Friday, June 01, 2007

Blog Fodder

I seem to be a bit behind with photos queued and waiting to be uploaded to my blog but I've been worrying a bit lately that my lack of knitting content and my spinning obsession, may be a bit boring sometimes....look I made yarn, look I made more yarn, but I called my blog Freestylefibre for the simple reason that way back last September after only spinning for 3 months I knew making yarn was my thing.

So look more yarn...

BEFORE


This fibre started life as a deep purple unknown sheep fibre lurking in my stash, it isn't soft enough for much, but as the saying goes waste not want not, so I tried spinning it without carding, just by teasing the fibre into short lengths, and as I did this I raided my 'Treasure Box' of fibery bits and just threw them at the wheel as I spun. once finished I wound the yarn onto the niddy noddy and tied it with a cotton yarn every five inches.

Next I put it into the washing machine with a little soap and an old towel, and felted it. You do have to be careful where the yarn is tied when you take it out of the machine, as it does try to felt onto itself.

This process creates a strong felted yarn suitable for making bags!

AFTER



8 comments:

Johnnynorms said...

Looks pretty, and sounds pretty tricky.

Intrigued by your idea for crocheting video tape (you mentioned on Camel Exchange)

picperfic said...

looks so pretty...producing yarn is more important than knitting it...but what do you do with it all?

Marianne said...

Oooh, that IS pretty, so VERY pretty! Yes, now get on with it, knit us up a bag with that gorgeous yarn! ;^)

Kim said...

Wow, that is great!

And don't ever feel guilty for not having knitting content -- I find spinning fascinating even though I don't know how to do it. At least your fibre title is honest (mine's just a pun... maybe I'll tell the story behind it in a post soon).

Kath said...

I'd not thought about actually felting the yarn itself rather than after it'd been knitted. Really interesting to see the results - where did you find the inspiration? Great colours as well!

Artis-Anne said...

Great idea Jo :)and no its NOT boring . I love popping in to see what you have been up to :)

Ms. Knitingale said...

NOw see, I had no idea you could felt the yarn and THEN make the bag. It's really pretty stuff. Can't wait to see what you make with it!

Fiberjoy said...

Fascinating! What a cool thing to play around with when there's uncertain bits of yarn. Hmm, another project waiting to happen.