Monday, March 22, 2010

New Art Flyer and Bobbin from SpinOlution






Today, there was a knock on my door and there stood Michael Pauly of SpinOlution with the new ginormous flyer assembly and bobbin in hand. I invited him in with great excitement and watched with itchy fingers as he attached this new device to my Mach II spinning wheel. Holy Mackrel! That is one big bobbin! Measurements: Flyer assembly is 12 inches long and 8 1/2 inches wide; bobbin is 6 inches in diameter and 9 inches long. The gorgeous wooden pegs are 1 3/4 inches tall.

After attaching a leader, I pulled out some roving and started to spin on the lowest ratio (about 3:1) in a thick and thin fashion. What I noticed right away was that this is exceptionally well balanced and spins easily. In the photos attached, you will notice the yarn on the bobbin which weighs about one pound. I still have lots of room. Will fill the bobbin just to see how much it will hold and then do some serious art yarn spinning. Mike said I can have this for testing for the next couple of days and then I have to return it. I intend to make the most of the available time.

This is a really cool new addition for maximizing the potential of the Mach II and the Hopper wheels in terms of art yarn spinning in particular. Just fabulous!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Waldorf Doll



This is one of the cutest Waldorf dolls I have seen in a while. Debra Brucker of Atlanta, Georgia made this one using some of my handspun yarn (www.excavations.etsy.com) and she has a shop at www.appletreehouse.etsy.com where these darling dolls can be purchased. I will be spinning up more yarns for doll hair as this is really sweet.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New handspun Art Yarns






Spring beckons, today was 80 degrees and wonderfully clear with a little breeze. I decided to spin up some carded batts that were experiments and I think they turned out pretty darn good! I added lots of goodies to embellish the yarns which is always fun!

Additionally, I spun up some lovely singles including Angora/Alpaca fiber and bluefaced Leicester. These are so soft and lovely.

These have inspired me to keep experimenting to see what kinds of interesting combinations I can create.

Friday, March 12, 2010

An Etsy Treasury


It is always wonderful when another Etsy artist recognizes someone's work and I am so pleased to have been included in this lovely treasury. Just click on the image to enlarge it.

Currently, I am working on patterns and have put up three on my Etsy site recently. Take a look and hope you find something that inspires you to knit or crochet!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Freeform Shawl Photo Shoot






Today, the photos arrived of some of my original garments including freeform shawls. I am so thrilled with how they turned out. The photographer is Joyce Eveler of Jefferson City, MO and the models are her two gorgeous daughters. These photos are really outstanding!

It seems that lately I have been sidetracked with spinning and making yarn. Figured it was time to put up some photos showing some completed work and hopefully inspire some new freeform adventures in knitting and crochet! It seems like the time has come to rummage through my tasty tidbits of yarns to start a new project! H-m-m, color suggestions anyone?