Monday, February 28, 2011

The latest spin

I am finally getting around to the Shetland I bought at the NY Sheep and Wool festival last October. I bought quite a bit of carded fiber. I've spun Shetland before but it was prepared as a roving which came with it's own challenges. This carded fiber I have now also is not the easiest to spin as it has quite a bit of grip to itself. Very important to find the right direction for drafting! After a few tests I've decided to go with a relatively thin single and 3-ply it. That will help even out the yarn as the testy drafting causes some inconsistency in my single.

It really feels nice to sit at the spinning wheel again. Yesterday morning I put on Bach's Suites for solo Cello and spun away. Gawd, it was relaxing. That's a picture of my little Kromski Mazurka above, I love her. She whispers to me as I sit spinning, waiting for my prince to come along. The picture below is a close up of the Shetland.


  1. That's such a pretty wheel. Portable? Some day I'll try a wheel, but that sounds very dangerous. You know what happened when I tried a Turkish spindle...need more hours in the day!

  2. Michele, It's portable in the sense that it only weighs 9 lbs. I can easily lift it with one hand and carry it down and out to the backyard, which I love doing in the spring and summer. But it's not in that it does not fold up and it would need some support if placed in a car to prevent it from toppling over.

    I can certainly relate to needing more hours in the day! :)


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