Spinner Spotlight! Robin
How do YOU spin TWF?! We know that our customers are some of the most talented and inspiring spinners around and so we've invited them to show off their talents with a braid of our fiber - from start to finish - right here in our Instagram feed!! Introducing Robin @sitsnspins !
Hi! My name is Robin and I live in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the USA. I have been spinning for 6 years now and if someone had told me 6 years ago that in 2017 I would be addicted to spinning my own
yarn, I would have said, Did you bump your head?!" Id been a hardcore knitter for 14 years and spinning was not
even on my radar. Then one day I discovered the world of knitting and spinning podcasts and then, all bets were off!
Im not a person that wears brightly colored clothing but I LOVE spinning all the colors for accessories - and if all the colors are on one braid of fiber, even better! The more colors, the more barber poling, the brighter the sun will shine that daywink! Enter stage left, this stunning multicolored braid of 85% Superwash Merino 15% Nylon in the colorway Scottish Landscape.
When I saw the Scottish Landscape colors, I knew it would make the best wild and crazy pair of socks: LOTS of bright happy colors all in one braid. Im of the mindset that more color is best: I love a good party on my bobbin. So, if you love lots of barber poling buckle up!
Here is a picture to show how I actually split this fiber to achieve an explosion of color. Go ahead, run to your stash. Ill wait right here. I know you want to do this too!
The wheel I generally use to spin is an Ashford Joy. Its a double treadle travel wheel; great for a beginner or an expert spinner. I adore this wheel!
A little confession: up until two years ago I really didnt utilize the ratios on my wheel, I just adjusted my feet and hands. This was the most natural for me since I had learned to spin on a drop spindle. There are no ratios on a spindle to think about.
Since then, I have learned that changing the ratios for certain projects does make a huge difference. Still, more often than not, I keep my wheel set on the lowest ratio. I spin with a long, slow supported backwards draw and create a low twist single. Then I use a slightly higher twist when plying. This tends to keep the yarn soft, and squish-a- licious. Almost always, I 2ply from a center pull ball. That way I use up every last bit of singles.
If this type of yarn makes your heart go pitter patter and you are interested in seeing what Im currently working on, you can find me on Instagram as sitsnspins and on Ravelry as Sit-N- Spin. Cheers! xoxo