Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Spinning, Carding and Gma

In March Hackney City Farm gave me a bag of fleece to do with what I pleased! Yatra then came round and gave me a private lesson in carding and spinning over a pot of tea. I had previously been shown by Louize Harries and Irem Arig - founder of Sheep of Steel - in the early days of 2013 but as I didn't have anything to spin at the time I wanted/needed a refresher course once I had my own fleece to get through.

Fabrications kindly lent me their carders while I was experimenting and I enjoyed it so much that I quickly sped over to the Handweavers Studio and purchased a pair for myself. Quickly followed by acquiring my own niddy-noddy and drop spindle from Prick Your Finger.

Roll on a fair few months and I've finally got around to spinning up the rolags I carded in June.

My first real foray into handspinning and I decided to begin on the London Overground starting at Hoxton and spun my last rolag some hours later in the quite confines of Manormead Care Home in Hindhead as we gathered round my 91 year old Grandmother who taught me how to knit and is now fading from these earthly plains.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Scarf Commission

Whilst in the midst of knitting this jumper for Sheep of Steel

Their Creative Director asked me to knit a scarf out of pencil roving and one skein of hand spun:

Miss von Goetz at DJ Farina's house  

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Hand Made Knitting Needles

Woop! It's what everyone has been waiting for, the news is finally here: I have now started to make my own knitting needles

I went to the local hardware store and bought a piece of 15mm dowling which I took to Hackney City Farm and chopped into four lengths of 20 inches with a leftover bit of about 10 inches. Took out my trustee penknife and whittled the ends into points, sanded the whole down and voilĂ ! my very own set of long chunky knit double pointed needles which you can't buy anywhere because they don't exist!! The biggest I've found online is 12mm at 7 inches long from Fabulous Yarn, but seriously, what are you going to do with something that's only 7 inches long??

The reason I needed such long double points is that I've been commissioned to knit another bright orange chunky dress but this time I wanted it to be seamless... So, when needs must - make your own! And here is the beginnings of the dress

Also to be knitted on my supercalifragilisticexpialidocious one of a kind ( as yet) knitting needles is the latest commission from Sheep of Steel

I need to replicate the size and shape of the jumper out of the illustrated handspun yarns which are from her Toxic Silk range and are made from Manx Loaghtan and Corriedale sheep's wool

Oooooooooooooooooooooohh Yeah!