My First Hand Spun Yarn

Last night was the Fiber Guild of Greater Kansas City's meeting. We  explored bottom whorl drop spindles. I am hopelessly inept at them, I'm sticking with a top whorl for now. But I found my spindle of choice and it's neither a top or bottom whorl. It's called an akha spindle. From what I saw after a short search on the interwebs it's used to spin cotton in Thailand. Here's a post for a little background reading. But it seems way easier to spin and fast too.

Leslie was teaching me bottom whorl.

Her home made akha.

I'm hooked now I have to find or make one.

I brought all the spinning that I had done from last month on my bottom whorl spindle for advise. One of the ladies said she had a ball winder and that we could get the yarn off my spindle and she would teach me to double ply. Single ply is one yarn that goes in a clock wise direction. Two ply means there are two clockwise spun yarns that are spun together counter clock wise. Then three, four, five, you get the idea. I kind of understand this because Koginzashi thread comes in 8 or 10 ply. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of my single ply yarn to show. But I got pictures or the ball winding process!

It took the three of use to get the yarn from the spindle to the ball winder because the yarn kept twisting back on its self. With the ball of yarn I was able to pull one end from the outside and the other end from the inside and begin double plying. It was a little tricky starting out because the yarn from the outside ball came off all at once and twisted on its self, combined with spinning in a dark car, so I spent a bunch of time untwisting so both strands match up. But isn't the out come lovely? I have a lovely sweater pattern I've had forever that I was to use it on.

Two ply

I finally figured out what to do with the Bells of Ireland. I figured I would do something crazy since I didn't have any other flowers to put with them. The vase is our mortar. They have such great line and texture I'll have to make them the subject of another arrangement.

Bells of Ireland in my mortar