Knitting my own yarn

It’s taken a while.  It’s over a year since I carefully photographed the yarn in a greenhouse at the local botanic gardens.  But I’m finally knitting the yarn into something.  It’s great fun watching the colours change and seeing how they look in the pattern.

What am I knitting?  Something of my own devising that I will share when it’s finished!  This means you will have to be very patient as I’m a slow knitter (and spinner).  And though I frogged the first attempt, I think I’m going to see version 2.0 all the way to completion.

Slow but Sure

Progress on all my various projects has been slow.  However, this weekend I grabbed my trusty Ashford Traditional spinning wheel and an assortment of other paraphernalia, and went spinning with a group of other crafty people in a local village hall.

It’s the first time I’ve done any spinning in three months!

I continued working on turning my sugarflair dyed Shetland tops into singles, then I started plying.  I didn’t quite manage to finish plying the first two bobbins while I was at the group (I had the challenging task of getting the wheel and the lazy kate home with all the yarn still connected).  However, in the evening I finished those bobbins off.

Today was the first decent day since the weekend, so I skeinned the yarn, washed it to set the twist and hung it on the line to dry.  And while the sun thought about shining, I took some pictures.

My Shetland tops have progressed from these:


To the singles:


To the finished yarn (picture carefully cropped to hide the fact that I’ve spent even less time in the garden than I’ve spent spinning):

skeinned yarn

I have two more bobbins of singles to ply into a second skein.  I’m hoping it’s not another three months before I sit at my wheel again!