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Spinning with Turkish Spindles: Singles to Plying

My second Fiber Arts related course through FiberyGoodness. This self paced course can be started at any time, and has three sections: S...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

When I spin on my @akerworks Spindle Crane the spindle hangs off the crane and looks like a fun object to jump on for a spider. Had to tell Lucas that it wasn’t a good idea because then the spindle might stop spinning and it maybe even drop! Drop spindles are not bungee cords! #Akerworks #AkerworksMiniSpindle #Akerworksspindles #minispindle #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #woolgatherings #lucasthespider #jumpingspider #spidersofinstagram


Lucas the Spider closely examining the fineness of the strand spun on the mini spindle. #Akerworks #AkerworksMiniSpindle #Akerworksspindles #minispindle #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #woolgatherings #lucasthespider #jumpingspider #spidersofinstagram


Lucas the Spider helped me spin today. Jumping spiders may not spin silk for webs but they are very good at employing their silk as a dragline when they jump to act as a safety line. #Akerworks #AkerworksMiniSpindle #Akerworksspindles #minispindle #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #woolgatherings #lucasthespider #jumpingspider #spidersofinstagram


Here’s a good look at the storage of the @Akerworks Knitting Tool Kit once the Swatch Gauge is removed. There’s plenty of extra room for more notions. I’ve already added some more to mine including some colored stitch markers which look so fun viewed through the clear Swatch Gauge. πŸ˜„ #Akerworks #AkerworksKnittingToolKit #akerworksswatchgauge #swatchgauge #knittersofinstagram #igknitters #knittersofig #knitting #knitting_inspiration #instaknit #i_loveknitting


Here’s a closer view of the @akerworks Knitting Tool Kit. It’s so awesome how everything fits together. The design is absolute genius! Included in the full kit is an Akerworks Swatch Gauge, 2 built in large pockets with 2 needles, 10 stitch markers, two small empty pockets, scissors, tape measure, and a built in knitting needle gauge. The notions are magnetically held in place so they can’t fall out when the Swatch Gauge is removed. Absolutely love it! #Akerworks #AkerworksKnittingToolKit #akerworksswatchgauge #swatchgauge #knittersofinstagram #igknitters #knittersofig #knitting #knitting_inspiration #instaknit #i_loveknitting


Started this gorgeous project during Tour de Fleece on my Wee Peggy. This is Malachite a blend of Black Shetland, Black Alpaca, and Mulberry Silk 33/33/33 by @homesteadhobbyist. Looking forward to getting back to this one in the New Year. #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #Akerworks #WeePeggy #homesteadhobbyist #tinystudio #tinystudiobox #tinystudioprojectbox


The blue is taking over! There’s only three more photos for this happy turtle! 🐒 πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’› . This spin is for my article “Turkish Spindles, Sleeping Turtles, and Matching Socks” in the Winter Issue of @plymagazine. I’ll be sharing some in progress turtles here and be sure to pick up a copy of the issue to see the full spin and article. ❤️ #plymagazine #writingforplymagazine #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #turkishspindle #jenkinsturkishspindle #spinningforsocks #threewatersfarm


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

SQUEE!!! My special mug arrived!!!!I heard a little glimmer about @charansachar 15 year anniversary limited edition mugs while at Fiber Fusion. He hinted about their potential and I knew I wanted to make sure I bought one of these special mugs. It's absolutely gorgeous and I love all the different textures incorporating the different styles he's used over the years. #creativewithclay #ceramics #pottery #handmademug #limitededition #15yearanniversary #knittedpottery


The last three works in progress were all ones I started during Tour de Fleece. This one is my big Jenkins spin which I’ll be spinning with 15 of my Jenkins spindles to complete this spin. I’ve finished 5 so far and halfway through the 6th. The braids are Rainbow Palace dyed by @threewatersfarm on BFL/Silk 75/25. Each one will have approximately 15g on it. I had to pause this project this past fall as some of the spindles were taking part in a PLY Magazine spin. #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #threewatersfarm #twfnov18 #jenkinsturkishspindle #Big15JenkinsSpin #tinystudio #tinystudiobox #tinystudioprojectbox


