Tuesday, March 6, 2007

I've Been Busy

Well, as you can see here, I have been very busy
lately. I've had the spinning bug lately and have spent every spare moment available at my Ashford Traveller. Of course we've had 2 floods in the basement the last few weeks, along with numerous other little mishaps that have just served to slow down my enjoyment of my spare time. This past weekend, I washed and dried all
of my skeins, and have spent the last few days, fluffing and in some cases rewinding the skeins.
You'll notice the bright green yarn that I use to tie my skeins with. That's because my eyesight is getting terrible - and it's much easier for me to see, instead of trying to distinguish which yarns to pull on.
I've just placed an order for some Coopworth rovings, and some Romney fleece with
a couple of different suppliers. I'm also thinking of purchasing a little bit of Wensleydale roving
just to give it a try.

As you can see in this picture - I have lots of
help with my spinning - and other work around
here. This is Greyling. She is our resident troublemaker -
um kitten. This last few days, I have found my skeins of
yarn all over the house. She loves the drying rack - and
apparently doesn't believe in sleeping. She's showing you
my latest spinning - where I have been plying metallic threads into the yarn to give a sparkly effect. The white is
my favourite - although - I do have to say that the metallic
thread does make the yarn feel rougher. I spin shetland
fleece (because I own 25 shetland sheep), and it's mostly very soft to the touch - until you add the thread. I am also
working at plying beads into the yarn - however, it is a long
and tedious process. I will have to see if I can find a quicker

And surprise - as if I wasn't busy enough. I've decided that
possibly I should try knitting as well. Since I'm a lefty, and
no one has ever been able to teach me to knit, I bought myself
a book last week, and some lovely birch needles, and
voila - here is my attempt at knitting! Now - I know it's not
much yet - but give me time. so far - I am just practicing
casting on, binding off, and the knit stitch. This weekend
I think I will attempt to purl. Of course - with 5 cats in the
house - it's quite a chore just to do the basic stitches. Today, I found my little project here, halfway across the room -
Hmmm - I wonder who could be responsible.

I think that this weekend I will also spin up some more
white, and I'm going to try plying part of it with blue metallic thread, and the other part with pink thread. Then
I think I will cable it all together to see what happens - it could be interesting, and if it turns out good - I'll post pictures of it.


Vanessa said...

Hello Tammy,
First off, thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I cannot believe you have that many sheep! Wow!!! I could only dream of having just one! I want sheep, alpaca, and angora goats! I would just be in heaven! I love photos of your spun up fiber - I should display mine like you did. I tend to wind them up in a ball with my ballwinder!
Will be checking your blog often!

Tammy said...

Thanks Vanessa - wasn't sure if my comment went through or not.
I just love spinning - and it's great
to own all of my own sheep - just love the Shetlands - such personality.