September Strawberry

18/09/2008

Do you remember that merino that was calling my name? There really was only one way that that was going to end, and here it is:
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50 grams ish of Strawberries and Cream handspun merino. The next step is to wind it into a centre-pull ball and then go for the plying but for some extraordinary reason H just didn’t seem that keen on the idea of holding onto the spindle while I wound – who would have thought it?

Luckily for me, ingenuity is not an alien concept, nor is construction of anything out of plastic boxes, loo roll tubes and sellotape – as evidence I offer you (a) the niddy-noddy, and (b) the fact that my sister had a working lighthouse made out of a washing up bottle which my father made when we were small – you squeezed the sides to make it flash, it was very cool.

So, here is how you make your very own Lazy Husband (who was Kate anyway?):

First you need a plastic tub. This one has in its lifetime encountered both Cornish ice-cream and patchwork pieces so clearly yarn was the next logical step.September 112

To that box, I sellotaped half a loo roll tube to each sideSeptember 113

And my spindle slots in perfectly.

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There are two tiny hitches with my otherwise perfect plan. Number 1 is that you have to keep a foot near the end of the spindle to stop it sliding too far and falling out and number 2 is that it spins a little too easily so sometimes it is best to let the yarn run through your fingers to stop it looping up on the ball winder.

Until it looks like this:
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And with a 10p for size

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All plied up it went all stripy and swirly

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And now, I have real yarn – yippee

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I have 135 metres of what I think is about 4ply and I’m longing to knit with it. This spinning malarky is getting serious. Run, run while you can.

  • mandycharlie 19/09/2008 at 12:55 am

    Ooooh, how lovely.

    How do you ply it?

    It does look gorgeous.

  • JL 19/09/2008 at 1:52 am

    Clever idea.

    beautiful yarn. love it. we love strawberries.

  • Caroline M 19/09/2008 at 7:53 am

    Do you have a container of recordable cds? They come on a spindle and the ones we have come on a HOLLOW spindle, just the right size to drop another type of spindle inside.

  • Mary 19/09/2008 at 10:51 am

    Wow – that is definitely Real Yarn. I’m impressed.

  • tanis 19/09/2008 at 8:19 pm

    That’s just gorgeous. I need to get a ball winder.

    You know, I have the last 2 most recent Spin-Off magazines where they talk about choosing your first wheel and then list all the pertinent info about the majority of wheels out there. I’m just saying…

  • Rocky 19/09/2008 at 8:57 pm

    Very cool! I’m a new drop spinner so I appreciate your work. What did you ply it with? I love your creation!

  • Diane 19/09/2008 at 10:02 pm

    Gorgeous! And I love LOVE your MacGyver-ing for spinning tools!