Oh, January, I see your cold and raise you a handspun, Paper Snowflake. This wonderful knit pattern is by Naomi Parkhurst was ideal (ideal, I tell you!) for my many hours-worth of 3-ply cotton yarn that I made with coin takhli spindles.
As the pics show, this was made a while ago in better weather. It hangs on my studio bulletin board, and is an awesome reminder that small amounts are not useless.
It has taken time but cotton seems to be here to stay. None of my cotton spindles is ever empty, and I gradually spin more. Spinning with the seed attached is amazing but I also figured out that if the Turkish distaff holds a length of top then I can spin it that way too.
The fact of the matter
I am still getting used to this loss. The tree had to be removed after the ice storm damage, and was a better candidate for the estate of my dreams than our suburban back yard, it’s true.
I had a full two deleted sentences re: neighbour activity. Let’s just say salt was rubbed in the wound shortly after I took this picture.
It has been a wrench. Our home feels different with the new outlook. We can work with it (new window treatments, please) but first there’s that unwanted bill to take care of.
N has made promises to chop the wood for the fireplace. Now that would be a fun development and a first!
Of the many (as yet un-processed) things happening this month, I have a few to share.
Level 2 of weaving class started last week. I am using all spare moments to get my twill towels woven. For this third towel, I kept the yellow weft but learned how to carry the slate blue up the selvedge. Most of the windowpane is 24 shots of yellow. I am carrying up by twisting in every fourth pick.
The fourth towel is underway. The weft is now light blue, and I am weaving it in broken twill. It is nice to not be as concerned with keeping an even beat.
In between weaving sessions, I treated myself to a spin-in day at the Fibre Garden in Jordan. My Wee Peggy wheel is perfect for these events – she travels well, and is easy for me to spin and participate. I am spinning Waterloo Wools polwarth hand-dyed top in the Tidepool colourway.
There is also much spinning here at home. This yarn is now all plied up & finished. It is one ply of a lovely Entbatt, and one ply of bombyx silk – all spun on spindles. I will give better detail and yarn pics in a later post.