Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Okay, well, then I wanted Bella to play with qiviut, and I'll be down Tuesday, leave the door open...


Okay, maybe not. But I am thrilled silly for you, and cross-eyed with excitement at the thought of coming to play this summer....

By Blogger Amie, at 8:07 AM  

I'm sure in no time you'll be spinning amazing yarn on Bella. And lucky you, another day off from work.

By Blogger erica, at 10:28 AM  

I saw your comment over there about your new spinning book and wanting a spinning class. Is it time to take one down at the John C. Campbell Folk School? Or perhaps find the closest spinning guild?

There was a vendor at MSW advertising qiviut, but by the time I saw their booth on Sunday, there was no qiviut to be had -- scarfed up early Saturday, no doubt.

By Blogger Mary, at 10:37 AM  

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Thursday, May 11, 2006  

Ahh Amie. I will be spinning that quiviut - but not till I’m more confident with those jet propelled whorls. At 24/1 I couldn’t hold onto the leader yarn, much less attach fiber to it. I’ll learn. But till I do, I’ll stick with the less $$ fibers.

And Isobel, I am at least taking one more day of family leave to play with Bella. I pulled all the odd bits and samples off the bobbins yesterday and began on a real spinning project - using superwash merino top that had been agitated slightly so that it wasn’t as slippery as it usually is. I’m amazed at the consistency I’m able to get with this speed demon wheel. The fiber’s twisted into yarn and wound onto the bobbin before I can get a lump in it. There is still some gradual variation of diameter but that’s partly because I haven’t committed to a specific thickness. When I absolutely know what I’m trying to make it’s much easier for me to actually make it. Odd that, for the most part, when I shop for yarn I just buy what I like, with no specific idea of the end product in my mind. I’m completely comfortable, and even successful, with that serendipitous approach to yarn acquisition. But when it comes to yarn production, I am finding that I need to be pretty specific about what I want to make before I can spin with true consistency. I’m sure that’s because I have years of shopping skill beneath my belt, but only a little bit of spinning skill beneath my fingers.

Still - good tools make even my meager skills look better.

posted by Bess | 7:14 AM