The Making of a Handspun Sweater Lot

A few weeks ago, Rohn Strong posted this image to his Facebook page. He thought this would make a great yarn colorway, and frankly I had to agree. Everything about this picture speaks to me, I knew it would be perfect for my first handspun yarn sweater lot.

I've been working through a bump of corriedale wool and new that I could get the colors to translate perfectly onto the wool. I chose to do...
November 30, 2013 by Rachel Jones

OnTheRound Luxury Batts to Yarn

Good morning! It feels like I was waiting for Friday all week, and now that I'm here, I don't quite know what to do with myself.... I have so many thoughts and ideas and projects going on I keep finding myself spinning in circles!

Usually when this happens (I must admit it happens frequently) it's best to just sit down and see what computer work needs to be done. So here I am.

Earlier this week I...

Tips for knitting with handspun yarn

It's that time of year friends, cold weather is offically here and people have already started counting down the days until Christmas. That means it's time to start knitting (if you haven't started all ready that is)! I thought it might be helpful to put together some tips and ideas about working with handspun this knitting season.
Citron Shawl knit using ontheround luxury handspun

If you have never...
October 23, 2013 by Rachel Jones

Fresh Fleece!

I think I am committed to my New Look...
Tonight I'll be spinning some freshly scoured Romney/Merino fleece. It's pure heaven in my hand! 

July 01, 2013 by Rachel Jones

Spinspiration: Roving to Yarn

Good morning!

My summer spin-a-thon has officially begun! I have to spin a minimum of 2 skeins a day just to keep up with my show schedule and online sales. It's a lot of work, but I really do love it- I just drag my wheel around with me where ever I go. You can follow along with my spinning progress on my Instagram or Flickr, I am using hashtag #spinathon and #ontheround.

To help get you in the...
June 18, 2013 by Rachel Jones

Handspun Self Striping 2 ply Yarn Tutorial

This is a simple tutorial to show you how to spin a self striping 2ply handspun yarn. I used my Pastel Rainbow Merino Wool Spinner's Pack- available here, but you can use any wool you like! I recommend using 3 or more colors, just be mindful off how much your bobbin can hold. My spinner's pack includes approximately 3.5 oz of merino wool dyed in 7 different colors- Rose Pink, Peach, Lemon, Nile...

OnTheRound Shop Update 5/2/13

This update will feature handspun BFL and Merino wool, hand dyed sport weight BFL, 2 new colorways in my Maine Yarn & Wool collection.

This update will also feature one of my newest products- a felting kit! More information on that to come tomorrow....

Sunday Spinning

In case you're looking for me today, here is where I will be. In my rocking chair, tucked in neatly with my baby wrapped tightly to my body, peddling away at my wheel and a glass of water near by.

Happy Sunday!

Navajo Plying

NavajoBlog, originally uploaded by ontheroundfiberart.
Lately I've been experimenting with Navajo Plying, or chain plying handspun yarn. I work with hand painted roving a lot and I really like the way that the method retains the color changes in the wool.

When I am trying a new technique, I prefer to wing it initially, and then research the technique. The yarn above is my first attempt.

I've since...
February 13, 2012 by Rachel Jones

Handspun Yarn Update

UpdatePromo2012, originally uploaded by ontheroundfiberart.
Good morning!

Today I am editing photos for my next shop update. At the rate that I am currently waddling, it's looking like I'll be listing new yarn on Thursday, Feb 2nd. Be sure to come by the shop and see all the beautiful blues and greens I have in store for this week!