I've been knocking some things off the wishlist lately.
So, this year I got the Moosie, I've been drooling over for years…and you've seen the wheel wish finally come true. I decided to get the Merlin Tree Bag for it, by the way. Gotta protect my new baby. ;)
Another itch I was desperate to scratch recently has been getting back to the mill for spin-ins. We decided to add every fourth (?) Monday to the calendar ages ago and you'd think I'd have been able to make those count. But, not so. This past Monday night was my first Monday night at the mill. It was great! Well, the lighting wasn't. But, the company was. :)
Laurel, Bob, Kathy and Linda were there.
So was Natalie and Carol, who used a Babe e-spinner to unravel a sweater. I've seen Laurel do this before on a spinning wheel. She gets cashmere sweaters for a song at a thrift shop, unwinds them and then knits them back up. It's freaking genius is what it is. Now, Carol has gone and made it faster. I smell a bandwagon coming down the road…
Of, course, there were other visitors I hadn't met before too.
I think this lady was getting to know more about her wheel with Laurel.
But, I had yet another itch to scratch.
This Lendrum spin wasn't going so great because it's a little all one color. So…I decided to play with it a bit with some of the fiber from my first installment of the Spunky Club and some white merino silk mix I got from Paradise Fibers. I envisioned some striped rolags.
Here it is all remixed.
I did this with a blending board by Ashford.
I like it. It's 12 x 12 inches and appears to be very well-made. There is a board that gets attached to the bottom and it can be wedged between my legs to support it while I blend using the brush you see there and two wooden dowels to draft out and roll up the rolags. I probably don't have enough to mix with the alpaca for the entire fleece. But short bursts of color spins will get me through.
If you got an itch, you may as well scratch it, right? ;)