Ahhh Goldings, always eye-catching <3
Weight: 50 g / 1 7/8 oz
Length: 10" Shaft 3" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
Woods: Cherry with Walnut Shaft
My sample is merino/silk from The Wacky Windmill in the Pixie colourway
If you love spindles, chances are you have heard of Goldings and if you have ever checked their website you will drool over all other thier other fibre equipment. These are top of the line items, and handcrafted with extreme skill. Each spindle is unique and if you look through thier pages, you can see that there is literally something for everyone. Whatever you interests, Golding has a spindle for you. Really. Go look.
This spindle is on the heavy side (compared to others) but it is a great plying spindle and I had no troubles spinning the fibre for my sample. The signature bronze ring around the whorl is one of the Golding giveaways. These spindle spin for.ev.er and when you think they have stopped and you look down, they are still spinning and haven't slowed down. Just look at the spin time below compared to my other reviews. Golding's ring spindles are very rim weighted, they maximize spin energy. The bronze is tarnish resistant and if you polish it, it will shine nicely, otherwise you can leave it and it will darken and still look amazing.
I really love the grooves along the length of the lower portion (3.5") of the shaft. This feature makes it easy to grip when flicking your spindle or winding your yarn on. They aren't rough at all but they provide the perfect amount of grab and adds character to what could be a boring shaft.
I saved the best for last - the whorl. Hand carved and quite beautiful. Looks equally stunning when its still as when its spinning. Perfectly balanced and surrounded with bronze. The whorl has 2 notches; one at each side and the hook is bronze and a swan neck shape. Elegant. There is a lot of depth to the Celtic knots, Golding did a great job at making the wood look like it has been tied.
Length of spin: 37.8 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Overall Rating: 10/10
These spindles speak for themselves. Try one out and you will totally understand. They feel the quality they are and they are wonderful works of art and totally unique. I really like knowing that quite a bit of time went into each one and I appreciate that. Stay tuned for more Goldings in the future.
If you could only own one spindle, this should be it
Weight: 29 g / 1 oz
Length: 10" Shaft 3 1/2" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
Woods: Butternut with Walnut Shaft
My sample for this spindle is Ashland Bay Merino in the colourway "Borelis". 37 yards, 2 plyed.
I first learned about these spindles when I went to my friend Susan's house to try out her collection. My birthday was coming up and I wanted a new spindle. I found I was really drawn to the Kunderts because they are surprisingly lightweight and a decent enough size to pack on a lot of yarn. They seem like a great all-round spindle which would be a good choice if you wanted to spin a variety of yarns from lace to bulky.
These spindles are all very similar in style and they weight between 1.0 oz and 1.5 oz but the whorls vary from plain to pretty darn cool. Steven Kundert uses really unique woods that add to the beauty of his spindles and the detailing is nice without being over the top. Sometimes spindles have a feminine feel (for example the Wooly Designs Heart spindle) but I think this one would appeal to both men and women.
I have two of these spindles and could easily get more. His carved spindles are super nice. My other Kundert was part of a learn to spin package from Spunky Eclectic.
The hook is thin (made from stainless steel wire) and perfectly centered. Its diamond shape holds your yarn in just the right spot above the whorl. The top of the shaft is correlates well with the bottom detailing.
There is one notch on the side of the whorl (3:00 position), it's deep enough to hold your yarn in place but doesn't look like it was cut in a sloppy manner.
Length of spin: 26.7 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Overall Rating: 9/10
Kundert spindles are perfectly balanced because each spindle is turned as a complete unit. The craftsmanship that goes into making them is clear. These spindles are strong and will work well for whatever yarn you you would like to spin. They start at $25 but don't wait too long, Steven Kundert has already announced his retirement.
Believe the hype...
Maker: Bristlecone Artisian Heirlooms
Weight: 29 g / 1 oz
Length: 10.5" Shaft
Woods: Hawaiian Koa
My 21 yard sample is BFL wool in the colourway "Lucrezia" by Shadawyn Fibre Arts.
