It’s been weeks, and I still can’t believe this statement is true: I have a Moosie! The whorl is 1.75″ of handcrafted moose antler on a tulipwood shaft. All together with a balancing pin she weighs 28g or one ounce.
Jonathan & Sheila Bosworth offered a group of 10 with 5 different special shaft woods. They were all lovely but the sole tulipwood #7 was my first choice. Sheila helped me to decide on a 9″ length. Its spin is even more beautiful than I dreamed. First there is the smooth but softly grained wood as I set the spindle in motion with a thigh roll. The spin is fast without being aggressive.
The fibre is “Cherry Fudge” Shetland top from The Painted Tiger.
Re-purposing for a Gift
Mom celebrated her 60th birthday in September. With a deep list of in-progress items, I still had enough time to dig out my first large shawl and its glaring corner problem.
What glaring corner problem? I was honest and brave about it all in this September 2011 TKK post. Eventually, the (ahem) swatch turned up, so I had a little extra matching yarn on hand.
Fuchsia is Mom’s new favorite colour. It was perfect for her, and she can use it this coming year in Europe on her sabbatical. That was the theory. In practice, I had to un-graft and not loose any stitches. That was a big, scary pain and a half.
Live stitches caught, pattern rendered, and Lo! I ran out of yarn again. This was my Bloody Hell moment, and I thank those of you who saw my tweets and offered words of encouragement.
Sleep always helps, and I came up with this flaw of a 3-needle lace bind-off. I am happy to report that the flaw has use – it’s Mom’s way of knowing which side is up!
Melvin was risking life & limb by interfering with the shawl at this point. He knew better than to push that particular item completely off the table, I think.
Also in progress
In and among more Super Secret projects, I started an RPM sock in my Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, “Lakeview.”
The spiral pattern is easy to work on the two circulars, and I love how it is breaking up the pools of colour in the variegated yarn. The only thing that I don’t like is the join on these particular needles – they are Knit Picks Options nickel-plated fixed circulars. I knit tightly for socks, and moving the stitches across the metal/plastic join is not seamless.
Week before last, I did beam this narrow warp on the Mighty Wolf loom. It was very useful to take what I am learning in the BAC classes, and apply it to my home loom. It’s taking me awhile to get started on threading because life has taken over. When sunny weather returns, I will take pictures of my class sampler.
Working with this muga silk that I bought from Morgaine this Spring has been a sheer joy. The scientific name of this species of wild silkworm from Assam, India is Antheraea assamensis. It is far more delicate than the Bombyx mori silk that I have spun, and the gold colour was entrancing.
The singles were spun on my Wee Peggy wheel in double drive using a crochet cotton (plied on itself) band. I plied on my Watson Martha wheel also in double drive, and with a linen (10/2) band using the small whorl, 1st ratio. This is approximately 604 yards from 1.6 ounces of muga silk in batt form.
(edit only to italicize a term)