turkish lace


A/N: so I looked up skandar keynes’ ethnicity (Edmund Pevensie from Narnia) and I found out that he’s tURKISH, PERSIAN, AND LEBANESE and I got super excited bc my ethnicity is close to his; then I decided to write this bc I’m also learning turkish so why not lol… btw half of this was edited at my school’s library, that shows how dedicated i am to you guys ;)

  • PAIRING: Skandar Keynes x Reader
  • SUMMARY: In which a pair of 20 year-olds have a horrible time at a wedding, but end up having fun with each other.
  • WORDS: 509

He was never fond of coming to these events. The dancing, the older women asking when a marriage is going to emerge, or when he even gets a girlfriend for that chance. Twenty-five and still single. A sigh escaped the dark-haired man’s lips, mentally cursing his parents for inviting him here.

However, one thing distracted Skandar from his dreadful thoughts, a girl. The brown-eyed man studied her from where he was sitting, her head resting on the palm of her hand as she stared off into the distance. She looked as if she was deep in thought. The girl was a beauty though; her flowy dress complimenting the color of her eyes, her hair cascading down her shoulders, an obviously bored look that hung on her face. A tiny smile found it’s way on his lips just looking at the beauty. At least he wasn’t the only one having a dreadful time.

A few girls were surrounding her, in the same table. Though no one could compete with her beauty.

She was at least two tables away from the dark-haired man, she smiled when a girl, about the same age as her, came from behind to sit next to her. A look of enthusiasm was across her face. 

The man just stared from afar, tilting his head a bit to look at her. The girl actually looked happy now, as a laughed escaped her putting a hand over her mouth to cover her teeth. 

Skandar was determined to talk to the girl now.

A few moments passed. All filled with dancing, singing, and eating. Yet the man was still having a terrible time. Though when he saw that her table was empty now, and realization hit him when he thought now was his shot.

Skandar took a deep breath, his hands jittery, as he got up from his seat and waltzed over to the girl.

Her head shot up when he took a seat next to her, muttering a sentence in Turkish, an accent laced in it, “Kötü bir zamana sahip olan tek ben olmadığıma sevindim.” 

She shook her head, “I’m sorry I don’t speak Turkish.” Which caused Skandar to have a relieved look on his face. 

“Oh thank God, because I can barely speak Turkish.” He smiled, showing off his pearly whites and that’s when the girl noticed he had a nice smile, “I was saying though, I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s having a bad time.”

She gave him a sly grin, “yeah…I usually don’t come to these type of events, I’m more of a stay-at-home-eating-ice-cream-while-watching-Netflix type of girl.”

The pair chuckled, once the laughter had died down he introduced himself. “I’m Skandar by the way.”

“Y/N. Y/N Y/L/N.” 

“Beautiful name for a beautiful girl.” He smirked, but immediately regretting what he had said when she responded with silence. Though his nerves were calmed down once he heard a giggle escape her rosy lips. 

“Okay, lover boy you don’t have to flirt to get my attention.” Y/N laughed. Skandar smiled, she was truly something else.


[A/N: i know this was extremely short, but if you guys want a part two just ask in my ask box! yes, i made an ask box lol]

merpancake  asked:

I'm curious about how to get into spinning yarn. Is there a process you recommend for beginners? Is it better to start with a drop spindle or go big and get a spinning wheel? This is uncharted territory for me so I'm a little lost!

ahhh this is an exciting question!  I love spinning!

here are my suggestions (from my personal experience learning how to spin, others might disagree!):

1.  there are many different types of fibers to spin and it can be overwhelming to decide which fiber and preparation to start with.  I recommend 100% wool to begin, preferably a wool with a longer staple length (Polwarth is my favorite, BFL and Merino are also good).  personally, I think the best fiber prep for beginners is a batt (because it’s so fluffy), but top or roving could work too (just could be slightly more frustrating, especially if slightly felted).  I would stay away from chunky batts and fiber blends in the beginning, since the irregularities can make it difficult for you to get a feel of how to draft.  

2.  start with a turkish drop spindle - this is a special type of spindle that will make a center-pull ball directly from your spinning, making it much easier to ply the yarn.  you can find turkish drop spindles on etsy, and I think even knit picks has a pretty affordable one (or they used to).  wheels are expensive and large, and a great investment once you know you like to spin.  they also move much more quickly, and can be extremely frustrating to beginners who have less control.  spinning on a spindle allows you to do everything you can do on a wheel (and more, especially if you are interested in spinning very fine yarns or if you really value portability), and many people prefer it.  the trade-off is that, for most people, spinning on a spindle is a much slower process than spinning on a wheel and it can be harder on your body/back long-term (both of these issues are true for me).  even though I knew that I wanted to get a wheel, I waited about a year before making the transition.  I think my spinning is better for it and the spindle was a great way to learn many of the foundations of spinning without making a huge monetary investment.  

3. you can teach yourself many of the basics of spinning using youtube.  once you’re a little more advanced, you can take advantage of classes at your local fiber store and/or local crafting guilds to further advance your craft and learn new techniques.  when you spin, you’re putting twist into combed sheep hair (wool), which makes it all stick together into a cord (1 ply).  when starting out, I’m a big fan of “park and draft” - this means you put down your spindle (park) and pull apart your wool into an even tube (draft), then you twirl the spindle and put the twist in.  if this doesn’t make sense, please look up a youtube video!  it’s a hard thing to describe in words and will make a lot more sense when you see someone do it!  :)

4. make your first yarn a 2-ply yarn.  the turkish spindle will allow you to ply one end of the ball with the other, which means you won’t have to spin the two plies separately initially.  your first few yarns will probably be very overspun (too much twist), which is totally normal.  making a plied yarn will help to balance out that twist.

5. don’t get discouraged if your first yarn looks weird or isn’t usable for knitting or crocheting.  spinning is super tactile and it will “click” relatively quickly.  for example, here are pictures of my first 3 yarns: one, two, three.  as you can see, I improved substantially and it only took 3 skeins.

6. once you understand the basics and can make yarn that seems usable, spin a skein (or three) with a project in mind and complete that project.  working with your own handspun is very rewarding and also will help you improve as a spinner.  for example, you may find that you prefer variable weight yarns over yarns that are extremely even (or vice-versa).  maybe you’ll find that the skein you liked so much as yarn doesn’t quite work when you try to knit it (it may feel rope’ish, or too tightly plied, or not plied enough, or too slubby, or it might come apart in areas where there isn’t enough twist, or it might have too much twist, etc.  there are many things we strive for when spinning in terms of yarn weight, balance, and appearance - working with your own yarn with help to guide you on your journey to spin yarn that works for the types of projects you love to knit or crochet.  it’s also an extremely fulfilling experience!  :)  here are some of my favorite handspun projects, with pictures of the yarns if I have them (many of the yarn pics are just of the leftovers after the project, but you get the idea):

fractal fingerless mitts (yarn - turkish drop spindle)

handspun lace shawl (yarn - schacht ladybug spinning wheel)

handspun lace stole (yarn - schacht ladybug spinning wheel)

handspun socks (yarn - schacht ladybug spinning wheel)

colorblocked cowl (yarn - schacht ladybug spinning wheel)

I hope this is helpful!  please let me know if you (or anyone else!) have any more questions! :)