Thank you for all the kind comments about my new obsession! It was lovely to read through them and I’m glad you liked Fire Cracker, it certainly is a feast for the eyes. I thought I’d show you what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks…. not much other than obsessively sitting at my Magic Wheel, marveling at what it creates! It may look like I haven’t slept for the last week, but don’t forget the skeins are small, not enormous great 100gm lots! Yesterday I had a play around with the rest of the fire cracker fleece and decided to split the colours evenly and spin them in the same order, then ply them together, crossing my fingers that I ended up with the same amount! It was a completely different result and I ended up with two little skeins which KB named Agent Orange and Call Girl.
It’s quite amazing how spinning the colours differently can produce such a different result… they are a colour sensation and make me zing when I look at the pictures!
I am in a phase of wonder-ment with my Magic Wheel, I find it incredible that I feed fleece into it, and out the other end comes beautiful yarn… being a yarnaholic, I suppose it’s not surprising that I can’t stop making it….
I’ve discovered, through a small bit of research, that spinners seem to accumulate wheels, approximately 4.6 wheels on average… My (not that I’ve been given it, I’ve just decided that it’s mine) wheel came from my darling Mum (of course) and it used to belong to her father’s cousins daughter, or something along those lines, so it’s nice that it has come to live with me, and that she knows I am getting intense enjoyment out of it! The fleece I’ve been using is Ashford, I bought a little bit during my short-lived felting career (too much rubbing and froth, I couldn’t hack it!) so was glad to find a use for it, instead of shoving it to the back of my cupboard! A green pack became the Herbaliser…
This spin taught me I need to go easy on the “candy-cane” look!
And lastly, Lotus, which I have a L.O.T of… 600gms of fleece to be precise, bought at a very low price from the Little Wool Company which is a woolly, colourful wonderland… I’m planning a trip there in August and I can’t WAIT! Meanwhile, I think that this will eventually (when I’ve spun it all!) become a big shawl/wrap…. but who knows… Mum says that freshly spun yarn needs to mature for a while, so it’s not necessary to knit it immediately… I’ll take her advice, she’s been spinning for 32+ years.
Want to see it all together? I must tell you, this armful of yarny-goodness makes me sooooooooooooooooo happy!
A colour explosion…. It’s good for the soul! I’m finding spinning more meditative than anything I’ve done before… Sometimes knitting can be meditative, but I also find that if I’m worried or grumpy, I can work myself into a right state while knitting, but with spinning, I can’t take my mind off what I’m doing because every time I do, woooosh, it breaks and wooshes into the wheel and I have to stop and fix it all up again. The other night I went to bed after spinning for an extraordinary amount of time, and I said to KB “there are no thoughts in my mind!” Amazing… this has got to be good for me!
OK then, I’m off, thank you so much for stopping by!
Wishing you a lovely middle of your week!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX