Mail Call .... Fun Goodies This Week!




I am so excited that I received my enamel pin from Sherrill ( The 1764 Shepherdess ), the instigator behind the #spin15aday challenge on Instagram.  Sherrill has been motivating, and even sweetly challenging, hand spinners to spin at least 15 minutes a day. As I have said many times this simple rule helps maintain consistency and control, and for me it’s a time of relaxation before work and before heading off to bed. If you are part of this fantastic group, or a spinner who likes a challenge, and would like a pin too, you can still purchase one from Sherrill’s shop by clicking here


A fiber friend, and fellow spinner on Instagram, really posted about Alanna Wilcox’s book, “A New Spin On Color” and of course I had to purchase a copy for my spinning library too! I love the layout,  photos are gorgeous, andI look forward to putting Alanna’s techniques to the test over the next few 
months.


I also received Spider Woman's Children: Navajo Weavers Today by Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete. What a book!!!  I am so excited about this book and look forward to reading it and exploring more of Navajo weaving.  



I have a fascination about Navajo weaving and plan to start weaving on my table top and hand looms.  I am starting with leftover handspun on the loom on the left and tapestry wool on the pipe loom on the right.  I am hoping to create simple weavings that I will be able to hang on our walls as decor.

 


Navajo rugs set the gold standard for handwoven textiles in the U.S. But what about the people who create these treasures? Spider Woman’s Children is the inside story, told by two women who are both deeply embedded in their own culture and considered among the very most skillful and artistic of Navajo weavers today. Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete are fifth-generation weavers who grew up at the fabled Two Grey Hills trading post. Their family and clan connections give them rare insight, as this volume takes readers into traditional hogans, remote trading posts, reservation housing neighborhoods, and urban apartments to meet weavers who follow the paths of their ancestors, who innovate with new designs and techniques, and who uphold time-honored standards of excellence. Throughout the text are beautifully depicted examples of the finest, most mindful weaving this rich tradition has to offer. ~ From the publisher

I have noticed my crafting life is starting to swift a bit and I am seem to be more excited about spinning lately.  I am still knitting, but right now it seems just be socks.  I know that knitting will always be a part of my creative life, but I need to branch out and explore more wooly goodness!  

Until next time ~ happy spinning!
Tina

Icelandic Wool, Something New For Me To Try !


From Left To Right - (click here to see their photos)


  • Pure Icelandic wool from Rosie Cotton, a ewe born 3/22/2017
  • Pure Icelandic from Rohan, a ewe born 4/4/2017
  • 75% Icelandic/ 25% Columbia Rambouillet from Panda Bear, a ewe born 3/15/2008
  • Pure Icelandic wool from Radagast the Brown, a ram born 3/22/2017

I am so excited to receive this lovely Icelandic wool from Blaine Fleece and Fiber .  I have never spun Icelandic wool but when I saw the Instagram posts from Jennifer of Blaine Fleece and Fiber, I knew I had to give this beautiful wool a try.

My goal is to spin singles for tapestry weaving, which I plan to weave using all four colors show above.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve spun singles, so I might have a small challenge on my hands, but I’m ready for it.  


My weaving design inspiration is the squash blossom quilt block that you see often in beautiful quilts featuring southwest colors and designs, as well as traditional Navajo rugs.



Photo courtesy of Southwest Decoratives
Quilt Pattern: Navajo Star 


Photo courtesy of  Southwest Decoratives
Quilt Pattern:  Blackhills


I am so excited to get started with this spinning project.  It’s always wonderful to spin with intention of making something that is being planned.

Until next time - Happy Spinning!
Tina





#xoxospin15 SAL Has Started

Last week I shared that I was participating in the #xoxospin15 spin along over on Instagram and have started spinning my Passionate Kisses colorway from the 1764 Shepherdess.

The color is such a deep rich red with a slight black undertone and must say this merino top is spinning up like a dream.  So, I am spinning thin in hopes of achieving a fingering weight for a small shawlette or cowlette. I plan to two-ply, but that idea might change as I progress in my spinning.  So far I have spun a total of 45 minutes over a two day time frame and hope to be finished by the weekend.


Check all the beautiful spinning this month on Instagram for the posts for the #xoxospin15 fiber with these hashtags:  #xoxospin15     #spin15aday  

Until next time - Happy Spinning !

Tina

A New Cast On

Back in January I wrote a post mentioning that I won 300 yards of beautiful bulky weight yarn from Marcie of the Bad Sheep Yarn.  

I truly had the intention of knitting another Sentiment Shawl but after much thought decided I really didn’t want to have two shawls in the same design. So I started searching Ravelry for the perfect bulky weight shawl pattern.  

You guys, it took me almost a month to find the right pattern for my yarn but I found it!  I have casted on a beautiful shawl designed by Meghan Jones of Little Nutmeg Productions called Clusterwink.  The yarn and the pattern are truly a match made in heaven!!



Photo courtesy of © Meghan Jones

For this project I am using a Size US 11 (8.00mm) 24” circular needle ( I seldom use straight needles) from my Knit Picks Interchangeable Needle Set in Caspian.  This is knitting up quickly and I have a feeling I will be finished very soon!

Until next time - be creative!
Tina






Happiness is.... a finished skein of handspun!

As mentioned in my post yesterday, I finished plying my scrumptious Oink Pigments Fluffy Silk.  I ended up with 108 yards of worsted weight yarn, chain plied, and while my chain plying is far from perfect I am noticing improvement each time I try it. 


This year I will be keeping track of my spinning in journal that I have put together in a three-ring binder.  I purchased the downloadable Fiber Spinning Journal Pages from Kimberly Ouimet.  I have a sample of fiber, a sample from my single and below is a sample of my finished handspun.  



I am very excited about spinning this year and keep track not only in my journal, but on Ravelry too.  Since I am participating in the #spin15aday challenge on Instagram, I am also keeping track of the time I spend spinning.  I did not start keeping Tong this finished skein, but started with my Cheviot that I will be plying next.

Do you keep track of your spinning?

Do you make sample cards before, during and after?

Until next time - Happy Spinning!
Tina

Sunday Spinning ~ Finished Bobbins !

"Take to Spinning to Find Peace of Mind" ~ Mahatma Gandi


I posted this photo on Instagram earlier this morning and want to share that this is my favorite quote from Mahatma Gandhi.  I feel this quote is very meaningful and I have taken it to heart.  Every time I spin, I find peace.  It's my way to calm down after a stressful day, a way to unwind, a way to mediate and a way to contemplate life.  Do you find peace in your spinning too ?

Now on to finished bobbins ... shortly after I posted my photo at the beginning of my post,  finished spinning my Cheviot from Quillen Fiber Arts.  I love how this fiber spun up and I can't wait to ply it. The colors are so yummy and I am anxious to see how my finished yarn will look after it has been plied.  I have decided to ply using the center pull ball method.  I have used this before, but it's been a while.  



If you're interested in learning this method, here are links for tutorials that you might find helpful:
I have also finished plying my Oink Pigments Silky Fluff.  For this spinning project I went with chain plying and love how it looks.  I am hoping for decent yardage for a cowl or mitts.  





20 wraps over 2" - worsted weight


I hope your Sunday is relaxing and peaceful for you too!
Until next time ~ happy spinning!
Tina