I got a WooLee Winder for my wheel! I can make smoother yarn faster, and not watch the bobbin or stop to change hooks. This is the greatest thing since the bait casting fishing reel . . . wait, it’s the same thing, isn’t it? Applying it to a spinning wheel flyer was brilliant, go Robert Lee for doing it & Son Nathan at theWooLeeWinder.com for making it available to us happy customer types.
I have some 80%Polwarth 20%silk roving hand dyed in “summer garden” colorway from Francine at Rovings to start on now that I can use the wheel a little better. Isn’t this pretty?
Oh the cleverness of me! I made this with a Wal-Mart basket ($15.00), some twine, and a few knitting needles. This is a tensioned lazy kate, which works very nicely:
I’ve paused in my learning to spin obsession to start yet a new one: I’m collecting stuff to start dyeing my own fiber. So far I have a 1st class collection of Sabraset/Lanaset colors, a few additions to my library including Color in Spinning by Deb Menz, and Hands on Dyeing by Betsy Blumenthal and Kathryn Kreider, and a few supplies. Soon I hope to actually get my hands into the colors. This is going to be fun!
Here’s my latest FO:
This is the Headline News Cabled Newsboy Cap from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation. The yarn is Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in the denim colorway which has a nice hand (thanks to the soy) and self-stripes with a long color repeat. It was a quick and fun knit, Zack was satisfyingly delighted with it, and it fits him! I like it so much I think I’ll knit me one too.
I think I’ll go get busy now. I have a lot of toys to play with!