Sunday Spin-ins

Our Ravelry Knitting Group got together for our first, of hopefully many, Spin-ins.  Many of the woman have acquired Spinning Wheels and thought it would be fun to spin together.  I am always up for group spin-ins.  They are always a blast.  Any gathering with group is particularly fun anyway!!

I won’t go into details of the night, but I will post the results of that one night.  One full bobbin from start to finish of the Orange Alpaca.  I also am posting a few pics of what I finished plying spinning this weekend.

Enjoy Fiber Porn Addicts!!

As you can see my camera was not cooperating with me, so the pics came out dark, but I will probably post better pics as soon as my Camera has had time to charge it’s battery.  One full skein of Superwash merino, two full skeins of Orange Alpaca completed.

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Fiber Happenings!

I was fortunate enough to have purchased several different types of fiber last month so that in February I can play with my wheel a lot!

I absolutely love the two Ugly batts that I purchased from Paradise Fibers.  Great colors and really neat textures.  for those who might not know what an Ugly batt is…an Ugly Batt is fiber left over from folks whom create beautiful colorways at an exact weight and what to do with an ounce here and there of fiber?  Well, gather them all up and make a batt with them all to sell! of course.

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I love my 1# of White Rambouilett and the Wild Sage batt(Alpaca/Silk/Wool) from Crystal Creek fibers.  Oh my god! Soft!  I never knew silk could get everywhere just by looking at it!  LOL

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I took off a single I had sitting on one of my bobbins for quite some time now.  It is very fine and course, but smooth.  I have no idea what I am going to do with it.

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A Stones Throw Artisan Shop has great deals on their fiber, so I snatched up 1# of White SuperWash Merino and 4 oz. of White Silk Top.

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A local alpaca farm, Nyala Farm ( http://www.merriwether.org/nyala/) sold me some great Wendslydale locks from an older ewe, dyed blue.  The crimp and curls are much looser than from an younger sheep or lamb.  Really beautiful!

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From the Skin of the Lamb I received from my butcher I was able to pull a paperbag full and half of lovely looking crimpy wool.  I have no idea what kind of lamb it was and don’t really care.  I will wash it soon, but still have some other fiber errands to run first….

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I received two large leaf bags full of Alpaca fleece.  Unwashed, unprocessed.  I have been sitting on this stuff since last summer.  I am n ot going to be able to wash all this myself and card it.  So, I decided to send it out to get processed at a Fiber Mill.  It is costly, but I think it will be worth it upon its return.  I need to change the measurements from grams to pounds, but not tonight. 😛

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On the First of February a local fiber shop held a Fiber Bowl.  It consisted of great deals on mill ends and other beautiful fibers and such.  I went with four other ladies from  my area and we each brought our wheels.  We sat from 12noon till 4pm in the afternoon ooohhhing and aaahhhhing and feeling all the fibers whilst spinning.  I met up with many of my friends from our local area.  Some I had not seen since last Summer at the Black Bear Winery’s Spin-in.  It was great to catch up with everyone there.  I also was able to steal a moment with Norm Hall(spinning wheel maker) to ask about making me a spinning stool to higher specs than those currently out there.  Since he had just checked his answering machine that had been full since December, he vaguely remembered my phone call. LOL  Gotta Love Norm!  He is on his own time.  It was a blast to see everyone and get to devote my time to spinning as I don’t get to do that often enough.  While I was there I picked up 8 oz. of White Bamboo and 8 oz. of a nice Fine Wool/Silk mix in a reddish-purple colorway.  No pics yet of that.

I went home that night to watch the SuperBowl with my kids and S. and their grandparents.  We had tons of yummy food, thanks all to S., of course.  A great day all around!!

My NEW Spinning Wheel!

I just received a spinning a wheel.  My first ever!  I have been loving my drop spindles.  I have been scared of the wheel, since it moves so quickly.  I tried one wheel and I really didn’t like it at all.  It flopped all over and turned in the wrong direction.  I really was turned off at the prospect of using a wheel if it was anything like that.   Well, I had been paying close attention in my fiber meetings to notice that particluar wheel just really sucked and had nothing to do with the reality of quality made wheels.  I was particularly fond of the description of the Baynes double Treadle Wheel and research a little about it.  I knew that it was certainly not something I could really afford, but it was nice dreaming of it.  Well, SNAP!  A friend invited me over to go through some boxes of stuff she was getting rid of and dropped the bomb on me.  She was selling her wheel.  Before she got the rest of her sentence out I told her not to bother telling me about it, cause I have no funds for that kind of purchase.  Well, she knew just where to push my buttons.  Sympathy factor.  “I would really like it to go to someone I know and to someone who could really use it.”  Well, that got me to take a look at the type of wheel at least, thinking it was probably something I couldn’t figure out if you paid me, but BLAM right in front of me sits the Baynes I had been looking at.  I mean not just the type but the exact one!! I mean she purchased it from the folks I was looking at and everything!  I almost fell over.  I got very excited and new this was more than I could afford ever, but she said she would do payments for it!!!  Again, I almost fell over.  So in the car it went and off I drove home with the biggest grin on my face in a long time.  I was so overjoyed that I nearly filled a bobbin full of lace weight Icelandic dark brown single ply by the end of the evening.  I haven’t really stopped since.  I am still overwhelmed by the fact that I owe a friend a large sum of money, but damn I am so excited to own this little beauty!  I love it!!!