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Minty Bamboo, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.


Minty Bamboo, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.


Minty Bamboo: Detail, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Started: 30th October 2007
Finished: Single spun 04th November 2007, 2-ply on 05th November 2007
Yardage: Approx. 5 metres
Fibre: Approx. 10 g of Bamboo, sent to me by KnottyNaomi
Spindle: Spun on 0.75 oz and plied on 1.25 oz Rose Quartz drop spindle with oakwood shaft from Butterfly Girl Designs, used as top-whorl

I would have got a bit more yardage from this were it not for the disaster that happened while I was plying it together. I was doing the handy plying method, the single broke a couple of times, but I just tie the ends together and kept going until it broke again and the one side of the single retracted into the bracelet and hid itself from me. My attempt at winding the bracelet off in order to make another bracelet ended up in a tangled mess. *sighs*

Anyhow, it was a new experience spinning up bamboo. The drafting is kind of different with the long staple length and the slickness of the fibre, the twist really stays in the fibre once it has been put into it. The yarn also doesn't kink back on itself so fast either.


Candy Cane, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.


Candy Cane, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.


Candy Cane, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Started & Finished: Spun and 2-ply on 09th November 2007
Yardage: Approx. 38 metres
Fibre: Approx. 3 g sample each of Fine Shetland (natural / white) and Ashford Corriedale ("Chili Pepper" - red), from Wollinchen
Spindle: Spun on 0.75 oz and plied on 1.25 oz Rose Quartz drop spindle with oakwood shaft from Butterfly Girl Designs, used as top-whorl

Then I was playing around and was practicing doing long draw spinning on my spindle the other day.

The Shetland worked with the long draw while the Corriedale did not. The fibres are quite different. The Shetland is very springy and holds together well and so it worked with the long draw while the Corriedale is very loose fibre-wise and even though I could spin it with the long draw, it was a lot more easier to spin with short draw.

This is the first time that I plied two colours together. The resulting 2-ply isn't so soft...I think it's due to the Corriedale because the Shetland is pretty soft. Anyhow, I really like the colour. It reminds me a bit of the warning band I can see around in Germany...but that name is kind of negative. The next thing that came to mind was "Candy Cane" and I thought that it was super cute. ;-)

Well, that's all I have for now. Hope you are having a good weekend!

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WOW . .. you are doing

WOW . .. you are doing great with the spinning; and with a drop spindle no less. I make drop spindles that I sell to guilds and a through a LYS but rarely use one. A friend recently gave me a wonderful lot of fine merino roving, so I started spinning it with one of my drop spindles. Once I got the hang of it, I'm having a great time with it. But I'm very impressed with your work; keep posting the pics :)

Doug
(Parrot)