Pretty colors

Whilst I still have access to a digital camera, I may as well post pictures of some recent miscellany.

We found large quantities of wire hangers in the basement while cleaning up after a flood two weeks ago. So, given that one has to use up one’s scrap yarn somehow, the following resulted.cimg08394

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Yarn is wound around a pair of hangers from both sides in the basic friendship bracelet stitch, as you probably already know. There are sixteen of them, counting the rather eyesmarting set of five.

Also, some  work on my new spinning wheel, which continues to be great fun. (The most recent batch is actually shows some improvement in evenness, but it’s in NY.) I have an upright wheel worked with both feet. Each color below represents between 2/3 and 3/4 of a pound of wool, spun into 2-ply yarn.

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I continue to be delighted by how much faster the wheel is than my drop spindles – each color’s worth of yarn was finished in about an afternoon. Whee!

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2 Responses

  1. The hangers are hilarious. The next time somebody opens the door to your closet by mistake, he’s going to be agog. I have to say, your scrap yarn is very coordinated. Perhaps you’re just a very well-coordinated person.

    Very pretty spun wool. I don’t quite understand why a spinning wheel should be so much faster than a drop-spindle…I may have to ask you for a demonstration next time I visit.

  2. The additional speed is because of a couple of things. For starters, when using a drop spindle one has to stop after every yard and a half (or more, if one has the foresight to sit on something tall) to wind the yarn onto the spindle, and one has to wind the yarn into a ball off the full spindle. (Unless one has a Turkish spindle, which allows one to wind a ball of yarn while spinning and take it off at the end. But that is neither here nor there.) Whereas yarn produced on a wheel winds onto a bobbin while one is spinning.

    Also, because of the setup, wheels can be maintained and controlled at faster speeds than drop spindles (one turns them with one’s feet, letting one’s hands stay on the fiber).

    Also, thanks! And of course I’d be happy to show you / have you try it out when you come.

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