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All About Yarn…And Princess Charming

Recently I’ve been spinning a lot of new yarn. I like to switch from one activity to another because it makes things more fun. This way, I can also let my eyes rest for a bit after I’ve been crocheting for too long. There’s also something very relaxing about the sound of the rotating spinning wheel.

So here’s what I’ve got:

Handspun Merino yarn in blue by Matylda's Barn
Blue merino, two plyed, long drawn woolen.
  1. Blue Merino

I mixed two different shades of blue merino top (commercial), a little bit of natural white merino top (commercial) and dark grey jacob (from a local farmer). The natural jacob was just greasy enough to hold the threads together very nicely when I was pulling them out of the rolags. Spinning this yarn was a blast, really. I love it.

2. Natural Yellow Merino

Yellow Merino Yarn by Matylda's Barn
Yellow Merino Yarn. Woolen technique, long drawn, two ply. Naturally handdyed with flowers.

The yellow yarn is a combination of a naturally hand-dyed merino (from our sheep Matylda!), a little bit of white merino top (commercial) and a hint of dark grey jacob (from a local farmer). I used the woolen technique again and plyed two singles together.

The yellow wool posed quite a challenge. Since it was completely natural, it had some dirt a and dried pieces of plants inside. I had to remove that manually, because it wasn’t removed during the cleaning and brushing process. Also, there was a lot of little “balls” in the top, which I was trying to remove as I went as well. That’s the thing about “real” natural fibers, you get to experience where the sheep/ goat was wondering about and what souvenirs she brought back with her πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

3. Princess Charming Yarn!

Princess Charming Yarn by Matylda's Barn
Princess Charming Yarn. Spiral technique. Combination of Merino single and a cotton thread.

I’m saving the best for the last πŸ™‚ I call this yarn Princess Charming because it’s just so charming and stuff! And it’s too pink to be Prince Charming, obviously.

I decided to learn new spinning technique, and I chose the spiral spin. Let me tell you, it was quite a bit irritating at first. My mom literally told me to go chill somewhere before I continue. But I’m not the one to give up easilly πŸ˜€ After few minutes, I started to have an understanding with the spinning wheel. And damn, it was worth it!

I’m already envisioning a cute soft sweater in my mind. Gotta make more of this yarn first, though.

Princess Charming Yarn by Matylda's Barn
Princess Charming Yarn by Matylda’s Barn

I’ll be happy to read any comments you might have! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

 

 

9 thoughts on “All About Yarn…And Princess Charming”

  1. Beautiful! πŸ’• I love Princess Charming! The pink hue is perfect. You’re right – a cozy sweater is the best showcase for it 😍
    I had to laugh at Matylda’s souvenirs πŸ˜† I buy a lot of handspun wool, and the grass, twigs and things always make me smile. You can just picture the happy sheep going about it’s day in the fields. πŸ€—
    So Mom told you to chill, eh? πŸ˜‚ That’s so funny! I’m glad it worked – ’cause everything looks fabulous πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you like it! For the future sweater I gotta make a lot more skeins πŸ™‚ I’m working on a third one now.
      Matylda is a very funny sheep. I think my mom would prefer her to stay away from the bushes though, because she always has to throw a lot of the wool away πŸ™‚
      Yes I was very irritated at first, but now it’s much smoother πŸ™‚

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      1. I have four now, gotta make at least three more I think. I started to knit the sweater already ’cause I couldn’t wait, haha.
        Yep, it’s very relaxing.
        Matylda is definitely a happy sheep πŸ™‚

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  2. Those are so beautiful! Do you find that dying the fleece is easier that dying the spun yarn? I’ve never spun or dyed, I’m just curious which way would be the easiest πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s basically the same, it depends on what intention you have with the yarn. If you want to create a sock yarn with different colors, it’s probably much easier to dye the spun yarn skein. If you want to play around with the wool more during the carding / spinning process then it’s best to dye the fleece πŸ™‚

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