Spinning is the process of drawing out and imparting twist to the wool fibers to create yarn. The wheel is driven by a foot pedal (called a treadle) and the wheel turns the flyer assembly via a drive band. The orifice of the flyer is where twist enters the wool fibers and the flyer holds a bobbin, where the newly spun yarn is collected (wound on).
We have snow.
Now, this isn’t entirely unusual (it IS January), but I’m having a hard time mustering any excitement about it.
So I’m trying to concentrate on indoor pursuits!
Especially those that serve to promote toastiness.
Cobblestone, beginning to look like it might be a sweater!
It’s really hard to take good true-to-life colors in photos of really dark colored objects, and that’s about all I could manage for now. But I have started one of the sleeves as well-
You’ll have to trust me when I tell you that the charcoal-y grey blend of Chone and Spike is much more appealing in person.
And I’ve been spending a little quality time with Hank, my Pirtle wheel, spinning nice soft cushy singles-
Aren’t they fun? No idea what they want to be yet.
But I’m ok with that.
(see last post ) 🙂
First, the sheeps helped me close out the old year, by recycling the christmas tree
They like evergreens, and it makes their breath all fresh and piney 🙂
Then in order to get the new year off on the right foot, I brought out the other herd, my spinning wheels, for a cleaning and oiling.
Don’t they look swell, all shined up and ready for 2012’s challenges?
I also dug out the partial distaff that I got with Sophie (on the right), and found a branch out in the yard that might serve as the basket-type part on top. I’m going to work on drafting from the distaff and see if I can get the hang of it.
And lastly, I got a start on my next sweater project- the Chone/Spike Cobblestone
Still have 3 or 4 more skeins to go for this one, so I’ll be working at it from both ends for a bit-
Goal completion date: end of Feb.
It was quite a week-
Measuring and mixing.
Beating and blending.
Scraping and rolling.
Baking, cooling, frosting.
Packing and Shipping.
But I made it. All 13 batches of it.
Then I sent it off to friends and family. (ok, not ALL of it. I kept a little for local munching)
And I’m afraid I didn’t take any pictures of the process. I was just glad to get it all done in time.
Of course, I made sure to take wool breaks to ensure I retained my sanity in the midst of all this cookie craziness.
Exhibit A- Oscar Socks
I started these socks months ago, when the recipients feet were only as long as the white part! Yeeks!
Exhibit B- Custom Photo Glove/Mitts
These are a not-so-secret Christmas present for The Man. Still need thumbs and index fingers (with openings for finger tips), but I’m getting close!
And the spinning-
Mioget Shetland with blonde mohair and gold tussah silk, Border Leicester, and some CVM/Suffolk cross.
Yum. High fiber goodies. Healthiest things I made all week!
Now perhaps I can just relax and enjoy the holidays 🙂