Reeves Spinning Wheel

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To the fair and back. Four blue ribbons but no rosettes, I’m dissappointed but will be back next year.

Have been enjoying my new wheel, an original Reeves hand turned Oak Spinning Wheel.

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Reeves on YouTube too

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Hand Spun & Knit Top Down Beaded Shawl

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Used hand spun beaded yarn to create top down beaded shawl. The yarn is wool and alpaca. The spinning process was described HERE and HERE in the blog. The beads are silver lined glass beads and antique Chec beads from an old lamp. I’d gotten an ounce of Momi fiber (wool, silk and glitter the color of sunset) from the Ashville fiber festival which I spun on the Trindle I’d purchased at the festival. Too little yarn for a project but worked great to provide an accent of colored lace.

I used the same pattern as the pink top down shawl

Lacy2And, an interesting aside. Lacy, my mostly border collie … just learned she has no discernable border collie DNA. Had her DNA run through Wisdom DNA thinking I’d learn border collie and what. (No blood is taken, cheek swab.) Learned she has only two breeds discernable: Austrailian Shepard (that fits) and Cocker Spaniel (didn’t see that one coming). It was great fun and splendid painful anticipation while waiting for the DNA results.

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Top Down Knit Lace Triangle Shawl

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Completed the hand dyed, hand spun, hand knit lace shawl. The pinks blended nicely but to pick it up a bit I knit lace panels. The lace was knit from a bit of yarn previously spun. The yarn was a caliopi of colors but not enough for any project…but, a great accent. See the finished shawl below.

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Happy “Black Friday”

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Royal Hare Support Spindle

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Playing with my recently arrived Royal Hare Support Spindle. It’s pictured with wool/silk/bamboo fiber from Louet and a spindle case from Royal Hare.

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Not me, but you can see a YouTube video spindling on a Royal Hare Support spindle by clicking HERE.

UPDATE 11/9/09

In response to an inquiry: I found my Royal Hare at Woodland Woolworks (CLICK HERE to go to their web site). When I ordered mine in June they were back ordered but they were finally able to ship the spindle this month.

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Microwave Dyed Hand Spun Hand Knit Socks

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We made it back from the mountains; I finished the microwave dyed hand spun hand knit socks on the way. Did have enough to finish, quite to my surprize.

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Spinning Exotic Fibers

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Here is the product of my off-and-on spinning while on vacation. This is orange wool and grey/black alpaca.

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And for those who wondered what Possum & Wool roving looks like…the photo below.

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It is difficult to photograph. It is soft creamy wool blended with cocoa brown swirls of possum. Last year I spun and then knit seaweed socks for the County Fair. I’ve entered projects of Chiengora (dog hair) and seaweed and was looking for something else; this is perfect. I’m going to knit a pair of socks for my husband (really big) and since he hails from Tennessee this seemed the perfect choice. I think he’ll get a smile or two when he wears them and is able to tell his buddies that he’s wearing possum. LOL

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Mountain Spinning Shops

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Surprizingly, I discovered they’re aren’t a lot of fiber shops in the mountains despite so many weavers, knitters and fiber enthusiasts and besides…it’s really cold here.

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Yesterday, we traveled to Asheville to visit the Earth Guild . They have books, instructions and supplies for fiber and a variety of other crafts including clay. I brought home cards and a book on card weaving. I also couldn’t resist a scarf kit, “Hand-Painted Rayon Warp” in a lush blue and green with black rayon for weft. On the way back from Asheville, we traveled a piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway where we stopped at the Gallery and Craft Shop of the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center. The gallery/museum is amazing and the crafts are first quality and absolutely gorgeous. But, my most delightful discovery was today in Gatlinburg. The Smoky Mountain Spinnery where I was “lost in fiber space”. There are sock yarns, mohair, hand spun yarn and all matter of fiber. I’ve been wanting to spin and knit socks for my husband. He’s not much for bright colors and brown or grey seemed boring BUT I discovered marbeled grey roving which was wool and Austrailan brush tailed possum, yes, possum. I figured that was perfect for a Tennessee born and bred “boy”.

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These are delightful llamas which were created for the shop. I love them!!

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Microwave Dyed Hand Spun Hand Knit Socks

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I feared I hadn’t enought yarn for both socks so I knit the first sock just past the completed heel and then started the second sock. I’ve knit it through to the same spot. When I get home I plan to spin a bit more yarn and then dye the additional yarn. It will be used to finish off the toes. It may not be exactly the same but the sock tops will look similar. I purposely alternated the yarns to create stripes but while each sock complements the other, they are not the same. I like variations on the same theme.

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Louet Hatbox Spinning Wheel

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8/14/2010 UPDATE …. I have Louet Hatbox Spinning Wheel for sale. Go HERE.

The Louet Hatbox Spinning Wheel is a compact, small travel wheel that spins great. The wheel was discontinued because reportedly it was too expensive to manufacture due to the curved wood case. I’ve spun out some orange wool blended with natural grey alpaca, “Seabreeze” fiber from Louet.

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Hand Spun Microwave Dyed Sock Yarn

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Here’s the sock yarn from Fiber Space. I microwave dyed the yarn. First I wet the yarn slightly with warm detergent water. I sprinkled the yarn with Gaywool Dye. I then sealed the yarn in plastic and microwaved the sealed yarn for 8 minutes. I then sprayed the yarn with cold water until it ran clear. I hung the rinsed yarn with weights. I love all the different effects from one dye experiment. Looking forward to socks from this experiment. I plan on kniting toe up socks on my trip to and from the mountains.

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