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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Stuff I've Been Working On (and some finished)

The middle of Sarah's quilt. Borders yet to go, but I'm closing in on it. DL keeps calling it another UFO. I'm calling it a project from the stash almost complete. We're having it machine quilted.

Shetland wool yarn. Take-home fleece from two previous spinning and dyeing classes at the Folk School. This worked well with the new draw Lucy showed me last week: a sort of modified woolen draw, still drafting against the twist, but pulling the new yarn toward the wheel with my forward hand. I have had problems with underplying, so some of this is a bit overplied. But I'm pleased with it.

Northern Lights, sunset colorway, from Louet. I spun these singles on the new Lendrum. I struggled to find the right drafting technique, but finally settled into the same one as for the Shetland and it worked quite well. It may not be obvious, but the size of my yarn is more consistent in the bottom two groups of yarn than in the top 3, though it's still a bit overspun. I should have used the slow whorl. But the problem, and the ONLY problem with the Lendrum, is that the regular flyer, on the slow whorl only, makes quite a racket. I'm in correspondence with my vendor about that. But I loved the Northern Lights and will be spinning more of it soon I hope.
These are skeins that I'm very pleased with. Left to right: Corriedale from spinning class, brown and white wool, hand carded and some blended, Navajo plied; Coopworth with a little natural dyed Corriedale, flicked and then drum carded, singles spun long woolen draw; Winter Sunset roving from Deb Cline, Lincoln and Coopworth blend, singles spun long woolen draw.

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At 8:29 PM, Blogger Juniper said...

I love seeing your skeins, Sandra, and reading the description of how you are doing this. Wish I could have a demo! The Northern Lights is really bright, isn't it! Interesting contrast to the natural colored skeins.

Great work!

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Everything looks beautiful! I haven't done any quilting in a while and with wedding sewing coming up, I don't think I'll get back to it for much longer! This week is so busy, I'm aching to spin but have no time.

Isn't coopworth nice to spin? I think it's my favorite fiber so far.

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Kari said...

Beautiful quilt!


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