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Handspun twill blanket in aqua and white, in Coopworth wool and mohair

Seaside Spinnery's picture
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Project Date: 
Sun, 01/01/2012 - Wed, 02/01/2012
Yarn
Yarn:
Color:
Type:
Loom
Loom Used: 
Leclerc Nilus ll
Number of Shafts: 
4
Number of Treadles: 
6
Sett: 
6.00 EPI
Finished Length: 
64.00 in
Finished Width: 
40.00 in
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Seaside Spinnery's picture
Joined: 01/23/2011
Handspun and handwoven

I love this blanket. The Coopworth and mohair yarn give it just the right drape, weight, and silky feel. The white wool is from a Coopworth fleece I had processed, and the blue/green are a blended roving of longwool and 3% mohair. I spun the yarn on an older Ashford Traditional wheel (not the drop
spindle in the photo, although I make a lot of yarn on those too).

I've been handspinning yarn for knitting for 20 years, and this blanket is my first try at weaving my own yarn. It was a joy to work with, and gives me a sense of true creativity I wasn't getting from commercial yarns.

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endorph's picture
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Joined: 09/12/2011
It looks so soft

in touch and in color - beautiful

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Leslie Mulliken's picture
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Joined: 06/11/2009
Lovely! Beautifully woven

Lovely! Beautifully woven and spun!

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Joined: 06/08/2009
Spun on a drop spindle?

or just a photo prop? If done on a drop spindle, wow. I only drop-spindle spin (no wheel) so I am impressed! How much fleece did you start with, and how long did it take to spin?

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Wow.  What a beautiful

Wow.  What a beautiful blanket, the spinning is very nice.  Was the yarn a mix of Coopworth and mohair or separate yarns of each type? 

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Seaside Spinnery's picture
Joined: 01/23/2011
Thanks, Jen. The white wool

Thanks, Jen. The white wool is from a Coopworth lamb fleece I got from a farm in Montana and sent out for washing and carding. The blue and green are a mix of longwool and 3% mohair, and I bought it as roving at Rhinebeck. All the yarn was spun and plied on my older Ashford Traditional.

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Seaside Spinnery's picture
Joined: 01/23/2011
Wheel-spun, I should change

Wheel-spun, I should change the photo! It was a prop for my website. :)

It was all spun on my older Ashford Traditional wheel, although I do a lot of spinning on drop spindles too, especially when I'm out walking with my dog.

It takes me about 2 to 2-1/2 hours to fill a standard bobbin with singles for worsted weight yarn, plus plying, so maybe 5+/- hours per skein of about 100 yds.

 

 

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Seaside Spinnery's picture
Joined: 01/23/2011
thank you! It is very soft

thank you! It is very soft but has a heavy drape and feels so good curling up under it.

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Seaside Spinnery's picture
Joined: 01/23/2011
Thanks, Leslie, it was an

Thanks, Leslie, it was an enjoyable project too.

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Congratulations!

What a beautiful, wonderful accomplishment!  I can just imagine how soft and warm it must be.  Enjoy, and wrap up in good health!

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