I totally see how all of that could be intimidating especially if you were newer to the basic concept of spinning.  I mean it has two wheels, two bands, an unusual treadle system and it folds into a box for crying out loud.  Fear not my usual ability to not let not having a clue what I"m doing stop me from doing it has once again worked to mine ( and your) benefit.  So here are a couple of you tube videos I'd made to answer the main questions I was seeing.  i'll probably make some more and link them here later on.  I love this wheel becasuse it's powerful ,quick, durable and portable.  Also with it's 8 oz bobbins at least for me it's all I would need.  So here goes. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.  

Free summer wrap knitting pattern for handspun yarn

So here's a sweet little pattern for a very customizable summer wrap.  It's a very simple pattern (Hey do I write any other kind, ha ha) and features a drawstring neckline so you can wear it many different ways.

click image to be taken to the free pattern

click image to be taken to the free pattern

I made this for my self a couple summers ago from a yarn I made with half (tropical horizons and half local natural brown alpaca) I really like it because it's great to wear over those long tank tops from target ( all I wear in the summer lets be real) or a cute sun dress.  It's great for covering your shoulders if your chilly or your upper arms or cleavage if you're suddenly feeling modest.  The loose drop stitch / garter stitch pattern is fun and fast great for vacation knitting and of course looks great with my hand dyed handspun yarn.  It would also look great with the thick and thin.  I personally think I'm going to have to make another one for me made out of African Violet color way.  

"african violet" click image to see some awesome yarn options for your wrap

"african violet" click image to see some awesome yarn options for your wrap

Let me know if you have any questions and of course if you need any fabulous yarn check out my shop and don't forget to get your 20% off coupon.  

Happy Summer Knitting!!

left handed yarn spinning , questions answered

As promised I went in search for answers to your questions about left handed spinning.  Some of you had questions about getting started spinning yarn as a left handed person.

 I did a bit of digging and asking in the fiber world to see if there were different types of spinning wheels or drop spindles that were preferred amongst left handed people and it turns out that there's really not.  

The main difference with learning to spin if your left handed is that you will be doing things backwards from what you may be seeing in how to videos or classes if the teacher is right handed.  Just like writing or cooking your dominant hand will come into play.  If you are left handed you will be drafting ( pulling the fiber slowly apart) with your left hand instead of your right.  This will only affect which hand you are using for your lead drafting and pinching hand nothing else. 

left handed spinning questions answered

While I was looking I checked out youtube to see if there was a good video to link for demo purposes and I wasn't really happy with what came up so I made one.  For unknown reasons there was a problem uploading mine so it's now in two parts so please excuse the choppy ending on video one and then continue watching on video 2.  

Please let me know what you think and if this helps to answer your questions.  For those of you who are not in my handspun yarn love group it is where these questions and discussions originally came from.  This is a private fiber group you can find off of my business page, or just searching groups on Facebook.  We would love to have you join in on the conversation.  

 

Faux Cashmere review , Spinolution King Bee wheel and rainy day rambling

What better to do on a rainy nap time then to spin up some Faux Cashmere!

Spinolution King Bee

Spinolution King Bee

So I'm working on a custom colorway for a local shop ( shout out to Atomic Fibers in Oak Ridge TN). Half of the order is going to be on Merino with silver sparkles and the other half is going to be on Faux Cashmere which I was very excited that the shop owner was as excited about as I am.  I'm normally a huge fiber snob and not a huge fan of anything that's not a natural fiber but I must admit faux cashmere has brought me over to the dark side.  It spins up like a dream and is pretty brainless,  it's fluffy and light but has a decently long staple length so it's easy to achieve a thinner yarn.  I find it a bit harder to per-draft than merino or other wools so I normally end up breaking off small blobs of it and spinning thin from that which seems to work well.  Yarn spun from faux cashmere has a nice subtle sheen and is fabulously soft and light weight. It also takes dyes well and the results are normally bright and cheerful.   The best part is unlike real cashmere you wont have to take out a loan to get a decent amount to spin or knit with.  In this video you will see some faux cashmere spinning action on my Spinolution King Bee ( Love)  as well as a bit of rambling about the adventures of me and the little people and why I compulsively  spin for relaxation.  As normal feel free to hit me up with any questions or comments.  

Stay tuned for info on some late summer limited edition yarns that will be faux cashmere of course.  Joining the coupon email list is by far the best way to know when that happens and save money while you're at it.  

                                                    

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Handspun yarn patterns, suggestions for 3 projects

Here is the link to the three patterns I wrote for using small amounts of handspun yarn or art yarn.  These are not exacting patterns they are detailed suggestions.  

3 handspun yarn patterns free

I have other more official patterns on on this site they are also free, they are also meant to be knit with handspun yarn alone or mixed in with yarn from your favorite yarn shop.  

This PDF with the three small patterns are free, please enjoy and I hope they inspire you to make something beautiful out of you're yarn stash.