Rhiarti

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Self-taught seamstress, spinner, and weaver. Heritage, crafting, and costuming enthusiast.



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    What a weird colour blend! Called “cappuccino”, so I was sort of expecting a range of coffee shades. In fact, it mainly comprises a near-black brown, a hint of caramel, assorted lighter shades that miss the creamy palette I’d have gone with, and… lilac! Spun together, a large section actually looked pale lilac on the spindle, the rest sort of a tawny grey. Somehow a little more beige on the niddy noddy, and perfectly nice. Just not the coffee-shaded feast I was anticipating! Still, as the first of three batches of dyed merino I got, I’m relieved to say it’s far nicer to spin than the silk/merino blends.

    — 5 days ago
    Phew! That’s the last of the silk/merino blends spun up. Unexpectedly tough to spin, and damned if I could get an even thickness to it. Real shame - the last silk/merino blend I spun with was an absolute joy. Still, nice colour to this one at least. I got some dyed merino from the same company, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

    Phew! That’s the last of the silk/merino blends spun up. Unexpectedly tough to spin, and damned if I could get an even thickness to it. Real shame - the last silk/merino blend I spun with was an absolute joy. Still, nice colour to this one at least. I got some dyed merino from the same company, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

    — 6 days ago

    Indyref induced quietness hasn’t slowed spindle productivity! Ever-increasing stash of singles to ply, and today was spent spinning my grief away with this rather lovely silk/merino blend.

    — 1 week ago with 1 note
    New spindle holds so much yarn, I nearly ran out of room on the niddy noddy! Happy spinner is happy. 

(No sleeping cats were disturbed in the taking of this photo!)

    New spindle holds so much yarn, I nearly ran out of room on the niddy noddy! Happy spinner is happy.

    (No sleeping cats were disturbed in the taking of this photo!)

    — 2 weeks ago
    Lovely big box of fibres arrived today! Including this silk/merino blend… which it’s hard to effectively capture with an iPhone but was such a garish, pastel monstrosity, I’m afraid I described it as “My Little Pony vomit”! Mercifully, it never ceases to amaze me how seemingly garish blends can spin up into something rather pleasing. Really not a pastels kind of girl, but hopefully the intended recipient will be happy with the subtly varied shades of pink, lilac and cream it’s spinning up into.

    Lovely big box of fibres arrived today! Including this silk/merino blend… which it’s hard to effectively capture with an iPhone but was such a garish, pastel monstrosity, I’m afraid I described it as “My Little Pony vomit”! Mercifully, it never ceases to amaze me how seemingly garish blends can spin up into something rather pleasing. Really not a pastels kind of girl, but hopefully the intended recipient will be happy with the subtly varied shades of pink, lilac and cream it’s spinning up into.

    — 2 weeks ago

    Four hanks of wool awaiting plying while my glamorous assistant oversees the spinning of a fifth. Once this current cop is full, I’ll be a third of the way through the black Jacob stash. May come to regret the decision to keep it all back for one big plying session at the end!

    — 2 weeks ago

    It’s been pointed out to me you can tell how much I love spinning, because when I’m doing it, I start singing and humming to myself the moment nobody’s in the room!

    Ironically, today, a song about a “house of sorrow”, which makes me suspect it’s probably a good thing I’ve nowhere near enough Gaelic to essay a translation!

    (Source: youtube.com)

    — 2 weeks ago

    Have I mentioned how much I love my new spindle?! Really is such a joy to spin with, and occurred to me I forgot in my excitement to mention where I got it from!

    So, Spindler’s Cottage on Etsy is who I have to thank for a spindle which produced twice the yarn in half the time, and frankly I could’ve kept spinning a fair while longer without running out of cop capacity, but I was just too eager to see how much I’d produced!

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpindlersCottage

    Keep meaning to post pictures of my super-low budget niddy noddy, too! This one is a foot long, making for easy approximate yarn length measuring. So quick and easy to make. Just hit up a DIY shop for plastic pipes (I used 1” diameter), plus two T-connectors and four end caps of corresponding diameter. Saw the pipe to the lengths you want (allow for additional length added by T-connectors) and assembly is fairly self evident.

    Mine’s a quick and dirty one, but a bit of nail varnish remover should get rid of the inked words and residual sticky labels if they bother you.

    — 3 weeks ago

    Quite ridiculously proud of this! Woven on my little Schacht cricket loom, entirely from wool hand I spun on a drop spindle: the green is a beautiful silk/merino blend, the dark grey is Welsh top, the lighter grey is Jacob.

    — 3 weeks ago

    New spindle! I love it, I love it, I do! Also loved the sample fleece it came with which is a shame, because he had no idea what it was! Lovely rich, creamy colour, and so very soft! Back to the black Jacob now, though, and looking forward to seeing what kind of yardage I can get.

    — 3 weeks ago