Friday, February 27, 2009

"Spinning and Blending....."

As you probably remember, Don gave me a Strauch drum carder in December. I LOVE using it!! I carded some more of the Icelandic fleece and dyed it using Country Classics "Blue Spruce". While dyeing the wool, I also put some nylon roving in the crock pot which would be blended on the carder with the wool to add strength to the yarn. This is the blended batt of nylon and wool. Variations in the batt are due to the natural moorit color and the dyed wool/nylon, giving it a more "heather" look. ;)

Ahhhhhh.......another one of Don's pre-shower photos. I look so unkempt. :( But to go past my appearance, I am holding what was once a carded batt, but I tore it into a more "roving like" state, which I was then rolling into a "bump" (a ball of roving). I hope I have that correct(?).

Beginning to spin the wool into a "single" of yarn, that will then be plied with another single to make a 2 ply yarn, which I will use to knit myself a pair of socks. :)

Another view......

Oiling parts of the wheel to help it spin smoothly and prohibit those areas from "squeaking". This was taken post shower......I guess there really isn't much difference, is there? So sad..... :(
My spinning wheel is a Kromski Minstrel (I know I have already mentioned that in another post, but thought I'd remind in case anyone was interested). :)


Maniphone said...

I love seeing you work. I especially like the shot of the "bare bottom" sketch on the wall~not yours, of course!

MollyBeees said...

Aww! You clean up nicely! Beautiful color! I got some almost like it at Rainbow Fleece Farms that has some silver stuff in it. Can't wait to spin it up!