Sunday, February 25, 2018

Spinning - wheel & spindle

I've been spinning a lot lately!  I think it's the first time I've done any considerable amount of spinning since the grandson came to live with us 3-1/2 years ago.

This is from rolags by The Wooly Witch, who is unfortunately no longer selling fiber.  The colorway is Maleficent - black and dark purple, with some sparklies.  It is lovely, drafts nicely, and spins up beautifully.  I believe I had 4 packages; each package had 4 rolags.  I spun up two packages onto one bobbin, and this is almost one package (I think I have one rolag left from that one, and one more package to go before I ply.)

I have also been playing with some CVM from Long Ridge Farm, and a Trillium drop spindle from Bull Sheep Fibery on Etsy.

I'm going to consider this practice for a potential Longest Thread entry.  The Longest Thread contest is about a year away (maybe 13 months) but mailing deadline for entries is about the end of October. Every year that they have it (odd years) I say I’m going to do it, but never have. And it takes a LONG time to spin up the required 10 grams (about 1/3 of an ounce) of wool (and now they allow alpaca as well) THAT thin. Here’s the beginning of my first practice.  Gold thread is sewing thread, for comparison.

I love this spindle!  It's about 7 grams in weight.

I also got a great Spinning Box this week.  This has undoubtedly contributed to my continued enthusiasm with my spinning!

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