Archive for the ‘Spinning’ Category


Bobbin’ Along

May 20, 2009

Well, I’ve been back in York for a week and on Sunday I collected the new bobbins for my spinning wheel between running errands and winning 3 games of badminton; a feat I’ve never managed before.

Unfortunatly due to coming down with non specific lurgy on monday morning, I’ve not been able to do any spinning yet but these bobbins are beautiful.

G, my partners dad, made them for me. They are custom fitted for my unique wheel and although there are only three pictured I have 4; two the same as the one it came with, and two with larger drive ratios, one of which isn’t pictured as it went straight onto my wheel. They run soooo smoothly, its amazing.

He says he takes commissions!

The fibre in the background is fibretrends merino 64 tops in old rose, berry, lilac and fushia which i’m drafting for spinning between coughing and sneezing fits! I really look forward to spinning it. Its part of my merino stash I got for feltmaking back in the day.

I am filling myself with cold and flu remedies and hoping I feel up to spinning soon 🙂


Spinning you a line

March 28, 2009

Excuse me as I spin you a line as to why I haven’t posted of late.*

A few weeks ago my spinning wheel, a gift from my great aunt, arrived via my parents and I attended a wonderful spinning workshop with my wheel, with the lovely Carol L.

Its a castle style single drive, single treadle wheel handmade by a friend of my great aunts.

I’ve been practicing and although its still a little uneven I am starting to spin something approaching useable – I’m having to predraft a lot and am struggling to spin slow and steady, and I might even start using some of the coloured merino fleece in my stash, instead of just white!

I’ve already got my heart set on another wheel – a Kronski Symphonie, which is a double treadle wheel, with varying drives. H has one and its lovely.

My knitting has been slow, and involved some ankle socks – pics soon, and I’ve been working on a secret knitting pattern I’ve designed but I can’t share that for the time being, but I will start blogging regularly again soon.

* I’m sorry, I can’t resist bad jokes and puns!


A touch of lace, to brighten the day

August 7, 2008

Lets see, I’ve had a busy few days!

I had a nice weekend, which involved a visit to the library on Friday, a visit to a local nature reserve full of dragonflies on Saturday (common blue damselflies,azure hawkers, and ruddy darters were the ones I could identify – I love dragonflies!), and a spinning workshop on Sunday run by the lovely Carol and Pete, who are wonderful teachers and just generally interesting people, who I hope to see again at some point soon.

It was lovely to try out my new spindle, which is made of Bubinga Wood by my fella’s dad, who is a very talents wood turner, and I’m slowly getting the hang of drafting, spinning and plying.

These are my first two attempts, actually done at the workshop, I’m still getting the hang of it as you can see.

This is my first attempt at home. I’ve only got as far as spinning it so far, but its more even than my first and second attempts so am pleased. The green was the colour I didn’t mind wasting out of my merino stash!

I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday with L, knitting, talking about all sorts, drinking tea, eating flapjack and watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice, with much snarky comments and cheering.

While there I started my forest canopy shawl. (Link to my Ravelry project page here )

I’m using this gorgeous Twilleys Freedom Spirit in Aura, a lovely mix of deep violet, lilac, and grey. I fell in love with a ball in my LYS (I was standing there stroking it for at least 10 mins) and found a bag of several skeins online. Its 100% Merino and has the most delightful soft sheen to it.

So far I’ve set up the pattern and done the first repeat of the lace pattern (its a little hard to see but they are slanted leaves) and am already a fan of using life lines – the bits of dark purple acrylic you can see trailing out of the sides)

It was my talented friend and knitting guru Tinks who suggested I try this shawl to start me on lace knitting and to give you an idea of what it looks like when completed here are some photos of her forest canopy shawl. Hers is in a lovely red and black cashmere.

Knitting lace is so pretty and rather fufilling, seeing the pattern emerge as you go. Its that thing when you are making something, that moment when it becomes something recogniseable.

Right, I have things to do before I can indulge in more knitting and spinning, so off I go!