Monday, June 11, 2012

Threaded House Guest

For a whole week, this lovely spinning wheel has been sitting on my living room floor. It coordinated with my decor beautifully (sort of an Artsy Craftsy type of decor). And it was beyond fun to play with!

We went outside for the photo session to take advantage of all the lovely sunlight pouring down from above. I did a great job of ignoring the building heat and humidity. The heat index is supposed to hit 105F later today. That's summer in Texas!

As part of our spinning lessons, Cindy let us take home one of her babies to play with.  This one is an Ashford Traveller and I want one.  Like, seriously. I really, really want one. Definitely in my Bucket.

In the meantime, I'll be happy with my new drop spindle! While I appreciate very much the recycled CD one that came with my class fee, there's something about wood that makes me happy. And this is a particularly pretty piece of wood. Look at that grain! Yummy! And it's nice and heavy and spins like crazy with very little effort.

What's not too pretty about my brand-spanking new drop spindle is the spindle itself. My dog decided it would make a good chew toy ... for about 3 seconds before I realized what was happening and snatched the thing out of his mouth. He had it just long enough to put his mark towards the top of the spindle. :(

Meet Mud.  No, that is not his real name, but for the discussion of chewing on the spindle of my brand-spanking new drop spindle, his name is Mud. Doesn't he look guilty? I mean, look at that face. Can't even look me in the eye.

Actually, that is Nino, the last of our critters for the time being.  He's not too terribly fond of 4-footed furry critters (well, that's not quite the truth ... he really enjoys the thought of EATING them for breakfast) so he'll be our solitary critter until the inevitable comes.

Oh, almost forgot!  Here is the bobbin filled with my newly spun yarn! You can tell it comes from a beginner, but still, I am more than pleased with the outcome. For the most part, I was able to spin fairly thin with the occasional bump of extra thickness, especially where I joined the next piece of fleece to the already spun tail.

Unfortunately, when I was showing off for my granchildren, I lost the tail. It's buried in there someplace and I tried and tried to find the tail end to no avail. Not sure what to do next so I'll have Cindy, my teacher, figure it out for me. Hopefully there will be a way to take this off without randomly cutting into the spun ply. Teaches me not to show off to the grandchildren again!


Cindy Telisak said...

Your yarn was great, Hilary! Your skill is showing already! Sorry about the spindle. Nino just wants to join in the fun... We'll keep an eye out for some nice used wheels - a Traveler, if that's what you have your heart set on... See you soon!

LuAnn Braley said...

Following from Friendship Friday at Create with Joy.

I love the yarn. Taking something from the plant (or animal) through to making cloth/ing is something I've always wanted to try.

Yona Williams said... how you incorporated 'Mud' (lol) to fit into the Friendship Friday topic.

Those guilty dog looks are really cute after whatever they have done has passed.

Happy Belated Friendship Friday.

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