I wanted to show off my newest spinning wheel ! Last year I found a great deal on a new maple Matchless from the Schacht Spindle Company, and well I just had to get her.
Hmn why is it that I usually refer to spinning wheels as "she", but I never wanted to name "her"? In fact it always seemed a bit silly to me, I guess I just think of the model as the name. Back to other things, So I had a bit of time today to create... what do you think I decided to do? I had a dye day, below is a picture of some of the things I dyed today.
On a side note, is anyone out there sick of cold weather like I am? I know I like warm wooly things, but I am Sick of cold weather. Watch though I'll bet I will be the first person to complain it is too hot. Oh well, Later all.
Hey there everyone,
I know I said it it in the last post, but it's been awhile. Quite a few things have happened since then, so I think that I will slowly update y'all as I remember some of the things that have happened. It may not be in any order, but hopefully I can get up to speed.
So one of the first things I remember that last fall I was in an art competition in a my local town, during our local festival .... and I won first place!!!
And here is the description that go's with it.
Well it’s been a while since I have written but not a whole lot to say, I went to the Dickson TN fiber festival I did a fair amount of shopping, things that I can remember that I bought of the top of my head. I picked up my order from Sandy’s Palate-some hand dyed BFL and also bought some baby camel down and a bit of dye from her. I got some picked sari silk from Deer Trace Farms, and some nice dyed Romney locks from I think Marsh Meadow Farms. I had to get some unicorn power scour so I found some from Ozark carding mill and while I was there I found some nice pin drafted roving that was a mill end lot (and what do you know it was Romney too) that I had to have. Oh yes a Jacob fleece, and I had to pick up a copy of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook from Susan’s Fiber Shop and my mother and I got 2 of the blue butterfly peg looms from Susan as well. I also bought 1 lb. of a cvm/romadale fleece that is a gray color I think from…hmmn I’m not sure who it was. A dyed silk hankie and a couple of other things from Stephanie at Lunabud Knits, and from Brenda (I think)at Wooden spinner I bought some locks from a Wesleydale cross. I think that’s about it from the things that I bought at the festival.
I think I mentioned that I have been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, but if I didn’t well I have been , one of these days I’ll have to do a list of some of the podcasts I listen to but not today. Anyway one oft the podcasts that I listen to has a challenge called a SPALKAL (think that’s how to spell it ) anyway it stands for SPin ALong Knit ALong , what you are doing is spinning enough yarn to knit a sweater and knitting it. So I don’t know what will come of it but I think I am going to semi follow along with everyone else and try to tackle a handspun sweater, hopefully. (on a side note does anyone know what podcast I’m talking about here)
While I don’t have any photos yet……I may have time to take a few but one never knows the way I am
Ps I never did get around to taking any photos but I’m going to post this anyway
_ 5/23/12 7:30
Well I sure had a lot of fun at the fiber fair at fort Massac; surprisingly one of the best sellers was the inkle looms my Dad and I built some time ago. I really am glad they did sell too, as I do not need 6 or more inkle looms considering how infrequently I get around to weaving on them. I have so much fiber and yarn, so little time. J Let’s see what else did I do that day, I demoed drop spindling and inkle weaving during the day, most of the time I was spindling but I did show the people interested in inkle weaving how it worked. I taught a young lady how to use a drop spindle, bought some fiber, talked to a lot of friends, I didn’t sell as much as I fiber as I’d have liked to and no yarns, but all in all I paid for my gas, the fiber I bought, and food and broke even and I had a blast, so I can’t wait for next year! On the down side I was so busy I totally forgot to take any photos at the fest, so no pictures for the blog but if you look at https://www.facebook.com/SILspinnersandweavers you can see a few photos of the festival.
While I was at the fair there was a company that now manufacturing a reproduction of Gearheart circular sock knitting machine and I think I have been bit by the bug, after watching some you tube clips about their product I realized that while there is a bit more involved than I realized I’m still thinking about buying one, and they are not cheap. I have a bit more thinking to do to decide if I really want one and a fair amount of saving to do before I can afford it too. But right now I’m still dreaming about maybe being able to make a pair of socks in one night. Any way the website is www.erlbachergearhart.com Later all.
For any one that read my last post you know that I my battery's died in my camera and I wasn't able to get any photos of the SISAW meting but that next 2 photos are what I spun at the meting.
And a more open photo of the one yarn
Now these are projects I have made for the Southern Indiana FiberArts Festival. More info here, a little anyway.
Whew what a day, today I headed up to Metropolis, IL to meet up with the SISAW the Southern Illinois spinners and weavers group. They meet on the first Saturday of the month. I found out about them a few moths ago when they had their spring festival (small but fun), but I haven't had a chance to go there since then. I had a blast, talking and spinning and talking. I think that it is the only guild like meeting I have ever managed to go to. There is nothing like having a group of people that get together to talk and spin or knit or weave. (or for that matter any thing that they all have in common ) I had planed to take a few photos, but wouldn't you know it that my camera battery's died when I got there. So alas I don't have any photos.
A Spinner, Weaver, and general all around fiber arts enthusiast.