View Full Version : Handspinners' Show & Tell

06-12-2008, 03:26 AM
There's a thread for dying, but I want to also see the spinning side of creating yarn (in one place). Show us your fleece, roving, batts, slivers, top, first hand spun, latest & greatest hand spun, finished objects from hand spun...etc

Tell us as much about it as possible. Fiber content, purchased from, WPI, TPI, how was it spun, how many plies, what is it's purpose, & what pattern you used.
I'll post mine probably this weekend when I can finish it and take photos.
I hope you participate. I do enjoy seeing what others have spun & made from their handspun!

06-12-2008, 08:24 AM
Just made up some batts last night for a fiber trade that I'm in. As soon as I get them uploaded on our site, I'll post them.

I love seeing other folks' batts and rovings. It gives me such inspiration!

Here are some of my latest yarns (not finished spinning yet!)

A combo of Silk, Merino & Alpaca

BFL - natural colored. Thinking about overdyeing this when finished spinning

Batts I carded last night for a swap:

Mardi Gras, a blend of dyed merino, corriedale & kid mohair

BFL, Merino & CVM

Merino, Icelandic Hogget & CVM

Merino & Kid Mohair

Ugly Batt - combo of Dorset/Hampshire, silk, BFL, Icelandic, Corriedale, Shetland, Merino, Rambo

06-12-2008, 09:33 AM
thanks for starting this thread!
I was just going to continue posting in the dye thread since i dye pretty much everything i spin

here are some pics of finished products that i don't think i've posted previously


some strips of merino i had from who knows what that i dyed and plied with white merino..
Amount: 190 yards, 90 grams, 3.2 oz
WPI: 8-11

06-12-2008, 09:39 AM
2 rovings that i dyed.. i believe they were both south african fine

turned into these 2 yarns

Amount: 110 yards,90 grams, 3.2 oz ,WPI: 7-8

currently sitting in the stash with no stats..but it's maybe 75 yards, dk to worsted weight

06-12-2008, 09:42 AM
cyndi - love the mardi gras and ugly batt! so pretty!

what kind of carder do you have?
i'm buying one soon and i'm intrested in recommendations

06-12-2008, 09:53 AM
Some of my handspun skeins:

06-12-2008, 11:31 AM
I at a Patrick Green Deb's Deluxe with the fur carder (from Susan McFarland (http://www.susansfibership.com) . I just got a burnishing tool from Susan and it really makes a difference!

One thing to consider is the tpi on your large drum. The more tpi the better. You can always card 'heavier' fiber with a fur drum, but you can't card finer fiber with a courser drum.

06-13-2008, 02:40 AM
I ditto mullerslanefarm. I have Deb Deluxe and love it! I have a burnishing brush but also have a drum brush which helps make a more compact batt.

06-13-2008, 02:46 AM
ty ladies!

06-17-2008, 06:41 PM
this was on of my first yarns i made after i got a set of used hand cards .. it was my very first balanced yarn!

i call it trash


06-18-2008, 10:40 AM
Here are some of my latest:




06-18-2008, 06:21 PM
Wow! Everyone's stuff is so fantastic! I feel like such a noob!
So even though I have posted my newest yarn creation already, I thought I would post here the roving that I bought when I was at a festival here in MN. I knew I was getting a wheel, and even though this roving is gorgeous so I want to save it, I bought it anyway!
The white is roving I am using for learning, it is really nice, but not too expensive. I tried to learn on some yuckier stuff, but it was too hard. I guess my wheel is particular!
The next 2 are ones that I got for about $7 for 4 oz. they feel like cashmere. They had so many wonderful colors, it was hard to pick. Luckily I kept their card so I can buy more!
The last pic is of 2 different rovings, one greenish, the other bluish. When I saw them I immediately thought I would spin and ply them together. They said a lot of people had been saying that. about 3 oz a piece at $5. Kept their card too.
This weekend I will probably play with the last 2 rovings. I am kool aid dying as we speak with the white roving spun into a single. I have this nifty antique yarn winder, which I thought was like a swift, but it turns out it is fantastic for pulling yarn off the bobbin and winding. I just let it set all stretched out on the winder for about a day, and it keeps that twist nicely.
Here is a pic of the yarn on the winder:

06-19-2008, 10:07 AM
Mulderknitter, what you have is a skein winder (that can be used as a swift). It is also called a reel.

