I’ve hand-spun a portion of my felting wool stash into a few balls of yarn – all s-twist singles, each of a different thickness, amount of twist, and a different colorway. Here are a few samples:
The simple bracelet in the pic, I’ve crocheted out of a bulky type piece and then wet-felted it to minimize potential pilling, which is more likely than not to happen since I didn’t ply the thread. I’ve been wearing the bracelet for a while and even washed it in between– it’s totally fine and I absolutely love it.
This one is a little plain knit block – the colorway reminds me of a field of spring flowers:
As you can see, I’ve been using plain #2/HB pencils and craft sticks for spinning. The sticks are longer than pencils, which allows you to hold more yarn, so there’s no need to wind it as frequently…That and pet brushes for color blending 🙂 is all you need to begin spinning your DIY yarn without investing into professional tools before you decide whether or not you like working with unspun fiber.
Actually, you don’t even have to use brushes if you don’t have any, just some fiber and a pencil/stick. That’s all. The colors can be blended by hand 🙂 The effect will be slightly different, but not in the least less attractive. And if you don’t have any felting wool – but have a fluffy dog – brush him/her nicely a few times and you are all set 🙂 Seriously! That’s what our ancestors, apparently, used to do. I recently read about it in a couple of books on nordic and Scandinavian knitting, but haven’t tried it myself yet. I still have a pile of felting fluff to work through 🙂 Although, as kids, my friend and I used to watch his grandma spin her fluff-ball dogs’ (she had two) hair into super thin thread. She probably blended it with other fibers/threads at some point…We were too young to think anything of the process, but we did like the nice and soft socks and mittens she’d make for us with her own yarn.
Wow, it’s been two fun weeks with WordPress. I know, the world has been enjoing it for years. I, however, just joined in and am very happy about it 🙂 What a great tool, or rather, platform! – Taking snapshots of what my creative part of self is up to in a given moment. – Helping connect with like-minded people out there, with all their cool ideas and creations!
Speaking of creations, here’s my new set of earrings with a matching ring in a combination of energizing and vibrant springtime colors:
I’ve needle-felted it using some organic fiber I acquired when overseas last spring. That brings back some positive memories of wonderful people we met along the way…Anyway, back to my set, I’m planning on wearing it over the upcoming long weekend. The ring is so light and soft that wearing it is not going to be in conflict with the nice and sunny or the warm rainy weather, per forecast, I think. Plus, they say, felt has a range of healing properties, some of which my fingers could use as I’ve been crocheting quite a bit 🙂