Archive for November, 2009

I GOT A SPINNING WHEEL!!!!!!!

Posted in Spinning with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Queen Anne's Revenge!

Okay so yes I have a spinning wheel.ย  A beautiful piece of art, the Kromski Sonata! I LOVE it!!! It is one that can fold away but is the most beautiful one that I have seen. Most of the ones that can fold are not as pretty (no offense to anyone!!!). It comes with what looks like a book bag for a giant to put it in with plenty of room for everything you need. It has double treadles and if you are going fast enough, can be a little bit of a workout. The treadles were so smooth right out the box and setting it up was quick and easy. I also got the faster flyer and jumbo flyer but I am still waiting for that to come in the mail. I have been using it since I got it on Thursday and I think I am not doing too bad if I say so myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

So when I choose the Sonata, my husband took one look at it and said, if you get that I am going to call you a pirate every time you use it lol. So if I be a yarn pirate then, me spinning wheel be me ship lol… I named her Queen Anne’s Revenge.. like Blackbeard ship but Queen for short ๐Ÿ™‚ so now my husband plans to play a song called Queen Anne’s Revenge by a band called Flogging Molly too while I spin lol I plan to sew up a little pirate flag to hang off it somewhere.

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This is my first yarn on the wheel. I was told the yarn that is sticking out are called “horse tails”. I got these because sometimes when I would start or stop the wheel would begin to go counter clockwise and then I would get it going clockwise.

First Yarn

Though I have gotten my wheel now, I still use my spindles. In fact I had took my two hank of spindle spun yarns and plied them on the spindle yesterday. I’ll write about that tomorrow or Monday.

I just ordered more Shed Sheep fiber..ย  a little over 7 pounds!! Ack!!! I ordered a lot this time because on the wheel I am FLYING through the one pound of mill ends I bought, I am about to dive into my special fibers.

Anyway, that is all for now. I have to get to bed and to sleep!

 

Soy Escuchando: Squirrel Nut Zippers / Hell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spindles!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by sweetnightmare

It’s a been a little bit since I last wrote. I have been so busy with school. I am taking a little break to write but this will be short with mostly pictures. I have to get back to writing my thesis and a bunch of other projects.

So last I wrote, I talked about how I was ordering two spindles from Bohemia Fibers. OMG, I LOVE her spindles! Way better quality that the other spindle I bought from Etsy. I ordered a top and bottom whorl spindle kit. They are absolutely beautiful and spin so well. I got an unbeatable price too. She even put leader yarn on them both ๐Ÿ™‚ Her spindle kits come with fiber. She asked what color I wanted, I suggested some but told her I wasn’t picky and would take anything. She was so thoughtful to send me batts in the colorway lullaby in remembrance of my daughter, so sweet of her. I had an awesome experience with her, I will buy againย  from her- she is such a wonderful person ๐Ÿ™‚

spindles

They both spin like a dream. Here is a photo of my top whorl full of.. mmmm.. handspun yarn! This one was much more consistant than my first yarn. I found it a lot easier to spin on this spindle. I got a lot more done yarn this time around. This single is just a bit thicker than the first hank of yarn so it’s a bit bigger. I’m planning to ply this one but I forgot to count how many wraps I made on my “niddy noddy”. I don’t have a niddy noddy yet so I use the knobs on my drawers lol. So I suppose that is my very own spinners tip. If you don’t own a niddy noddy justย  measure the distance between two knobs, wrap the yarn around them (be sure to count your wraps! unlike me lol),ย  tie it up, after your yarn is stretched and dry you just unscrew one of the knobs (if your knobs don’t unscrew this won’t work). Then you make your hank ๐Ÿ™‚

handspun

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(this is a photo from when I was putting twist back in my reclaimed yarn, this is how I stretch and dry my yarn.)

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On my other spindle I spun all of the brown fiber I had. I love the way that it looks. Next time I make an order from Sheep Shed Studio I am going to ask for the brown tone mill ends.

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Speaking of Shed Shed Studio, I got my order in recently! I’ve completely screwed myself now because now I have new stash! I bought one pound of black and white mill ends, one pound of turquoise #1 wool, eight ounces of specially dyed superwash in purple tones, 4 ounces of specially dyed superwash in autumn tones and a skein of hand painted originals by Brown Sheep yarn. I just wanted to try it out.

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Two weeks ago was my lovely daughter’s 1st birthday. I baked her a cake for her Yo Gabba Gabba birthday party. It didn’t come out too bad considering that it was my first time really decorating a cake.DSC00248

Okay I could go on about the other stuff I am up to but I really have to get back to my work! Until next time..

Soy Escuchando:ย  Horrorpops / Missfit