Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A change

With the RA flare I have had to change things up a little. I can't do much more then a row or two if knitting and I am still trying to figure out why. But I still need my sanity so I spun (a lot) and my hands said that's enough and it hurts to do that now. So onward to something else. Thank goodness my mom taught me a bunch if different crafts when I was young. 

So next up is ..... Cross stitch

I am in my 4th in the past month. Here's a peek
Dr Who inspired. I spent hours surfing etsy and oh boy the patterns out there. Lots of fun ones are lined up. :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

What I've been up to

Way back in 2007 I was diagnosed with RA. I had a great doc and I went into remission. Remission so long I started to believe I didn't have it. Well it's starting to flare and well it's hard for me to knit. My fingers and toes are so sore and painful it's hard to do much if late.

What I can do is spin :)
These are the latest. The white is the spindle spun from the tour. I finished spinning it and then 2 plied it on my wheel. Over 600 yards of soft squishy fingering yarn. 
The next one is the last of the black merino with silk and angelina. This one has green. This is chain plied. 
The next is the CVM (it's an American sheep breed) that I started during the tour. It's very squishy. It will be interesting to see how it washes up. 
The last one in line is bamboo. I tried to get color repeats (dark brown light brown and red) in the chain ply. It mostly worked. Bamboo is so soft. 

Now I have a tote bag full of spun yarn that needs to be washed. Washing helps set the spin and cleans the yarn of dirt and any processing oils. 

Oh and I taught my girls how to spin on their own spindles (thank you mom). 

Kris's is on top Ang's is on the bottom. My friend Karin sent them some roving to play with and that's what they are working on now

Monday, July 28, 2014

The tour recap

Here all of it. My spindle spinning across the top. So close to finishing it. I didn't  realize when I started there  was 8oz, so it took longer then I thought. 
Left to right- 3 skeins of Vineyard. The orange one is the Rhinebeck Orange (3.6 oz was felted - almost half). The two black ones are the black merino with silk and sparkles ( the sparkles didn't show in the picture). Then the one I between I. The naked sunflower. Then the bobbin is half of a mixed wool from Rhinebeck. The other half will be done hopefully tonight

In all I spun 40 oz or 2.5 pounds of fluff which was 4801 yards of singles (that's 2.7 miles!!!). All plied I added 1655 yards of handspun to my stash. Pretty good for three weeks
(Totals do not include the spindle or the stuff in progress)

This was my best Tour yet. I made a big dent in my fiber stash. It all now fits into one bin instead of two. Only thing left is to wash it all. That can wait for nice non humid days

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Another update

( I really thought I posted this so I'm a little behind in the updates)

I know it looks the same as another one I spun. This is one of the other Enchanted Knoll Farm black merino but this one has blue silk and angelina. 

Then there is this. This one of the first fiber purchases I made at my first Rhinebeck. 

It waited this long to spin because well for some reason a bunch of it felted and I mean felted. No way to seperate the fibers at all. So I had to sit and go through 8oz of it to seperate what I could spin and what can't be spun. 
This is what I have to spin. 

And this is what I can't. I haven't weighed it yet, a little afraid too. I lost, I believe more then half. The bright side is I have a daughter who has found that she likes needle felting. So it will be used just not what I intended it to be. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TDF update

This was yesterday's spinning
It's hard to see but it's black merino with colored silk and angelina (sparkely stuff). Old stash from Enchanted Knoll Farm. I have 2 others with different colored silk and angelina. I bought them years ago and was afraid to spin them (why I was afraid I would mess them up I don't really know) hopefully during this tour I'll get to the other two. 

This is tonight's spinning

Spunky Eclectic BFL in Vineyard. This is one of the two I have. The other will get spun and then the two will be spun together. Something different I know :)

This is the singles I took off my spindle

The spindle just got to heavy to keep it spinning and the singles kept breaking. I slid it onto a straw for right now. Why a straw, well I have kept spinning all these singles without plying and lost track of the empty bobbins. I have one left so I have to start plying tomorrow. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

TDF update

Bad picture of an almost empty drop spindle. Why? Well I filled it :). This is the second go round. Same fiber

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's like riding a bike

While I was straightening up this morning I came across my spindle. I bought at Rhinebeck in 2011. It's a Golding and very special (expensive too- but worth it) and I love it. When I first got it I was nervous about using it. It is a type of spindle called a drop spindle and I kept it true to its name with my first one (I made it out of a chopstick and some washers - amazingly it works great). I spun a little and then put it away so it would be safe. 

Well I got over the nerves, though it has dropped a few time today making me flinch each time. Here is the little bit I spun

 I've decided to keep it out. 15 minutes here and there add up and that bit (@2 oz) was only maybe 20 minutes. The fluff is BFL that I bought at Rhinebeck that year too.