Friday, 30 May 2008

The finished wool

So I spoke to Stella who told me I had to ply the wool! I am glad I did its lovely.

So heres some pic.

It started life as a Romney Fleece

It was spun on Ashley

It finished as A lovely hank of Hand spun wool

Spinners Block

Hooray, I have 2 bobbins full of wool....But now I have to ply them together. I have a case of spinners block. Not to mention, the fact that the postman has been with a parcel of goodies. Oh what's a girl to do. I am going to take some pics of the lovely wool before and after I love seeing the difference between the fleece and the finish product. Hopefully pics will be on here tonight. I am going to have to play with my goodies though. Its like christmas. Well the weather does'nt help.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

only 50 grams to go!

well, I'm nearly up to my 500 gram target. Put my madder in to soak so I'll have to get going. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be ready to pre mordant the wool with alum ready for the excitement of madder world. I can't wait to get started!


Not managed to get to look at the song, but I will try later. I sacked off the high speed flyer and got my trusty Frank back downstairs. There he is! He only snores when I'm plying, so it's not too bad - especially if you have the TV on ! Managed to get 250 grams wool spun and plied, ready for my madder arriving. It came earlier on (bet the parcel man hates me, he has to come around every day at the moment). I was very excited, until I realised you have to leave the stuff for at least 24hours before you can use it. Hmmm... those nettles are looking tempting again. Got my Herdwick so I might have a break from Romney and get some of that spun up - a real luxury as I've bought it as roving so no carding or washing (I love washing fleece - hopefully Zoe will get over her phobia eventually). I can't wait to get down to some knitting and felting. three bags so far - lovely but time consuming. OK, off to try and wake my recalcitrant other half up as the dogs are crossing their legs. Wonder If I'm the only person that has to spin with a Jack Russell sat on their lap? it's weight training with a difference I suppose!

Just in case anyone is wondering, Frank is my Frank Herring wheel from sunny Dorset. He's small and quiet and very reliable. Wonder why I have never met a man like him.....??!!

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

raining here too

Following Zoe's call I decided to try some high speed spinning on Singey - also an Ashford Traditional ( called Singey 'cause I left it too close to the heater a few years ago...oops...). So I stuck Frank (my Herring wheel ) upstairs and got old Singey down with the high spped flyer attached. SO NOISY!!!!! Is speesd worth the noise is what I'm asking myself. Hmmmm...... have to have a think.

I have decided to show you all Ashley my spinnng wheel. She is a ashford traditional. Spins like a dream. I am off to spin some shetland fleece to make a felted bag.

New Blog

Ok, so its raining and I am bored so I thought I know I will start a blog....Well now I guess I must write some thing. Next I have to make something to show you all....