Sunday, January 28, 2007

Spinning a yarn

I'm actually spinning yarn, although I'm not sure how usable it'll be. It's definitely on the "novelty" side, lots of thick and thin areas. I sure am making it fast, though! I've been playing with a drop spindle from time to time, and while I wasn't producing yarn quickly, it was quite even. Hopefully I'll get to that point with the spinning wheel fairly soon, but if not I'm still really enjoying myself.

Here's a picture of the repairs we (my husband and I) made to the wheel:

But as you can see from the next picture, it works just fine now!

It's definitely novelty-ish, but it's also my first bit of yarn on this wheel.

I really really like this wheel! It's not one that's been well-known from what research I've done. It's a circa 1995-ish Fricke (rhymes with Ricky) and I LOVE the solid plywood wheel. It's never going to warp since it's not solid wood, but the veneer makes it look good. It also doesn't have an orifice as such; instead it has a triangular-shaped piece of metal that you thread the wool through. No need for an orifice hook! Believe me, that's a very good thing right now as I keep breaking the yarn and having to re-thread often.

It took me a little while to figure out the bobbin brake but I did it! I even made a little spring since I wasn't paying attention and managed to break the brake cord almost immediately. It needs to be loosened before you take off the bobbin, but I kept forgetting it was there. The spring allows it just enough give so that when I pull on the bobbin I remember to undo the brake cord before it breaks. I made the spring from some 18-gauge base-metal wire I have for making jewelry, so I don't know how long it'll last. I can always make a new one though.

Knitting-wise, I'm still working on the Angel Pearls scarf. I started the 10th repeat last night, then I'll move on to the chart that makes the decreasing point. I haven't been working on Greg's sweater. I need to get back to it, but I just haven't worked up to ripping out most of the sleeves yet. As soon as I finish the scarf I'm going to do that.

I've been working on some row-counter bracelets since people have been requesting them. I need to pick up a few more beads, then I'll post some pictures.

The kids are needing some outside time, so we're going to go out and enjoy the cold, but beautifully sunny, weather.


JoeBlogs said...

I like stories, that was an interesting yarn.

Melanie said...

Kat, I wish you many happy spinning hours with your new wheel.