Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Stills - Hand Tools

As a handspinner, I would have been really sad if I'd missed this week's photography challenge, and hey, there are still a couple hours of Sunday left :-).  I tried to take a whole series of "this is the tool and this is how you use it and these are the results you get and then you switch to the next tool and this is how you use it..."  The pictures ended up boring and uninspiring, but it was still a fun afternoon.

I'm working with a friend's really pretty freshly washed Perendale/Cheviot cross fleece.  I wanted to be able to sit outside with everyone so I grabbed a set of wool combs, a drop spindle and a small basket of wool - everything I'd need to create some yarn.  Maisie, Keebler, Blossom, Hank and Betsy took shifts keeping me company :-).


Wool Combs


Drop Spindle


My hand - to wind a plying bracelet. 


I'll explain some other time when it's not so late, I'm not so tired...and I take some better pictures.


Mini skein of yarn.  Perfect for knitting a test swatch.


Knitting needles.

12 comments:

Miha Giustina said...

These are actually all very beautiful pictures. This particular palette of colors (off white/beige/earthy tones) is my favorite. Nice hands, by the way:-)!

Alice said...

I'm so happy that you posted a picture of the drop spindle you made ( and sell) with your own hands. The photos are heavenly glimpses of what you do with clouds of wool and your tools:-). They so made my heart smile.

The Dancing Donkey said...

I knew you would have some interesting tools. Those combs in the first shot look so inviting and ready to go to work. It is a beautiful shot.

Ed said...

Excellent shots, I figured you would nail this challenge..;-)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Your talents are endless Sara. How come Betsy is the only one that got her picture taken.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are amazing and so talented!!

Lori Skoog said...

Perfect! I still have to learn your language.....

Eva said...

I love the way all the pictures have a common color scheme, and that you used your hand in some of them. (Even the cat matches!)
That wool looks absolutely wonderful.

Andee said...

Those are my kind of tools! Well except for the viking combs. I am sure I would cause major damage to to myself if I used them.

YarnKettle said...

I love your pictures. I am really interested to see your plying explanation when you get time to write it.
Your pictures and work bring me smiles.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Wonderful tools! I am anxious to hear more about them especially the steps to get to and "do" the drop spindle..I would like to be able to show children that at the museum. Most of the kids have no idea about farms, lambs, sheep, wool or other farm animals either. One child told me he lived on a farm..I asked "What animals do you have?" He replied "A horse and two dogs." So you can see that there is a need:)

Shirley said...

Perfect hand tools... especially the hand!

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