A winding tale

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.woolee winder on kromski sonata

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?polwarthsilk in summer garden

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: basket lazy kate

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:zack in newsboy cap

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!

I must have been VERY good this year.

Here’s what Santa baby put under the tree –it’s a Kromski Sonata! I would so much rather have sat down to play than fix a Christmas dinner, but that had to wait until today.

Here’s my very first skein — corriedale roving, natural

Made today. Okay, it’s a big mess, inconsistent and overspun, but it’s my mess, and I’m very proud of it!

Arthur the endlessly curious bottomless pit poodle eyes my new obsession goofilly —

and has so far found discretion the better part of valour, i.e. has not yet eaten it, and therefore lives unbruised.

Girls in their momknit hats:

and a good day was had by all. Even Arthur.

I’m off hopefully to enjoy happily revolving dream bobbins full of dream-perfect luscious hand-painted exotic fiber yarns.

And to all a good night.