Several weeks ago, Suna and I went to the Kid n Ewe and Lamas, Too festival. In addition to the yarn buying and running into people we recognized, I seemed to have found the penchant for spinning. When I got home from the festival, I set about tweaking the dormant Ashford Traddi that was generously loaned to my by Jessica. After a good dose of oil and a couple screw tightenings, it was treadling smoothly and whirring along nicely.
I was amazed at the amount of roving I had strewn about my apartment from my initial spinning foray. There was one bag of Lincoln wool roving that I bought at Rhinebeck that disappointed me greatly by being completely felted and unusable. But I didn't spend much on it so it wasn't overly disappointing.
My first project was to spin a bag of unknown wool from Rhinebeck.
I ended up with two skeins - 345 yards / 4 ounces and 225 yard / 2.7 ounces. That means that the first has 86.5 yds/oz & the second has 83.3 yds/oz, which seems fairly consistent considering it was my first substantial spinning project. The final yarn is kind of fuzzy and the plying isn't perfect but I'm very very happy with it.
The singles are already more consistent than the first stuff, probably because the batts I'm spinning from are a smoother wool blend.
I've been doing more fiber shopping than I would readily admit to. Most of it hasn't arrived so I'm expecting a deluge any day now. It's going to be so fun!!! With the six days off for Christmas and four days off for New Years, the wheel and I are going to become very close friends.
But an even more fabulous shipment will be on it's way to me from New Zealand this week. Impatience will abound over the next weeks while I wait! The purchase was more than a bit compulsive but not one that I'm going to regret. Until Rose arrives, the Traddi and I will be getting along just fine. .
But I could tell that deep down, they were happy for me.