Friday, May 29, 2009

Practice Makes Perfect, Right?


A week ago, I jumped into the spinning world head first by purchasing a wheel. While everyone else seemed besotted by the beauty of the all wood wheels, I was smitten by the Ladybug. It's compact, light weight and fits in the passenger seat of my Accord just fine. I'm envisioning a long weekend off in the mountains of Virginia. I'll take the wheel to keep me company.


With the three day weekend, I spun 8 ounces of Mountain Colors Targhee wool in Indian Corn. I love the colors. Here it is in two ply, bathed and smelling sweetly. It's sitting here while I decide what I want it to be. Perhaps a hat. Maybe two. There are 160 yards and it's bulky.


Fresh out of spinning material, I walked to town yesterday and bought this peach colored yarn. It's 80% merino wool, and 20% silk. The Louet label calls this Golden Hibiscus, but I think it looks like an Orange Creamsicle. Truly, this stuff is a dream to spin.


Today is the first pretty day we've had all week with no torrential rains, or even clouds to mar the sky. I was planning on taking my wheel out on the deck for awhile to spin outdoors. My neighbor has other ideas though. He's outdoors gardening while listening to right wing talk radio. Although I can tolerate my neighbor, I don't know about his Vicodin popping muse. I can't imagine what I'd spin listening to that vitriolic tirade spewing forth from the cheap radio. Maybe someone should buy my neighbor an mp3 player and headphones.


So really, how am I doing? Pinch me! It's thin and consistent.

15 comments:

Cheryl said...

It looks amazing. I love, love, love the colors. It is truly magical how you can turn things into such beauty. You have come so far, in such a short time! Your spinning wheel is so nice, I have never seen one like that. Perfect!
Enjoy your weekend. Love the idea of MP3 for the neighborhood! LOL.
XXXX

Stephanie V said...

Gorgeous color...definitely a Creamsicle! Haven't thought about one of those for a few years. Your spun yarn looks great. How many yards will you get when it's fine like that? Enough for a pair of socks?

Rudee said...

Stephanie-it is a creamsicle, isn't it? I think it'll be too thick for a sock yarn. For something like that, it would have to be triple plied for durability. I can see a beautiful lacy scarf though-if I get the yardage out of it. I have a half pound and this bobbin represents just an eight of what's left. Maybe....

Glennis said...

You have done so well, the wool looks like a bought one. I tried spinning some years ago without any success, I was all fingers and thumbs and pulled too strongly or too weakly and ended up with a mess! No worries though, to each their own.

Rudee said...

Glennis, I had the same problem, but ultimately, it came to me. Maybe in the next post I'll show the progression in my product from the first day I sat down at a wheel.

Miss 376 said...

I can't believe how much you have progressed, this yarn is something to be proud of

Rose said...

Looks great! What a good idea, taking it on a trip; I didn't realize it was that portable. I take back my "crazy" comment.

Betty F said...

It's beautiful Rudee and yes it does look like my favorite ice cream... creamsicle !!!

Rositta said...

Pretty amazing yarn and the colors are wonderful. I used to love Creamsickles as a kid...ciao

Brenda said...

Looking good Rudee! You could you tube yourself doing this on your porch and we could hear the neighbor in the background.

Rudee said...

OMG Brenda. What a great idea. Next time, for sure!

Looks like everyone here loved creamsicles. Who doesn't. When I finally reach the point of plying this yarn, I may navajo ply it and then knit some socks. They'll be my creamsicle socks. Can't wait.

debra said...

that is some beautiful stuff that screams, "touch me!"

Crystal Jigsaw said...

How wonderful to be able to transport the spinning wheel around with you. I love your taste in colours; the orange is very rich yet peaceful somehow.

CJ xx

Lisa said...

I love your blog! And your spinning has come far in such a short time. The Helen Keller moment has arrived! I'm jealous you already have a wheel. Can't wait for mine to arrive!

craftygal86 said...

What an amazing craft! That colorful yarn is beautiful! Wish I knew how to spin. =-D