Today…

Today I’m “shagging around”* with some dyes, doing layered dips to suss out some different colour combinations and effects for further use. I’m working with combed woolen top  (that’s Falkland) for my test swatches, but I have some washed Shetland fleece to which I’d like to apply the results for a pattern that I have…

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….

Three bags full

As a part of my general exploration of the wonderful world of spinning, I have been playing with fibres from various species of sheep. I’m doing this gradually and taking time to really get to know the fibres, how they clean, how they take dyes and what their handle is like. My latest shipment included…

Daniel’s Sweater

A few weeks ago I made a small sweater for the son of a friend. I took a whack of photos, wrote up this blog post and then realized that I couldn’t post it without spoiling the surprise. After dropping off the sweater, I forgot entirely about the post! So here is Daniel’s sweater ,…

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…

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…

Yesterday’s results

As promised, here are the photos of yesterday’s spinning. The brightly-coloured piece is N-plied or Navajo-plyed, which preserves the colour singularity nicely. I quite enjoy the rhythm of N-plying, once I get going on it. It makes a slightly weaker yarn in theory, but I’ve never found this to be a real difficulty if there’s…

Before and After

Before and After – Romney/Rambouillet fleece during cleaning Here’s a quick look at the Rambouillet/Romney fleece (in the last post, it’s the one that took up the whole table) before and after washing. I used a two-hour hot soak with an enzyme-free dish soap, followed by another hot soak without soap and then a final…

The Postman Cometh

(Actually, the postman dropped something off at the local post office. We don’t get door-to-door delivery in these parts.) Last night I got an email notice that there was a package waiting for me at the post office. This would normally be a reason to cheer, after all, who doesn’t like getting packages, especially those…

A splash of colour

I’ve been showing you dribs and drabs of what I’ve been working on, but now I’m actually starting to put together some successful final results and the colours are just plain fun. So here’s a little Saturday night colour for you! The results of some of this week’s work:

If I could save time in a bottle……

But there never seems to be enough time To do the things you want to do Once you find them. – Jim Croce I spent today in meetings and doing paperwork for the Craft Council. Since becoming Vice Chair (which entails attending both Executive and Board meetings) I appear to be spending an increasingly large…