Hand Spun Mitts - Just in time?!?

March 15, 2018

‘Beast from the East Part II?’…really?  Urgh.  I am sure I mentioned before that Tasha and I really don’t ‘do’ cold weather!


However…in readiness I have knitted myself some cosy mitts from my latest hand spun yarn.  And I am really chuffed with them.




You will no doubt soon realise that purple is my thing and I am a complete sucker for a beautiful hand painted ball of fibre.  Put all that together with drop spindle spinning and you have a combination for spinning a couple of beautiful balls of yarn, one single ply and one double ply.  I couldn’t think of a better use for it at this time of year but to knit myself up a super simple set of mitts to keep my hands warm in the mill.


The process of spinning the yarn is really super simple once you know how.  The drop spindle is an ancient form of spinning that has been around for thousands of years.  Its cheap to set yourself up with a spindle and a quick class so you can master the basics…


Class?  Oh yes!  We are teaching a drop spindle class at the Heritage Centre Woollen Mill on Saturday 14th April!  Check out the details on our website.  Places are disappearing fast so drop us an email to book!


Once you have the basics it opens up a world of possibilities to turn fluff into all sorts of useful and beautiful items whether you knit, crochet, or weave…


These mitts are knitted and it is the first time I have had my needles out in a while, crochet had rather taken over throughout 2017 but I must confess to loving knitting for all things wearable.


So my new mitts will be an essential accompaniment in the Mill in coming days but I am really hoping that I can soon put them away until next Winter…


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Rachel x

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