The August challenge theme in Spindlers group on Ravelry is “fantasy,” and I took the plunge!
This 5 oz braid of combed top from Corgi Hill Farm is in my favourite blend, alpaca/merino/silk. The spindle choice is my 22 g Spanish Peacock spindle, Flame Box Elder.
The group challenge is to spin at least 1 or more oz (or ½ oz lace) during the month on spindles (of course!), posting a skein in the thread by EST end of August.
The fibre brought to mind a single thought – Gandalf’s Eagle! I went for our illustrated (Alan Lee) copy of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, found page 108, and headed for the passage that took my breath away so many years ago.
Eagles are not kindly birds. Some are cowardly and cruel. But the ancient race of the northern mountains were the greatest of all birds; they were proud and strong and noble-hearted…
Letting the curious Lord of the Eagles of the Misty Mountains take me out of my tree perch sounds like a good way to crack through that oh-so-pragmatic decision to miss the Tour de Fleece this year.
So far, I am the only fantasy Eagle Lord entrant but the past 2 days have brought some wonderful interpretations into this month’s theme. Join us or just lurk for the fun, will you?
This past camp week for T was also a treat for my fibre projects. Wrinkles aside (I answered their survey this morning…), I used the daytime hours to have the coveted dye day, spin for the fun of it, share online, and best of all open the floor loom!
Yesterday brought a new tool into the kit – first pair of eye-glasses. Slight correction later, and I am far more comfortable on-screen. The 5/2 cotton threads on the loom are much easier to work with now, phew!
Another week of camp will start after our civic holiday weekend. I am looking forward to sharing the pictures/project stories with you!