spinning thin!

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Spin Thin!

So last night I took the “spin thin” class w/ Amy,
spinthin amy

It was fun and I learned some things (like using the small whorl, lacing the yarn over the flyer hooks, and that Amy has a peave about roving vs top!), tried some things (aztec plying, long draw), and got totally confused about some other things (mostly around the intricacies of woolen and worsted).

We got to play with this fiber,
spinthin top
Merino combed top, merino/tencel top, a batt of wool of some sort, bfl top….

I had a lot of uncontrolled spinning, as witnessed by this, some of my leavings… much of it from trying to spin a thin single…
spinthin uncontrolled

I managed some thin spinning w/ the merino top (white) and the bfl (under the dime),
spinthin bobbin

But that long draw with the batt? Probably a loosely plied chunky (except those parts that I was doing some variation of short and/or sliding long draw-who knew!)… but the long draw was pretty entertaining!

Aztec plying? After some serious cognition troubles, and several show and tell demos, I finally got how to wrap the single around my hand…
spinthin andean

This little sample totally has lots of problems, but some good areas, and I love the color and feel of the fiber… definitely something for my growing balls. Here they are last year, though the big one is a little bigger,
balls2feb08

ice out!

The ice went out on the river last Sunday…
iceoutsun iceoutwork
and the other day the sun was just blazing off of the water… of course when I got to where I could park (as opposed to taking photos as I drove down Winthrop Hill), the angle of the light was different. If you embiggen that pic on the right, the pink arrow points to where I was headed… work…

where I have this bit of color and wonderful spring smell,
lilies1
The garden shop told me to remove the anthers to make the flowers last longer, which I did, but I really like the burnt orange color against the pink. Maybe I’ll leave the rest of them on.

doggy update

Saw brother Sid yesterday… Mr. Shaggy Matty Boy got a close trim,
sid nose

His sister Gracie and he share some behaviors…
graciebandana
(he gave her that bone and ball bandana… she’ll wear it, but Zuzu sure won’t!).

4 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 8:55 am

    Pretty flower! It’s 26F here right now. :(

  2. 2

    Blogless Carrie said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

    Ok, I’ll bite. What’s an anther. And I won’t mention anything about “feeling your balls”…ok, maybe I will…

  3. 3

    Molly Bee said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

    Fancy spinnin’ there Tex! Thanks for the puppy eye candy. Smooches to Gracie and ZuZu!

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    Julie said,

    March 31, 2009 @ 5:31 am

    Sounds like you had a good spinning class. I can’t get the hang of the long draw either; that’s something I really want to work on.

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