Friday, March 03, 2006

New Fiber! New Spindle!

A couple of weekends ago I dragged B. out to the Spinner's Flock Fleece Sale so that I could indulge in my new fiber interest. He got to meet Jillian, Carla and Kim, and he met Lynne later on at Flying Sheep. He also got to see me in my "element," and (maybe) understands a bit more about my fiber obsession. I ended-up buying five balls of rovings of wool. The wine-colored ball also has silk in it, while the others have mohair. They are all from sheep that were raised in Michigan. The next evening we told some friends at dinner that we had gone to a fiber festival, and they thought we were concerned about being regular! :) Oh non-knitters, they just don't get it.
B. is also my enabler and bought me a beautiful spindle from Kundert Spindles! The wood is cherry and walnut, and has a lot of zip when spun. When it arrived B. asked whether I had used it yet, and at that point I had to admit that I didn't know how to start! At my first lesson the instructor started me off. So at the next Spinner's Flock meeting I will come prepared to learn how to get the fiber attached to the starter yarn. I have until football season to learn how to spin, because buying a spindle for me was an investment into B.'s football watching time as Jillian said. We have spent many a Sunday afternoon with him watching the game and me knitting. It reminds me of how my great-grandma would knit while my great-grandpa would fish.


At 10:36 PM, March 03, 2006, Anonymous naomi said...

Pretty fiber and beautiful spindle!

I don't actually use a leader on my spindles. I do some extra predrafting near one end of the piece of roving I'm working with, dig the hook into the side, and sort of pull a few fibers out (okay, something like 2-3mm in diameter, so more than a few). Then I start twirling it a little bit and draft enough more that the entire thing doesn't get tangled in the hook.

But I'm sure a leader would work... Have fun with it! I'm certainly enjoying my foray into wheel-spinning.

At 2:58 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Kimberly said...

purty spindle!

Don't worry, Jillian will get you spinning in no time! ;)


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