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Springtime Dyeing continued

Last week I wrote about dyeing a piece of roving that reminded me of an Easter egg.

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I was impatiently waiting for it to dry when I last left you. Since then it has dried and I have begun to spin it.

If you have been following my blog, you will recall that I got a new spinning wheel a couple of weeks ago. However, I am not using a spinning wheel to spin this yarn. I am using a drop spindle to spin this yarn by hand. And so the adventure begins…

I took the dried roving to the blending board to comb it and make rolags.  When the board gets full, I use a pair of Mom’s knitting needles to make the rolags.  I simply roll the fiber from the board into the needles, slightly pulling the fibers as I roll.

Here are some of my rolags…

Then I started spinning the rolags with the drop spindle…

It is a slow, tedious process, but totally addictive and relaxing. I think it is amazing that my vividly bright roving is turning out very pastel-ish.  It doesn’t look very much like an Easter egg anymore, but it is still looks like springtime.  It is a pale bluish-green.

As of the writing of this post, I am about halfway through spinning the approximately 60 grams of roving.

In the meantime, I have already dyed my next roving and it is drying. I also hit the sales aisles for discounted Easter egg dye.

Stay tuned…next week I will attempt to have my Easter egg roving completely spun!

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Spinning Yarn

Last week, my new spinning wheel arrived. It was a much anticipated event. I have been looking forward to it for awhile. No, it does not have any sharp points that I can prick my finger on…no Sleeping Beauty Part II here…lol.

I had to put it together myself, but it helped me to understand how the wheel works to help troubleshoot problems while spinning. I also had to stain it myself–which was no problem either.

I also purchased a blending board to make rolags to spin. But, a blending board, as gratifying as it is, isn’t completely necessary. Spinning can be achieved from just using the wool roving.

The blending board and roving.

A single rolag.

Lots of Rolags.

So after a week of playing with the wheel, I have 3 balls of yarn that weigh about one ounce or 25 grams.

I would like give a very special shout-out to the Etsy store where I got my Spinning wheel. The name of the shop is BlueBonnetSpinning. They were very helpful in helping me get started. The gentleman provided a DVD on each part of the process. He is also on YouTube.