July 25, 2009

Maiden Voyage

Posted in Journal at 7:35 am by Jenn

Well, today was a fiber filled day.  I started the day off combing the rest of my portion of the alpaca that Heather and I were lucky enough to be given by one of the members of the Baltimore Spinner’s Guild.  I have a pile set aside that I’m going to comb in to rolags for a friend but other than that, it’s mine all mine!

This after noon I picked up my wheel!  SQUEEEE!  My ASHFORD JOY.  I brought it home, took it out of the box and stared at it…”Oh my God, I own a spinning wheel” was my first thought and my second thought was “What am I going to spin first”.

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The wheel came assembled with the exception of the flyer and the brake so I had to set that up….no problem except that one of my flyer hooks wasn’t threaded so I am a little unbalanced at the moment, but I sent Ashford an email when I registered the wheel so they should be taking care of that for me.

Setting up the brake was probably the most stressful.  I had to cut the wire and I just knew I was going to screw something up…that’s when the measure 45 times, cut once rule was initiated.  Just a little bit of OCD there.

Anyway, I decided to give Karida’s destash fiber (sorry I don’t know the name of the colorway) a whirl and I am very pleased with the results so far.  Here’s a picture of the yarn spun up on the maiden voyage.

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I think I’m spinning this thin enough that I may be able to make this a 3 ply??? Hopefully.  AND hopefully the gently used Lazy Kate w/extra bobbins that I scored on Ravelry will be here when I’m ready!

This test run, determined that my wheel is female and therefore, I decided to name her Vivienne after my favorite Julia Roberts character….Vivienne in Pretty Woman.

My original thought was to name it after my grandmother and call her Belle, but then I thought about the amount of swearing I do when I spin and thought I’d better not.  I had other thoughts too, but some of those are real names that I’d consider naming a child if and when I ever have one so I didn’t want to use my names!  LOL.  I’m also not telling so you can’t use them either!  HA.  My “what if I have a baby names” are still top secret.

Here are a few pictures of my most recent yarns – spun on various wheels that I borrowed from Cloverhill Yarn Shop prior to ordering mine a few weeks ago.

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The pink/brown  is my first attempt at 3 ply with an unknown fiber (pink) and  some of the brown merino from the Sheep and Wool Festival.  The other two skeins come from fiber purchased from Copperpot Woolies – Tuscan Sun is the colorway, it’s a merino/bamboo blend.  I was really pleased with the ply on the smaller skein.

These are my two favorite yarns to date

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On the right is my best ply work so far.  It started as merino combed top from FatCatKnits in the Bruin colorway and ended up as a really pretty 2 ply yarn.  Kind of Renaissancey.  On the left is the 2 ply that I made from the Cormo that I bought at Sheep and Wool.  It is soft and squishy and was fun to spin and ply.  I wish I understood more about worsted vs. woolen before I spun this.  I chose worsted and I think it would have been better suited for woolen… either way, it’s going to make a great warm something.

Last but not least, here is a picture of my package #1 from my pal in the Secret Pal 14 swap.

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At the top of the picture are 4 hand-dipped Yankee Candles.  I love candles!  On the left is a felting kit to make a Tulip, in the middle is a hand care kit from Mary Kay – much needed because my “picking” habit still exists and on the right is a book light which I don’t really need right now because Scott and I aren’t in the same location but come October 28th, this will come in VERY handy.  I’m a lucky girl!

Other than all that, I am taking a beaded scarf class tomorrow morning at Crazy For Ewe in LaPlata and I start work on Monday!  Someone’s got to pay for all this fiber!

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2 Comments »

  1. Alyona said,

    You are busy as usual with trying out new dimensions of crafting!!!

  2. Lix said,

    Great parcel! I love the wheel too.


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