Thursday, July 21, 2011

48 Inches Of Yarn

My original challenge set for Team Hopelessly Over Committed was to spin 10 oz of B. Willard. I want to make a thick, soft, comfy barn sweater. I wanted to spin the yarn using a woolen or near woolen draw and I felt pretty confident after one of my classes at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair and reading Paula Simmons Spinning for Softness and Speed.

It took me just a couple afternoons to spin the entire 2 3/4 pounds.



The bobbins on the miniSpinner hold a huge amount of yarn. I had to use a jumbo ball winder to wind off these balls of singles. That's four feet (48" loom) of yarn. If I complete my "mountain" challenge day project of spinning on the Great Wheel tomorrow, I'll start plying.



Poor Lila and her weird pillow. Look at her smooshed up lips. I think she's drooling ;-). With the fans running all out (a comforting sound), I can sneak up on her with the camera, crunching gravel with every step. I love to catch her sleeping like this.

We are miserably hot here, but not as bad as some places. The awful humidity we are slugging through came from the good rains we've had, keeping the grass green. I'll not complain. This kind of heat and crunchy brown grass? No one wants to go there.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

I am still in awe over the amount of yarn you spun so quickly!!!

farmlady said...

Oh, you poor people and this incessant HEAT. Lila is the poster child for your Summer... she is so cute.
Keep the fans turning...

Nancy K. said...

I'm with Michelle! I can't believe how much you've gotten done.

I opened the windows for the first time all week at about 11:30 Thursday night! The heat wave seems to have finally broken (knock on wood!)

cyndy said...

Woot! You rock! Nothing like a little TdF to get production up ;-)

Stay cool, like you I am thankful for green grass.

small farm girl said...

You have been busy! That's great! Now show us how to make two ply. heehehe. That picture of Lila scared me there at first. I know how hard this heat is on your little sheepy. Glad she was just sleeping.

Sheepmom said...

You are flying through your goals! Hmmm....does the AC being on in the Wool House have anything to do with time spent there?? "Oh darn, I have to stay in the wool house and spin for my challenge." You're no dummy - no wonder you joined so many teams this year!

Susan said...

I wish I could sleep anywhere like Lila. She is out! I can't imagine spinning wool in this weather -- I just can't.

Alice said...

Amazing amount of wool spun. you have enough there for a couple of sweaters, and maybe a throw as well. Outstanding accomplishment!

Terry and Linda said...

No they don't. And the other side of our mountains are getting the cruchy grass thing.

Love THAT SHEEP!

Linda
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Ed said...

LOL! She sure loves her naps, beats the heat..:-)

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