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Ahem…

I’ve been a bad blogger. I blame it on being busy with school, work, spinning, and knitting.

A new friend came to live with me! She is a Bosworth Spindle made from purpleheart. She weighs about 34 grams and spins like a tornado.

Bossie

We are getting along together pretty well. She is even helping me spin this month’s spindler challenge. The theme is time travel. I have appropriately decided to spin a yarn inspired by the Back to the Future trilogy. The fiber is BFL in the Pulsar colorway from CorgiHillFarm.

Back to the future

If the Turkish and Navajo peoples had ever met…

I’ve always wondered, “Can you Navajo ply-on-the-fly on a Turkish spindle?” After pondering a way to do this, I have done exactly that. I came home from work today and after watching a video on this technique, I figured it out! I incorporated some of the basic steps, but altered some to work with a half hitch instead of a hook. I had asked around on ravelry to see if anyone else knew how to do this, and I couldn’t get a straight answer anywhere. If anyone is interested I could post pictures of how to do it or make a video maybe. I’m still new at it, but I think it could be really helpful.

Spinning Blue Moon Fiber Arts Corriedale that I got from Stitches West 2011

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>Tuesday FO

>Another FO to share. 100 yards of Merino/Silk top from Lisa Souza Dyeworks in Colorway Skydrama. This is my first successful Navajo ply and I must say that I’m thrilled with it. It’s the best yarn I’ve made so far.

Sky Drama

>Learning New Tricks

>So, I’ve been practicing woolen long draw over the weekend. I didn’t think I was going to be about to do it considering that most of my fiber isn’t very fluffy. Then, the light bulb went off and I remembered that I had some Perrendale Romney fiber from when I bought my wheel. A whole 8 oz. of it, which is definitely enough for practice.
At first I was having some trouble, not due to the technique itself, but my wheel was not behaving properly. I’ve found that one of my bobbins makes a god awful chatter while spinning and it doesn’t spin as well as the others. I tightened up all the screws and gave the moving parts a good oiling. I came to the conclusion that it must be the bobbin. So, I switched bobbins and everything was magical again.
I must say, the woolen long draw is fast and much easier than the inch worm worsted technique I had been using.   I filled up a bobbin in less than an hour. It’s kind of amazing to watch because you let the twist just travel up through the fiber and even it out as you go. I wish I had a picture to show you guys, but lighting has not been all that great this weekend.
Also, this weekend I spent some time with Chris, my new fiber friend that I met at serendipity spinners. She’s a very nice and cool person. We just hung out at the park and crocheted. She worked on her toddler’s pea coat and I worked on Dina’s baby blanket. Good times 🙂

I hope everyone is having a super fabulous week. I will be trying to enjoy it as much as possible because school starts again next week for me!