New Year, new start and lots of exciting things in store for us here at Crafty JAK’s! Club is going to be a different breed every single month and I’m looking forward to trying out some of these breeds myself!

I based January club off of this photo. It was a long exposure that my husband did one night while winter camping. I love how the sky looks almost like a sunset, even though it’s the middle of the night!

Basic club this month was Lincoln. Lincoln is a longwool and while it has beautiful lustre and strength, it is quite coarse. Lincoln is often used for making rugs and I plan to knit a little basket out of my finished yarn!

Starting with the yellow and finishing with the black, I spun all the bumps in succession and then chain plyed to retain the order. For me, this is the simplest way to spin gradient yarns.

Gradients are always a little tricky to see in the skein…

So here it is, all opened up!

It’s always interesting for me to see my ideas turn into yarn. The gradient worked out exactly as I’d hoped for and I can’t wait to see what it looks like as a basket!

I decided to take a slight deviation from carding club this month and did silk hankies for Luxury club!

I used exactly the same dye recipes for the two different clubs, but as you can see when they are side by side, basic club and luxury club are quite different from each other.

I stripped off each hanky and then stretched it out before spinning it. I definitely recommend having really well moisturized hands before dealing with your hankies…the silk sticks to EVERY. SINGLE. NICK! I didn’t worry about trying to keep the colours in order, I just opened up each hanky and started spinning. I then plyed from a centre pull ball. There are very few spots where the colours line up, but I like that effect.

It is far from a perfect yarn, but it is crazy soft. This was my first time spinning hankies and it was definitely an experience!

Have you spun up club yet? I do hope you’ll share your results over in the Wool n Spinning Ravelry group. You can find the thread here. Be sure to share on Instagram with hashtags #craftyjaksclub or #craftyjaksboutique I love to see what you’re up to!