If it has a device that clicks, then it is a click reel.

I also have an old one and after some use, the wooden screw started to deteriorate so I quit using it

06-28-2008, 03:08 AM
those are some good looking yarns and fibers mullerslane and mulderknitter!

i'm so excited .. i got my drum carder today! :woot:
i decided to go with the strauch petite carder since i wouldn't have to save up any extra..i didn't think it was so big!..but of course after using it i already feel like i need a bigger one :teehee:

one of these days perhaps..and now to the batts!

lincolin-finn wool that i've been saving cause i loved the colors, some chocolate bamboo, natural colored soysilk, and 3 different colors of angelina..i love them!

and this one is a scrap batt..superwash, sparkly plying thread that got tangled up..so i cut it and threw it in, recycled yarn, alpaca, targhee lincolin-finn, angelina and who knows what else!


07-01-2008, 01:17 PM
I love the chocolate & purple. Good combo.
And I'm way behind on posting photos...
Gunnisters Man's Pouch knit from the Jacob yarn I posted in an earlier thread.
Novelty Yarn I finally plied with gold sewing thread.
19 WPI about 214 yards
Alpaca, wool, bamboo, silk noil, & angelina less than 3 ounces

07-05-2008, 04:39 PM
Great batts,Foxyie! I especially love the scrap batt!

That man pouch is simple, but elegant, Liliyarn! I love the way jacob spins and knits up!

I can hardly wait until "the boys" (DH & DS) get back from Gettysburg (reenactment). I sent the camera with them and I spent all day yesterday carding up batts - 7 colorways, each 4 oz - then pulling them into roving.

Today, after farmer's market, I put up some strawberry jam and getting ready to make 8# of milk soap .... or ply my latest yarn ... not sure which I'll do first

07-11-2008, 02:59 AM
great stuff liliyarn! and thanks a bunch mullerslane!

these are some newer batts i finished..

these batts made this yarn

and another set

07-16-2008, 08:35 AM
A few more batts:



and some yarns


07-19-2008, 01:21 AM
Here is my first attempt at spinning some skinny singles (hopefully laceweight or somewhere in there). Sorry the pic is sooo red but took the pic with my phone cam.
It's superwash merino (at least that's what I was told) in a lovely deep red n maroon colorway.

07-21-2008, 10:38 AM
Ooohh, that is a gorgeous color fibrenut! Everyone's looks so neat!

07-25-2008, 03:14 AM
looks good fibrenut! and love the blue/orange mullerslane

07-25-2008, 03:33 PM
From a Craftster swap, I got some beautiful roving - not really my colors but something the younger folks would enjoy. To make it go farther (and tame down the neon), I carded it up with brown merino & brown shetland I had and came up with the green/brown roving in the lower right:
It spun up like this:
and I dubbed it "Swamp Thing"
I'm knitting a cabled clutch from it.
Sewed up a lining last night:
I'm going to use a magnetic snap to keep the purse closed with a button top. Found purse handles. Now to finish sewing it all together!

07-26-2008, 01:14 PM
that was one of my faves..such beautiful yarn! also makes a nice purse.. great work!

07-28-2008, 07:47 PM
Here's my first hand spun yarn. It's merino & it's from the UK. The spindle is my (new, just got in the mail today) Golding 2" 0.6 oz top spindle, it's a dream!
Here's a close up of the fiber

I'll post more pics when I get one full shaft & then again after it's all plied together, not sure how to do that yet, but you gotta have a first at everything, right?!

Tami thats looking great! love it, is that the spindle from Spinsanity?

