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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Spinning Again

It has been so long since I've sat at my wheel to spin. My bobbins were full and I was feeling too lazy to ply them off so I could begin a new project. I've been working on some silk for the past year and on a Romney-Coop for longer than I'll admit here. I've already spun up pounds of the wool with pounds more to go. I've been processing it myself so it does take longer. I should send out the rest and have it carded up since I just don't seem to have the time. The silk was in roving form but I had dyed it with a dark red and navy...splotchy dyeing. I didn't like it so I've been carding it to blend it into a homogeneous color which I like very much. A rich Merlot. Now that I've freed up some bobbins I've just started a new project of 50% Polwarth/50%Mohair that Kim, the Whirling Dervish sent me last summer. It's wonderfully soft. I'm hoping my new drive band is in the mail. My poor plastic one broke and now it's too short to repair. I've had the same band for 10 years and has been repaired several times so it was inevitable that a new one should have been ordered before this. As a stop gap remedy, I took an extra drive band from the Ashford and have that on the Majacraft. Not great, but it'll do...kind of. I can spin, and did finish up the plying, but I don't like the "feel", or lack thereof, of the cotton band. I suppose there isn't enough grip.


Blogger Charleen said...

I love the silk, Marie. The color is deep and rich. I've been thinking of sending out some of my stuff too, but I do like blending myself.

9:00 AM  
Blogger claudia at countrywool said...

Good for you! Glad you are back at the wheel.

4:39 AM  

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