First, I threatened my Mazurka with selling it as I'm not crazy about how the tension works - I'm not sure if it's a defect in my wheel or if they all are like this, but then she did this:
Blushing Ewe's "Turquoise Dream" merino/bamboo/alpaca/soysilk
The picture is a bit fuzzy but the single does indeed look soft - I'm loving this first batt from Blushing Ewe
, and the Mazurka is spinning really nicely. Maybe I just need to make friends with her. :-)
Then I threatened the Babe Bulky Pinkie with selling it, as I have too many wheels and I just never spin on it. Then I took it to my mom's to see if we could make friends, and we did!
CHF "Steppes Winter" Falkland
This Falkland is really nice to spin, and the BP is doing a great job on it. :-)
I've also finished the sample on the antique Finnish wheel - she really needs a name, any ideas anyone? - and started a 'real' project:
CHF "Lady Slipper Pink" BFL/tussah silk
I bought this a couple of years ago, thinking I would spin it right up and make something for my rose-loving mother, but of course I got sidetracked. It's spinning up great on the Finn; I love this wheel! :-D
And I've been spinning the second bobbin on the small Reeves:
CHF "Blue Mountain Coffee" merino/silk
That's spinning along pretty fast too. :-) I took one of the Babe Reeves bobbins and ground down the front whorl to make it fit this wheel, but I need to grind it down some more to make it fit better. So glad to have a second bobbin for this wheel though!
I've also been on a spindle-buying spree. I bought a Tibetan from Neal Brand
- isn't it lovely?
CHF "Tropical Water" baby camel/tussah silk
And some Tilt-a-Whorl
spindles! Aren't they cute?
l - r: Spindle Pop, supported spindle, mini pinwheel
I asked him to make a supported spindle for me and he did a great job!
CHF (of course!) "Grapes No Wrath" Wensleydale
I'm not keen on the fiber I'm spinning, other than it's of course dyed beautifully, but it's rather coarse for my taste. The coolest thing is that I have been spinning with this on my exercycle - I attached my 'spinning spoon' to the front upright on the cycle and it works great! Now I need to use my metronome because I'm cycling too slowly though.
And last, but not least - I finally finished my e-spinner this morning:
This was made from stuff I had around the house. :-) I may need to add something to slow it down, but for now a block of wood will probably suffice, especially since I'm planning to use it for plying instead of spinning.
Wow, I must have been busy! :-)