The Joy of Spinning!

Spinning is very important to us at Grace and Jacob. Since setting up our spinning group over a year ago we have shown over fifteen people how to drop spindle and converted them to the cause. In a city like York we often have tourists and restaurant goers amazed at watching us spin on wheels and drop spindles!

We like to defy stereotypes and our group does that with a wide age range and lots of members in their twenties.

So what is spinning?

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We usually start with fibre in the form of tops, this was my secret santa from our spinning group and it’s a mix of camel, silk and cashmere, it’s scrummy thanks Jo!

The next stage is to spin it into a singles yarn with my drop spindle

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Then I used a nostepinne to wind a centre pull ball so that I could ply it.

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Don’t look too closely, I haven’t wound it on the nostepinne very tidily but it does the job….

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Here it is my pride and joy, a two ply yarn that is destined to become a pair of Cranford mittens. The pattern is available on the P/hop website here www.p-hop.co.uk this is a brilliant site that supports medecin sans frontiers. P/hop stands for pennies per hour of pleasure where you download gorgeous patterns for free and then donate based on the hours of pleasure you have had knitting your pattern. It’s genius, making something beautiful and supporting a good cause.

Happy spinning and knitting

Fiona

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