Thursday, December 30, 2004

A time for spinning

***Edited to add - for those of you asking about the Clover needles, I got mine at my LYS. However, here are a few places where you can find them online:
Purl Soho
Marr Haven Wool Farm

I've ignored my poor Golding girl, Brighid, for nearly three weeks. I wondered if my spinning abilities were a fluke, if I really couldn't spin but just got lucky when I first picked her up. Well, a chair positioned in the warmth of the sun, Thing 2 as my fiber assistant and a few stolen moments (stolen from working) later and I was spinning lace weight silk mohair as I had before. If you're even thinking about spinning, get a Golding. They spin FOREVER and are just beautiful tools. Anyhoo, I spun for over an hour last night and still have a ton of fiber to spin up. I'm going to have enough yarn to knit something small with though I'm unsure of what just yet. Spinning is definitely in my blood. I'm am SO convinced that I was a Celtic spinner in a past life (Stop laughing, I CAN hear you).

I realized yesterday that I never showed you some of my spinning samples. I took pictures but forgot to post. First a snapshot of my fiber stash from Spirit Trail Fiberworks. I also included a shot of my homemade PVC niddy noddy. This baby is great for setting the twist on my singles because I can soak, rinse and dry without removing them from the niddy noddy.

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Next, I spun up samples of Jen's fabulous fibers just to get the feel of the fiber and the hang of spinning, My faves were the Polwarth/Angora blend (fourth one over with the hint of blue)and the CVM (the dark brown in the second sample). I lined these up in order of when they were spun. As you can see, the first few are pretty damn ugly. I'll keep them as I've been advised but man they are pitiful little blobs of fiber.

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Finally, a shot of the merino silk. Don't ya love my high tech toilet paper roll bobbins? The mini skein is my first attempt a plying. It's not great but should get better with practice. I didn't realize until too late that I'm spinning the second batch much thinner than the first. Oh well, live and learn.

My thumb is sore from spinning which prompts me to step up my spinning wheel search activities. I think I have my six choices narrowed down to 3 - an Ashford Traveller or a Majacraft Millie or Little Gem. At first I thought that I didn't want to travel with my wheel but now I'm thinking that it would be great to take her with me when I visit family. That ruled out the Prelude and the Traditional and the Baynes wheels. I might be able to get by Stony Mtn. Fibers after a business trip on Tuesday. Man do I need to scratch that itch!

Corgi lovers have come out of hiding as of late. I've found that lots of people love these nubby little fur balls and want more pics of Princess Mavi. As soon as I get a new camera, I'll oblige her fans. In the meantime, here are some great photos that I've come across by sheer accident in most cases. Enjoy!

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This is Gigi. She's a year old and is a red headed tri. More pictures of Gigi are here.

This is Ollie the wonder Corgi.


La said...

Look at those happy faces on those adorable pooches! I LOVE low-slung dogs. There's just something about them that I find irresistable!

Rossana said...

Tanya, have a wonderful and safe new year weekend! I wish you and your family much joy and great health! Come visit us again at KH soon!

Gracie said...

Great job on the spinning, everything looks lovely. I am so jealous you are wheel shopping. I want to learn how to spin, but it is going to have to wait until we recover a little bit from all the Christmas shopping we did!

Adorable corgis! They are such great dogs.

Amie said...

Hello, darling! Adorable corgi pictures! I wanted to point you to this blog that's in the Spinning Wheel (why aren't you, btw???)

She's selling her used Ashford Trad... you might be able to get a good deal (I have no idea what she's asking, but I figured it couldn't hurt to let you know!)

Gracie said...

Thanks for volunteering to help enable me in spinning! I am really anxious to get started, but I am making myself be good and wait until mid-Jan.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I just received an Ashford Traveller for Christmas and I can't say enough wonderful things about it! It is sturdy (it has 4 legs, while many castle wheels have only 3) and it went together like a dream. I was spinning as soon as I got home from the store with some wool on December 26. My yarn is a bit "oberspun" but I am pleased with it for a start. Another benefit of the castle style wheels is that they take up less room if you do not have a dedicated "project" room in your house.

I say go for the wheel - you will not regret it!

Beth, in New Jersey

Heather said...

wow you are spinnin! Very cool I especially like the brown and white...I am so impressed.

I am in love with your corgis...I am guessing that they are good with kids? ohh..I want a little dog...

Anyway...happy new year! ;)

Anonymous said...

I guess I didn't make it clear that these great Corgi shots are of OTHER people's dogs. Mavis is so camera shy that there's no way that she'd let me get pictures like these of her. I can only handle one dog in this crazy house filled with boys. And in case anyone else is wondering, Corgis are great with kids which is why we got Mavis ten years ago. They're also herding dogs and will commonly entangle themselves in your legs when you're walking.

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