Thursday, August 23, 2007

Spinning at the Fair

Hi, All. Man, I've had an extremely busy time since I last posted. Taking care of step-dad, sleep studies at hospital, out of town guest, traveling to get a much needed new (to us) truck and spinning at the Carlton County fair. This was in one of the county newspapers, The Pine Journal . I guess I'm famous now. I had been spinning on my wheel and this kid was sent over to me by another spinner because she knew I had brought my spindle. This kid comes by every year and is just a joy to spin for. I hope he keeps coming and maybe we can reel him in as a new spinner some day. I spent 4 days (around 28+ hours) spinning at the fair this year. I love it. The costume gets a little cumbersome, and the weather didn't cooperate, but I had a blast anyway.

This is the yarn I spun last year which is the same as the stuff I spun this year. It's a mix of all my left-overs from combing. It works really well. I can show people all the different animal fibers in my bag before I hand card it and spin it up. I usually card up a rollag and then spin it so they can see the process. This skein is a mix of several wools, alpaca, silk, mohair, and llama plus a little chunk of blue tencel that I tried. As exhausted as this makes me, I still can't wait until next year to do it all over again.

Soon, I hope to get some pictures taken of my shawl. I have only worked on it for an hour or so, but it looks like it will turn out nice. Take care, Everyone.


Leigh said...

The skein is beautiful. Well worth it!

Windyridge said...

What kind of sleep studies? I used to administer them and score the tests many years ago.Interesting work, TERRIBLE hours! LOL

Joanne said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I think your skein is gorgeous. Even more fantastic is the spinning in public. Good for you! I agree with you that many modern spinners don't know how to cope with fleece straight from the sheep. I'm always answering questions about it...and feel lucky that I didn't just rely on roving when I learned to spin. I love starting straight after shearing!