Friday, July 18, 2008

My First Batts

Tah dah, these are the first batts created on my new borrowed drum carder. I am super excited to start learning more about carding and all the possibilities it provides. I'm just plying my first skein from the new wheel and these are next on the list to spin up. I'll let you know when the yarn goes up in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Spinning Wheel and SLV Fiber Fest

Borrowing an Ashford Traditional Hooray!!! Through the generosity of a fellow knitter and fiber lover I have the privilege of using a spinning wheel. An Ashford Traditional to be exact. This lovely person also loaned me her drum carder as well so I will soon be posting some photos of batts. My plans for this wheel include starting my yarn for the lovely Sesame sweater. I have decided to go with gray and navy for my colors, and I'm going to blend in some white cotton to give it a heathered look. So I have to finish washing up my fleece and start my dyeing.

In fact, I purchased the dye for my sweater at this weekend's fiber festival - yay! It was a lot of fun. I helped out in the info booth, and a fiber angel paid for me to compete in the spinning and knitting contests. We had a lot of fun, let's just say my wheel skills need some improvement. I did mange to win the Bulky Spinning contest, which resulted in winning a LOT of fiber, so that is very exciting. I also got second in the speed knitting, although I rarely try to knit super fast in real life.

Let me leave you with a photo of what I am currently spinning on the wheel.Spinning away