Category Archives: Drop Spindle

Rebecca Yarn

I have officially finished spinning all of the Rebecca wool into singles, and I’ve even started plying it! I have two nice skeins done already.

The First of The Bunch

The First of the Bunch

I’m not sure how much they weigh, or how much yardage is in them. I’ll find out once they’re all done. And, once they’re all done I’ll just have the two drop-spindling projects left to finish up.

Ha ha. Just two drop-spindling projects. I spun a little on each of them today and managed to remind myself that they’re good for leisurely, enjoyable spinning. Not so good for speed work.

The Wonder of Plying

Once again I didn’t get this up last night. I have an excuse, though! I was busy plying this wonderful skein of sock yarn.

Four-Ply Sock Yarn

Four-Ply Sock Yarn

Gawain is done! I absolutely love it when the seemingly endless thread you’ve been working on for the past who-knows-how-long comes together and makes yarn. It’s amazing.

That makes three things checked off my list. No, four. Well, I guess three. Gawain sock yarn, the lumpy yarn, the sparkly black stuff, and if you want to count it separately, this little skein from the leftover turquoise.

Right There! I Can See It!

Look what is showing through my once-enormous pile of turquoise fiber.

I Can See The Bottom!

I Can See The Bottom!

This is all I was able to make before running out of purple locks to stick into the thin single.

The Finished Lumpy

The Finished Lumpy

Actually, I’m rather glad I ran out. It was getting a little tiring. I have a few chunks of badly felted locks left, but they don’t look as pretty as the ones in the yarn. That enormous skein on the end was what I got done yesterday. Oh, by the way, all the stuff you’re seeing here are things I got done yesterday. It was late when I got around to winding things down, so I didn’t get this up until now. I shall try to be better about that.

Oh, My Feet

I’m ahead of schedule! Two and half hours on my feet running the Great Wheel has paid off in these five little beauties. They’re right around one ounce apiece!

Five Marvelous Spools

Five Marvelous Spools

I spun two of them this morning, and the other three while we watched Miracle on 34th Street. I’m so happy that I got ahead! It means that I might not fall behind in the next couple days. I’ll just forget about the fact that my arms and back and everything else are complaining loudly.

And I added two more big fat skeins to the unnamed yarn.

More and More

More and More

So Far So Good

It looks like I’ve spun the necessary five and a half ounces today. One ounce of which finished up the Gawain batt! I now have five spools full of it. And that means that the wheel is freed up for either spinning the Rebecca wool, or plying the Gawain.

The First Finished Project!

The First Finished Project!

Indigo, Here I Come

I’ve been eyeing the container of indigo for long enough. I am hereby starting a project especially marked for the dye pot. Here it is, in its brand-new beginning.

On The Drop Spindle

On The Drop Spindle

I’m taking what’s left of the pound of New Zealand wool roving (great stuff), and spinning it on the drop spindle. Hopefully it will come out at a decent DK weight, so I can dye it blue and use it in this pattern (with some slight modifications).

The goal is to get it all done before the weather gets too hot for me to wear the sweater. The only kicker is that around here that means I have until roughly the middle of March. Oh well. The little jar of dye calls.

Ah, The Possibilities

Ah, The Possibilities

Odds and Ends

And now, for a general spinning update, and a chance to show off the projects that have been languishing in my closet due to an influx of other distractions (cough, cough, the Walking Wheel, cough) . . . Here is the Flamenco fiber, almost all spun into singles. (On the drop spindle, top whorl.)

The End Is In Sight

The End Is In Sight

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the twins, I didn’t want to wind off an entire spindle full, so my dad made me a second one and I spun the other half of the fiber on that. An extra spindle is a very handy thing.

All Spruced Up

I must say, this yarn has grown on me. When it arrived in roving form I was a bit skeptical of its turning out well. It’s a heathered blueish-green. Very deep and rich in tone, but with a hint of gray. (For fellow spinners, this is the Ashland Bay “Mountain Meadow” top. Drafts well, and spins up nicely. I got mine from Copper Moose. In other places it might be listed as “Blue Green Colonial Top.”)

Heathered Yarn

Heathered Yarn

Flamenco

I couldn’t wait to start spinning up the “Flamenco” superwash merino and silk blend that I got from the Sanguine Gryphon. I’m using my lighter drop spindle on top whorl. I just love the richness of the colors. Wool/silk blends are rapidly becoming my favorite. They draft like butter! This will probably become the standard, three-ply light worsted weight. Unless it manages to talk me into making it a two-ply sport weight. The single on the spindle is crying to be lace!

Spun Single

Spun Single

A Kelp Forest

(Spinning project update!)

Here is the carded version of the wool I dyed recently.

The Hand-Carded Fiber

The Hand-Carded Fiber

I’m so glad it carded up well; for a little while there I thought it would turn out to be sort of an electrified skunk color. Although I’m at a loss as to what to call it. It’s too turquoise to be brown, but it’s too brown to be turquoise. I finally came up with “Kelp Forest,” because it’s got the blue of the water and the browny green of the kelp—but does that strike you as a pretty name? It makes me think of long slimy things wrapping around my ankles.