Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Buttons and Clouds

I wanted to post some pictures of my succesful handspun yarn to date.  The first yarn I made was with buttons.  I was really obsessed with this idea for some reason.  So, here are the fruits of my labor of love.  After I finally got the button idea out of my system, I moved on to super thick and thin yarn.                     
What Lost Buttons Dream Of...
2-ply, 5 ounces, 70 yards.  One ply has a core of crochet thread with buttons pre-loaded before spinning.  The Other ply is slightly thinner and was spun normal, no core.  Spun and plied on Penguin Quill Wheel Jun 27-29, 2008

Partly Cloudy
Handspun yarn, 2-ply, Corriedale-cross. White single has very large fuffy sections with no twist alternating with very thin with heavy twist. Blue single was Kool-Aid dyed with a little bit thick and thin. Unbalanced plying, alternating between the two. 63 yards, weight is 2.9 ounces. Dyed, then spun and plied on a Penguin Quill Wheel. July 10-17, 2008 

I have made other singles, quite a few, nothing that really jumps out like those two, so far.  But I am hoping that shortly, I will have another one to add, already named "TigerLilly".  Stay tuned.....

Saturday, January 10, 2009

the big update

My bad!  I know, I know, I haven't posted for a very long time, but I hope to be better about it from now on.
Well, let's see.....I did finally get myself a spinning wheel in June of 2008.  It's a Penguin Wheel.  That means it looks like, well, a Penguin!  It is a quill wheel with no flyer, more in common with a Rio Grande or a walking wheel, then a typical wheel most people use nowadays.  I decided to go this route for several reasons.  First and foremost, since there is no flyer, there is no restriction to what I feed my wheel.  One inch across buttons,  giant weird clumps, felted flowers, the limit is my imagination!  It's been a lot of fun so far.  

And now, drum roll please.....TaDaaaah!!!!
Penguin Quill Wheel, number 258. Manufactured between 1972 and 1974 in Sunshine Canyon, Colorado. Black walnut veneer with pine upright. Single treadle, direct drive with no belt. Spindle wheel sits directly on drive wheel with an adjustable spring to tension the spindle head down onto the drive wheel.