Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursdays Are For...

There's a new wheel in the wool house. One of Keebler's moms sent her cute-as-can-be Kromski Mazurka wheel over for folks to use if they would like to try spinning when they visit. She didn't feel it was getting the use it should at her farm. I quickly fixed that :-).



She also sent along some raw wool and a couple bags of roving from some of her beautiful sheep. Pearl was an extra special "pet" so I picked her.

I always start out spinning my "comfort" yarn. Pearl's fiber was so - well, I'm not sure what the correct word is - sproingy, fuzzy, soft, full of texture (click to biggify and tell me what you'd call it) - that I decided to play around and let her and her wheel show me what they could do.



We had a great time. Pearl's pearly white fleece was a joy. I plied some back on itself and plied the novelty singles with a sewing thread. I love to watch it corkscrew.



The Mazurka is not only beautiful, but very easy to use. Both are welcome new friends.



Speaking of friends, for the last few Thursday afternoons I've opened the wool house to a couple rug hookers, knitters and spinners. It's been fun and I've enjoyed the "structure". It's nice to be forced to sit down and spin or knit or weave or pick fleeces or try new wheels...

If anyone is ever in the area and would like to join us, just drop me an email. I can't promise that if you go to the house you won't think we've been burglarized, but the barn and the wool house are usually presentable ;-). I'm happy to provide a peaceful (usually) place to work. Bring a current project or your wheel or borrow one of mine.



This is most likely the last fuzzy picture of the year spring. Martin Bayer is coming to shear on Sunday morning. I don't think my fleeces are going to be outstanding this year - between the stress of being forced to live with a "wolf" and sloppy eating without coats - but we'll see. If you are interested in anyone particular, let me know.

8 comments:

Alice said...

Looks like the Mazurka is right at home in the Wool House. How lucky for you to have such a beautiful addition. Pearl's fleece made for beautiful spinning. Will Keebler's fleece look the same?

Shirley said...

I have only seen wool spun once, in Mexico many years ago. It was an old woman, sitting in the sun with her spinning wheel, rhythmically pulling bits from the fluffy pile in her hand and making a perfect yarn, smiling at us tourists all the while. It was such a timeless scene, and a fond memory.

June said...

I really do wish that I could come and spend a Thursday afternoon with you at the wool house. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. Wish I lived closer. Maybe someday?! Love the yarn, very beautiful!

Deb said...

The Mazurka is a lovely wheel - I'd love to try one at some point.
Pearls fleece is gorgeous yarn, with your help of course :)
I would enjoy an afternoon spinning in your wool house - a fair distance to drive but I'm sure it would be worth it :)

Lori Skoog said...

I sure wish I lived closer! We are expecting a visit when YOU come this way...for dinner (don't forget).

DayPhoto said...

I love Pearl's fleece! It is lovely and I'm glad you posted to show us.

The 'wolf' seems to be growing on everyone. He also seems to like his job he always has a huge smile.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Pam said...

Oh my gosh! Pearl is gorgeous! See, I knew she was going to the right home. The yarn is really beautiful-makes me a little boo-hoo...

cyndy said...

What is that they say??

...oh yes..."Spinning Wheels are like sheep, happiest in a flock!"

;-)

That is a nice little flock of wheels you've got going on!

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