Spinning is simply converting fleece with loose individual fibers into a strong yarn by adding a little twist. My preferred way of spinning is using my Kromski double tredle spinning wheel.
The options for preparing the fleece feels endless. I use flickers, hand carders, or combs depending on the fleece or yarn I want to make.
Another fun step of the preparation is dying the wool. I have made a number of fun variegated yarns by sun dying in quart mason jars. Each jar contains an individual dye with the striping of the yarn occurring at the spinning stage. Another way to make a variegated yarn is to sprinkle multiple dyes onto the wool in a dye pot.
The quickest way to prepare your fleece is to walk into a yarn store and buy a gorgeous dyed combed top. Some of my favorite yarns come from this type of preparation that results in getting to the spinning stage faster.
HERE ARE A FEW OF MY HOMESPUN YARNS…
- Semi worsted 2-ply blue and white yarn.
- The blue Teaswater locks were purchased dyed and were combed and spun in the worsted method.
- The white single was spun woolen from a Brown Sheep wool roving.
- A beautiful green and blue 2 ply 100% Merino woolen yarn.
- This merino wool is so fine it feels like silk.
- This fiber was purchased as a dyed combed top.
- This unique yarn would make a wonderful cowl or hat.
- Blue skeins of wool yarn with purple highlights with purple skeins of wool yarn spun in the woolen method.
- I found these dyed merino fleeces as roving at the Scottsbluff Fiber Festival.
- Six mason jars of wool were sun dyed with 6 different shades of green.
- The six lots of wool were divided and spun in the woolen method to stripe.
- The base of this yarn is Brown Sheep roving.
- These skeins are an example of a woolen yarn.
- These red and black skeins were spun in the woolen method and left as singles, so the stripes would not become muddied.
- This Ramboillet-Columbia cross roving was purchased dyed.
- This green 2-ply wool yarn was spun in the woolen method.
- This green roving was purchased at a fiber festival.
Woolen yarn is spun from fiber where the orientation of the lock is not uniform. The fiber can be hand carded or an industrial preparation. The resulting yarn is fluffy and has a halo.
Worsted yarn is spun from fiber where the orientation of the fiber taken into account so all of the locks are pointing in the same direction (cut end to uncut end all in the same direction). This preparation is referred to combed top as combs are used to prepare the fleece. The resulting yarn is denser and does not have a halo.
Knitted items made from my homespun yarn.
- Here is my first pair of mittens.
- The white yarn is home spun Shetland wool. The fleece is from a Shepherd in Fort Pierre, SD,
- The brown yarn is homespun yarn, I spun through the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em program. The Shetland roving is from Ramsay Farms, Winslow, IL.
I you are interested in my home spun yarns and are not in Chadron, then please contact me directly.