Off the Wheel: Art Batts & Rolags from ‘The Spinning Wren’ + more

My spinning wheel (a double-treadle Lendrum) has been working overtime over the past two weeks, so I thought I’d post some of the recent handspun yarns that have come off the wheel. I’m only showing finished yarns here, but I’m currently spinning a Merino/Sparkle blend from Frabjous Fibers. Two of the fibers below were rolags and an art batt purchased from The Spinning Wren–a sweet lady named Melissa who I met at Worldwide Spin in Public Day at Hook a Frog Fiber & Fun (Madison, AL).

Side Note: My electric drum carder has malfunctioned, so I had to order a manual drum carder…and it arrived the middle of last week, along with a box picker from BAM Fiber Works.

The first yarn shown is from a set of four rolags called “Summer” from The Spinning Wren–for a total of 1.5 ounces which yielded about 84 yards of worsted weight yarn.

The second yarn is also from The Spinning Wren and was a 2.5 ounce art batt called “Spice”, yielding approx. 132 yards of 2-ply worsted weight yarn.

The third yarn is more Gulf Coast Native from raw fleece (Alchemy Farms in Huntsville, AL)–45g yielding approx. 149 yards of sport weight 2-ply.

The fourth yarn (actually the first that was spun) was some Finn/Cormo (raw fleece from Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium) from “Popcorn”. I ended up naturally dyeing the yarn with turmeric, so I’ve post before and after pics.

I also spun more Manx Laoghtan roving from Hearthside Fibers the week before last (approx 100g) of single-ply, but it’s not pictured here.


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