The inverse of the prior photo in this series. I’m not sure which I like better the golden over the blue or the blue over the golden. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’› . This spin is for my article “Turkish Spindles, Sleeping Turtles, and Matching Socks” in the Winter Issue of @plymagazine. I’ll be sharing some in progress turtles here and be sure to pick up a copy of the issue to see the full spin and article. ❤️ #plymagazine #writingforplymagazine #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #turkishspindle #jenkinsturkishspindle #spinningforsocks #threewatersfarm


Monday, December 10, 2018

These Mini Spindles are so fun to spin and even more fun to photograph. I really need to make sure the next project isn’t heirloom carrot color as this is the second project now that looks like carrots. πŸ˜‚ Delicious 15.5 micron Merino dyed by @woolgatherings. #Akerworks #AkerworksMiniSpindle #Akerworksspindles #minispindle #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #woolgatherings


Just finished up the 4th spindle for this project and now onto the last one! It’s amazing how quickly this fiber spins up with this spindle. Beautiful 15.5 micron Merino dyed by @woolgatherings ❤️ #Akerworks #AkerworksMiniSpindle #Akerworksspindles #minispindle #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #woolgatherings


Alrighty back to the works in progress! This and what follows are all projects I started this year! This beauty I picked up at @blacksheepgathering from one of my favorite vendors @greenwoodfiberworks. This is one of her heathered BFL bundles in the colorway Mallard. As soon as I purchased my very first Jenkins Horn Turkish Spindle I immediately went to seek out fiber I felt would look beautiful against the colors of the spindle. This was it! All these gorgeous colors were perfect! I’m looking forward to finishing this up in the new year. #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #greenwoodfiberworks #jenkinsturkishspindle #tinystudio #timsystudiobox


More of my favorite colors in this spin. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’› . This spin is for my article “Turkish Spindles, Sleeping Turtles, and Matching Socks” in the Winter Issue of @plymagazine. I’ll be sharing some in progress turtles here and be sure to pick up a copy of the issue to see the full spin and article. ❤️ #plymagazine #writingforplymagazine #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #turkishspindle #jenkinsturkishspindle #spinningforsocks #threewatersfarm


Sunday, December 9, 2018

SQUEE!!!! The Digital version of the Sock issue released today!!! I checked it out as soon as I woke up and it is such a gorgeous and amazing issue. If you love to make socks or are wanting to this is a definite must have issue. For those of you who've already checked it out I'd love to hear your thoughts on my article. I had such a blast working on it. #plymagazine #writingforplymagazine #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #spinningforsocks


My first published articles!!!

Hiya everyone!
I'm so super excited about this. In the past month I had my first three articles published! The first one I worked on this year was for PLY Magazine for their Winter 2018 Sock Yarn issue. The digital issue just released today and the print copy will be shipping out this week! The other two articles I wrote for tinyStudio Creative Life a new digital magazine that just launched its first issue on November 23rd! I never thought this was something I'd ever have the opportunity to do so it's been quite a thrill to work on these projects. If you aren't subscribed to these two magazines I'd highly recommend them both!

Turkish Spindles, Sleeping Turtles, and Matching Socks
 - PLY Magazine Winter 2018

Akerworks Modular Adjustable Spindle System Review
 - tinyStudio Creative Life November 2018

A Perfect Spindle
 - tinyStudio Creative Life November 2018

Spinning with Turkish Spindles: Singles to Plying



My second Fiber Arts related course through FiberyGoodness. This self paced course can be started at any time, and has three sections: Singles, Plying, and Nplying, plus Troubleshooting and an FAQ for tips and tricks I've picked up through my 7 year experience with Turkish Spindles. This course includes both a written text with plenty of detail to work from, as well as almost an hour in total of video examples and demonstrations.


For more information about this course check out the course page.


Evanita

These colors!!!!! I love the way the new layer contrasts so sharply from the prior. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’› . This spin is for my article “Turkish Spindles, Sleeping Turtles, and Matching Socks” in the Winter Issue of @plymagazine. I’ll be sharing some in progress turtles here and be sure to pick up a copy of the issue to see the full spin and article. ❤️ #plymagazine #writingforplymagazine #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #turkishspindle #jenkinsturkishspindle #spinningforsocks #threewatersfarm


Saturday, December 8, 2018

My next oldest project is 15.5 micron Merino dyed by @woolgatherings that I started September of 2016 on @akerworks Mini Spindles. I only have about a spindle and a half left to complete this one. One of the few times something isn't in a Sistema container. This cute little box is from Daiso. #Akerworks #AkerworksMiniSpindle #Akerworksspindles #minispindle #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #woolgatherings #tinystudiobox #tinystudio


