Saturday, July 04, 2009

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off.... ;0)

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you all have fun planned for today and the weekend? Any fiber involved? Knitting? Spinning? Felting??? My spinning wheels are a 'centering force' in my life, and I have definitely needed that lately- big time. The first picture is the yarn I am currently spinning- our roving carded by Shari that is a blend of our Theo (white Corriedale) and Morgan's (Tunis) fleeces- spun on my Kromski Symphony wheel. I love how the yarn is sort of a 'secret' when you are spinning, then when I skeined it up- I could see the pretty red/cinnamon-y fibers from Morgan's softly red fleece! It is really unique. The OTHER unique thing here is, this is the first time in forever that I have sat through spinning over 2 pounds of ONE yarn! Yey me! Yey for my mental health too- hee hee! I spun one ply of really fine weight yarn, then let the second ply be how the wool 'wanted' to be. This will be on the sheep's Etsy shop soon.... need a yarny laundry day soon!
The rest of the pictures are just some of my favorites- all on the 'wheel' at one time or another.... Above is again, Kromski spun....

Spun on my first ever wheel! My little 'castle' wheel from Russia. It has seen hundreds of years of happy spinning, it has some chatter to it but I like to think it is telling stories of people and projects long ago....
My new challenge wheel is a Rio Grande spindle wheel- thank you Taos Martie! I got started spindle wheel spinning with my Penguin wheel and graduated to this one. It is a step toward my dream of an antique walking wheel- but boy do I need practice! The long draw spinning is not my 'natural'- I am an 'inch worm' spinner according to my friend Kathi- kind of makes her crazy watching me! ;0) (The blue roving was Corriedale from a friend's flock- Theo & Marshall's 'family')
This is again, the Rio Grande- my first attempt at spinning from clouds... The yarn from this wheel is SO light and soft- I just love it- soft smooshy single ply, in spite of myself! The fiber was a blend of Humphrey's Camel fiber and his llama buddies...
Hope you all enjoy the weekend- and smooches from the sheep! Not sure what THEY have planned tonight but I am sure it involves margaritas and fireworks- bwaaahahahaha!

4 comments:

EverImprovingMe said...

This weekend I am dyeing up a lot of my rovings and some of my fleeces and having fun with color! We are also going to be hanging out with some friends and so that will give me stuff to do while drying is going on *grins* Hope you have a terrific weekend. Beautiful yarns by the way!

Taos Sunflower said...

You'll get it...just keep on trying! I don't do a traditional long draw, either...so no worries!

I love that white two ply on the first bobbin photo...it looks so soft and squishy. Good for you for getting in some good wheel time...you deserve it. XOXO

Sandy & the sheep said...

How did the dyework going everimproving me? Got pictures? Giddyup and sounds like the perfect weekend!

Martie- thank you for the encouragement on the RG wheel- I love it, just need more time to spin on it! Thank you for the kind words about my yarn too- that one is a great soft squishy one- can't wait to wash it up and see what happens with it next!

Hugs to both of you! San & the sheeps

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