Monday, July 6, 2009

Progress!

Lots of progress in the spinning department! First is the pound of natural grey Jacob I got from www.spunsilverdesigns.com . It's 450 yards super bulky semi worsted navajo plied. I really love the way this spun up, and plan to use it for Aidan a EZ Tomten jacket. I have some black to spin up to use for trim. I think Aidan looks dashing in grey!
Then to show you can be very productive on a drop spindle, I have 300 yards of bulky wool/silk blend in the peach, 300 yards in fingering weight in the ruby, and 100 yards of fingering wt in alpaca/tussah silk in chocolate. Yummy!!! I love spinning on the drop spindles and have them sitting in a bowl by my bed for spinning a bit when I'm watching TV or trying to relax a bit before I got to sleep. It's amazing how fast the singles accumulate. I also love the control you can get with drop spindles.( I tend to overtwist on the wheel)
It's especially helpful with the silk/alpaca...it's harder to spin and control the draw on the finer fiber, then the silk doesn't always want to draw smoothly. I find it helps to talc my hands beforehand to keep the fibers from sticking. (Silk is so catchy...it hangs on rough skin!)

2 comments:

Heidi said...

Way to go! The peach and the ruby are especially gorgeous.

Crafty Nurse Mary said...

Thanks Heidi!!! Now to make some progress on the Tour de Fleece!