Saturday, December 28, 2013

...looking back

While organizing my fiber drawer~yes it all fits in a drawer~I came across the artwork that is known as my first spinning experience.   While it will take years to become accomplished, I am getting better.  There is something about spinning that touches my heart and somehow connects me to centuries past.  If gives a feeling of being connected to the Earth and to the God of the Universe.  It makes me happy.  I love to feel the fibers gently pull out of my hand as they grab a buddy on the way.  They are off to new adventures!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

....Adriana's Soft Kiss Scarf Finished!

It's approximately 6 inches wide and 60 inches long.  It  should wrap nicely around M.'s neck!

It's in "Gulliver Mode" right now.
The scarf started here.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 wool

Looking through old pictures on Thanksgiving Day yielded this gem.  Does anyone know the breed?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

....who'da thunk it

It amazes me that this turned into that (below).

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

.....two rights, three lefts...

 So, word on the street says spin to the right-ply to the left....or vice versa.  I dutifully spun it to the right.  Then to my horror I plied it to the right as well.  I was almost done with this two-ply yarn when I realized my mistake.  Curious if my last couple days of spinning were in vain, I asked friends on social media if it would have any use in this state.  Spinner extraordinaire,  Kate  answered with a solution:   Just send it back through the wheel to the left. Either go slowly so you can remove right ply twist as well as adding enough left ply twist, or put back through the wheel to the left twice.  I chose the latter with one extra time through to the left because I wasn't applying myself the first two times.  :)  So I sent it through 3 times.   It turns out a sweet little yarn.  You can really see the difference in the photos. 

The hand-dyed Polwarth top yet to be spun.  4oz.    It was amazing to me to watch the color come out of this as I spun it.
Spun, not plied.  Pretty.
Spun, not plied.  Still very pretty.
Plied to the right....pretty..but........

This is prettier.  Spun to the right, plied to the right and "re-plied" three times to the left.  LOL

It just kept taking on new looks and colors.  Amazing.

It made me happy.

Finished.  Not perfect....because the spinner isn't perfect.  We got along just fine.  :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

.....Bug goes for a ride.

In September I took a full time job at our local university.  Getting used to the schedule of working outside the home lead to less time to knit and spin.   {insert annoyed look here}.  But as I get more used to the routine of things I am able to work in time to knit AND spin.   On my lunch I relax and knit a spell.   In the evenings I relax and spin a while, usually when I am too tired to do anything else.   Today was the first day I was able to take my much loved and appreciated spinning class at my favorite fiber shop about an hour south of here.   Kate demonstrated how to make sleazy yarn.   It is basically a fat wonky one-ply piece of yarn.  Very unstable in this state. While with other techniques of spinning you add stability during drafting, etc., this technique adds stability during the wash.    What we did was put it in as hot of water as we could stand and then poke it vigorously with our outstretched fingers, squish the water out and run it under cold water and then repeat those two steps again.   After the final squishing out of water we give it a good hard tug or two.  It has, as this point, been given integrity and stability.  It is looking quite adorable as it dries and will just be wonderful when it has dried completely.  The particular fiber we were working with today was merino/silk.  It was quite wonderful.

A view of the sleazy yarn just after Bug and I spun it.  How crazy it that! ?   I love it.  :)

Another view.

Right after the bath.


Trading Post for Fiber Arts
Kate designed these adorable baby mittens and they made it to the front of the new Baby Knits books.  Too cute for words.  You must buy this book. 
Bug loved her ride in the truck today.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

As Time Spins On

My daughter likes to collect old post cards.She gave this one from 1909 to me before I learned to spin.  I admire it on my kitchen shelf on the occasional dish washing session.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mississinewa 1812

It's called an inkle.
She uses it to make belts like the ones hanging in the background and below.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Beautiful Sunset

Handspun hand knit scarf coming along.

Field of sunflowers.  Indiana.