Spinning and Knitting

by Heike February. 22, 2021 225 views

The more lazy I became in posting on PB, the more I've been spinning wool in the past few month. Some may have read my post from Nov 2018, where I reported that I bought a spinning wheel after I joined a workshop. Since that time I really expanded my skills in spinning wool and fact is, the yarn now isn't comparable anymore to that humpy bumpy yarn I spun when I started. On one side, I regret it, because due to this irregularity (thick and thin parts) it always looked a bit like artyarn, but now it's clearly better suited for knitting.

A basket full of selfspun wool.

A basket full of selfspun wool.

For future projects.Right side is silk.

For future projects.Right side is silk.

I like spinning more than knitting, but at least I have to do something with the yarn I produced. And to be honest, when I finish a sweater from self-spun wool, I'm even more proud of myself, than after finished one with industrial produced yarn. The next photos are my latest project. The yarn is made from Polwarth wool (a breed between Merino and Lincoln sheep) which is really fine and soft.

Bobbin with single polwarth yarn.

Bobbin with single polwarth yarn.

Wide - no - VERY wide sleeves.

Wide - no - VERY wide sleeves.

I found the pattern in the internet and totally fall in love with this sweater. And it wasn't particularly difficult to knit it. But I have to admit, I hate sewing the pieces together at the end. That means, the individual pieces always lying around for some weeks, before I bring myself to sew them together. :)

Finished

Finished

Hi! :)

Hi! :)

I'm very very proud of this sweater - however, it has one disadvantage : I can't get into any of my jackets because of the wide sleeves... 😁

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Russell Smith 2 hours ago

Beautiful shots. I love the sweater it turned out great.

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Adrian Morris 2 days, 14 hours ago

Nice photos. Fascinating information!

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Heike Replied to Adrian Morris 2 days, 10 hours ago

Thanks a lot Adrian, glad you liked it. Let me tell you, Great Britain has the very best spinning equipment in Europe. Last year I ordered a drum carder which has really an excellent quality and one week ago I ordered some English wool combs, that are now on the way to me. If I ever have the possibility to come to UK again, you can be sure, I will support the English economy by buying lots of spinning items. laughing

2 days, 10 hours ago Edited
Adrian Morris Replied to Heike 2 days, 10 hours ago

Glad to hear of your good opinion of our spinning equipment. I did not know we manufactured any. grinning
Just as a matter of interest, my elder daughter, aged 46, has knitting as her main hobby. She is good at it but she doesn't make her own wool smile

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Berckmans Peter 3 days, 1 hour ago

Always nice to learn a new skill. I love that sweater. Sadly I am allergic to some wools. But a warm comfy sweater, love it.

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Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 days, 10 hours ago

Thanks a lot Peter. I know also some people that are allergic to some wool. For spinners there are meanwhile a lot of plant fibers available. The industy uses primarily cotton, I don't understand, why they use so less other fibres, like Ramie or Soy fibres or Banana fibres etc.etc. Maybe it's too expensive in the production. I once bought soy fibres for spinning, you can't imagine how soft they are...Comparable with Angora rabbit wool! smile

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Greg Blaney 3 days, 3 hours ago

Very nice, Heike. Your sweater looks nice and fits you well. I'm quite impressed with your ability to be involved with the whole process - from getting wool, to spinning, to knitting and finally to wearing! I really, really like photo #1. The lighting and subtle colours create a calming mood. Well done.

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Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 2 days, 10 hours ago

Ah Greg, so nice to read from you. Hope you and your family is well!! Yes I really like doing the whole process. Last summer I even dyed raw wool myself. Next step would be to have some own sheep and shear them by myself - but I think my neighbours will lynch me then.... laughing Stay healthy !!

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Benny Law 3 days, 4 hours ago

This is a very nice sweater. Curious to know how long it took you to knit it. And the time to spin the yarn for it.

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Heike Replied to Benny Law 2 days, 10 hours ago

Thank you Benny. Ahh... how long, that's a hard question for me, because I'm often jumping from one project to another, because I always need variety. But I think all together I needed around 4 month for this sweater (incl. 2 weeks lying around before sewing the pieces together). I'm sure, others finish it much in shorter time, if you knit consistently it should be possible to knit the sweater in 3 weeks and to spin the needed yarn in 2 weeks. But I don't wont to knit or spin the whole day, It's just a hobby, I only do it when I feel like it. smile

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Lynn F Medley 3 days, 4 hours ago

Beautiful work, images and the sweater! I love to knit and have been told I would love spinning even more . Beautiful yarns you have spun. I can almost feel them.

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Heike Replied to Lynn F Medley 2 days, 10 hours ago

Thank you Lynn! I remember some of your nice photos with knitting pieces. I can imagine, that you would like spinning. In the US you have a great community of spinners and so nice wool. I often look into 'Etsy' to see what kind of raw wool is offered in other countries. For example "Cormo" wool is very popular for German spinners, because this breed does not exist in Europe, - one reason, why it's so attractive for us. smile
I know some spinners who ordered it in the US, but for me the shipping is too expensive and above a certain amount you also have to pay customs duties. That's the moment, I think, "Ok - we also have some nice and fluffy sheep in Europe." smile

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Antonio Gil 3 days, 7 hours ago

You can smuggle things inside those sleeves. 😊 Wonderful work Heike, both in pictures and in your newly found love. Love the sweater.

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 2 days, 11 hours ago

Thanks Antonio. Hehehe, what a great idea, Antonio. I see you have criminal potential! grinning

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Camellia Staab 3 days, 7 hours ago

Loved reading this for two reasons.....first seeing a post from you ( missed your posts) two for seeing what you have been doing with your time. Brava! On all aspects...for spinning as well as creating such a lovely sweater.😍

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Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 days, 11 hours ago

Thank you, Camellia! Due to Covid, I work only half days at the moment (and in home office), so I have more time for my spinning and knitting projects. I really enjoy working only half days, at the moment we still get financial support by our state, so at the end of the month I still have around 80 % of my usual net salary, that's ok for me. At least I'm lucky that I still have a job. smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 2 days ago

At least there is a positive to this Covid smile

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Francesc 3 days, 7 hours ago

Great work

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Heike Replied to Francesc 2 days, 11 hours ago

Thank you very much, Francesc !  Hope everything is fine with you in this days!

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