Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spinning Service Now Available!!

spinning service take 2

( click the picture to take you to the actual listing)

You are drooling over the fibers.... but you don't spin??!! Never fear! Add this listing with any batt or hand pulled roving purchase in my shop and I will spin it for you!
Choose from:
Thin singles ~ WPI: about 10-12 ~worsted~
Bulky singles ~ WPI: about 8-9 ~bulky~~
~Things to Know~
  • *Yardage will depend on type of fibers as well as amount.
  • *This listing ONLY applies to fibers purchased in my shop.
  • *Please! Allow for an extra 10-12 days for your order to be shipped... Depending on how many orders I have to fill, it is likely to show up sooner.
  • *If you are buying multiple batts or hand pulled roving, please add a spin service for each... if that is required.
  • *Please leave all of this lovely info in ~Notes to Seller~ upon checkout... not doing this will only delay your order!

If you are interested in a Custom Spun Art Yarn (totally, 100% different and unique, way more pricey and involved... also my speciality) Please check my other listings. If you do not see one available, please send me a convo and we'll chat about setting up an awesome spin together!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spinning the Floof! Wild Rolags!

Prepping a floof batt into a wild rolag for spinning!

Filly Floof ~ Double Batt Set 4.0oz

the bubble wrap just makes rolling easier... its uh, how I roll... lol ;)

turn this into THIS!

this is the end you will draw the finished, prepped fiber from...

a swirly snakehead end

take half a batt... rip it down the middle

1/2 batt or 1oz carded fibers

and spread the fibers out until you get a thin web. I like to do them roughly 18x20 it depends on how much fiber you have to work with

finished webbing

start by folding up the edges and roll kinda tightly... not death grip tight... but firmly. you can use a dowel rod to roll the fibers with, it works well... mine just happens to be out in the yard pretending it's a sword at the moment. So, yeah... to dowel or not to dowel... you choose!

start small.... and roll... roll...

keep rolling!

roll... roll... roll

once you have all of your fibers rolled.... take the loose, wispy edges and pull them out. wrap those little babies around the rolag nice and smooth!

pull loose fibers around

now... roll the tube away from you (the same direction you originally rolled) and put a light pressure on it. continue rolling up and down the tube until all of the loose fibers have compacted and you have a sturdy tube of fiber. never roll the opposite direction or you will loosen it all up!!
this is where the bubble wrap comes in handy btw...

hand rolling

and there you have it!! a ginormous, wild rolag ready to be spun! start at one end and draw out some of the fibers to attatch to your leader and have fun! let the texture go wild on itself, and draft out the smoothy fibers for an awesome thick and thin... curly and wild yarn!

finished single wild rolag Filly Floof 1oz

finished wild rolags Filly Floof 4oz
contains: mill ends, black welsh mountain x, wendsleydale locks, milk fiber and sari silk

finished wild rolags Filly Floof 4oz

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Art of the Batt - p~haus on Bricolage Studios

What can you do with that chunky art batt?? I am going to spin a semi-laceweight, simple yarn from a gorgeous, super textured art batt from BricolageStudios.etsy... as well as give mad props to my girl Emily (the mastermind behind Bricolage Studios)

bricobatt containing: merino, cotton, firestar, silk noil, thread, mohair locks

The Art of the Batt - p~haus on Bricolage Studios

close up of a curly mohair bit

The Art of the Batt - p~haus on Bricolage Studios

on the bobbin

The Art of the Batt - p~haus on Bricolage Studios

another awesome mohair bit

The Art of the Batt - p~haus on Bricolage Studios

When I am finished spinning this, I am going to knit it into a small neckerchief/shawlette. I should have a fair amount since this will be roughly 5oz when it is all said and done! I'll share pics and eta to add a link when I am totally finished (give me a week or two... I do have a couple other shawls I am working on in that are nearing completion themselves!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring Spinning!

Its a beautiful morning... just taking advantage of the early spring. It gets hot pretty quick on the back porch! You can see here how easy it is to treadle the Mach... my knees are barely moving up and down... Its quiet too.

I found a little gnome sneaking around the cherry tree too! Shhhh... if you feed him corn chips he'll stay!

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