Glindle = glass/spindle, behold its beauty
These one-of-a-kind spindles are highly sought after and for good reason. They are both pretty AND spin like a dream. Each focal is unique and jaw-dropping amazing. The Bristlecone shop is only updated a few times a year and when it is the spindles are sold in seconds. If you are looking for one, you can post an ISO (In Search Of) on Ravelry, which might be your best bet and that was the way I was able to acquire this spindle. My lucky stars must have been shining that day.
This particular focal is very mysterious and was hard to capture with my camera. I find these spindles spin best in a glass or pottery bowl and there is a b s o l u t l e y no wobble with this one. Glindles feel very comfortable in your hands and the sound they produce when the glass is spinning in a bowl makes it sound like its singing
I'm very careful when storing this Glindle and always put it away when not in use and protect the end with a piece of plastic tubing. With that said, I'm not so afraid of breaking this spindle to not use it at any given moment. Its very well made and I have heard the customer support is wonderful in the case of an unfortunate accident. These spindles were made to be used and once you spin with one, you won't want to put it down.
The shaft is completely smooth and makes the grain shine like gold. It is tapered enough to spin off of yet its not so pointy that it may split. Your eyes will be drawn to the detailing near the focal which is the perfect resting place for the gem of the spindle. This focal changes colour depending on the light and I have seen, red, gold, green and orange (it's very warming) The tip is smooth and the roundish shape of the focal helps keep the spindle spinning for a long time. The detail and thought put into these spindles is astounding.
Glindles are the Cadillac of support spindles and heirloom pieces. You can't help but smile while spinning on one and they are the reason many people get into support spindling. They are a huge addition to any collection and if you don't want to take my word for it, just check out their large following on Ravelry and don't forget to add your ISO to the list and don't be offended when others laugh at your request. You are not alone, they too are in search of Glindles themselves.
Length of spin: 22.8 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Overall Rating: 10/10
Fully functional works of art. These are the best of the best. Worth every penny.
I'm a big fan of hearts and when this spindle was gifted to me, I fell in <3
Maker: Wooly Designs
Weight: 32 g / 1 1/4 oz
Length: 9" Shaft 3" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
Woods: Multi-laminated Baltic Birch
My sample is SW BFL/Kid Mohair from Susses Spindehjrne. I got 39 yards.
This is one of the production Wooly Designs spindles. The hearts have been cut out with a scroll saw which makes this spindle lighter and distributes the weight to the outer rim to help with a longer spin time. These spindles are a decent size and would make a great starter spindle for beginners and a workhorse spindle for more advance spindle spinners.
One feature that I think is really awesome is the bottom of the shaft has been reinforced with a metal tip. This helps reduce damage when your spindle drops and I just love that they thought to add that. This is my only spindle with this feature.
I also quite like spindle with a cut out whorl like this one. Its fun to wind your cop and see how colours are progressing or how your singles look. It's kinda like a stained glass window and it looks neat when spinning. The sample I used this time looks really sweet behind all those hearts.
There are two notches in the whorl at each side, and the hook is cup hook shaped, perfectly centered and not too open. The shaft is very plain and if it weren't for the carved hearts in the top, this spindle is very non-descript. This spindle is fairly top heavy but I didn't find there to be any wobble when suspended.
Length of spin: 26.3 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Looks: Simple but cute
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
If you are looking for a workhorse spindle that looks nicer than a toy wheel/learner spindle this is a great addition to your collection. This is also a good spindle to use when teaching a friend to spin because you don't have to hold your breath when it drops to the floor. Try one out, they are fairly inexpensive and very practical.
These beautiful handmade resin spindles are a pleasure to spin
Weight: 26 g / 7/8 oz
Length: 9" Shaft 2 1/2" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
I absolutely fell in love with this spindle when I saw it on etsy. Dark woods always sway me and the purple/green colour combo is a favourite of mine. The whorl is filled with Mountain Wild Cat flowers and leaves. The resin is very clear and there is no slippage of the shaft at all. This spindle is mostly balanced but there is a slight wobble. Not enough to worry too much about though.
