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November 2, 2021

it’s November!

a Halloween treat or an early Christmas present, absolutely delightful

arrived from Sanjo Silk

“the Exotics Spinbox” in the Farmhouse colourway – it is a perfect match to the fall leaves

and an extra 50g. of handpainted bombyx roving

the hankies are so beautiful, I just hang them up and enjoy them before spinning

with the mawata (silk hankies) as a background – left is silk roving and on the right, a silk/wool blend

then silk and camel – it is so-o yummy!

and finally angora – I’ll blend it with some Merino and a little bit of silk

many years ago I had an angora bunny so I’ve had experience spinning it

it is so fine, light and fly-away that I find it better as a blend both to spin and to weave

I couldn’t wait to get started – first on the silk roving

spun fine and then plied

influenced by the colours of the season

and before I started this new adventure I finished spinning the cottonI confess, I’m addicted and there are cupboards full of handspun yarns



14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2021 5:36 pm

    There is something magical about yarn which could tell the story of the hands which carded it and spun it.


    • November 4, 2021 10:14 pm

      Noilin – the slight irregularities in handspun gives it character and natural dyes have so much more life and depth than chemical colours.

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  2. November 3, 2021 5:12 pm

    wonderful seasonal colours – I know the feeling of having too much to ever to deal with it in my lifetime – but it keeps me happy and you happy as well…


    • November 3, 2021 10:03 pm

      Catherine -yes, you are right and whatever happens to it eventually I hope it makes someone else happy too.


  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    November 3, 2021 3:49 am

    Those are beautiful colours and having cupboards full of handspun yarns is an excellent incentive to keep going so you can use them!

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    • November 3, 2021 10:58 am

      Sue – the colours of nature and the fibre are warm and inviting, the autumn leaves this year are spectacular, I’m enjoying them while they last. If I continue to spin at the current rate I simply won’t live long enough to use them all.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 4, 2021 3:43 am

        Don’t be defeatist! And if there is any left bequeath it to someone who will use it with love and gratitude. I am glad you are having good colour in your leaves – ours are mostly just drab! We have had a frost the last couple of nights so maybe the last few will turn cheerful.


      • November 4, 2021 10:35 am

        Sue – not defeatist, just simply realistic. I mean it when I say I have cupboards full of handspun – wool, silk, cotton and many different blends, dyed and natural. Mostly fine 2 ply. I have considered selling it but it would be very pricey and buyers always want a different colour and more or only half of what you have – etc. etc and all of that just ruins the fun of spinning in the first place.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 5, 2021 9:38 am

        Then just enjoy spinning and let someone else decide what to do with it all when the time comes.


      • November 5, 2021 1:13 pm

        Sue – if I was worried about it I could just stop spinning I have plenty of other things to do. 🙂

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  4. November 3, 2021 12:54 am

    Such pretty colours.


    • November 3, 2021 11:00 am

      Cathy – the silk was dyed in Japan, it is amazing how close they are to the colours of the leaves.


  5. November 2, 2021 11:32 pm

    Oh, gorgeous colours! Not just the pinky-orange ones, but also the silvery greys.


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