Long have I wanted to see a basket full of yarn that I have spun up myself, thanks to my new wheel I have achieved that goal
I struggled for so long with my old wheel, that I often had to walk away for days or even weeks. I’m proud of my little basket that is quickly filling up.
The latest addition to my basket is my 2019 Tour De Fleece project
Three bobbins, though there was some miscalculation on my part, it didn’t spin up exactly the same as my Take me to the sea color-way, however that turned out to be a good thing.
I am so very happy that I purchased this jumbo flyer, it was more than half full by the time I finished plying the three strands together.
The cake is 506 yards of polworth and silk, the hank of yarn on the right? Well I’m not sure, I was ready to go to bed but I do believe it is at least 200 yards. It was spun up as a two ply after I ran out of yarn on one of the three bobbins, believe it or not I still have one bobbin with yarn left on it.
I recently added to my fiber tool collection
Now I’ve debated on this many times, then I told myself I wasn’t going to purchase a hackle until after our trip when we knew what we were doing.
Well we don’t know and so instead of drooling over pictures and videos, I purchased this 12″ hackle and of course….went right to work using it
It was a bit of a learning process, still working on it actually, but this is 14 different shades of blue blended together
I still haven’t managed to get one continuous long strand, however I went from seven semi long strands of fiber, down to four and you know what?! I will take it!
Have a great weekend folks!
For the first time ever, I am taking part in Tour De Fleece….mainly because this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it, also because I can’t seem to stop spinning. I joined team Port Fiber after stopping last weekend to grab more polworth and silk blend to re-create this yarn
I love the color-way so much, yet 155 yards won’t get me very far.
Three 4.1 Oz braids were purchased this time, split up and set to dye
They dried all morning yesterday in the indoor green house
Everyone joined mom outside for some spinning time
By the end of the night, I had decided that I wanted to spin this up thinly, to see how many yards I could get out of a single, especially because this will most likely be a six ply if I want to achieve the same colorway.
This should last me all of Tour De Fleece right? If not, it will keep me busy during the long summer days.
Vacation is here and we’ve managed to find ways to entertain ourselves during all the rainstorms.
From canning rhubarb pie filling, from what little we had this year
To 5+ hour long games of monopoly
To combing wool for more spinning
Some of us found ways to entertain ourselves that ended with pain and a trip to the vet
Ouch! (Both dogs are fine, though Moose is sporting a new haircut on his leg)
When the sun came out we had beautiful sights waiting for our eyes
In about a month Toph and I will journey down to south to see if that is really where we want to relocate or if perhaps we should just stay put. We will be looking in PA, WV, VA, and NC. I’ve been compiling a list of places to go (beaches, hikes, sites of interest), searching for celiac friendly places to eat (We will be bringing a lot of snacks, after a close call I just had at a restaurant, I need to be even pickier that already am. Sometimes gluten free menus mean nothing.)
The children will be staying behind to enjoy time with the grandparents and help out taking care of the animals and the garden.
We are definitely looking forward to this adventure!
Have a great day folks!
With the chilly weather outside, one could hardly believe that it is almost summer time, the bugs, flowers, and allergies are here, but we have been lacking the warmth from the sunshine.
I’ve found ways to distract myself though, in the form of canning and you guessed it, spinning.
For the first time ever I have canned some jelly/honey like concoction from lilacs
More like honey, less like jelly. A little of both but not at the same time. We enjoy it though.
I love lilacs, my grandmother’s loved lilacs as well and each year I look forward to smelling their sweet scent in the air.
I’m really enjoying my new wheel, it’s so smooth and easy to use.
This is Doodle/Romney blend I spun up for a friend who lost her pooch a while back.
This is a Polworth/Silk blend that I dyed myself
Thoughts of the beach were my inspiration for the colors
Around this time however I started to realize the sad truth about my wheel…or my bobbin per say. It can only hold so much yarn, that would not do.
So I placed an order and while I awaited for my parcel, I spun up this beautiful chocolate mint Shetland/Merino combo.
The super flyer kit was exactly what I needed for my wheel
It’s huge and will hold a 500gms of yarn compared to the smaller bobbin that only holds 130gm.
I can also make bulky yarn now if I chose to!
With my order came this lovely merino wool to sample
Shades of blues and grays
I hope your day is more sunny than gray wherever you are!
Have a great day folks!
When I went to the New Hampshire Sheep and wool a few weeks ago, I learned something new and it changed my life….
