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Monday, February 20, 2012

Weaving and a Bit of Spinning

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There were 5 of us at the Centreville Library this past Sunday. Three of us were spinning, one knitting, and one weaving. Yes....weaving. (No...it wasn't me!!!) Spencer and Reggie just bought a fabulous loom - an Ashford Table Loom. It's the perfect first loom! There are 4 shafts and it can be used either on the table (as Reggie was doing Sunday) or on a stand. There are even holes so when you use the stand, you can hook up treadles. How cool is that???










I was quite impressed with Reggie's first weaving - it's awesome! Check out how even his edges are!!! This is his first piece, and he's weaving using a very fine thread - no thick fabric here. The loom also folds down so it can be easily carried. What a fabulous loom!











I finished spinning the purple merino and started on the orange. I didn't quite finish the singles while at the library, but I was on a roll and quickly finished it once I got home. I plied it right away. I normally don't particularly care for the "barber pole" yarn, but the orange and purple really grew on me. (It was hand dyed by Reggie and Spencer.) I have a total of 158 yds. of the two ply orange and purple and about 33 yards of purple singles. I'm not sure yet what this will "grow up to be", but I'll think of something, I'm sure!

In spite of the earlier predicted snow, it turned out to be a beautiful day! Not a flake in site....and the daffodils were even "nodding" their little yellow head just outside the library. (Another testament to the extremely mild winter we've had!)

3 Comments:

  • At 2:47 AM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    i so want to learn to weave but need another hobby like i need a hole in my head.
    beautiful yarn you've spun up.
    thanks for the cheery yellow floweres.
    hugs

     
  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger Song said…

    I love looking in on your blog every week or so. The photos are wonderful. Keep up the good work.

    The table loom is very intriguing. I'm going to look it up and see if it's practical for my situation.

     
  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger Song said…

    I've decided to take the plunge and try to spin again. I gave it up nearly 10 years ago when Arthritis overwhelmed my life. Looking at your photos made me realize how much I've missed the social aspect of a gathering of spinners.

    I've got a Babe Fiberstarter coming by UPS along with 4 oz of starter fleece. If I can spin it, I'll need to find some good fleece suppliers. I welcome any input you have.

    If only I hadn't sold my nice Elizabeth, my hand cards, my drum carder....I got sticker shock just looking at new ones.

     

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