These are my favorite colors within this spin. I love how the colors look against the Holly wood of the spindle. The next few photos feature these colors in various stages of wrapping. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’› . This spin is for my article “Turkish Spindles, Sleeping Turtles, and Matching Socks” in the Winter Issue of @plymagazine. I’ll be sharing some in progress turtles here and be sure to pick up a copy of the issue to see the full spin and article. ❤️ #plymagazine #writingforplymagazine #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #turkishspindle #jenkinsturkishspindle #spinningforsocks #threewatersfarm


This year with the exception of Tour de Fleece I spent entirely all my spinning time focused on my projects for @plymagazine. Over the past week or so I’ve been putting together my planners for next year and thinking about what I’d like to accomplish next year. I made a list of all my spinning WIPS and some how despite all the time I spent not working on personal projects I’ve accumulating 7 spinning projects!!! And 5 of those are spindle projects! Not quite sure how that happened πŸ˜‚ This is the oldest one started back in November of 2015. I love keeping my projects in these Sistema containers. Makes it easy to see the projects and keeps them protected when I’m not working on them. #Akerworks #AkerworksModularSpindle #Akerworksspindles #Geranium #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #woolgatherings #tinystudio


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

I cannot get over how perfectly my new hair extensions match @homesteadhobbyist's amazing Malachite. I swear this was not intentional but I'm totally cool with my hair matching my fiber. It's going to be amazing! Now I just need to figure out what combination of @overtonecolor I need to get in order to preserve this beautiful color. They will take a long time to fade but I'll definitely want to keep these lasting pretty for a very long time. #homesteadhobbyist #naturalhairextensions #cloud9jewels #dyednaturalhairextensions #naturalhairclipins #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365


YAY!!!! My hair clip ins from @cloud9jewels arrived and the colors are gorgeous! Now I just need to go get my hair cut so I can wear them at the highest point I like to wear them. I do this so I can just lower where I place them as my hair growsout. I absolutely love the quality of these clip-ins. They are natural hair and blend is so beautifully with my own. @komhuus the color matches your Malachite perfectly!!!! #naturalhairextensions #cloud9jewels #dyednaturalhairextensions #naturalhairclipins


I saw the posts over at @plymagazine that the Winter Issue is coming out next month!!!! I'm extremely excited about this as my very first printed published article will be featured in this issue. The theme is all about socks which I absolutely love to spin for and knit! 😁❤Fiber dyed by @threewatersfarm. #handspunstagram #spinstagram #igspinners #spinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #fiberfeature #wemakeyarn #fiberyfun365 #plymagazine #handspinning #spinningyarn #writingaboutspinningyarn #writingforplymagazine


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

SQUEEE!!!!! The color is back! I stopped wearing my dyed clip ins as the color had faded due to my own fault of using a non compatible shampoo. I finally decided to try out @overtonecolor conditioner samplers to see how well it could improve the color on them and I was pleasantly surprised. I used a mixture of Extreme Teal and Extreme Green. It was a ton of fun to paint it on and it brought so much life back. I'm going to have to pick up the Deep Treatment as well to help put some more color punch back into these extensions. I got them from @cloud9jewels and have had them for 5 years. It's amazing how nicely they are holding up. Now that I know the Overtone stuff is great I'm foreseeing getting some more extensions to add even more color knowing I'll be able to keep that color going strong. ♥ #hairextensions #dyedhairextensions #overtonecolor #overtoneconditioner #overtoneextremegreen #overtoneextremeteal


Bringing out another oldie! This is from July 6th of 2011 about 3 months before I got my Majacraft Aura and about 4 and a half years after I started spinning. My spinning at this point was a lot thicker than I normally spin now and definitely quite inconsistent. It wasn't until I got my Majacraft Aura at the end of September that my yarns started getting thinner and thinner. The setup for the wheel was so much different than on my Wee Peggy pictured here which led me to relearning about how to set up your wheel to best suit whatever sort of spinning you would like to do. I also acquired my first Jenkins spindle at the same time which I firmly believe is what helped me the most with my consistency through the process of winding the singles on layer by layer. It's amazing how spinning with new tools can completely change how you spin and help you grow.