07-28-2008, 07:58 PM
Holy cow you guys! Everything is so pretty!
I am mostly amazed at what can be made with roving that doesn't seem to be so pretty, but turns out to be gorgeous yarn!
I recently bought a houseful of roving from coppermoose.com
(serioulsy buy from him. His service rocks. You can buy direct from ebay or from his website or do what I did and hit the site and email what you want and leave a voice mail with your credit info. I love this guy)
Here is the roving that arrived in 2 business days:
African violet, lilac and mauve from left to right merino
Vanilla and purple twist from left to right. I think my fave color is the vanilla. It looks so warm!
My latest spun, merino from chamomille.connection.com bought at a fiber fest 2 ply
started out as this:

07-28-2008, 08:30 PM
Nope, fraid not that's the cd spindle. Hold on n I'll post a pic of the finished yarn. It turned out real kewl. Well, at least I think so... LOL
That fibre is just heavenly there Julie. It's perty :-D

07-28-2008, 08:44 PM
Here it is... It's deep red with a bit of augergine(sp) and I think it's ok... O yeah, it's Merino superwash from brownsheep:thumbsup:

07-28-2008, 09:02 PM
Tami :woot: that looks great!!! what's your wpi?

07-28-2008, 09:16 PM
It's definitely worsted weight.:) :thumbsup:

07-29-2008, 09:02 AM
Tami whatcha gonna make?
Whatcha spinnin on your new spindle?

07-29-2008, 09:08 AM
A Golding! nom nom.

08-16-2008, 03:54 AM
i haven't posted in a while but i've been a slighty busy bee..heh
here are a few pictures

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3295/2731268518_08bf6d93f0_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2731268518/) shetland http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3124/2731268842_b69f7e5df4_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2731268842/) made from a batt

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2736148837_9059b81c65_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2736148837/) merino and more batt http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3096/2731268762_86d2d0c725_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2731268762/" title="100_8272 by foxyie, on Flickr) bfl

and some bfl combed top that i'm working on right now
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3215/2736152331_3c4155de04_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2736152331/)

08-17-2008, 11:40 PM
Foxyie, I love the colours in the bottom picture, the one that had been plyed with white. When you have knitted something with it can we have another pic?

08-18-2008, 12:52 AM
thanks so much lulubell! if you are referring to the merino yarn on the first page.. i actually sold that yarn so i won't have the pleasure of knitting with it..buuuut i did hang on to some bfl i dyed at the same time so i may end up spinning it the same way

but here is something i recently knit with the yarn from this post (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1119618&postcount=10)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/foxyie/100_8653.jpg little coasters

09-26-2008, 05:52 PM
it's been a little while since anyone else posted in this thread.. what's on everyones spindles and wheels these days? :)

09-26-2008, 07:19 PM
I've got some sox yarn I b plying on the wheel. My spindle is full of laceweight singles (waiting for the wheel so I can put em on a bobbin so I can ply em later) Just got done with 160 yards of chain-plied dk weight yarn. (gonna make some hats n stuff). I've got about 500 yards of laceweight for my mom's stole. And about another 180 yards of worsted weight singles looking for something to do.

09-27-2008, 04:30 PM
I ditto mullerslanefarm. I have Deb Deluxe and love it! I have a burnishing brush but also have a drum brush which helps make a more compact batt.

There is a drum brush available for a PG Deb's Deluxe?? :woot:

I know what I want for Christmase!!

09-27-2008, 04:35 PM
This is what I've been busy with the last couple weeks
I've been busy knitting up mitts and hats and scarves from some previously spun yarn but managed to get some new skeins spun.
From roving I picked up at the Fiber in the Park last weekend:
4 oz Colonial (still have 4 oz I'm spinning now to ply with):

2 oz mixed wools:

And from a member of the craftster.com Funky Batts, I spun up & knitted:

I just got in 2 more of her Funky Batts and am excited to spin them up!!
From the raw dorset fleece, (that won best of class at MSWF this year), I spun (raw) then knit these and tea dyed:


I'm spinning up the rest of the burgandy Colonial to ply with the first skein. It might become a Baby Surprise Sweater.