One aspect of this spindle I'm not happy with is the lack of a notch. Some of her spindles use different shapes with create their own "notches" but because the resin is a shiny surface, I find if I don't wrap my yarn around the hook several times, it slips around and drops to the floor.
The hook is also a bit of a downfall. It's very open and it seems like the curve is too large.
Luckily, much of the cons of this spindle will be washed away when I tell you the price .....
That's right, pretty darn inexpensive.
I bought this spindle in 2011 and this was right about the time when she started turning her shafts. They used to be very plain looking. The shaft on this beauty is lightly turned at the bottom and the top where it meets the hook. I quite like the little detailing.
This spindle doesn't have a particularly long spin time but the whorl isn't rim weighted. You can maximize yardage and spin beautiful laceweight yarn with this spindle. I am very happy with my sample and plan on using this spindle in a larger project.
Sorry I am a day late. I had everything ready in time except for time itself. This week I spun a sample on my Maggie Low Whorl
Maker: Magpie Woodworks
Weight: 24 g / 3/4oz
Length: 11" Shaft 2 1/2" Whorl
Style: Low Whorl
Woods: Red Oak
As mentioned before, this spindle is very well balanced. There is an extra pin to even everything out. I have noticed this in my other Magpie Woodworks spindles (except one and its the only one that wobbles). The length under the whorl is 2".
This is a decent sized spindle, it's not huge and heavy but its not so dainty you'd be afraid to break it. Both ends are nice and smooth so you don't have to worry so much if you spindle drops to the floor.
This unique spindle is cute and the workmanship that went into making it is clear
Weight: 42 g / 1 1/2 oz
Length: 12" Shaft 3" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
Woods: Purpleheart, maple, hickory
Upon closer inspection, you can see that Thomas Forrester really enjoys his work. He pays close attention to detail (he even included lips on the sheep) and the carved lines are smooth and even. He creates neat shaping in both the crown ontop of the spindle and the whorl shapes. This spindle is very smooth with no rough edges.
This giant is what Jeremy refers to as "surprisingly photogenic" (hows that for a reason to buy)
Weight: 64 g / 2 1/4 oz
Length: 12" Shaft 4" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
This spindle was on my "need" list for several years after seeing this on Marihana's stash page. My friend Susan noticed one for destash on Ravelry and I instantly jumped on it.
It is a very large spindle and quite heavy compared to my others. I have mostly been happy with Greensleeves spindles and this one seems... different. Not that its not pretty, its ok to be somewhat plain but the shaft on it seems to be.. ugly to say the least. Not that this plays a huge role but it just looks like a dowel to me. A lot of time and love was spent on the whorl though, its beautiful warm woods are a nice, dark, rich colour. The underbelly has been turned nicely (different from other Mjolinors I've seen online) and its got a nice shallow umbrella shape. There is only a single notch at the back of the hook, but it doesn't seem to be very big/deep to hold the yarns I would use for this type of spindle. And I should also mention that the main reason I wanted this spindle was for plying. I wanted a large spindle that could hold a full skein of yarn so I didn't have to make a couple smaller skeins.
The fibre pictured is my Nov 2013 club shipment from North Bound Knitting. Cheviot wool in the colourway "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
This spindle would be much more suited to spinning long wools where you want less twist in your yarns. One plus for this spindle is the spin time is very long. You won't have to worry about it changing direction on you. This particular spindle has a bit of a wobble.
Length of spin: 46.9 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: VERY good
Overall Rating (as a plying spindle): 7/10
Don't ask me how to pronounce Mjolinor, it is one of Greensleeves Scandinavian style spindles and its design is based off a spindle found in Northern Europe in an archaeological dig. I will give this spindle another try later on when I have some larger skeins to ply. There is a lot of potential in this gentle giant.
