Dyeing Wool

I have been dyeing some combed top for the shop.  This combed top is so soft and squishy!  I had to keep some for myself too!!  Here (above photo)  is a sneak peek of what will be listed soon.  I have a few more colorways to photograph and list in the shop.  The blends are merino/milk, merino/banana, and merino/silk top.  There is also some good old merino top too.  Keep an eye on the shop over the next week or so for updates!

Visitors

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We had some unique visitors the other day.  Our neighbor has cows.  They have a bull and pasture breed some of the locals’ cows.  A few of the heifers, which were there for breeding, found an escape route through the fence.  They crossed the road and came all the way up the driveway before realizing they were lost.  They didn’t stay too long.  I guess they found out the grass really isn’t greener on the other side…

It Was Love at First Sight…

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Schacht Sidekick

I heard rumors.  Yeah, there were quite a few stirring around about a year ago.  Rumors that Schacht was coming out with a portable wheel.  The rumors are true and Schacht is now in the final stages of production for the new Sidekick portable wheel.

I pre-ordered a Sidekick from Spin to Yarn.  I was contacted recently and told my wheel is scheduled to ship at the end of June.  I am so excited!  Schacht posted some videos of the Sidekick in action on their website.  It just looks like and awesome travel wheel.

Here are some details from the Schacht website:

The Sidekick is Schacht’s newest spinning wheel. She’s designed to fold easily, yet be a solid spinner. Here are some of the Sidekick’s features:

  • Folds to 21 1/2″ h x 8 1/4″ w x 15″ d.
  • Integrated storage of bobbins, flyer, and whorls for transport.
  • Lightweight at 13 pounds.
  • 13 3/4″ drive wheel allows for ratios from 4.25 to 15.25.
  • Long, comfortable treadles.
  • Uses the same bobbins, whorls, and flyer as the Schacht Matchless and Ladybug wheels.
  • The Sidekick can be purchased without the bobbin-flyer assembly.
  • 25″ orifice height for comfortable spinning.
  • Employs Scotch tension with precise control knob.
  • The drive wheel spins on ball bearings. The flyer turns on self-aligning bearings.
  • Drive band tension adjuster allows for all whorls to be used with one drive band.

The Sidekick comes with 3 travel bobbins, fast and medium whorls, threading hook, and adjustable carrying strap.

Also available: The Sidekick Bulky Plyer Flyer Package can be added at any time.

So really, what else could a spinner ask for in a travel wheel?  Looks like they have covered just about everything!  I will be posting a review after I receive my wheel!!

Here are the specs:

WHORL
RATIOS
whorls
slow
4.25:1 and 5.25:1
medium
6.25:1 and 7.5:1
fast
9:1 and 11:1
high
12.5:1 and 15.25:1
Dimensions
SIDEKICK SPINNING WHEEL – OPEN
27 1/4″ h × 18″ w × 15″ d
13 lb
SIDEKICK SPINNING WHEEL – FOLDED
21 1/2″ h x 8 1/4″ w x 15″ d
ORIFICE HEIGHT
25″
ORIFICE DIAMETER
3/8″
DRIVE WHEEL DIAMETER
13.25″
TRAVEL BOBBIN
3″ × 4 1/2″
2.8 oz
WOOD BOBBIN
3″ × 4 1/2″
3 1/2 oz
THREADING HOOK
1/2 oz

 

 

Spinning a Yarn

 

I carded up on of my textured art batts the other day.  The batt was full of Merino, Bluefaced

Textured Art Batt

Leicester, lots of mulberry silk, Wensleydale locks (from my sheepies!), Teeswater lamb locks, bamboo rayon, and Angelina.  This batt is soooo next to skin soft and smooshy.  Batts don’t sit around very long around here.  🙂  I quickly pulled a strip off the batt and joined onto the leader of my Majacraft Rose.

I spun, letting the yarn become what it wanted. The yarn spun up very quickly and before I knew it the batt was gone and the bobbin was full.  I love to spin singles, so I knew this would be another single which would be so nice and textured, it would stand on it own and not need plying.  Textured singles is what I love spinning!

On the Bobbin

The Yarn!

Cardin’ Up Some Batts

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Textured Art Batt

I spent the day making up some textured art batts to spin.  The batts have merino, bamboo, throwsters silk, Wensleydale locks, and Angelina.  I used some natural black Wensleydale locks.  I really like the way the batts have turned out.  Now it is time to spin!!!

Art Yarn Add-Ins

I was spinning up some yarn the other day, adding in my typical yarns and fabrics.  I like to add in textured yarns and strips of fabric.  The novelty yarns are usually around fingering weight or a little heavier.

I decided to add some of my art yarn add in’s (or Snippets as I like to call them) in my shop.  I am going to list these in the Etsy shop I share with my sister.  So if you want to be adventurous with your spinning, check them out!  The Snippets are made from top quality yarn/quilt shop fibers and fabrics.

Carding up Some Batts

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Smooth Textured Batt

I have been super busy carding up some batts.  I have my Matchless set up on double drive and have been spinning like crazy for a new weaving project I have in mind.

The project I am wanting to weave is a really neat woven hat using the Saori method of weaving.  I got the idea for the hat from Jill of Saori Santa Cruz.  She always has something neat she is working on and the hat really caught my attention.  I hope to have enough yarn spun up soon so I can start weaving!

…Have You Any Wool?…

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I was outside feeding the other day and took this photo of one of my barn cats (Liquid) with one of the Cormo ewes (Matilda).  I rarely have my “real” camera with me when I am out doing the farm chores.  I just so happened to have my phone with me and I took the photo with it.

I thought about the nursery rhyme, “BaaBaa Black Sheep” when I took the photo.  I know, Matilda is white, but I still thought about it!

The Cormo are getting close to lambing.  They are due mid-March.

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