Like a cat in a drumcarder….

I’ve had the drumcarder whirling pretty consistently over the past few days. I’m churning through a fleece quite quickly, alternately carding up batches and spinning them. I would card them all at once and them switch completely over to spinning-only for a few days, but experience has taught me two important lessons about this work….

“And I say way-hey-hey, it’s just an ordinary day…

…and it’s all your state of mind.” – “Ordinary Day” by Great Big Sea It’s Tuesday. I’ve always liked Tuesdays. They haven’t the lethargy-franticness dichotomy of Mondays, but aren’t yet to the exhausted anticipation that typifies a Friday. Tuesdays are a day for getting things done. Today I am plying and then carding some more….

Snow day

Today was a snow day here in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We got about 25cm (that’s a little shy of a foot, for those among you who are of the Imperial Forces) in the span of around 12 hours, with high winds and treacherous driving conditions. Sane people stayed home, baked bread, made chili and did…

Spin, span, spun

Spent some time over the past few days finishing up a batch of fibre that is supposed to be a heavier-weight yarn than I usually spin. Contrary to what innocent bystanders might think, spinning thicker yarn after having gotten into the groove of thinner yarn is quite tricky. I wanted this to have a lumpier,…

Note to self: shut the studio door when going out.

I go out for one morning (well, and part of the afternoon, to be fair) and look happens? Best not to ask what the sheep got into. I *did* get this done this afternoon. Blue-face Leicester, one ply of what will be a worsted-weight yarn. Had a very good run and a strength-training session as…

Lazy Saturday

Of course, just the title of this post alone should guarantee that today will spin utterly out of control and become the usual frenzied weekend of ambitious over-accomplishment, punctuated by dashes of frustration, and overlaid with a haze of exhaustion. The snow has suddenly melted (This is Newfoundland. That happens.) which means that running is…

Spin, span, spun

I just have a few pictures for you to start out the day. I have a report to finish up, some revisions on a document to work through and a tonne of actual production and design work to get cracking with, so I’d best get to it. Here’s some Shetland wool that I dyed in…

Bits and bytes

The past few days have been jam-packed. I hardly know where to start! So, in no particular order…. On Saturday we meandered out to Linda Lewis’ place in Chapel Cove to visit the sheep and pick up a spinning wheel part. I ordered a jumbo flyer for my wheel because having to stop part-way through…

Drum roll, please!

For some time now I’ve been wanting a drumcarder. They’re expensive things, though, and I resisted until I was sure I’d have a use for one. Also, they take up space and are really prickly to accidentally brush against when walking across a room, so they really need their own “station” in a studio. I…

The wool over my eyes

The shop has been updated with a few new skeins of handspun! Go have a look! Then come back and read some more….. 😉 Someone asked me the other day what wool spun from the lock looks like.  I suppose it can differ quite a bit, since the fibres (their staple length and quality) and…