Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spinning Maniac

Awhile back I mentioned that in an effort to avert the cranky feelings that threaten due to the lack of  CLAY work I have been spinning. A lot. Around FIVE POUNDS in two months. This is what 5 pounds of handspun looks like:

That's 2,991 yards. 

The above is four pounds of Karakul.  This fiber has a pretty long staple and is much coarser and hairier then the Blueface Leicester I usually prefer.  But Karakul felts VERY well.  So I have spun this as singles (that is why it looks more kinky then the other, I spun it tight to withstand the tension on my loom.) and hope to weave a blanket from it, felting it slightly when it is finished.  We'll see how it goes....

These pretty colors are mostly Blueface Leicester wool, though the gray is from Hatchtown Farms in Maine (a wonderful gift from a visiting friend) which is a glorious Coopworth top.

And because I have to prove that I have made pots in the past this is a commission for a butter dish for a friend in Germany.  It needed to be the right size for a "slab o'butter" as they call it. 


Elizabeth said...

I LOVE that butter dish !! The acorn knob is so perfect and you know that I adore that color way!!!
Good for you for spelling out what all of that spinning means. Gorgoues job and I can't wait to see how your felted or fulled blanket turns out!!!!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Wow! That's a lotta spinning! It's fun to see what you've been working on, since I can't just walk down the hall anymore to check and see.

Anna M. Branner said...

I know Elizabeth! And its making me sad today. :(

kimba said...

Friend in Germany here - and yeah, it's gorgeous in person, too :) Thanks again, Anna!

The Heiferman said...

Happy Turkey Day!

Hannah said...

Hi Anna,
Beautiful wool. Fabulous colours. The difference in the acorns is brilliant, I love that. There are so many species of oaks in this country, there must be hundreds worldwide.
Looking forward to meeting you in April.