Thursday, January 20, 2011

Finished scarf

Finished the first of the scarves in deflected double weave. They took quite awhile due to the blue in the scarf. I found the right blue at Great Northern Weaving in Kalamazoo and replaced the middle blue with a more vibrant color. Course this was between being in Pentwater and Clyde. Started them in Clyde went to MI, came back six months later and started again. Yes this is driving me nuts...Started the felting process last night and wasn't happy with it, so back in the washer it went and now it looks great! These turned out very double weavey lol I know not a word but these are more separate layers than the shawls I wove.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Spinning Spinning

Finished two bobbins of Michigan wool on the columbine wheel. These Bobbins hold about three times what my regular wheels bobbins hold. Amazing. I will definitely use this wheel for plying from now on. The wool isn't the greatest, rug quality for sure but it is spinning up nicely. Needed to get the bobbins empties for the two spinning activities this weekend! Roc Day or St. Distaffs day on Saturday and spin meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Wikipedia says"  7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff's Day, since it was not really a holiday at all. In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this day, as was written by Robert Herrick in his poem "Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day" which appears in his Hesperides"

Spinning is so relaxing. My good wheels are here in NC so I tend to do more of it when we are here for the winter. I do have a wheel up North but it needs repairs, Whoops two wheels up north, one is for sale in a local Antique store. Wheels and looms tend to multiply or breed. I had four with no intentions of getting more when a girlfriend moved and had no room for her Green columbine off course I'll store it for her! LOL Reminds me of John Deere Tractors but I see they now come in pretty colors at Royal Fibers.  Filled my Niddy Noody three times! Wonder if she will sell it to me?? Well back to winding skeins.