Sunday, August 19, 2007

As The Wheel Spins - More Romney!

I've been spinning this weekend. Any time it's a little stressful the wheels can always be counted on! Bryan is moving back to Lexington this weekend, and it's always a little sad to see him go. We are a very close family, and I hate to see the children leave the nest, I guess.

So, I finished up spinning the last of Georgia and man did I ever have to stuff this bobbin to get it all on! Look:

Ok it's a bit fuzzy, I tried to get too close I guess. Then I changed out the bobbin and started spinning up the Romney Corriedale that I have been combing, when it isn't over 75 degrees outside that is!
This is the stuff that my sister in law, Carol, just couldn't stand the sight of in the roaster pan dyeing up. She says it looked like blood and guts to her! My friend, Karen, said basically the same thing! So, it must be true and I decided not to put that photo back up for your viewing pleasure. . . lol. So anyway this is the nests getting spun up:

I am working with the Mabel Ross Essentials of Handspinning guide to try to make sure I am getting the same sized yarn as I was getting spinning up Georgia:

I personally couldn't be more pleased with the way this is turning out so far!

The only problem I am having right now is the fact that the bobbin and flyer mechanism is making a chattering noise and I can't figure it out! I have oiled it and oiled it. I keep fussing with the tensioning screw . . . I can't seem to get it to stop and it's driving me crazy! Any suggestions are welcome as I am at the end of my knowledge on this one! I'm going to try to take it apart one more time and see what I can see. . .


Melanie said...

I love how the romney/corrie is spinning up, and I think the colour is gorgeous.

When my bobbins clatter a little vaseline on the shaft usually does the job. Maybe it will work for you too.

Denise said...

Essentials of Handspinning is one of my favorite books! I had the paper guides from the back of the book laminated because I was afraid I'd wear them out.

I had holes punched in the heavy laminate so I could hang them beside my wheel. They're great tools.

Gammy aka Peggy said...

Wow, that blood and guts fiber is really spinning up beautifully. How much did you end up dyeing in those colors? The other spinning is lovely as well. Yeah, I hate it when the kids leave. My little Emma Belle just left so I'm on the melancholy(?) side myself.

Marmee said...

Wow, your pictures make me want to drop all my remodeling and spin...heck, anything makes me want to do that!! LOL
Seriously, great dye job, and good spinning.
I understand about the whole kids leaving hollow feeling. I miss Jared, it has been only been 7 months since I have seen him, but seems like an eternity. Phone calls just don't cut it! :(

Romi said...

Mmmmmmmm. I *love* the purple!

vanessa said...

i love the blood and guts :-)