I've only been spinning for six months. I sat down at my gifted little Ashford Traveller one July morning in 2013 after dropping my beau at work and just started spinning.
I haven't looked back.
I thoroughly enjoying spinning and dyeing and natural fibres and I feel I've finally found my creative niche.
I could not have come this far without the support and assistance of some amazing ladies who I've never even met, The wonderful creative genius behind Inverleigh Fibre Farm and another genius behind Elisabet's. Their gentle encouragement and advice has been invaluable. Along with some other wonderful ladies in the Australian Handspinners and Knitters Group and also the Indie Dyers Down Under.
There must be made mention of the creative colourist behind Forest Hill Hand Dyed Yarns also. Without her support I would never have started my dyeing exploits.
I must also mention my bff and creative genius being Get Knitted. Honestly, without her encouragement and support, I don't think I would have even started spinning.
Anyway, that's not what I'm here for today. I'm here to share with you some of my latest spins.
I'm told my spinning is of an exceptable standard and as a result have been receiving many custom order's. I love it. It keeps my mind active and relaxes me at the same time.
So today I'm sharing some images of a recently spun skein. This is a hand spun, hand dyed raw silk. This silk certainly challenged me. I did not expect it to all be in cocoons. I don't own carders or brushes or anything so I just spun it straight from the cocoons. It was hell on the hands, often tearing into them as I drafted. I'm so glad I persisted, I'm incredibly pleased with the outcome, although quite organic, I really like it.
It had been plied with some gorgeously soft cashmere that I've spun.
The end result is so much nicer than I ever imagined.
Stay tuned as this skein will soon be added to an upcoming yarn stocking for sale. You could have it all to yourself.