I wrote most of this issue around the summer solstice. So it's a little ironic but nonetheless welcome to see so many pullovers and cardigans in the finished project gallery.
The pattern suggestions are more seasonal. There are new skills to learn, such as hand-ginning cotton, needle felting or weaving with art yarn. Once again the events listing contains events that you can take part in online.
Read on for this month's cunning curated collection of inspirational information and entertainment for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
With thanks to Freyalyn for the heads-up about the gansey knit-a-long at the Guernseys, Ganseys and Knit-frocks group, and for her notes about the Manx gansey. She shows a picture of the example from the Isle of Man museum. The pattern they have is now available on Ravelry.
Also in this post, she has overdyed some faded pink Frangipani yarn and gives some details about that. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished jumper.
I've seen pictures of Evanita's Magpie Standard with nothing else in the picture for scale. It was a surprise to see this self-portrait and find out just how massive this spinner is.
It measures 15"L x 8.5"W x 11"H (38x21x28cm). The manufacturer claims that a full bobbin can hold 18-20oz (600g) but Evanita says that she has "blown that out of the water" and will be holding a competition to guess the weight of the singles on this bobbin. For details of that competition, keep an eye on fiberygoodness. The magazine will have a 3-person review of this spinner later in the year.
This 'before and after' shot shows the transformation of this fibre. The colours look stronger and more primary in the finished yarn. Navajo plying helped to concentrate the colours rather than blend them.
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robbyraccoon didn't use handspun yarn but the main yarn was from a small producer. The pattern creates the design using floats on the right side. This example uses no colour but relies on the texture of the 'contrast yarn'.
This would be perfect for showing off a handspun yarn, whether you opted to use a smooth and a textured handspun, or a commercial yarn for the background.
Thanks to Green Mountain Spinnery, whose page I'm linking to here. Links to the pattern and to Julie's project are therein.
Kinetic sculpture by Felipe Pantone slides into a hypnotizing kaleidoscope of color
Appropriately-named Felipe Pantone has made this kinetic sculpture. It "makes the relationship between colour theory and human action tangible" which means that you slide the panels and new colours are revealed, based on subtractive colour mixing.
In light of the current situation, the regular events listing here is temporarily replaced by an 'online events' listing.
Are you hosting or taking part in an online event or challenge that I'm not aware of? Let me know.
Tour de Fleece
Saturday June 27 until Sunday July 19, 2020
Spin-along during the Tour de France. Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have fun.
There was some uncertainty for a while about whether the Tour de Fleece would be moved so that it still coincides with the Tour de France if that was rescheduled. At present, the Tour de Fleece group is still saying 27th -19th, but watch that page for updates.
There is no entry fee to register a team. Spinners will be invited to donate a minimum of £5 each and ALL funds raised in 2020 will be donated directly to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)
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