Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

Just a reminder that my shop, Kate’s Cauldron, along with 40+ members of the Maryland Promo Team on Etsy will be running a two week long sale starting TOMORROW, August 15th until August 31th.  Click the button on the right for more information on the Fall into Autumn Sale,the giveaway, the participating shops, and their discounts.  Coupon code MDFIAS will give a discount at all the participating shops.  Kate’s Cauldron is offering 10% off.

I’ve been spinning up several skeins of this yarn.  It reminds me of Fudge Ripple ice cream, lol.  I had a mixed roving of natural colored wool from whites all the way to darkest brown (an a bit of everything in between).

The single were all spindle spun, but I finished it up as a 3-ply on my Frankenwheel (which still needs it’s own post)..  It ended up as a nice fingering or sock weight yarn.  I keep thinking it would make a gorgeous pair of wristers or mitts, maybe with a lace ruffle….. I have 4 skeins up in my shop right now, but more in the pipeline.  Only problem is–now I want some ice cream!


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Look what I made!  Last week, I added a couple spindles to my etsy shop.  I had an inquirey that inspired me to check out my local wood resourses and this was the result.  I love making this carved spindle tips.  This one is tiny, maybe a 1/2 ounce with a lacewood whorl and a cherry shaft.  Probable best for laceweight.

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I have been loving  t notched spindles lately.  I generally don’t like the esthetics of hooks (not for any good reason, I’ll admit).  I’ve not problem using half-hitches, but it seems to me that a spindle can’t be spinning its best with the yarn coming off the side of the shaft.  I really want my yarn to exit closer to the spindles center of rotation. 

Well several months back, inspired by a post at Rosemary Knits,  I made my first t-notch spindle.

I love this one.  It has become my primary spindle. 

I needed something more for plying though.  I’ve been using my “Rock and Roll” spindle to ply for quite a while–a couple CD’s glued to an old drum stick.  It is HEAVY, but holds a lot.  At first the weight wasn’t an issue.  Even with the crazy, imprecise glue-job I did on it, the spindle was perfectly balanced.  Well, it was until my youngest stepped on it and broke the CD’s.  No problem, I though.  I’ll just glue on a couple replacement disks and be back in business.  Let’s just say the second time was not as charmed. 

It’s been wonky ever since and using the t notch has made half hitches seen so slow.  Time for a new plying spindle:

Okay, the carving is a little crude, but trust me, she spins like a dream and is now my designated heavy weight/plying spindle of choice.  I cannot understand why I don’t see these kinds of spindles for sale very often. 

Well,  I’ve got more spindle making suppies so I’ve decided to add spindles to my Etsy shop this week.  The first one up is a prettied up version of my own plying spindle:

She’s got a lovely stone whorl and a rubbed beeswax finish.  I’ve set her up as a low whorl, but not permanently.  T-notch spindle seem to work just fine as a high whorl, too.

Here she is on the fly!

This one is currently available in my shop.

I’ve a cool spiral notch/hook spindle going up later in the week and ideas for several more bouncing around like crazy!

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Well I’ve taken the plunge and opened an Etsy shop.  Right now I’ve got exactly one listing up, lol.  I think I’ll be posting mostly recycled yarn for the time being.  Anyone who knows me, though, knows I have a fairly long history of crafting.  Much of the eighties was spent on pottery.  During the ninties, I made stained glass and spent a lot of energy on craft shows and festivals.  For the first decade of the new millenium so much of my creative energy went into family (kids, homeschooling, house repair and demolition, gardening, etc.) that my crafting was casual at best.  But I’ve been gradually emerging into a more productive crafting mode!

So if you’d like to visit my shop, feel free to stop by:


I’ve got soft and squishy reclaimed cashmere that just begs to be touched.  I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be able to let it go.

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I made yarn!

I’ve been learning to use a drop spindle this past year or so.  Here’s my latest effort:
I Made Yarn!
I Made Yarn!

I think I’ll call it Clouds and Iris.  This is my first yarn that has a good bit of yardage– about 600 yards.  It’s about a sport weight (averaging 12 wpi) and has longish (maybe 20-25 yd) runs of white, interspresed with colored sections of varying intensity.  Fiber is from a grab bag of mill end rovings from the Sheep Shed that I dyed myself. 

I think it needs to be a rectangular shawl of some sort–maybe lace.  If anyone knows an easy loomable lace that would work with the wide color changes, I love to hear from you.

Here’s the baby picture’s:

# Singles ready to ply

# Singles ready to ply

A very full spindle!

A very full spindle!

They grow up so fast!

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