**Warning, this post will keep you up!
I have been yearning for a project that has no deadline. Something where I can pick up a spindle, create any yarn and knit a project that I can wear whenever and wherever. One of my goals this year is to actually get around to knitting a few projects this year that have been in my Ravelry queue for a few years. Specifically the ones "made" for handspun. Like the Morning Surf Scarf, Hitchhiker, Wurm, Simple Yet Effective Shawl, and all the amazing handspun fingerless mitt patterns out there (not to mention the million shawl patterns in my queue) Right now the one I'm thinking about is the Helix Scarf by Stephanie Gaustad. My friend Deb knit one of these a few years ago with her handspun. It's simple, beautiful, and just what I'm looking for. I was looking at the projects on Ravelry and this one really caught my eye.
If you are looking for spinning with shawls in mind, just join this group! Looking for crocheting handspun? Here you go :)
And if that's not enough... look at the projects/stash of Marihana
Now you can see what I'm talking about! Add a few projects to your queue now? YEAH! Now you can understand how I feel haha. Which projects are you thinking of starting this weekend?
This is a wonderful spindle that won't give up!
Weight: 16 g / 5/8 oz
Length: 8 1/4"
Style: Top Whorl
Woods: English Bog Oak/Elm & an Ash Shaft
I fell in love with IST spindles a few years ago when I tried one out in my LYS. With just one flick these spindles will make it seem like your fibre is spinning on its own. They are nice and light and spin forever. I spun this textured batt sample on it and got about 14 yards. (I should also mention that each of the samples I spin for these reviews will be available for purchase in my Mini Skein section in the shop.)
I really prefer rim weighted spindles because they have a much longer spin time and you don't have to worry about your spindle changing directions on you. Many IST spindles (like this one) have a brass/epoxy resin band around the whorl to give them some weight. It not only a beautiful feature but also a benefit in my opinion.
Length of spin: 23.3 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Good
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
I have many IST's in my collection and I haven't had any issues with any of them. If you are looking for a quality top whorl spindle ... look no further.
Sturdy and hardworking are great words to describe this week's spindle
Maker: Miss Lucy
Weight: 37 g / 1 1/4 oz
Length: 9 3/4"
Woods: Zapote & Cherry
I bought this beauty in a destash on Ravelry and was first drawn to it because of its design and gorgeous woods. I really appreciate when a spindle maker adds their special touch and the detailing on the shaft is stunning. Once I started spinning with it I couldn't stop, it has such a long spin because of its shaping (it's rim weighted) and its perfectly balanced. The length also made it very comfortable to use.
Length of spin: 29.1 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Good
Overall Rating: 9/10
When you look at the spin time with this spindle compared to the Russian style spindle last week (29.1 seconds compared to 9.6 seconds), you can see how the extra weight and the shape of the base really makes a difference.
If you get your hands on a Miss Lucy spindle, you won't regret it
Believe it or not, this is my favorite supported spindle. I am not sure on the maker as it was given to me in a destash. I have seen similar ones on Ravelry but if you know the maker of this spindle please let me know. I am going to call it "Turnip".
Weight: 9 g / 3/8 oz
Length: 7 1/2"
I started spinning a sample from one of my Phat Fibre boxes on it and I fell in love. It is my smallest spindle and some might refer to it as a pocket spindle or purse spindle. Because its so lightweight, I can flick it really well and find that it spins better and faster than any of my other Russians. I use my pottery lap bowl for this spindle because I get less friction than I would with my wooden one. I found that my yarn was very fine and I could add a lot of twist quickly because of its fast spin.
The length of the shaft might pose a problem to some. I usually prefer longer supported spindles but this one is an exception to the rule for me. The wood used is quite lightweight as well and I bet if the wood was a little stronger and more dense this little spindle could be even better. There is no finish to this wood either, it looks like it was carved/turned and left as is. Not a big deal but pretty spindles get more points.
Length of spin: 9.6 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Fair
Overall Rating: 7/10
This spindle spins fast and despite its looks it is one of my favourites for travel and sample spinning
Spindles are wonderful tools to have. Not only for spinning, but also for collecting! Part 1 in my spindles series, will be a quick overview of supported spindles. I am also going to give more detailed reviews on each of my spindles over the course of the year(s) and plan on doing giveaways with some. So lets get started.
