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Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by MullersLaneFarm, Jan 10, 2009.
Seems like I'm not the only spinner on this fine forum.
Step on up and share your world of fiber!!
I've been spinning for about a year now, and I have a Nilus LeClerc wheel, along with about a million drop spindles. My favorite fiber to spin is Rambouillet, and I live about 15 min away from a fiber processor, it's definitely a test of my willpower whenever I head out that way.
oooo, living that close to a fiber mill would be dangerous for me!! I already have more fiber than I can spin in my lifetime and am trying to destash a bit.
For an all purpuse fiber, I love corriedale, although rambo & CVM are pretty dawg gone nice, as well as icelandic and shetland.
I love the longwools for weaving, as well as jacob for the same. Tunis is a wonderful fiber also.
It's no wonder I don't keep sheep around here ... I would have to get rid of the rest of the livestock to keep them all!
I knew LeClerc made looms but didn't realize they made wheels also.
I mainly spin on a Kromski Sonata and ply on an Ashford Traveller. Started spinning in 2002 and was spindling about 4 years prior to that.
I have a Kromski Symphony.
I love to spin mohair.
I have my own angora goats, border leicester sheep and a couple mix breed wool sheep. I have 2 friesians for dairy and they have lovely wool. When we sheer them I want to use it for quilt batting.
I traded someone here on the forum for a box of alpaca and I plan to use it to mix with my german hybrid angora, Peter's, next shaving.
I am considering an Ashford traveler.
We raise alpacas, and are now starting to get in to spinning. We have done some drop spindle spinning, and now are looking for a spinning wheel that we can try our hand at that.
We would like to spin our own fiber.
I took spinning lessons for fifty dollars one winter when I was unemployed and my 1st DD was in 1st grade, she's now 22 I learned on the instructor's Schaacht and borrowed a friend's Ashford Traditional. Then I ordered my own MarkII Ashford Scholar, unfinished so I could stain it w/my favorite stain, Fruitwood.
I've always loved the bulkier to worsted weight and nubby yarns, love knitting wimples, headbands, neck/face warmers, wool socks, Icelandic sweaters, hats and mittens, raglan sweaters (pullover and cardigan), shawls w/wrists, and have been knitting for the muskox co-op with quiviut and for my region knit the Tundra collection patterns. SloCreve sent me a yummy box of alpaca
My backyard neighbor Lucy has quiviut we are spinning up together (she's got 4-5 lawn size garbage bags and I've got one bag). Lucy's got a Luet, its a nice wheel, I'm afraid to touch it, may fall in love w/it...
My most recent fun project was rom roving in a nubby worsted weight plyed with purple/brown/blue eyelash and beads on a fishline type of string that I'd like to knit up a hat and scarf for my fifth/last child who is my 2nd DD and give it to her on her 20th birthday in March.
I always thought I'd love to some day own a double treadle Schaacht wheel...my idea of a cadillac I may be getting two shetland lambs this Spring...the breeder and I discussed it last Fall when she was selling last year's older lambs and she said wait til this Spring when it wouldn't cost so much to fly them to me.
I had an Ashford hand drum but sold it as I preferred the different hand carders so have kept three sets. When I first started, I made my own kniddy knoddy I finally got a "real one" a few months ago. If I ever did get that cadillac wheel, I'd still keep my Scholar
I'm ready to and have practiced spinning sport weight yarns for lace patterns but really don't like the smaller needles and thin diameter yarns- the quiviut is tempting me to do some projects in lace though before I get old enough to lose my eyesight LOL, it just seems to take so long and isn't as enjoyable to me as the larger diameter yarn projects.
The friend who loaned me her Ashford Traditional to learn on has had two sheep all these years, lost one last summer so is down to just the one and has saved her wool all these years. We had hoped and planned to spin it up together every Spring but never did. She feels and I don't blame her one bit, its like money in the bank or her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow- it may not be worth anything at all depending on how she's preserved/saved it all these years so I'll be spinning up mine asap from those two lambs once they get sheared and share it w/Lucy. Lucy & I keep hoping our friend with all her hidden wool will come and spin w/us just for the joy of it and the yarn. We might even have fun with natural dyes if our other friend would join in. She wouldn't have time to get depressed from the lack of sunshine if she'd join us
(Long, I know...) I just got some blended roving from Canada! Bluesy and Maroonsy. I'm getting some of that rose gray and two other colors of wool from the post the other day, on Wednesday!
You have a garbage size bag of quiviut?? A Lawn Sized Garbage Bag Full of QUIVIUT!!!
I have (5) 35 gallon sized bags of Alpaca (a white/brown, white/black, fawn and 2 beautiful grey) that I am trading off. Already disposed of the white/brown and part of the fawn.
As you can see below, my fiber room has gotten out of control and I'm seriously destashing so I can get it put back together. (This is only showing one side of the fiber room, there's more fiber behind me!)
Now that our foster son has moved on, I'll have 2 rooms to house my fibery things. One will be dedicated to the looms and fiber prep equipment, the other for just the fiber.
I'm getting some of that rose gray and two other colors of wool from the post the other day, on Wednesday!
This perked me up!! Where was this posted??
2nd photo from the bottom. What is that roving with the pink in it? It made me sort of drool.
It is shetland roving and, hmmm, it's either soy silk or bamboo roving, that I attenuated and pulled into a roving.
What beautiful thing will you be making from it?