Since April perhaps a little earlier of this year, I have really been doing allot of spinning-almost every day. In my new spinning group I can see where many are spinning really nice yarn in no time-but I seem to struggle with it-trying different methods and spindles.
I am not discouraged because I love the whole process-some I have started with raw wool. My spinning teacher on the spinning wheel last year suggested we must spin every day in order to improve and get better-I think this is the case with most ventures. I am just slow though lol
I am getting better as I work toward a finer yarn-I am really not needing a super fine yarn-that most seem to strive for-for what I want to do with it-weave using my handspun as the weft. When I look back at my handspuns from two years ago there is much improvement so trying not to be too hard on myself.
I am just loving the bison fiber-so far not over spun, sometimes a little fatter yarn than I wanted but all is good. and I have changed spindles this week-the one I shared last Tuesday was just too slow-my spindle would not stay spinning for hardly any time at all and was constantly going back the wrong direction-I think it is the weight of that spindle. I did love the yarn though - my hands not so much.
Sooo I have switched to my favorite spindle by Louet. I will show you another photo where this spindle that I have had for at least 30 years split at the top when I went to tighten down the hook-thinking I broke it completely I bought a new one.
Waiting for the new one to arrive in the mail, I glued it down with gorilla glue-and works good. The bottom whorl-that disc on the bottom-is now made a bit differently
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I don't remember what kind of stone this was-but I bought this piece to use with my navajo spindle-which is very long and the tip sits on the floor-this carved out stone works perfect with this drop spindle used as a supported spindle-the yarn not suspended from hand while spinning.
And my completed skein-loving it!
I am still spinning up the the baby alpaca too-working on getting this yarn a bit finer-these two different wools spin up so differently I have been switching between the two of them.
Here you can see my repair-gurilla glue on the hook to keep it from spinning around and the crack beneath it-very smooth so still spins great.
Last year when I was learning about supported spindles-which are great for very fine lace weight yarn- I picked up a couple of these vintage glass salt vessels-I don't remember the name for these-but are fun to look for.
I have started texturing the hallway walls-same technique as the bathroom walls-tissue paper-wallpaper paste-and paints and glazes. I don't like using white for anything so I have been looking at paint colors that have a bit of color but light for this dark hallway-I think I have decided on a light grey
I plan to hang vintage mirrors and art work along the walls
I was out of laundry soap so I needed to make that today. The hardest part-which isn't really hard-is grating all the bars of soap.
I was drinking several cups of my chicory-dandelion root beverage in my Yellowstone cup with cream during this project.
I just got the foam in to make new cushions for the dining room bench seats. The old ones are just starting to wear after 15 years-not bad-I had dyed (white) blue jean material at the time. In my fabric stash I still have yardage of blue denim so will make them out of that this time.
Last time I made these cushions I used recycled cushion material this time I needed to hunt down the foam that was affordable-ended up finding it on Ebay. I need to make two cushions.-This piece will be cut in half both directions to get the right size which will give me two extra pieces-I may just make some cushions for chairs with the left over pieces.
Since the cool down here I have started walking again-over the weekend built up to the 3 miles again. The bugs are still bad though even with spraying down my clothes well I ended up with numerous chigger bites-ugh--I bought some essential oils to make up a bug repellant I need to do that this week and will let you know how it works.
Next week I will share a new spindle that I should have by then. It is a celtic Scottish spindle that is totally different than anything I have seen before. and when you wind on the yarn it ends up being a pull ball of yarn-how cool is that?? So of course I need to try this out-fun!
Thought I would come back and add a photo of the twins-they were on their own tonight-no Mom
Happy T Day everyone!! Enjoy your week.