Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hello from Canada

Hi everybody! This morning is really chilly, and I think I might curl up with a coffee and spin some. What is on all of your wheels/spindles at the moment? Right now I'm spinning up a 6 pound bag of chocolate romney fleece for a friends sweater I'm designing. Are there any other Canucks out there?

5 Comments:

Blogger LadyV-Knits said...

Hi,
Yesterday I spun up some cream color alpaca and some caramel color alpaca. I am going to ply them together today. I think I will call it Caramel Creme after the candy. I have some pics on my sight.

8/30/2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Calgary here: spindling some handpainted romney on my new spindle. I'm learning so much about the different characteristics of fiber and spindles. It seems to be very true that not just one spindle will do the job. I was liking the romney on a Russian bottom whorl spindle, but I'm loving it on this new top whorl. Much tighter twist, much finer and more even single. Go figure. BTW - spindle was from my KSKS swap. Must find out what it is.

8/30/2006 4:54 PM  
Blogger Quatzical said...

Just finished machine knitting a pair of fingerless gloves from handspun 3ply baby alpaca from a cria named Winner out in Pennsylvania. Now I'm spinning up some suri alpaca. Stickchicky, I have a 5 pound bag of a grey-brown romney fleece that I need motivation to spin. I was planning to make the diagonal twist princess seam jacket from Loop-d-loop. How are you spinning your Romney? I'm spinning washed fleece locks from the fold into thick singles, but I don't really like spinning thick.

8/30/2006 5:37 PM  
Blogger Stickchicky said...

Quatzical,
You sound like a much more experienced spinner than I, The fleece was raw, and I washed it twice and passed it through a picker and drumcarder twice, so I guess you could say it's in batt form? Do you find romney to be really greasy? I have lanolin all over my hands from spinning even after having washed twice. I don't mind so much, because it helps the fibre draft a little nicer, but once in a while I get to a bit where the lanolin has dried in a clump and I have to remove it since it has hardened.

8/31/2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Quatzical said...

Stickchicky, the Romney I have didn't seem greasy at all after washing it. I think I did a few rounds in a 5 gallon plastic bucket. Boiled water, poured it in the bucket, added dish soap til slick feeling then added the wool and let sit for a while but not too long so it wouldn't cool down too much. Then hottest tap water rinse several times. I haven't tried spinning in the grease yet.

8/31/2006 10:42 PM  

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