The lovely nasturtium shades which I carded were eventually spun into a wonderful unique yarn. I plied the wool with a bright turquoise thread to gove it strength and brightness. The spinning wheel which I use is made by Ashford in New Zealand but is readily available through various outlets. I bought mine from Once a Sheep who have an online shop based in Scotland and deliver very quickly.
This week I’ve been weaving using this handspun wool on my little loom, a very basic one but ideal for making scarves which simply show off the lovely textures which can be obtained. For the warp I used a lovely hand dyed hank of blue faced Leicester which contained splashes of green to pick up the blue/green shades in my handspun. The joy of hand spinning is that you make up your own rules as you go along. I don’t try to achieve unformity of colour or thickness in the yarn – if I wanted that I could pick yarn from a regular wool shop. For the warp (the lengthways thread) I tend to use a machine spun thread as it is less likely to snap. I often find large cones of yarn in thrift shops and pick up ends of line in the sales too.
Here you can see that the yellow silk which I threw into the mix in random places shows up more in some sections than in others. I decided to alternate stripes of handspun with stripes of the hand dyed warp yarn to give this beautiful variegated final effect.