The nature of supported spindles is that - you spin them in a bowl, or on a surface where the bottom tip is being supported. You can spin very fine yarns with spindles like these because you are not adding the weight of the spindle to your fibre. This makes spinning fibres with short staple lengths such as cotton, cashmere or angora easier. Long draw spinning is common and many people prefer supported spinning because you don't need to take up a lot of room. You can sit comfortably and don't have to strain your arms. You then use your fingers to flick the top of the spindle and you spin your yarn off the point (tip) of the spindle. The hand you use to flick the spindle is also used to cup it as it spins. It takes a bit of practice but once you get the rhythm down, you can spin to your hearts content.
These are my Tibetan spindles (from left to right: Tabachek, Neal Brand, Texas Jeans, Miss Lucy). The are really great spinners because each of their bases add weight which keep them spinning for a lot longer than you would expect. As you can see by their shapes, each designer adds his/her own special touch. Each of these spindles is rim weighted (which I love). You can pack a lot of fibre on these babies.
My Russian style spindles (from left to right: Jim Leslie, Tabachek, Phil Powell, unknown maker). These spindles don't spin nearly as long as the Tibetans above, but they are fast and I can spin very fine yarns on them. They usually have the bulb type shape but in the case of the Phil Powell spindle, they don't always.
There are several ways to store your spindles. I store mine on one of these boxes from the dollarstore (believe it or not). My friend Susan mentioned these to some of us at one of our Fibre Nights and they are great! How do you store your spindles?
For Day 3, I have another great deal to offer. I have a couple of Spinner Starter Kits with Corriedale or Southdown wool. If you or someone you know is looking to learn how to spin and would like a great starter spindle and 4 oz of fibre to practice on these kits are exactly what you are looking for. Corriedale is a
great wool for both the beginner and advanced spinner. I really like
it because its a nice soft fibre, not slippery and the staple length is
nice and average. Southdown is a medium/down breed sheep and their
fibre provides bulk without the weight. This wool is lofty and springy. Great for
socks, hats, mitts and sweaters. It is a very versatile wool with
a medium-soft feel. The top whorl spindles are made from maple. These kits went like crazy at the Manitoba Fibre Festival and you can get your hands on one too but only until Dec 7th. These usually sell for $25 each but....
Today's Deal ~ $15.00 each
(That's a 40% discount!)
*I have 3 Corriedale kits and 1 Southdown kit available*
The first annual Manitoba Fibre Festival was a huge success! There was so much to see and do that even though it was pouring all day the festival was a buzz of activity from beginning to end. You could come check out the demonstrations, shop in the marketplace, take a workshop, or listen in on the wool show and buy fleeces. No matter what area of interest, there was something for everyone here. People started lining up before the door even opened and we were met with so many friendly faces and all the fibre you could want. There were spindles, yarn, finished items, fleeces and so much more to pick through and I saw a few people who attend Olds Fibre Week as well and got to chat.
The wool show had 9 fleeces which also included 1 Angora Goat fleece. My cousin Susan helped me and we organized the fleeces into categories; fine, medium, long, speciality wools (Shetland) and then Mohair. There was quite an audience as I judged each fleece and lots of questions. I had to admit I didn't know much about Angora Goats as my studies have been predominantly in wool but overall every fleece there was in remarkable condition. They were well skirted and relatively free from vegetable matter. I awarded ribbons and got to talk to a few of the sheep producers. The woman who had entered the goat fleece told me she plans on doing the same next year so I'm going to have to read up on Angora goats. I highly recommend this festival. It was very well co-ordinated and there were lots of activities and demos and classes to keep everyone interested. Keep you eyes peeled for the dates on this for next year.
The following weekend I was at the Cream of the Crop Craft Sale. This one has always been my favourite, because it is the kick off to all the holiday craft sales. I got to talk to a lot of other vendors and see some really nice handmade items. Thanks to Jeremy and Lindsay for helping me in my booth and thanks to everyone who stopped by to heck out my items and talk with me about wool, knitting and fibre in general!
