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12. May 2011 08:29
by Jobo
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Purple Moth BFL/Silk Blend... taking flight!

12. May 2011 08:29 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Trying out a new fiber blend, and a new-to-me spindle!

purple moth spindle

I started yesterday on the shiny rich braid of BFL/Silk that was eating a hole in my stash... I guess I just felt like the day needed something like a new project.  After waiting for several months (stupid PEI Weather, and the Stupid Frostline) we were finally able to have Grampy's Burial Service yesterday.  I knew I would be sitting around most of the day with family... and I knew how much having a good spinnable-companion might help my stress level and concentration.Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Braid

In case you forget what the Braid looked like:  Here she is!  Purple Moth, a shiny blend of jewelled tones of pink, purple and gold from AllForLoveOfYarn over on etsy.

The spindle is a Zebisis Stone Whorl that I picked up on a destash a while ago... I think the stone is Spiderweb Agate, which is a little ironic since I am quite ridiculously afraid of spiders.  sigh.  It weighs around 1 ounce, just right for a fine silky fiber.  I had to adjust the hook a little, but overall, I am enjoying this spindle quite a lot!

I'm debating leaving this as a single, or perhaps plying... yet to be decided, I guess... any opinions or comments?

27. April 2011 11:03
by Jobo
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Supported Spindles Galore!

27. April 2011 11:03 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Last Christmas, after the delicious meal at my Grandma's house with all of the extended Sonier Family... I spent a little time relaxing and spinning on my Gripping Yarn Russian Spindle.  Several of my Uncles are woodworkers, but one of my uncles in particular, Tim, works on a lathe and does beautiful wood-turning!  He examined my spindle, and thought that he might be able to make another for me from his own materials. 

Well, these are what he came up with!  (Recognize my Walnut Russian in the top left?)  I love the uniqueness and character of both!  Uncle Tim isn't a spinner, but he is definitely a creative woodworker.  He chose some unique woods, and came up with some unique decorative designs for the spindle tips.  Both spindles are nicely finished with tung oil to a semi-glossy satin smooth finish.

support spindles

The Blonde Spindle is made from some sort of Maple (I can't remember if it's spalted or bird's eye) and features some fancy scrollwork instead of a traditional bulb shape.  I haven't weighed her yet, but it feels like it weighs about the same as the 30g walnut does.  I tried just a quick spin with a lock or two of angora,  but she seems to spin nicely.

support spindles 3

The Purple Spindle is made from rich dark Purple Heart - and is quite heavy!  It likely weighs as much as both of the other two put together!  I think it will make a great plying spindle, because of the weight.  I have to sand down the tip of this one again, since it got dropped and the very end broke off.... but I think it will spin much better once that part is fixed.

support spindles 2

My plan is to get some very fine sandpaper sometime this week and hopefully fix that tip, and then do some sample spinning and have some fun playing with my new toys!  It's getting warmer here now that spring has semi-arrived... perfect weather for sitting cross-legged out on the patio with a supported spindle!

18. April 2011 08:24
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Persimmon Seasilk Merino Blend

18. April 2011 08:24 by Jobo | 3 Comments

 

persimmon seasilk wool handspun

The Persimmon Seasilk yarn is completed.... washed, balled, and ready to go now.  I love the oranges and reds that came out of it.

The fiber was a braid of Waterloo Wools - Seasilk / Merino Blend, in many shades of orange and red... colors that I love, but don't tend to gravitate towards in the same ways as my earth tones of blue, green, and brown.  The fiber itself was a delight to spin, and was fun as a travel spinning project.  I used my Golding Dragonfly spindle, spun from the fold one little tuft at a time from one end of the braid to the other, most of the work done on my lunch breaks or coffee breaks.  A few minutes here and there really adds up!

I didn't measure the entiretly of the yardage, but am estimating that I have around 700 yards of medium Laceweight, with some slightly fluctuating thick and thin spots.

This is destined to become a semicircular shawl - Vernal Equinox!  I've cast on, but only just barely.

More pics to come :)

 

persimmon seasilk wool handspun ball

I can't wait to see how this will stripe up and see how the colors will arrange themselves!

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