I can now spin “thick” yarn, the entire time I’ve been spinning I’ve struggled to spin anything thicker than the picture on the left and it kind left me in a funk. My yarn was nice, but it wasn’t what I was going for.
So after the lesson at NHSW I took a deep breath, took up the merino/silk I had dyed and went to town
I was happy with the result of the single I had spun up and those colors 😍
I made three of these and started to ply
Folks, when I spin yarn it usually takes months because I’m just not happy with how things are looking and I tend to avoid my wheel. I did this in ONE day! Okay so it was only 120 yards but this is absolutely the best yarn I’ve ever spun, my favorite.
And it is working up nicely too!
Have a great weekend folks!
First I just wanted to say, that I am not disappointed about the snow that is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Yes, I know it’s spring, I can’t help it.
I am however worried about these little creatures
Hopefully they will stay nice and warm under the heat lamp.
I would also very much like to get these veggies in the garden
May is here and along with it a birthday (My 35th 😳), Mother’s Day, and well, a weekend that I can compare to Christmas.
Yes folks that’s right, New Hampshire Sheep and Wool! I went alone this year but was specifically told that I was not allowed to bring home any animals…and believe me, there were a few for sale, so I very well could have.
Instead I had to settle for sheep and alpaca cuddles, browsing all the fine wool and yarns, and of course I purchased three fleeces
Cotswold, though I just realized I still have a pound from last year I haven’t even touched (whoops!), Finn which is a new one for me, and then coopworth 😍, I also purchased a new bobbin for my wheel and believe it or not I actually came home with cash.
Yesterday for Mother’s Day was spent shivering under layers and layers of fleece sweaters, though it got up to 57, the sun never came out to say hello. My mother in law and I spent our day working on my walkway
I am not the best gardener, almost all the flowers on my property were planted by the previous owner who won awards for gardens. Thankfully they are almost effortless to maintain. My mother in law use to work at a nursery and is very helpful, helping me get flowers that are low maintenance.
Last week I purchased some beautiful merino and silk roving from Port Fiber over in Portland Maine, every time I go there I make sure to stop in a peruse all of the beautiful fibers Casey has in her shop. (If you are a fan of Taproot, they are less than two minutes down the road)
I was on a mission as soon as I purchased this wool, I knew the exact colors I wanted to dye this wool and holy moly…I’m blown away!
I have to finish the doodle/romney blend I am spinning up for a friend and then I will start spinning this up, I took a short five minute class at the Sheep and Wool Festival and was taught how to spin my yarn just a little thicker, so I have high hopes for this yarn!
Speaking of homespun
The Bandana cowl is finally complete, I need to give it a soak in something (I don’t know what) to soften it up, but I am a happy camper.
Have a great day folks, and for all you snow lovers in Maine and New Hampshire, enjoy!
That’s where my mind is tonight, because I dared to have two cups of coffee and one cup of black tea today.
I keep going back and forth to working on this beautiful Bandana Cowl I found on purl soho
To looking up areas to visit when Toph and I make a trip down south later this summer, to looking at houses online, to planning what food we will bring with us because eating out with celiacs is a pain in the padded you know what. Then my mind goes back to knitting, how much yarn will I need on this road trip, and is the tundra big enough for me to spin on my Ashford wheel while we drive? (Probably not)
So while my mind is all over the place and I thought I would pop in and say hi and share with you how I am progressing on
this awesome cowl with the accidental mystical colorway yarn
And the doodle/romney yarn, which has suddenly become easier to spin!
Have a great weekend folks!
I absolutely love my new wheel
I spun up 1/4 lb of this lovely blue merino and thought “How lovely would it be to ply this with a brown?”
The idea sounded amazing in my mind, however I don’t have a lot of brown wool to spin up. I have a love of white wool because I love dying yarn, but out of all my wool I only have 1 brown fleece….that while washed it still has some VM in it. Somehow this was overlooked that time I washed several fleeces in one week 🤷🏻♀️
I tried many ways to clean some of these wool, picking stuff out by hand, using the wool picker, using the combs, the hand carders, and drum carders.
This is entirely 100% my fault. I should have took better care in the summer and taken my time. Not that it will go to waste, this will be stuffed into whatever toy I make next.
What did work was the hand picking, drum carding, wool combing combination but by the time I got to that point my hands hurt due to some cross contamination I got Thursday before last. Once the salve starts to kick in again, I am going to try the combination again, I could of course always dye some white wool but what is the fun in that?
Have a great day folks!