Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Two skeins

This first photo is of the Coopworth yarn I posted the other day while it was still on the spinning wheel.  Out of the 8 oz ball, I spun 260 yds of 2 ply yarn.  I had a little single ply so I knit the top swatch with that and the lower swatch is 2 ply.  My plan is to make a pair of mittens for myself.  It'll be interesting to see the color variations.

Hand dyed Coopworth

These next photos are from California Variegated Mutant (CVM) sheep.  It was a wonderful wool to spin and made the softest yarn.  The swatch that I knit from it is so soft and very springy.  Is that the word I want?  I'm trying to describe how when pulled in different directions the swatch would return to original shape.  Wonderful memory.  I bought a sampler of rovings from 24 different breeds of sheep from Woolgatherings Etsy shop.  Each roving is 1 ounce.  This skein is 32 yd., 2 ply.

California Variegated Mutant (CVA)

CVA

These were spun on my spinning wheel, not these drop spindles.  I'm trying to make the photos interesting.

My new Rigid Heddle Loom was delivered yesterday.  It took less than an hour to assemble and I couldn't wait to get started.  The booklet that came with the loom suggested weaving a scarf to begin with.  For practice, I grabbed some acrylic yarn left over from two other projects.  The table I have the loom sitting on is just barely wide enough.  My chair is not the right height so I ached all over until I remembered that I could put the loom in my lap and lean it against the edge of the table.  It was so much more comfortable to weave that way.

32 inch wide Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom



Years ago I a large 4 harness floor loom but this actually fits my lifestyle and space much better.  I love it.

Hope you had a good day.



1 comment:

thea said...

This is probably a stupid question, but do you have to thread the loom yourself? If so, how long does that take?

This is going to be so fun and interesting to follow.