Dec 27, 2011

Spinning with more control

I'm having fun with my new spinning wheel. It's the Babe Production wheel, and boy does it produce! I've spun more in one day than I could do on the drop spindle in a week. It's pretty amazing. But there is a learning curve for sure. I've found that you have to really learn to coordinate your hand and foot movements.

I also found that pre-drafting is key when your first learning to spin on a wheel. It just makes it easier and really helps. I've been using Maggie Casey's book Start Spinning and she had a helpful hint on drafting. When she pre-drafts for worsted spinning, she drafts the piece of top a couple of times, not just once. That made a big difference!

Here are my first can see that I hadn't read Maggie's book yet :) This is over spun and not even or uniform

After pre-drafting (and checking it twice) ... much better I think:

I'm slowly getting the hang of it. Luckily they sent a nice amount of top along with the wheel to practice with.

Still working on the crochet rag rug. Littleman is totally passed out! Gotta love cats :)

Dec 9, 2011

Catching up

Haven't written anything in a while. I've been taking an online art class and I kind of always feel like I'm behind in everything. And it's a "go at your own pace" kind of a class! That's pretty pathetic. And of course, now there's Christmas just in case I wasn't feeling harried enough.

Well, at least we got our tree up and decorated. Only took us 2 days. This is the largest tree I've gotten in a long time. 7 foot. It's the first year since my AN diagnosis that I've felt like decorating and stuff. It really helped to go on a brief trip to NC with beloved friends to visit beloved friends and the cold and Christmas feel just really helped ...

Haven't made snowmen in a long time :)

Here is the progress on the rag rug I'm crocheting. I'm surprised I've made progress on anything.
I thought maybe I could just use ready made fat quarters on this, but after using the art cloth I made last summer, I sort of think I'm going to have to just make my own cloth or it won't come out right.

And the "piece de resistance" .... I'm getting a spinning wheel for Christmas! I'm sooooo excited!