Wet Splicing

I have decided that I need to post/share more content with my readers. Although I’m sure most of you all probably know how to do this, or follow Webs’ blog also, I thought that this would be a good way to start adding content.

I’ve used this technique before and find it particularly helpful when I’m winding off yarn that I’ve spun myself from two different bobbins when I just want one hank of yarn.

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It’s Plying Time Again

I finished spinning up the 4 oz. of Targhee from my January Spunky Club fiber shipment.  Now it’s time to ply.

I have a lazy kate that came with my spinning wheel, but I’ve been having problems ply because the bobbins over rotate letting the yarn wind off too quickly and then it gets all kinked up and tangled.  So I’m going to try using a homemade tensioned kate this morning to ply.  I found the instructions here.  So I will have to report back to you all about how happy I am with the new setup.  I love to spin, but the plying part just doesn’t make me as happy because of all the problems that I’ve been having.  Hopefully this will help fix the problem.

ETA: Updated to include the link to the original instructions.

Studio setup and other stuff

I’ve been putting together a studio for a lack of a better word.  A place that I can work on my spinning, knitting and sewing.  I got everything setup over the summer, and now it’s also become my photography studio too.  I didn’t realize how much I was going to want to take pictures of the yarns I create or the objects that I knit, but the photo bug kind of bit me pretty hard after reading Ashley Martineau post from Neauveau Fiber Arts on Build[ing] your own Photography Lightbox for $37.  It’s such a simple thing really and it made such a difference in my photos.  Now I just need to get a better camera.  Right now my cell phone camera is better than my real camera if you can believe that.  Here is what my studio and light box look like:

And here is an example of the types of photos I can take using my new lightbox and my cell phone camera: