I’ve been wanting to challenge myself in spinning for few months now. I was planning to have my own “spinning marathon” and try to spin as much as possible in one weekend.

But while I was still in my planning phase, I saw an advert about BritSpin. Just what I needed! Spinning marathon for 4 days, starting on 11th of October! I don’t have to spin “alone”!

Sooner than I imagined, I was a captain of a team, and recruiting Finnish spinners to my team. Luckily Finnish spinners were eager to join, and we had full team really quickly.

Yesterday I got fleece, which I’ve planned to spin on BritSpin. I ordered Border Leicester wool straight from breeder in UK. The delivery was very fast and I really love how the wool looks like! Can’t wait until October to spin it! Meanwhile, I’m dividing it to bundles for washing and combing.



Neuletakkia osa 2

Neuletakin langan kehräily tuli aloitettua pesemällä villaa. Kuivumisessa meni kolme päivää näissä meidän asuinoloissamme, vaikka kuinka yritin pöyhiä villoja useita kertoja päivässä.

Lopulta onneksi ne olivat kuivia ja pääsin karstamyllyllä karstailemaan kehräysvalmiiksi. Harmittavaa kyllä, villa on sen verran lyhyttä, etten saanut “dizzailtua” villaa myllyltä pois, eli vedettyä reikälevyn läpi villatopsiksi. Sitä olisi ollut mukavampi kehräillä mutta onnistuu se karstalevynkin kanssa.

Mutta nyt ihanat, pehmoiset, karstalevyt odottavatkin kehrääjäänsä! Noin 120g villaa siis valmiina, ja seuraavan erän pesuun!

From failure to beauty

A year ago, I had already tried spinning with my old Finnish Kiikkalainen spinning wheel. As I’ve already told you, that didn’t work out…

After that, I’ve been learning to spin with spindles and my Ashford Joy2 spinning wheel and gotta say, finally I got the result I actually wanted! Still far from perfect but already pretty, usable yarn coming out of my wheel.

Last year I also got into dyeing. On October, I dyed first time with Jacquard acid dyes and first attempt wasn’t as successful as I hoped. The green didn’t turn out green, but yellow, and I didn’t like to roving at all. It was hanging on my craft shelf waiting for something.


That something came this year: Stashdown 2017 Wheel Edition! I decided that it was time to use that roving in this project so it was the first one I spun with the wheel. And it actually turned out really nice! Colors blended nicely together and made a little fractal look when the colors didn’t match up while plying. But I’m really satisfied of the results.