Also knitting up some cabled mittens with more of the Dorset

09-28-2008, 12:58 AM
sounds good fibrenut!

and all of that looks good mullerslane!

09-28-2008, 01:14 AM
i've been working on a bunch of stuffhere is a bit of it

dyed this bfl http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3027/2884330233_83eaf20300_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2884330233/)

spun this from a batt i made..mix of fibers
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3236/2885160706_ce578c0a2b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2885160706/)

local shetland
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2884326889_32d104901a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2884326889/)

and knit these with some handspun that i bought before i really got into spinning

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3010/2884326229_e5e415e3f3.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2884326229/)

Lady Violet
09-29-2008, 11:34 PM
Wow. Everyone's stuff looks great!
I got some carded Corriedale in the mail today. I've already spun up some of it. It drafts sooo much easier than the stuff I started with.
I've been noticing a lot here and on Ravelry that people are posting pics of their "first spun yarn." Quite often they're using really light spindles (compared to the "beginner" spindles out there like my 2.2 oz Schacht), and their yarn looks really good and even, too. Is it normal to start out thick and get progressively thicker (that's what makes sense to me)? How do they do it?

09-30-2008, 10:27 AM
I can get realllly fine yarns using the park and draft method. The lighter the spindle, the finer the yarn

10-01-2008, 12:19 AM
Hiya Violet,
Fibrenut from ASKAL here, I too started out on a Schact 2.2 spindle. I was getting totally frustrated with it (spinning overspun cat puke). I was pre drafting the heck out of my yarn. I thought that's what one was supposed to do, predraft to the thickness you wanted and then add twist. Well that's all fine n good if you want thick yarn n all (like lopi yarn) but it was stiff, not consistent and well, cat puke.
I was reading the posts on "spinner central" on ravelry (read all of abbys posts if you can. That lady is a well of information when it comes to anything fiberfied). Also, there is a lady just down the street who belongs to the local weavers and spinners guild, both of em basically said that you can loosen up the fibers before spinning but don't predraft to the point of just finished yarn. Draft as you go. I have been spinning from prepared top roving (the kind that's all slick n perty n comes usually in a ball called a "bump") all the fibers are alligned.

So basically, all I do now is to strip the roving into two pieces. (One for each ply) and then tear them off into more manageable lengths (about 18-24 inches) wrap the excess around my wrist that I hold the fiber in (usually my left hand)
then I attach the fiber to my leader and spin the first part by barely holding the fiber in my left through my hand and sort of tensioning it with my pinkie and controlling the twist by pinching with my thumb and forefinger (don't want that twist travelling up into the mass in your hand or you'll be fighting it fer sure.
If you are parking and drafting, pinch off the twist with your left hand and at the same time give the spindle a nice twirl in the clockwise direction, let some twist build up between the spindle and your hand where you have it pinched off (no you don't have to hold it like a snake about to bite you, just enough to keep the twist from travelling up into the mass of fiber and to keep the fiber from breaking off) it'll be about 6-8 inches between your pinching and the spindle (room enough for your other hand to control the drafting) Now stop the spindle and park it between your knees, take your right hand and pinch just below where you have a hold of the fiber in your left, release your pinch from your left hand and pull your fiber with your right til you feel the fiber give and about half to two thirds length of the staple (the actual length of each fiber in the roving, to find this just grab the end of the roving before you start spinning and pull til you have a piece seperate from the rest. The length of the pull off piece is your staple length.) Now that you've drafted some from your left, pinch again with the left before you let go of the right, and let the twist travel up into that little bit you just pulled out. Pinch with your left hand again to keep the twist from travelling and repeat til you don't get as much twist as you want, then pinch it off with your fiber hand, release from the hook, wind on and repeat.

