Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Speeding Up

The spinning wheel is out again. I inspected the last bobbin I spun about three weeks ago, and noticed that I need to put in more twists to the yarn, so I decided to try the middle whorl. It's like learning how to use the wheel all over again! The wheel turns wrong way, treadling is heavy, and it was pretty depressing for the first 30 minutes.


But things improved quickly. And changing the gear means more speed!
The right most bobbin is spun with the middle whorl (I think).
I'm trying to fill up all bobbins I have, minus one, so I can ply the first one with the last one -- to even out the quality of the yarn. I'm not even sure if that's the right strategy, but I'm going to try that anyway. I need to keep one empty bobbin so I can ply the yarn on it....





Looks OK on the photo, don't you think?
I'm sure I'll see a lot of anomalies when I ply and skein them...



Here's the second bobbin with the middle whorl, still on the wheel. I think I will finish it tomorrow.

















On the knitting front, here's what I'm working on. I love, love, love this yarn -- Lorna's Laces.



The socks are for Mitch.
And yes, I am totally avoiding Moll.


Claudia, a local (Marin Co) spinner, posted some very interesting spinning videos on her site. See 11/25 post.
Mann Isle is one of the places I've been wanting to visit -- the reason may be a bit funny. A several years ago, I came across a very well made software, and I found out that a small software firm in Mann Isle had developed it. I don't know what it was, but imagining working for a software firm (that's what my day job is) in Mann Isle was fantastic. And now that imagination is enhanced with speckles of sheep and spinners with great smile!

3 comments:

Erin said...

Uh oh - socks for Mitch? What about Charles? You're going to have to do them sooner or later!!

gami said...

糸巻きに巻かれた糸、とってもきれいです!糸巻きに巻かれていると、さまになっていると言うか、なんていうのかな、、、かっこいいです!絵になる、って感じ。
私は紡ぎ車を持っていないので、ちょっとあこがれもあるし、友達が最近、車に手を出したので悔しい気持ちもありますが、狭い家なのでスピンドルを楽しむしか無いようです^_^;Tamamiさんがうらやましいです。

Tamami said...

Erin -- but for me it's just one more (big) pair to go to cover my family! And, for you? [grin]

がみさん、でも、Travel Wheelって手もある。でも、車を使う人も実はみんなスピンドルにあこがれているのですよ。わたしも試してみようかと思ってるところなんです。旅行にも持っていけるってところなんか、すばらしいです。
おばあさまが亡くなられたとのポスト、しみじみ読ませていただきました。紡ぎが心を慰めてくれること、とても共感がもてます。わたしが紡ぎをやろうと思い立ったのも、「とてもつらい時期を乗り越えられたのもスピニングのおかげ」とぽつりと言った女性の言葉に打たれたから。これからしばらくは、スピニングのポストが続きそうですね。