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?

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:



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