If you want really thin yarn, just pull it so that it's about twice as thick as you want your final single to be. So let's say you want to make sock yarn weight, grab just enough fiber with your right hand so that when you pull it it's twice the thickness of sock yarn, then when the twist hits it it'll shrink up to sock yarn size. Same with thicker yarns.

Sometimes the fiber will bunch up in your left hand, don't worry about that, sometimes the twist will grab some fibers that are deeper but that's ok, you are controlling what gets twisted by alternating between pinching your left and your right hands. With more experience and practice (lots of practice) you'll be able to do this on the fly, by that you can spin the spindle, let it spin n dangle and at the same time draft. The secret to consistent singles is all in the drafting, not how much a spindle weighs or how fast or long you can get it to spin, you can always flick it again when it starts slowing down.

Lighter spindles do help when it comes to spinning thinner singles because there is less stress on the single. Plying is good on a heavier spindle because you need the little bit of extra weight to help go against the already spun singles (you'll ply in the opposite direction in which you spun your single) they are also good with the thicker yarns as well because they need that extra little momentum. Not to mention the whorls usually are bigger on heavier spindles and you can get more onto them.
I like using my 2.2 for plying. I have a 1 oz. spindle from spinsanity that I do most of my spinning of singles on.
Next thing you'll wanna learn is the different methods of finishing your yarn and different ways of plying (2-ply, boucle, different weight singles, chain ply or more commonly called Navajo ply, etc.) Spinning is sooo much fun and almost as addictive as knitting sox if not more so. LOL:knitting: :zombie:
Sorry for the WAY WAY long reply. I hope it's helped ya a little bit.:thumbsup: :whistle: :passedout:

Lady Violet
10-01-2008, 01:05 AM
Wow, Fibrenut! Thanks heaps! That Corriedale I got in the mail the other day practically spins itself, and it just keeps getting thinner and thinner. Several times I thought for sure my anchor was going to run aground. :teehee: So now I'm trying to decide what to get for my next lighter spindle. I was hoping to order one tonight, but I may sleep on it until the morning. I've been pouring over this for hours. I know it's just a spindle, but I'm basically deciding between two, so if I get one I won't get the other one. I totally overthink everything. :doh: So anyway, it's between this one (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15691388)and this one (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14855438). They're both not that expensive, they have great reviews on Ravelry, and I really like them. Basically, I want to make sure I get one that I'm not going to put away and never pick up again after I get my Bossie (which I'm hoping to order in the next few weeks or so).

10-01-2008, 04:22 AM
Way kewl hun, I went n peeked at the ones you were looking at. For perty's sake I like the Americana one, but for utilitarian and pertiness, I like the oak one (has that nifty little notch, which will come in handy). Have fun hun!! Spinning is soooo kewl

10-01-2008, 12:23 PM
Here are some pics of what I've got going here.

Lady Violet
10-01-2008, 01:12 PM
That's what I was thinking about the notch. I really like the oak, too.

Your spinning looks great! You ever take that thing on the back of your Harley? :teehee:

eta: I just ordered it. Now the waiting begins. Is it here yet? :nails: :teehee:

10-01-2008, 06:51 PM
Nah, I did think about it for two seconds but then said, "Nahh!!I'll scratch the bike." :roflhard: :whistle:

Lady Violet
10-01-2008, 07:38 PM

p.s. It's not here yet.

10-02-2008, 09:04 AM
fibrenut - what kind of wheel is that? Nice yarn!

Here's the Colonial from the previous post plyed. 290 yards

And another 'funky' skein (the rovings were named Funky B & Funky C)

I'm spinning up some jet black merino that is interspersed with multiple colors, next on the wheel is some Colonial top called 'Agate' and just got this yesterday from a swap on the Ravelry (4 oz)


10-02-2008, 09:37 AM
It's called a Dutch Bea Castle Style Wheel. i can't fine a whole lot on them but they were made I think either in the 70's or 80's. You don't find a whole lot of them running around. This one I have is only the second I've ever seen.

