Monday, April 23, 2012

Rose Quartz

Ever since I cast on my Wholehearted Shawl the other day with yarn I spun a couple years ago, I've been wanting to sit down and do some spinning.  Yesterday my elbows were hurting from too much knitting the day before, so I decided to divert my energy to the wheel.

Ashford Joy, single treadle

Spinning is something I tend to pick up and put down - often for months or years.  I really can't remember the last time I did any spinning, but I think it's been at least a year.  I had started to spin the singles for a three-ply using Ashland Bay Merino in Rose Quartz.  I had one bobbin full already: 

The front bobbin is the one I'm talking about.

So I stared in on bobbin #2:


This is how much I've got after about a half hour each yesterday and today.  Once spun, it looks like a heathery mauve, but the top has so many colors in it:


I keep my fiber in a peach carton.  Mmmmmm . . . I wish I had one of those Eckert's peaches right now!


I'm hoping to actually finish this skein soon - i.e. not get bored and let it sit again. But who knows?  This is me we're talking about!

Are any of you guys spinners?

21 comments:

  1. Despite owning a really nice set of Ashford drop spindles, the only spinning I do these days is on a bike at the gym - ha! Handspun yarn looks beautiful but I never found the patience to do it myself. Your mauve skein is looking great!

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    1. Ha! That's the spinning I ought to be doing! For me, drop spindles are harder to use than the wheel for some reason, although I did learn on a drop spindle.

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  2. Er WOW !! You can spin?!?!? And look at your yarn, just beautiful ! Its like a Scottish hillside ! All heather and moss. Is there anything you cant do cos I notice you just casually threw this one into the mix ! xx

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    1. Ooooh, I may need to rename this Scottish Hillside! I hope I get to see one some day in real life!

      That's how I knew I hadn't done any spinning in over a year - I know I've never blogged about it, and my blog is just over a year old!

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    2. I still cant get over the beauty of this yarn, its A MAZE ING !!! that you spun it yourself. I LOVE the new name too ! I think it totally suits it, and I hope you get to see a Scottish hillside too sometime, they really are very pretty ! xx

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  3. Okay Gail that does it, either you need to take a trip south or I need to head north so you can show me how to spin! I would love to buy a wheel, but until I know what I'm doing I feel it would be a waste.
    Your talent is really endless! :)

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    1. That would be so fun! We'll have to see if we can work that out one day!

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  4. So you knit, you sew, you spin, and you're beautiful. Hurumph!

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    1. Ha! I think you might need to adjust your monitor!

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  5. Ooh fancy! I know nothing about spinning!

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    1. I won't be surprised if you pick this up too though!

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  6. I'm waiting to find something you cannot do, LOL! I've never tried spinning, but it looks relaxing and fun. Your yarn looks beautiful!

    I miss Eckert's too!

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    1. Heh. There's plenty I can't do. But we don't talk about that here!

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  7. So cool! A friend let me borrow her wheel a few years ago to see if I enjoyed spinning. I love the idea of it and enjoyed learning, however, I found that I would really only go to it in spurts and there would be months that I wouldn't touch it. In the end, I decided that I couldn't justify the money for my own wheel.
    I agree with Tracey, your talent is endless! I bet that is going to make something beautiful when it is all spun!

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    1. I probably wouldn't have bought this wheel if I hadn't been working in a yarn/spinning shop at the time. I got a nice discount :-) That said, I'm really glad I have it because it's fast AND it folds up, so I can keep it out of the way when it's not in use. I also have two very beautiful wheels that my father built me: an upright (Hebridean) and a Saxony. Sadly, they're in storage because I don't have room in my new house.

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  8. You spin as well?? Of course you do! :)

    I got a box full of lovely polishes today. :) Thanks, my dear!

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  9. Gail, Gail, Gail,
    everyone has said what's in my thoughts about you.

    I don't spin BUT I do love learning about sheep breeds, fleece, fiber. I have a better appreciation now that I know just a tad more.

    I think your 'Joy' is cute!

    hugs

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    1. I'm kind of surprised you haven't done it! Years ago I took a spinning class from a lady in Potosi - I'd forgotten about it until just this moment!

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  10. Whoa! So cool! These colors are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Ginger! We shall see - the colors become a little muddled once spun. I've got 2 out of 3 bobbins now - getting close to finishing!

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