Wednesday, April 18, 2012

handspun from tow


Fresh off the bobbin, and onto the nod...412 yards of some tow flax that I've been working up. There are several different types...made up from leftovers off the strick or line distaff.


The paddle distaff has been working like a champ! The knotted flax is simply wrapped up/ wadded up it were. Clumps are wrapped with the tie, and magically, the flax just seems to fall into place on the pull down. If too much of it clumps at once, I use my other hand to pick it apart before it enters the draft. At times, a mass of knotted root ends will come off and land on the there is a handful of "ends" to clean up afterwards. Note to self: do not use the vac on these! Yikes!

A close up of the spun linen reveals the slubs and hairy bits that are in the threads. No matter, this skein will be used for a project that will incorporate all that fuzzieness.


The skein still needs to be finished off, maybe in the simmering pot. A question to a fellow Ravelry member, resulted in a suggestion to try using Oxyclean in place of washing soda....or instead of dish detergent, which I have been using. I have yet to try making my own washing soda by heating up baking soda (300 degrees for several hours)


This skein is going to be used to make a few more of the wrist distaffs for use with spindle spinning, or Great Wheel spinning. I'm enjoying making these. They are very relaxing to work on. The work of choosing a bead to use, stringing them...knotting pleasing. Only trouble is...that with so many other chores to be done, this seems to take a place at the bottom of the list!


I'm learning how to make the sort of knots that one would use when stringing pearls. Simple overhand knots, but a good technique makes for fast execution...I'm getting better with practice.

Photobucket many little time ....each knot holds a thought


Janice in GA said...

Lovely yarn AND a Liberty dime! Wow!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

There is so much going on outside here I haven't had time to do any painting. I am beginning to feel the strain. Must do some painting. Your yarn is beautiful. I think the slubs give it character. I like fabric with slubs in it too. I can't tie knots very good. Can't imagine doing a lot like this.

Judy said...

Sometimes you have to put the work aside and do something enjoyable or mindless, something to rejuvenate yourself to deal with the next stack of papers, pile of laundry or dishes, endless appointments etc. I remember someone telling me that people have to carve at least an hour a day out for themselves....just sayin'!

judy said...

If the yarn is as beautiful as the photos you've taken, it must be lovely. As always, an inspiration.

And derail even knots. I need to practice.

Valerie said...

Lovely! Linen is such a unique fiber.

Baking soda to washing soda? Tell me more, please!

Cathy said...


elizabeth said...

Knots and slubs = character! I think it looks great!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I missed this post somehow. Lovely!!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, wow! I have tow flax still sitting here in time out - I just can't get the hang of spinning it.

Do you sell those wrist distaffs? I would love to have one, if so.

Anonymous said...

thanks for share.

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