Thursday, May 14, 2015

New technology

So with this post I am trying out my new android smartphone. So far this is not too much of a pain. I just have to get better at typing on the flat screen. Bear with me folks. I am at camp and the remoteness creates challenges.
So a little teaser in the photo above. I can't say too much about his project so as not to ruin the surprise.
I took the mosaic knitting motif from Barbara Walker's wonderful book on the topic. Cute eh? Due to limits beyond my control I am not working in wool, but using cotton instead. With nil elasticity of course the fabric is a bit "lumpy+bumpy". But I think the final project will be nice nonetheless.
I promise there will be more photos and description to come.
Being at camp is great.  I love my studio here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spa day

Here are the hard working crew out for a very deserving spa day. I brought the spinning wheels out from the studio to the deck and clean them all carefully with lemon oil. Inspections were done and a little fine-tuning was performed. Each wheel was put through it's paces for a few minutes after the treatment.
They all look pretty resplendent in the sun, don't they?

This is Lulu, my first Lendrum wheel. I put the merino yarn onto her the other day and Lulu was just having a blast with this fiber. What a fantastic wheel. 

Stevie is the only new wheel I ever bought and is a Kromski brand Minstrel model. Right now it is set up with the plying head. last week I was already plying off some singles that remained here from last year. 

I may not have mentioned this before but this wheel's name is Lina, after the Lithuanian word for linen. It is a very old flax wheel. And the last time I showed her picture around the Antiques group on Ravelry, a few knowledgeable folks thought she could be from Lithuania originally. How cool is that? I don't tend to spin much on her due to her fragility and lack of adjustments. 

And this huge saxony is a Canadian Production Wheel. It was probably made by S. Laurence in Quebec in the mid 1800s. I have named her Josepha to honour my grandmother. This wheel works very fast and right now I am spinning pure silk on it.

I love all my wheels and think they look terrific after their spa day. They are ready for a season of work. . 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The North is calling

I have been busy with closing down the house and packing things to take north with us. So there has not been a lot of time to do much crafts. This is about 12 oz of merino (Fat Cat Knits "Vancouver" colourway) that I just plied up. It is a three ply. I hope I have time today to skein it up. I intend to take this plus the rest of this fibre north and finish spinning it there. With a total of 2 lbs I can contemplate a larger knit or woven project.

Next time I write it will be from the north woods. I ache to be there and with the early spring I am itchy to get going.

I've had a busy winter season with lots of teaching and two craft shows. I did pretty well, and so am happy with it all. But I need to go and recharge my batteries now.