A new, beautiful, comprehensive book on spinning yarn I have been working with my spinning mentor, Alison Daykin over the last three years writing, photographing and testing every technique. Jane Deane and Amanda Hannaford have kindly reviewed it and added their insights and expertise to ensure all the technical aspects are accurate and up to date. This is the book I wished was available when I… Continue reading Inspired to Spin
Balanced ply in hand spun yarn
I was asked recently what balance means for hand spun yarn. What is a balanced ply? Balanced ply is when a yarn is twist neutral, i.e. the twist in the singles is balanced by the twist in the ply, the yarn has no tendency to twist. A yarn doesn’t have to have two strands the same… Continue reading Balanced ply in hand spun yarn
Wraps per inch of commercial yarn
Some of you will know I create sample wraps of all my hand spun yarns*. While working on our book, Alison Daykin and I wondered “how does our hand spun compare with commercial yarn thickness?” There are various charts giving the wraps per inch of commercial yarns but they seem to differ widely. How accurate… Continue reading Wraps per inch of commercial yarn
What sort of spinner are you?
At a spinning meeting today a friend commented that people thought her strange as she finishes each project before starting the next. Many of us where impressed. I am certainly a possessor of a number of PhDs*. This reminded me of a discussion I saw about process or production knitters. I think it is more complicated… Continue reading What sort of spinner are you?