Sunday, July 26, 2015

Good Morning Sunday Still Spinning and Making Sweet Pickles

   I am so pleased with myself making "real" yarn on my Navajo spindle. By real yarn for me I mean it is not super thick. I am so enjoying this process-a supported spindle opposed to the drop spindle. I have been carding up and making rolags for a few hours and then spin them up and make more. I am getting a little better at more even consistency too, and this yarn will be woven as singles. I can see that these spindles would be fun to make art yarn on-like I want to make with the little crochet flowers.

    My Russian spindle that I had gotten from taking my spinning class I love too, but I decided I wanted to try spinning on a traditional Russian spindle also.
     I went on Etsy and totally fell in love with this beautiful spindle from this shop It comes from Denmark and is the traditional Orenburg style-more about it here This one has a totally different bottom than the one I have now-and no hook. I have been finding some excellent you tube videos that you can find on my spinning Pinterest board if interested.
   Now that I have a better understanding of the draw I think I will be better able to spin on my wheels-my winter project.

  I also am working on sewing up one of my hexie flowers, thought I would sew up the flowers I have ready to go first and then try out my new template for cutting up more strips.

I really do need to get some looms threaded too-and I will be natural dyeing real soon as my Japanese indigo plants are getting close to being harvested-so fun in the dye pot coming up.

   This morning I have been washing up lots of 1/2 pint canning jars so they will be ready for canning up a full batch of sweet gherkin pickles later this afternoon. I usually can these up in pint jars but decided I think we will like them better in the smaller jars. 
     Next batch will either be bread and butters or sweet dills. I have not made sweet dills before but I think we will like them better than just the plain dills. Any of you that can do you have a sweet dill recipe you love??

It is still super hot and humid here but that's an ozark summer for sure.

Have an awesome new week ahead! What have you all been up too?

A lazy Sunday this morning

Friday, July 24, 2015

Making Progress With my Navajo Spindle

I played with my Navajo spindle a little bit the other day and then after a long day yesterday-after supper I played some more.

I also watched my instructor Robin's video again and his explanation of the pinch and draw finally hit "home" like a light turned on and I got this finally. Don't ya just love it when that happens?

I had gotten the idea down of what I needed to do over the winter but when I went to my wheel was just having major problems again-so decided to go back to mastering my spindles first. At the class the girl next to me helped me by saying-you know I think your troubles are with your pinch and then the draw-that helped me to concentrate on that again. Which for me really needs to be mastered before I can go forward.

I got in my stone spinning bowl that I thought would work for both the Russian and my Navajo but it did not fit the Russian at all. Instead of returning it for a different one I decided to keep it for my Navajo-which really helped the process and I chose another one for my Russian-I love beautiful craft tools anyways 

This is the new one I ordered from the above link (the Dancing Goats Folk Studio) it should fit my Russian spindle perfectly as the indention is wider and not as pointy

      After learning how to use my drop spindle over the winter with the help of reading my books again, you tube videos, and friend Gene Black I had the basic concept of spinning but I am really enjoying the method of supported spindles better where you spin with the bottom tip of the spindle into a bowl. It also seems easier for me to master right now as well. Supported spindles need to be used with cotton so am happy I learned this method 

photos will enlarge just click on them-please excuse my dirty floor you can see I am too busy spinning to worry about vacuming lol

If you remember my past spinning attempts my yarn was quite thick: this is still thick and thin, but is not over twisted and much thinner. I spun up all of my hand carded rolags so now I need to work up some more. Which I have been watching you tube videos on hand carding too-as I was always doing it a little different-back in the late 70s and 80s there were no you tube videos-lol and I didn't have access to a teacher. 

I also wanted to mention that using the Navajo spindle is easier on my left arthritic hand as that one is not pinching but rather rolling the spindle off my knee area. Of course this can be done either left or right handed just check the video link. I am spinning up my Navajo churro wool and this is woven as singles.

Today starts another string of days with extreme heat indexes-like 110 degrees f sooo I need to get out there this morning and water my tomatoes in the big tubs and then work on stuff in the house-start the next batch of pickles-a full batch this time, catch up with laundry, and do some hand carding mixed in with sewing my hexie flowers together.

Happy Friday!!


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