My next sale will be Oct 26th and 27th at the Senior Centre in the Neil Balkwill parking lot. This is the annual Regina Weavers & Spinners Guild sale. I'd recommend coming to just check out the talent the guild offers, and we will be having coffee & cookies as well. This sale is well known by many as a very good place to pick up quality, one of a kind items. Most items here will be handspun, or handwoven.
Also don't forget that if you are interested in learning a fibre skill, I have my class schedule up here. If you see a class you like which doesn't fit in your schedule or you have something specific in mind, email me and I can do private lessons as well.
And last but definitely not least, Knit Natural is hosting Kim from the Wacky Windmill in a fibre-y trunk show on Oct 17th. She is my favourite indie dyer, and I'm likely her biggest customer. The majority of my handspun yarn is from fibre that she has dyed. No only will she be loaded with fibre but she also dyes yarn, sells knitting needle and crochet hooks, SOAK wash, notions, spindles and everything you need to make a beautiful project. You can find out more about The Wacky Windmill on her website www.thewackywindmill.com, or you can check out her groups on Ravelry and Facebook. This is also your chance to buy her items before she heads to Knit City in Vancouver. If you are interested in attending, email me and I will send you directions.
I have been combing my Polypay sample which will be this months sheep breed in our study. I have also washed some Dorset which I will be working on while in Drake at the Grasslands Sheep and Wool Exhibition this weekend. I will have a booth set up in support of the wool industry and I will be judging the fleece show.
Vegetables from my garden
I have also had a lot of success with my garden this year. I am trying square foot gardening and my friend Michele gave me a head start by giving me her raised beds and the perfectly mixed soil to go in
Time for another giveaway, and just in time for Tour de Fleece! The prize this time is a top whorl spindle made by Jill Holbrook and some merino & merino/silk fibres. This is a great little starter kit for someone who wants to learn how to spin or another great addition to your spindle collection. So now for the catch, to win this you must answer a skill testing question:
"What is the difference between top and roving?"
You can post your answer in the comments and also post why you love spinning or why you want to learn how to spin. I will pick a winner based on the correct answer via a draw on Sat June 29th in time to kick off the tour. If you aren't aware, Tour de Fleece runs along with the Tour de France. People pick goals or challenges and spin during the entire tour. You can make this as simple or difficult as you like. My friends and I are a little more easy going than others during the tour and people will be spinning all around the globe during this time. Did I mention you can win a lot of great prizes? Another little tid bit of info; this year is the 100th year of the Tour de France, so if you haven't tried it yet this would be a great year to start.
What a great day today, even though it POURED for a bit, the sun did come out and I spent the whole day spinning <3. In my spindle class we started off with supported spindles, I haven't had too much experience with these as I only bought my first supported spindle last year here at Olds. Our instructor gave us this cute little bead spindle and a bag of fibre to practice with. After a few false starts I got the feel for it and away I went. By lunch time I spun 4 punis and about 1 foot of pima cotton on this little bead spindle (I'm pretty proud of myself :). After lunch we focused on top whorl spindles and plying.
I also learned a few tricks, if you wind your yarn onto your spindle up and down kinda making a criss-cross pattern its faster. I also learned that making your cop football shaped you can pack more yarn onto the spindle while still keeping it balanced. If your yarn isn't all plugged up at the top under the whorl you can spin until your spindle gets too heavy. Hey Jeremy, see spinning and football DO co-ordinate :P
I was lucky enough to have one of my favourite spindle makers in my class; Ed Tabachek. He was very humble and most of the people in the class who thought themselves "experts" on spindles had no idea who they were sitting beside. I did get to have a nice chat with
him during lunch. He was plying some corriedale he had spun on one of this spindles. We talked about different woods, which spindle makers he likes and how he has always been a wood turner but just took up spinning because it was of interest to his wife (who has also graduated from the
Masters Spinners courses at Olds) He and her would go on winter trips and he found spindles were a great, portable tool and he could get a lot done even just sitting around.
