Summer Spinning

Summer spinnin' gonna have me a blast. Summer spinnin' bobbins fillin' so fast. Met a wheel crazy for me. Met a fiber soft as can be. Summer spinnin' drafting away to, oh, oh those summer yarns. Tell me more, tell me more how much did you spin? Tell me more, tell me more, what weight was it in?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Well, I'm tickled to death. I actually exceeded my goal. I have been spinning at the very least 2 hours per week. I'm also getting a much finer consistency on my singles. I'm signed on for the Twisted Knitters Dye/Spin/KAL and am looking forward to it. Hopefully, we'll do this again sometime. It's been great fun.

That's a Wrap!

Well, the autumnal equinox took place last weekend while I had in-laws visiting. I had a rather unexpectedly eventful end of the summer and didn't keep up on my goal. I think some of you stayed on track or caught up though.

Please check in either in the comments here or make your own wrap-up post in the next week and I'll draw 2 names for those of you who kept up your spinning goals this summer and mail the roving out to you.

I hope you have joined Margene's Twisted Knitters and I'll see you over there. Perhaps we'll reinstate this if there is interest at a later date. Perhaps with a shorter time period that is more realistic? Let me know what you would be interested in!

Sunday, September 17, 2006



Another lousy shot, but the coin is a dime and this is how fine my singles have become. I've been working really hard at it. I'm slower, but more confident and this challenge has really helped me to focus on my process. I've also learned the long draw and wow, is it cool. Only a few more days for the challenge. Thanks Kristi for the terrific idea. You've had alot of other stuff on your plate, but thanks so much. I am spinning more (timewise) and doing a much better job. It was really just a matter of taking the time and working on the spinning itself.

I sure hope everyone else has had as much fun as I have had. I will continue because now I'm more determined than ever to spin laceweight consistently.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Way too Long...

It's been way too long since I posted any spinning news. So sorry :( I thought I'd drop in and say that I've met (exceeded) my goal of 2 hours per week for the last several weeks and have some beautiful alpaca to show off.




This is baby alpaca combed top, that I bought at our newest LYS back in June. I had 8 oz, and what I've ended up with is around 400 yards of 3 ply. I haven't measured WPI, but it looks to be about sport weight.

This is also alpaca, but came in the form of a batt. The stuff practically spun itself, and really wanted to be a chunkier yarn than I'm used to spinning.



I'm having trouble motivating myself to finish up the Romney and haven't touched the Kromski wheel in weeks.

Last night I couldn't sleep, so instead of lying in bed frustrated, I got up and did some spinning. While at Estes I picked up a 2 pound bag of blended wool roving, various shade from white to black. In about 90 minutes last night I spun up about half a bobbin on the Ashford, and it is stunning----the colors are blending into a variegated charcoal color. It is spinning thin enough for a 3 ply yarn, and I have so much of it, I'm thinking there will finally be enough handspun for a sweater, or vest. Something more than a hat or mittens for sure. Here's a sneak peak:

Before:


After:


Must go for now---good luck in this final stretch! Happy spinning!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Again, no picture, but I have been working on my spinning technique. I also began spinning my Maple Sugar roving I got from Copper Moose. It's not as soft or easy to spin as the coopworth, but it still is spinning up beautifully. I saw my spinning teacher, Carol, yesterday, and she was spinning a beautiful teal roving and had added crystals to one set of singles. She's planning on plying a plain single with the crystal studded single. It sounds gorgeous, doesn't it? Something else to put in my list of to-do's. I'm still on track with my goal and improving as I go. Hope everyone else is doing well.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Had a snafoo - but , I'm back

I had such a difficult time getting anything done during our construction project. But at the end of July I rec'd my "Moosie" spindle and last week I rec'd my Jen Merrill original from Crowhill House with her exquisite painting of my beloved cat, George on it. So as my goal needed to include improving my spindle spinning, I've been having fun working on my technique. I'm trying not to, literally drop my drop spindle. I'm having a wonderful time although I'm not at the "relaxed" stage yet. I'm definitely showing improvement. Yeah me! Happy spinning ! :D

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Enjoying the Process.

Spinning has become such an enjoyable process for me as I can finally do it well! Daily practice has paid off and I just spun about 300 yds of a nice maroon roving as a gift. I was pleased as was the recipient. You can see them on my blog today. ;-)

Margene
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No picture today. I have been spinning. I'm still making the goal in time, but productivity is nil. I think it's because I'm becoming more persnickety about my spinning. That, I consider to be an excellent step forward. I have been working on washing my fleece, but now it's too humid for it to dry, so that's on hold. I got a new DVD by Deb Menz about Fiber Prep and am hoping to watch it this weekend and learn bunches more about drafting and blending colors. Hope everyone else to doing well.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Keeping on keeping on

It's not a pretty picture, but it is a much better spinning job than the past two tries. I'm feeling a bit more confident and that is helping me to work at the twist.

I have spent about 5 hours spinning this week which more than catches me up to my goal. I'm hoping this week to spin a bit more and see how it improves (or not).

Update - Still Keeping to my Goals

I'm still managing to keep to my goal of spinning at least 5 hours per week. I keep up with most of the details on my blog, so don't forget to check there for the updates. I've been so inspired by everyone's posts! All the yarn look wonderful!

I'm currently spinning some white Blue Faced Leicester. Boy is that lovely to spin....it goes quite quickly. I'm a slow spinner, and usually spin Merino, so I've been quite pleased with the "speed" I've attained. I'm almost to the 3rd skein of this already! I want to finish this 1 1/2 lbs. so I can then try spinning some wool that I have with flakes of shredded blue jeans in it....I think that would make a really fun yarn.