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winter preparations

September 22, 2014

silk, alpaca and merino

spun on a Turkish drop spindle

it is as light as a feather and as soft as a cloud

P1050670it will make cozy fingerless gloves for the coming winter

but not white

P1050679into the indigo vat

the three fibres took the dye differently and it has a heathery look

P1050674more indigo dyeing

old pillowcases and a sheet in preparation for sakiori (rag weaving) this winter

P1050680the old farmers will tell you –  “when the trees are heavy with berries (and the rooks are nesting high)

it is going to be a hard winter”

I hope not but it is best to be prepared

I’m taking a workshop this week – another ferry trip

P1050681another opportunity to sit and spin – 1 hour and 40 minutes each way

 faded denim cotton, it’s soft too

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2014 3:23 am

    That indigo is the dye that keeps on giving! I have this image of you, surrounded by blue!


  2. September 24, 2014 3:19 am

    drooling over those luscious yarns


  3. September 23, 2014 8:17 am

    That cotton is very nice looking. Where did you get it? It looks a lot like a blend I make with cotton and my cat’s grey-brown undercoat


    • September 23, 2014 8:48 am

      Kristin – the cotton came from Knotty by Nature (my local shop) it may be an Ashford product, I can ask if you want. It definitely isn’t the recycled jeans cotton I once bought. The silk/alpaca/merino came from there, too.


  4. September 22, 2014 7:13 pm

    What lovely spinning! that faded cotton denim looks so soft. Is that a Turkish or the Akha spindle you’re using?


    • September 22, 2014 8:23 pm

      Renee’ – it’s a Turkish spindle with the two interlocking arms, it comes from IST Crafts on the Isle of Wight. The wood is English bog oak and it is rim weighted with brass insets at the end of the arms. My favorite spindle. An Akha has a circular whorl approx. half way down the shaft.


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