The market mall here never disappoints. This year it is even bigger than it was last year! I was really excited, not only because there is so much fibre packed into one area but I got to meet my favourite dyer/fibre supplier; Kim from The Wacky Windmill. She has a very good selection of hand dyed fibres, handspun yarns, tools and everything I love. I snagged a couple braids that were calling my name. Kim also surprised me with a little gift from her angora bunny "Suzie"! Did I ever tell you how much I love The Wacky Windmill?! Its such a thoughtful
gift. I am going to try and spindle spin it and make something special. Thanks Kim :D
I also purchased some green Easy Spin cotton because first of all I had a coupon and secondly my spindle teacher runs the Easy Spin cotton business.
After leaving the college for the day, Jeremy and I had a GREAT supper at the Stonewood Grill and we picked up some wine and now we are just unwinding listening to the thunderstorm outside. Sigh, what a wonderful day. Tomorrow we are going to check out the Summer Solstice fair and watch some fireworks.
Well back for another year, and if you've ever been to Olds College for their Fibre Week you wouldn't miss it either. This is a very special year because not only are the Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers of Alberta holding their conference here but it is also the centennial year for the college. I have registered for the Spindles class and although it was hard to chose which spindles I was going to bring I did make my choices. (From right to left: Magpie Woodworks Mid Whorl, KCL Modular Travel Spindle, Tabachek Compact, Kundert, and my favourite IST). I heard that Ed Tabachek will be in my spindle class tomorrow and I'm excited to meet him! He makes wonderful spindles and I am happy to say I have one of each of his designs. If you EVER get a chance at one of his spindles, jump on it, you won't be sorry.
It has been a strange season with weather (as every year is) but apparently there is a state of emergency in the Calgary/Canmore/High River area because of flooding and mudslides. I have seen a couple pictures from Twitter and some streets have water that covers parked cars. I hope everyone stays safe. Sundre, which is the town right near Olds has had many people evacuated and they are staying at the college because it is the Emergency Response Headquarters. I hope the people here don't mind us fibre people. We may convert a few, you never know. Unfortunately, I heard that my instructor for the Spindles class was turned away on her way to Olds. I hope she is able to make it because it is my only class this year and this will be my second try at this class as last year it was cancelled too.
I am excited to help with the wool show this year, I will post more on that event later this weekend.
As for travel projects I brought sock yarn to knit socks for the shop and my nephew Connor. I have also brought a few spinning projects; one on my Magpie Mid Whorl and the other on my KCL Modular. I bought some merino/alpaca/nylon fibre here last year and I have split it into 3 so I can spin each portion on each of the 3 shafts for the KCL. I plan on plying them to make a nice fingering 3-ply and then dyeing the yarn and knitting socks. I have really wanted to do a full spindle project for quite sometime and I think this trip will be a big boost for me to complete it. I also brought a simple yet effective crochet granny shawl.
Only problem about travelling is I miss my animals. Our hound Jenny, is at Grandma & Grandpa's house and she gets spoiled rotten. Our cats enjoy the dog-free house but they really do miss us and much as we miss them. Xena and Rider weren't very happy last night when we brought out the suitcases.
I decided a while ago that I love handspun more than commercial yarn. I love the process, the uniqueness, the surprise and the finished product. I love how the yarn when spun can/will look a lof different from the fibre sometimes and other times it looks pretty much the same. I love the handmade look of handspun items and I especially love how much better the item feels on. I even told Jeremy that if he was choosing between fibre and yarn for me, always choose the fibre.
I have made a new years resolution to spin at least 4 oz of fibre a month.... on a spindle and try to make a pair of socks a month. I have been doing well so far in this first week of the year. I am going through one of my Phat Fiber boxes and I am going to spin every sample with my little sweetheart golding
I also received this gorgeous "Sheep to Shoe" kit from my friend Hilary and I spun it up into 2 ply yarn and I am making plain socks. I love them. It is so rewarding to finally make handspun socks. I specifically learned toe up socks for this, and only this. Thanks Hilary <3 such a thoughtful gift
So this is all I worked on today