Knit de Fleece

Thanks to the Tour de Fleece spin along and knitters who have been enabled by spinners from the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers , there is a lot of handspun stash out there.

Are you wondering what to do with your handspun?

Knit de Fleece

Knit de Fleece is a handspun stashbusting knit-along for those of us who spin fibre into yarn.

Commit to making something from your handspun stash or acquire it (as long as it is handspun).

It’s open call for inclusiveness, this KAL is not just limited to knitting. Stashbusting your handspun is an encouraging and fun way to use it up in crochet or weaving too.

There are two social media platforms where you can join and participate.

Ravelry
Join (if you are not a member) the Dublin Knit Collective Ravelry group and say hello inthe Handspun Stashbusting Movement discussion thread.

You get to hang out and chat here with your fellow makers and get to know one another.

Instagram

Follow and use any of the hashtags:

#knitdefleece
#crochetdefleece
#weavedefleece
#handspunstashbusting

Meet new Instagramers and get to know your fellow makers on your feed.

Why join?

Spinners have handspun stash (I’ve seen your posts on Instagram). Big or small, destash it by knit, crochet or by loom.

It’s a virtual make along, you can check in anytime of the day, wearing your pyjamas drinking any type of beverage.

What if I don’t have enough handspun to make a larger project like a sweater?

Coordinate it with an indie dyed or commercial yarn or your choice.

Join me in this handspun stashbusting movement to celebrate our spinning victories from the Tour de Fleece and other personal spinning accomplishments.

The KAL begins 1st August and ends 31st October 2018.

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Craving for a fibre cigar

*This post features indie fiberista, Prettyfunkyfibre. I did not receive monetary payment for writing this blogpost, however, the rolags were gifted to me because we’re fibre friends and she likes me and I like her.*

While I was training for the Tour de Fleece spin-along on Ravelry I noticed fibre blended rolags were appearing in my Instagram timeline.
A rolag is a roll of fibre generally used to spin wool into yarn. It is created by first carding the fibre, using a pair of handcarders or a drumcarder, and then gently rolling the fibre off the cards. If properly prepared, a rolag will be uniform in width, distributing the fibres evenly into a roll of fibres.

My small collection of rolags are blended and hand rolled by Helen of Prettyfunkyfibre. They are amazing fibre cigars just full of colour with a blend of luxury.

Helen will be making her debut at Yarnfolk Festival of Wool next Saturday as a one of Dublin’s newest indie fibre vendors.

Unfortunately, I am unable to make it to Whitehead this year, and I am green with envy as my fibre friends buy up all the rolags.

I started making some homemade rolags. They are not the highest of quality but they are a temporary solution to feeding my addiction to smokin’ these fibre cigars.

DIY Fibre Cigar Rolling

1) Supplies needed a sheet of foam packaging, assortment of spinning fibre, 2 straight knitting needles – a thin and a thick.

2) Draft and pullout small sections of your primary fibre and lay it out on the sheet of foam ( it just prevents the fibres from flying away.)

3) Tease out a variety of fibres and place a layer over the main fibre.

4) Gently pat down the fibre.

5) Slide the smaller knitting needles under the edge.

6) Lay the larger knitting needles on top of the fibre.

7) Holding the two needles together on both side edges begin rolling away.

8) Gently roll back and forth.

9) Gently pull the fibre roll along the needles. Then slide the smaller needle out, followed by the larger.

10) There you have it…. DIY homemade rolags, to satisfy my cravings.

TdF Day 9

Dyeing to spin!

I’m on a roll here in my urban space. I don’t have a dyeing studio. Just a tiny space to dye up 20g each of bamboo and merino to spin.

I just hand painted the fibre with KoolAid and some food colouring, then set the dyes with a vegetable steamer.

SPiN.

I spin to make yarn.

The Tour de Fleece spin-along is giving me the momentum to create art yarn.

We are one week into this spinners’ challenge.

I have a skein of merino/silk.

Hand dyed with KoolAid and a vegetable steamer to create this gorgeous colourway.

I spin therefore I am.

Spinning everyday for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Making yarn is so relaxing

And rewarding when I spin to knit.

Today is the start of week 2. What challenge lies ahead?

Spinning singles from my urban dyed merino pencil roving and some beads.