Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I would go but it's just too freakin' cold up there.
Also, the rest of the spindle bowls are up on the site. Man, some of them are SO PRETTY! I'm going to have to find a use for at least one of them even though I don't spindle spin! Mr. Man does good work ya'll.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Also upcoming on the Knit Witch front we have ceramic buttons that should be on the site in the next week or so AND bowls to use for linen spinning. The bowls for linen spinning will be used to hold the water next to your wheel that is needed when spinning linen. We will also be having large yarn bowls that can accomodate 4-6 balls of yarn. I'll keep you posted as to when all the new stuff will be available.
Here's a few pictures of some of the new stuff on the site. Keep those requests coming! We love hearing about new helpful things to make!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Well that is where the handspun skeins are residing right now so that I can look at them and pet them and draw courage.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I have found the "swearing thread" particularly amusing today.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
So, this morning when I woke up I had two cards from my wonderful husband, one from my wonderful cat and one from my OCD daschund and some FIG NEWTONS!! Haha!! Yay hubby! I love you SO MUCH baby so I just had to do a public blog shout out for you since some many of the nice folks that read my blog know you (or at least know about you.........pretty much ALL of you). SMOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This is Schoppel Wolle finger roving - 100% Merino - 50g in color "Earth"
Here it is on the bobbins:
Here it is plied on the bobbins:
And here's Skein:
This is my first "real" spinning (as in not just using practice stuff) and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! I learned a lot. First of all, I had that "a-ha" moment on the second bobbin where I finally figured out that you pull BACKWARDS on the roving to draft it - not forwards. So I learned to let the roving slip a little when I feed it onto the bobbin and then draft back before allowing the twist in. After I learned that little trick my yarn was ending up MUCH smoother!
When I started plying I did start going in the wrong direction because I forgot! Luckily I caught it at the very beginning so I was able to fix it.
So.....questions for you spinning gurus out there:
1) Do you ever just tie the ends of the two bobbins so you just have one skein? I wouldn't do that if I was selling it but for me, it's just easier to have a knot rather than two skeins.
2) Are some bobbins just harder to work with than others? It seems like the bobbin that actually came with the wheel is a lot harder to treadle with than the other 3 I have. Weird.
3) Is there a "special way" to keep the ends from unraveling when you finish a bobbin?
4) Do you ply more tightly or more loosely than you work the singles?
OK - that's it!!! :)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
I just realized though.........I forgot to wash it!!!! Darn. I knew that seemed too easy.
Other than that we are glazing more yarn bowls and firing up the kiln in just a little while. It's always like Christmas everytime we open the kiln - I love it!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Here is the one I plied several weeks ago with stuff that did NOT resemble single ply. This was my very first practice attempt at plying:
The latest attempt is much better, eh?? It really is amazing how much work goes into creating handspun yarn.
I was going to try and make it to Knitch today for spinning day but I just don't see it happening. I have way too much going on here today and I have several jobs I need to get finished up. So, unfortunately, I gotta get some stuff done around here. We have a load of stuff just coming out of the kiln that needs to be glazed and then refired, I have buttons to finish up before the next firing, I have a database job thingy that needs to be finished before it drives me (and the recipient) nuts and we are working on the spindle bowls today also. PLUS Mr. Man has some graphic design to work on for a new upcoming yarn company out of North Georgia. When I am able to release more details about it you guys are going to love it!
Thanks everyone for your sympathy on poor little peanut's ear. Aimee, he might have gotten jealous of "stitchy" but we are trying NOT to go there! I'm leaving the bandage on until tomorrow when the vet is open so at least if we do have to go get it stitched we don't have to pay emergency vet prices to get it done. It is something I could very easily stitch (will probably only require 1 maybe 2 sutures) but if it does need to be stitched it is going to be a bloody mess. So, might as well take him in to have it done any save myself the mess from debriding and stitching. HOPEFULLY, we will take the bandage off tomorrow and it will be healed enough to not be bleeding anymore though - we'll see.
Oh and Melissa is coming over tomorrow all the way from Peachtree City to help me make some stitch markers and play with making buttons. It should be a fun afternoon but I gotta get this place in order a little bit so we have some room to work!!!