Saturday, February 25, 2006

Room to Breathe

A little room to breathe today, so I will play catch up. I did got to SPA last Saturday for the day with Monica, and met up with Cheryl as well. I'm a bit late for a trip report, but it was great to meet Monica and catch up with Cheryl again, and briefly meet some other people too. Both Cheryl and Monica have better reports here and here. Needless to say, SPA is an amazing experience, even as a day tripper. To just sit in a big room of people and spin, and wander over when you see something cool and ask and learn and explore, it was just a terrific vibe. I also realized that my body is SO not used to spinning for more than an hour at a time - my back and legs were so tired when I got home. But what luxury to spin all day long - the soreness was worth it.

I also finished my BunnyCrack scarf in time for our recent bout of cold weather.
It is nice and soft and warm, and my very first project for myself with my handspun. I will definitely be buying more of this fiber - it is a pleasure to spin and to wear.

I also might be able to make up my own luxury fiber mixes in the future. Thanks in combination to my restraint at the SPA vendors, Dan's thoughtful Valentine donation to my savings, and good old Uncle Sam giving me some of my hard earned money back at the end of the tax year, I am the proud new owner of this:

And that means that I was able to take all this:
a batch of my Lincoln/Coopworth/Wensleydale fleece, cleaned and dyed, and some milk fiber Cheryl gave me I dyed up. Into these:

Soft and fluffy batts of all of it blended up (there is more green in them in real life). What a time saver the drum carder is! Carding all this up by hand, with my limited time, would have literally taken me weeks to do properly. I did all this in little 15 minute increments over the course of Friday afternoon and evening. I am beyond excited my my new tool, and will put yet another plug for Adrian's shop here - I ordered this on Tuesday and it was on my doorstep Friday afternoon, plus she's got the best prices on Louet equipment that I can find anywhere. Thank you Adrian!

I will be spinning and carding and putting Rogue #2 together (I finished the hood yesterday too!) this weekend.


Blogger Carole said...

Nice drum carder! Have fun with it.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Oh, the bunnycrack scarf is delicious! Have fun with that drum carder. As a non-spinner, I think it looks a bit ominous, so I'll just say go forth and do no evil unto the world with that thing.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Your scarf came out lovely! What is the pattern that you used? I bet it is soft and cushy!

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Dianna said...

You are really going to town with fiber stuff! I also invested in a drum carder last fall, and just started using it. I have gone through probably 7-8 lbs of raw fleece this week. I shudder to think how long that would have taken me with hand carders!

Your scarf looks wonderful.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Cassie said...

Whoa- that carded fibre is beautiful!

Oh! The scarf! That too (sorry, got distracted by spinnable stuff, I think I'm going through withdrawal here). There's just nothing like a finished project out of your own handspun - I don't think anything can beat that sense of accomplishment.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Monica said...

Holy spiked drum carder! It does look a bit ominous but the batts are lovely!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Nice job on those batts!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Can't wait to see Rogue - I'm turning back to my red Rogue now that Olympic knitting is over.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

I love the color blended batts. I was studying "Color in Spinning" this weekend on how to make color blended batts and the number of options was overwhemling!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Gorgeous. And how fun to be able to blend it exactly how you want.

2:16 PM  
Blogger J. said...

ohhh a louet drum carder, I have been eyeing those. I love the scarf as well, i think I need one. I have some Merino on the wheel...

8:40 AM  
Blogger Rosa said...

I'm tempted to purchase one myself. I have 6 lbs of fiber to process and do you think I will do it all by hand? Uuuhhh, no! You are constant inspiration. I love the batts you made. can't wait to see them spun up.

1:16 PM  

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