Lady Violet
10-02-2008, 02:53 PM
Cyndi, those look really good! :thumbsup:

10-08-2008, 03:41 PM
Here are some more pics of some stuff I have gotten done this past week n a half.
The teal mittens are some 100% merino I got from JulieSpins etsy shop. Teal lake colorway.
The Rainbow singles and plied yarn on the wheel is also from JulieSpins and it's Merino and tussah silk blend. Called "dark rainbow" colorway.

The white roving is some baby alpaca top in ecru (natural color)
I spun some singles with that for a shawl I am going to make for my sis. I'll post pics of the shawl in progress later.

Lady Violet
10-09-2008, 08:32 PM
Just lovely! :) I especially like that teal, and the dark rainbow will be neat to see plied.
I read on Ravelry that silk blends are cloud9 to spin. I would love to get some. I've been scouring Etsy, but haven't found the perfect colorway yet.

10-10-2008, 09:19 AM
Argh! I forgot to take pictures of the "Black Widow" yarn I finished up this week. Should be between 150-200 yards of 2-ply lace weight. Mostly black with glints of red & blue.

I spun up the 4 oz of fiber I posted last week that I got from a Ravelry swap into this:


I wanted to 2-ply this, but also keep the yardage, so spun up some oatmeal colored shetland last night

And started plying (the colors on the pic are light than what they are in real life)


10-10-2008, 02:06 PM
I've got to finish plying the YarnSmith Jelly Bean. I've got one skein that 157.5 yds so the other one should be close to that.

10-18-2008, 11:09 PM
thats some good looking stuff ladies!

here is some yarn i recently finished..both made with my batts

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3062/2945561429_6226f12c6f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2945561429)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3015/2946423750_f445ed349e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxyie/2946423750/)

10-19-2008, 12:56 AM
That's some kewl lookin core spun there foxyie. One of these days I'll get brave enough to do that.:notworthy: :thumbsup:
Mullers... that yarn is lovely!!! :notworthy: :thumbsup: I really like the marled look of the yarn you're getting with the two tone thingee there!!!

10-19-2008, 06:56 PM
That core spun was in a recent Spinoff mag wasn't it? It looked interesting, yours looks magnificent!!!!

10-20-2008, 07:19 PM
thanks fibrenut.. it's not that difficult really.. its alot of fun!

lulubell you make me blush! :) while i do have the past year of spin off magazines i don't remember a thing that was in them..heh.. so it's possible corespun was in there

10-20-2008, 08:46 PM
How did you do that Foxyie?

10-20-2008, 09:07 PM
Way kewl foxyie,
I have lots of little bits n pieces of leftover roving (you know from when the singles breaks or you get a little wadded piece there or when the short people get into your spinning stuff) I can just use that and some leftover sock yarn I've got laying around n try that technique.:figureditout:

10-20-2008, 09:54 PM
Hiya guys, just lil ol me again. I don't remember if I posted these yet or not but here they are none the less.

Did I mention that I've only been spinning since July?

The skein is spindle spun chain ply @ 10 wpi.
The second pic is of some singles, which was done on my Bea castle wheel the same week I got it. (first time spinning on an honest to goodness wheel). Both are the same roving. Mixed wool superwash which I affectionately called "bloodrayne".

10-22-2008, 02:28 AM
thats some good spinning fibrenut! and sounds good ..you should surely give it a go! :)

tropicflower - i'm really bad at explaining things..heh

the first yarn is simply plied with cotton crochet thread

this is a nice knitty article that has some examples of "novelty" plied yarn

and thankfully i found this video that has the same corespinning technique i use, like in the 2nd yarn


i attatch a "core" yarn to my leader and start spinning to build up a bit of twist.. then i draft out a bit of fiber and let it catch and wrap around the core yarn.. being careful not to overtwist the core too much..i continue spinning like the video shows until i'm done!

the core yarn could be an overspun single or any commercial yarn.. i've used yarn recycled from sweaters too..as long as it is strong it will work well

it's really fun and helps stretch out little amounts of fibers