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.
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.
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
>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.
>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!