We had an overnight guest at our house last night. This Ashford Traveller came to visit. It’s a used, single treadle that Barbara kindly let me try overnight. (Yes, that’s a suitcase from the beach trip that hasn’t found its way back to the guest room, and a wad of new work tee shirts the Knight deposited there too…)
The short version is, I cannot treadle consistently enough with a single treadle to make yarn. It helps none at all that my right leg is currently the one affected by my back problems. I also STRONGLY prefer a delta orifice (the wide-open one that doesn’t require a special tool to fish out the end of the yarn when it breaks, which happens a lot when you can’t keep the wheel spinning in the same direction). That’s actually exceptionally helpful, because as far as I can tell, it limits my shopping to Majacrafts and Frickes. (And I’m betting that if Barbara still has the two double treadle Frickes, they’ll sell at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.)
So, here’s a shot of Sissy’s damage to the one Bryspun. The one on the top/left is unharmed, and I used it for the knit/lace row, while using a wooden #6 for the purl rows. That got me through the weekend, and yesterday, I was able to pick up some bamboo needles. They’re working fine.
It was also a good mail day. The bags I ordered from Stuck in Illinois arrived. The pink one is for MJ, and she liked them enough to have me order one for her best friend too. They plan to use them for non-knitting items.
Then, fortuitously, my spinning bag arrived from GypsyKnits. Kathy sweetly included some lovely roving for me to sample, but given my spinning difficulties last night, I put it back in the bag for a better day.
The other thing I realized is that when I spin at a wheel, I pinch with my left hand, have the fiber on my right leg, and draft with my right hand. When I’ve ATTEMPTED to spin with a spindle, I do the exact opposite. I roll the spindle UP my right thigh, wrap the fiber around my left arm, draft with my left hand, and pinch with my right. I need to switch that around, don’t I, since what I do at the wheel is so comfortable and the spindle feels awkward??
In other news, the Prince and Princess are at work today, and will be all week. Shadow was very happy to see them, and all three are resting quietly right now.
I keep forgetting to mention that Knitpicks has a Wrapped In Comfort KAL. Of course, Fredfoot and I have joined… I hope that I’ll return to him soon enough, but the Butterfly Stole didn’t see much progress last night.
And since many of you are asking, we’re fine. We were quite a bit west and a north of the tornados. My brother inlaw was only 12 miles from the worst of them, but they’re safe and sound, as is his girlfriend’s family, which is good, as they have a funeral today for her maternal grandmother.