What’s on the loom
It was about this time last year, the time of DFW Fiber Fest, when I bought a new spinning wheel. I only wish I had known how stressful it would have been to put together. I had everything together but one pin that was supposed to go through the
hub of the wheel and a hole in the crank (or whatever that’s called). I could not get it to go in. I finally had to put it aside because of all the other stuff going on. And it stayed aside for a year. Until Saturday. I took the wheel and the very kind husband of the couple who own the shop, fixed it. And there was a special trick to it. So there!
I also took some fleeces to Gail of Ozark Carding Mill, so that she can turn it into roving. There’s something sad about this, though. After my fleeces (2 churro and 2 mohair) are prepared, the mill equipment will be dismantled. Although this mill has Ozark in it’s name, it is located in Oklahoma, not too far from the Texas border. I wish there was a mill in Texas. Gail was there as Gail’s Fiber Delights, and she does have some really beautiful fibers.
Now for part three of this Fiber Fest saga. I met a really nice couple who are the owners of Mohair and More.
I was excited to see their booth because they had ball winders that I’ve been wanting to try out. These ball-winder guys are expensive, and I certainly did not want to spend a bucket of money for one without trying it out. They forgot their business cards, so I took a pic of a label on a swift. This particular swift is metal with pegs that slide for different sizes of skeins. If I didn’t like my squirrel cage so much, I’d be tempted.
The continuing saga of the spinning wheel, well, continues. I read that this wheel is yarn driven or bobbin driven or something. No matter—I can’t get it to spin and really don’t have time to fool with it now. I did check with Ravelry, though. I seldom go there–did you know there’s a whole group of Country Spinner 2 spinners? Plus, about a million other groups.
The warp is on, header woven, and the loom is waiting. I dyed yarn yesterday and washed a bunch more. I am ready to weave, that is if the grass weeds will stop growing. Today I’m going through my available pieces and make sure all the hanging paraphernalia is there. I do have this little show coming up! On the other hand, I’m getting pretty excited about a possible series I’ve been thinking about. It’s been way too long being lost in the creative desert!
Recently I was reminded again about how much I like the work of Forest Bess. I mentioned him once before, but I read about an exhibit in Houston in WSJ. The caption with this painting is: The Menil Collection The 1949 painting ‘Bodies of Little Dead Children.’ That’s a little confusing since the Menil Collection and Mr. Bess’s website call this painting Dedicated to Van Gogh. Maybe I’m just not seeing right. What do you think? Which title best describes or goes with this painting?
So, how do you go to FiberFest and come home with a spinning wheel? You try it out and get hooked. Saturday my sister and I went to FiberFest DFW. She bought yarn
(we spent lots of time in the Madtosh booth–gorgeous yarns!) and I was feeling rather proud of myself for not buying any.The Madelaine Tosh yarns are wonderful! Creatively dyed, great fibers.
Then I tried out the Country
Spinner. Even though this wheel is designed for bulky yarns, it worked just fine for finer yarns that I want to spin. And the bobbin holds over two pounds of yarn!
I bought the wheel from Gritty Knits, a vendor located near Houston. Since this wheel comes in a box, I am grateful that Natasha has been willing to answer questions.
On the way home from our outing, we stopped by a new place to both of us, a Peruvian restaurant called Ñusta’s Café. Because G and I used to like to try out new places, I would put possibilities in my Evernote file, making them handy when we were out and about.
The food was delicious! We’re going to go again to try other menu items.
Today I am sorting through colors of already dyed yarns so that I can make a list of what colors I need to dye for the next project. I also have to go back to Fedex because the enlargements they made for me are all the wrong size. It was written on each page what the size should be. That’s what I get for leaving them there instead of waiting for them. Such a waste of paper!