Saturday, May 20, 2006
Behold, the Spring Spinning Begins!
This is why I wanted a fairly portable spinning wheel, so I could spin on the patio. Not that larger wheels are really hard to schlep the ten yards outside, but I'll be trucking this thing out here almost every day, so I'd just as soon it be as light and easy to carry as possible. So far, the Suzie is perfect.
The bag of fiber is the merino/silk blend that Toni packed my wheel in. It's fluffy and lofty and spins like a dream. This picture gives you a fairly good impression of its sort-of-mousy, silvery brown color:
I've completed one bobbin already and am working on the second. On the singles, you can see the white flecks of silk noil a little better.
See the little knob on the top of the flyer assembly? If I'm too lazy to fold my wheel up and use the handle to carry it outside, I can just loop a finger through that knob. Yeah, I know, that's pretty lazy, since all you have to do to fold the Suzie is pretty much just give it a hip-check.
I've been racking my brain to figure out what I can do with the yarn I make from this fiber. I don't expect to have enough for a sweater. I'm guessing I'll have somewhere in the ballpark of 500-600 yards of slightly roughly spun, silk-slubby, worsted weight natural brown/grey wool yarn. Maybe a vest? I don't tend to wear vests (because they don't tend to be flattering) but maybe there's an attractive vest pattern out there? Or maybe a shawl. I'd probably get more wear out of a shawl.
Suggestions are welcome!