Have you been waiting for this year’s Stringtopia class line-up to drop? It’s now called the Spring String Thing and is set for April 26 – 29, 2013.
I’m not sure whether a hat-trick will be possible for me but each of the announcements has my Full Attention!
It’s no secret that I have fallen in love with Peruvian pushka spindles. This North American cousin is made in Dayton, Ohio and is sold by Abby & Shelly as the “Andina.”
Andina’s maple shaft is just slightly shorter than the Andean pushka. I do love the angles of a pushka’s shaft but the Andina is very responsive. The overall weight is a pleasure – even with a pretty cherry-wood whorl.
All told, this spindle is just right for spinning Lulu’s llama locks. Says she who is too on a spindle diet!
Fruit of the Wheel
Remember last week’s Yarn Hollow spin? It’s finished!
I came out with approximately 656 yds from 4.6 oz. It is more of a light fingering than lace. The colours really even each other out, and it’s far less bright than I expected when spinning the fibre.
Off the Combs
This Sunday, I watched Robin Russo’s Combing Fiber video. And did a fair bit of wool combing at the same time. As one does.
I have been itching to work with these Shetland locks that Mom brought back from her trip to the UK this past summer. My earlier Knit Knack post with the story is here:
Project discipline is grand. However, as a rule hand-combed top trumps everything else in the queue.
So, I have already spun the work of my Forsyth Fine (4-pitch) combs on this lovely Shetland.
The spindles are closely matched in weight terms: mini Bossie = 0.74 oz or 21 g; and Spanish Peacock = 0.78 oz or 22 g.
They also both hail from 2010, and were bought new. It was a heady time – I had yet to touch a wheel. Herein lies a lesson: they were both under-utilized. The Bossie instantly became a standard travel spindle. It was easier that way. For its part the Spanish Peacock was used but mostly not. The why is simple – adjusting for the notchless round whorl & some wobble was hard.
I have learned that spindles will wait for you. Just acquire merit, and remember that the fault may lie with you not them. Never blame the spindle for your hair-brained plans either.
Spare a thought
Please spare a thought for our Toby. He`s having trouble after a tumble down the staircase last month. He lost a canine tooth straight after the fall – root and all. We watched but no infection developed.
He`s now had related muscle loss in his face, and left side. Blood & other tests are normal. It looks like he just has trouble holding his head up, blinking the left eye, and with his balance on that side. We are relieved it`s not worse but the poor little guy could truly use everyone`s good thoughts.