unravel 2015: the loot!

Hi everyone!

Two weeks ago I visited the UK again, to meet up with my good friend Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch, and to visit Unravel 2015! I’ve got another blog post prepared for you all with my impressions of that weekend; all the yarn & fibery goodness, and of course all the amazing people I met!

But first, I just HAD to show you lovely ladies what I brought back home with me! I’m sure you understand why this is so important ;)

To be honest: I came to Unravel without a shopping list. Shocker, I know! There was nothing that I just HAD to get or needed or wanted; I decided to just let myself be surprised by all the amazing vendors at the show and play it by ear.

Well, that’s exactly what I did! :) Me and Sarah quickly found SpinCity UK‘s stall, and while I was oogling over all their gorgeous hand made drop spindles, Sarah very innocently (*coughcough*) asked Louise to give me a quick demonstration slash workshop on how to use a drop spindle. I don’t have to tell you what happened next, right? ;) I was hooked! Immediately. Just. Fell. In. Love. With. Spinning! So naturally, I HAD to get a drop spindle and I HAD to get fiber and I HAD to get more fiber… Oy. I’m telling you: Sarah is my biggest enabler! ;)



But first things first. I got this Clover yarn cutter pendant the second I saw it. I ran into this last year too, but unfortunately I had ran out of cash so I couldn’t get it. Which was a real shame, since I didn’t bring any scissors with me on the plane (for obvious reasons). I can tell you stories about being at the hotel room and trying to cut gorgeous silk yarn with a pair of keys… *spoiler alert* it doesn’t work!

This is the gorgeous drop spindle I fell in love with from SpinCity UK




You can totally see why I went home with this beauty! I mean, there’s flowers in there! And sparkles! And glitter!

So naturally, now that I had a spindle, I needed fiber (or someone told me). Lucky for me, there was plenty of fiber at Louise’s stall! I didn’t have to think too long about which colours I wanted; these just screamed my name!




Yummm! And did you spot the sparkly bits? And did I mention how soft and fluffy it is? :) I wonder what my dreads will look like if I dye them these exact colours… Hmmm…

But I couldn’t go home with just one measly bit of fiber now could I? Introducing: the texture bag!


Little Owl Crafts sells these things called texture bags. And they might just be the best thing ever! Just look what’s inside this tiny bag…



It’s! So! Good! :) Soft bits. Sparkly bits. Fiber. Locks. Nubs. Other weird things that look totally awesome. And the colours make me sooo happy…

Of course, now that I own a spindle, and the most gorgeous fibers EVER, I’m in need of drop spindle tutorials! :) So ladies, help me out here: link your best drop spindle tutorials in the comments section below, and I will be eternally grateful!

I cannot wait to start spinning and making my own gorgeous yarns…


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  1. http://joyofhandspinning.com/spinning-yarn-with-a-drop-spindle/ This is what came up for me when I googled drop spinning. It has some good pictures. I’m really interested to see how this turns out. Please share lots of pictures!

  2. Have a look on the Knitty blog/website. I got tons of great hints and tips from here when I first started spinning!

  3. I loved Unravel, such a tactile show with all those beautiful yarns and colours to play with! I spotted all those spinning goodies at the show – such gorgeous treats you’ve purchased! What a wonderful new skill to learn, you must share your progress here…Cx

  4. O, wat een fantastische schat heb je mee naar huis genomen! De hanger is prachtig, en daarnaast ook erg praktisch. En die spin-stok is werkelijk prachtig, met die bloemen en glitters erin. Geen idee hoe je ‘m moet gebruiken, maar ik ben erg benieuwd naar het resultaat. De kleuren beloven heel veel goeds, dus hou ons op de hoogte! Succes!
    Groetjes Monique

  5. Oh wow! You’re very lucky indeed! Your gorgeous new fibres are fabulous, but that drop spindle!!!!! Amazing! I have never been able to master the drop spindle so I’ll be interested to check out the links others post here. I have practiced and practiced and tried and tried and watched a basquillion tutorials and I still don’t feel like I’m getting it. I feel like there’s some trick to it that just hasn’t clicked for me yet. I can get yarn from my drop spindle, but it’s never even (not even vaguely) and it breaks etc. but I’ve watched others do it and they’re getting great yarn from it and they make it looks so simple :-) Good luck with your gorgeous drop spindle and I will look forward to seeing what you create!

  6. I am so happy for you! I can’t get over how beautiful and so nature related everything looks. It’s simply beautiful! You’re very lucky indeed. Good luck with it all and I can’t wait to see your progress!

  7. Oh wow, wat is íe mooi!!! Ik heb sinds een week ook een dropspindle dus volg je stappen met grote interesse! Ik heb al op youtube gekeken en vind het nog wel lastig te beginnen hoor!

  8. Drop Spindle Spinning 101 for beginners: http://youtu.be/NChx20Kl7Bo , this was the first helpful video I watched. Becareful, it’s addictive! I just bought a spinning wheel this New Year because spinning on my drop spindle just wasn’t enough ;).
    Enjoy! Those fibers look like a lot of fun!

  9. Craftsy has drop spindle class.

  10. Enjoy all lhat spinning! Bet some terrific yarn shall be born!

  11. Ooh, yummy fibres! Looks like Unravel was great. Look forward to seeing what you spin! :) x

  12. the fibres look great! and the brightly coloured ones are just to die for! I’m looking forward to you sharing some thoughts on the actual spinning if you do! :) jenny xx

  13. Glad to see these posts. Sorry you’re having a hard time. I missed your posts. I like seeing what you are up to. Jen

  14. Oh wow! What amazing photos. I wish I had an enabler like Sarah!! Or maybe I don’t…no…I definitely do!

    Can’t wait to see your yarn.

  15. My very good friend Jean has some good advice re using a drop spindle and would be more than happy to help with hints and tips. She’s brilliant at it…and she has spinning wheels as well. :)