more from the wooly side of life

Yesterday, I spent the day mostly spinning and practising new techniques. But I also tried dyeing wool rovings with easter egg colorings, these are food colorings used to color easter eggs around here. I was lucky to still get some at the shop, because easter was already over and I asked for remnants.

So here are the results:

eiderwolle1

I hung them to dry in the sun, but then remembered that this can be bad for the colors, and spread them out on a towel instead later.

eiderwolle2

Back to spinning. I tried to spin in the woolen long draw technique, which is the traditional way most people spin - and I had such trouble learning it! My yarn kept breaking because of too much twist or it kept just drifting apart because of too little twist, I couldn't get the twist past my left hand, which controls the yarn and the spindle, towards my right hand holding the fiber.
Then I finally found a Video by Spindlicity. I didn't want to watch it at first, because I don't use a spinning wheel, but I'm glad I did, because she shows the technique on both the wheel and a drop spindle. It's so worth watching!

Thanks to that video, I also learned to spin from the fold. The mistake I always had been making was to hold the folded fiber at a wrong angle, so that no new fiber would be drawn into the twisted yarn. I also learned that I need more speed on my spindle and how to pass the twist towards my right hand.

Now spinning is much more fun than it was already.

And here is a picture of all my yarns I spun so far:

allyarns2

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