Here is the beginning of my new pair of socks. This superwash yarn is Regia Landscape from the Kaffe Fassett Signature Sock Collection. These yarns are self-striping and come in a yummy selection of colors. This palette is called "Earth" and I purchased it from WEBS. Check back later this week for the completed sock .
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here is my first two ounces of handspun on my new spinning wheel. I plan to spin another two ounces, then ply them together for a yarn to knit into a pair of herringbone lace socks, using a pattern in Ann Budd's book, Getting Started Knitting Socks.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
After a long period of soul searching on what I really love to do in my studio, I came to the conclusion that I will always have a passion for beadwork, knitting and working with wool. I have tried numerous projects of working with cloth, but it is usually short-lived, bringing me back to one of the three hobbies above. So for this year's birthday, I decided that I would buy myself a spinning wheel to spin my own yarns to knit with. I taught myself to spin in the late 70's, first buying a Country Craftsman wheel and later an Ashford. With today's numerous selections in wheels, I finally decided on the Kromski Minstrel. The Kromski wheels are made in Poland and imported by New Voyager. I knew I wanted a double treadle wheel, but also wanted a wheel that was beautifully designed. The Minstrel was a perfect choice.
I bought the unfinished model, so I could select my own color finish. I chose an Early American stain and followed that with two coats of tung oil satin finish. I love the way it turned out. The wheel was also very easy to assemble. It has 4 ratios, depending upon the size yarn I want to spin and it treadles very smoothly. Spinning is very relaxing for me, and I look forward to the hours ahead, turning my hand-dyed wool and alpaca in yarns for my knitting. Next weekend, I am planning on dyeing wool roving to spin yarn for a pair of socks, based on one of the articles in the Summer 2007 issue of Spin-Off. Stay tuned for more on this project.