Three-ply yarn from my Turkish spindle

I’ve been playing with this Turkish spindle since last October, when I picked it up at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF).  A friend turned me on to it, and I purchased one right after she did – I loved the feel of it, and the light weight, plus the magic of disassembly that leaves me with a center-pull ball at the end.

I was happily spinning away when I realized I had never learned to chain-ply properly.  In the midst of my research, I discovered a video explaining how to spin and chain-ply at the same time (well, almost – spin a segment, chain-ply, then wind your yarn on, then spin again …), but this is a next step, as I had already developed a medium-sized cop.  (I also consulted this Abby Franquemont / Interweave video on Turkish spindle spinning in general.)

The fiber origin is a bit of a mystery, but feels like a not-too-crimpy plain old wool: no merino, silk, or other additives.  I acquired it at a fiber guild auction at which some of the members were working to re-home and divest a large fiber supply of a woman that had passed away.  The only note was the total weight of the fiber.

The single is S-spun and (therefore!) the 3-ply is Z-spun.

Final result (so far – I have 7.5oz of the stuff) is 49g of worsted-weight three-ply yarn that looks good enough to me!

This morning, I started another batch, and it took me around an hour to spin 7g.  Over the weekend I spent 1+ hours plying.  So an almost-50g ball requires around 8 hours of work to complete.


Lunar Eclipse – free pattern download!

Over the past few months, I’ve been working off and on on this pattern, Lunar Eclipse, which has been a really fun exercise in what to do with one skein of luxurious yarn.

From the Mountain asked me to design something with a skein of their worsted weight cashmere, which is hand-spun in a fair-trade agreement with Afghan women.  The stuff is beautiful.  It is a soft, two-ply fiber in a variety of natural colors, including ecru, grey, and several shades of brown.

The final result was this initial offering:


And then Abby asked me to add two additional edgings:

You could add your own edgings to this template – we’ve offered it in three charted patterns, two originally from Barbara Walker and one from Book 4 of The Stitch Collection by Lark Books.

This is a free Ravelry download, so feel free to share, and please post your final project photos!