Spin and Learn

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 GypsyKnitsKathy 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. 

18 comments on “Spin and Learn

  1. Anita says:

    Cool! At least you have your search narrowed now. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you end up with! I’m ready to try a wheel!!! I hold the fiber the same way when using the spindle, hmmm… wonder if I’ll have problems when I sit down to a wheel….

    Loved your bags!! That Kathy is just too sweet! Great fiber! 🙂

  2. Gaylen says:

    Well I’ll be watching you as you learn the spinning. I made a skirt from that pink fabric – cause of course that’s what I do, make skirts! The needle doesn’t look too bad, hope you get your replacements soon.

    Glad to hear that all you and yours are okay. g

  3. StarSpry says:

    Glad you were able to try out the spinning wheel!

    Those are the cutest bags you got 🙂

    It’s great that the dogs can be at work this week!

  4. Nancy says:

    Glad to hear you and yours are safe. When I saw the destruction photos on the news online this morning I cringed. Your spinning lingo is greek to me 🙂 I know that you will enjoy spinning, when your perfect wheel comes along.

  5. AlisonH says:

    Glad to know you’re all okay!

  6. nymphchild says:

    Iam so happy you are alright! Let me give you a hug anyway. Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuug

  7. nymphchild says:

    Oh, I forgot i shouldn’t hug you with my tonsilitis. Hence, Unhuuuuuuuuuuuug. 😉

  8. I was worried about you all! Thanks for letting us know you were safe.

  9. KM says:

    Reading about all these experiments in spinning are dangerous for me.

  10. Grace says:

    Are worlds have expanded thru the internet so much, you used to hear of devastating events and think I don’t know anyone there, know it seems like we know someone everywhere and it affects all of us.

    I joined the KnitPicks KAL too and am doing Julia in some Knit Picks yarn!

  11. Amanda says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re okay! I saw the map on the news this morning and suspected that the storms didn’t touch down near you.

    That wheel looks beautiful!

  12. Anne says:

    Ooh fun looking fiber 😀 You know, as much as I adore what I see Jessi spin up and other handspuns, I’ve never had the desire to spin – which is probably all for the best 😉 Catching up on email tonight dear, I hope!

  13. Mary says:

    I”m glad your all fine and doing great! Being from the VA area I knew it wasn’t too close to you 🙂
    Nice goodies and I do expect you’ll fine a spinning wheel that fits you right. Thats great that Barbara lets you try em out! Not too many places would do that.

  14. crimsonpurl says:

    Well that is good you were able to figure out what you like and don’t like!

    Glad everyone is safe!

  15. Bubblesknits says:

    So glad you were able to try one out before buying! I have a hard time treadling with one foot too.

    I’m glad the storms didn’t do much damage out your way and that your family is safe.

  16. KSee says:

    Love the new “doggy” bag. Yikes, I have to get ready for work! more later

  17. Robin in VA says:

    “Your wheel” will find you…my first wheel is (I still have it) a Traveler (single treadle) and I know what you mean about keeping it consistant. I can’t wait to see what you come back with!!
    Glad to hear your family is safe and sound!
    Cute bag!!

  18. Dianne says:

    Hooray for Mugsy and Sissy going to work with you this week! I know what you mean about the delta orifice – I tried a wheel with the closed orifice, and it was sooooo frustrating trying to catch the yarn with that little hooky thing. I love my Majacraft!

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