Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The blog has been rather quiet and I mostly have the day job to blame. I have been preparing for 3 summer teacher workshops, and am finishing up workshop #1. It is going well, but it does take a lot of energy. But because tonight is spinning night, I'll pump some of it right back in.
I've also been having a fine time in the garden. It has seldom looked better and we've had good rain lately. The vegies, fruit and flowers all look good. I'm still eating peas and blueberries, the summer squash are beginning to come in, the green beans are very tiny but I really need to pick and cook and eat kale. Yum!
There has been other knitting, spinning and dyeing, but more about that later.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
On the left is a big honkin' skein of a wool-mohair blend from Bitsy Knits. It's one of her custom carded rovings in a lovely blue-green color. I don't have the label with me so I can't tell you the official name. I got it in a gift exchange and finally got around to spinning it. I didn't measure it, but it's big! Just past that is a merino-alpaca blend that I carded myself a long while back and kind of forgot about. When I was tidying up I found the box and though it was a bit musty smelling, it spun up fine and after a wee bath, it smells good too.
On the far right is one of 3 skeins of a Corriedale-like fiber from Cherry Tree hill via Discontinued Brand Name Yarns. The colorway is 'Irish Mist' but I am a bit tired of it, so I overdyed the last 6 ounces of the pound in blue, so the resulting roving is a lovely peacock blue-green. Easy to spin, btw in case you have wondered about that roving. I spin rather thick and it came out nicely squishy.
I heard about a big destash yard sale over the weekend. The flyer said there were 2 spinning wheels, 6 sowing [sic] machines and lots of yarn and fabric. There was, indeed! I was the first person there when she opened at 8 and bought a Lendrum double treadle (and a bunch of yarn!). It's quite beautiful and it spins nicely, but by the size of the skeins above, you can see that I like fat yarn and BIG skeins. So my trusty Louet S10 isn't going anywhere. So far I've only spun 2 bobbins on the Lendrum & plied them on the Louet. A nice combination, I think, particularly for smaller quantities.