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.