Winter spinning and weaving

Good morning and happy Saturday! I’m looking forward to playing Santa at Pet Supplies Plus today and tomorrow for Italian Greyhound Rescue’s annual fundraiser. Last weekend was a blast. We were fairly busy both days with about an even mix of dogs who were easy and not so easy about it. I was surprisingly not as sore as I expected to be afterwards. We’ll see what this weekend brings!IMG_7895-300x225

During my quiet time in the mornings while the rest of the house is still asleep, I have been working on this polwarth, silk, and nylon sparkle blend from Fat Cat Knits on my Kromski Polonaise. This is the second bobbin that I am almost finished spinning.

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When that’s done, it’s time for plying. I like to save up a couple of different projects before doing a run of plying, so I have the Romney that I spun at home, and the Shetland that took to spin at the fall fiber festivals I went to. I have a lot more of that Romney to spin and I have been working on getting it carded so it can be my winter spinning project. I will ply what I have done so far, and let that help me to decide if I want the rest of it to be the same or not.

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Now that my rigid heddle loom is accessible, I’m planning a project using a hemp/cotton yarn in these four colors, which match the crayons I drew in our color challenge at the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat. I am also thinking about doing a card woven band using the same four colors, either as an element on the rigid heddle project, or a project by itself. Maybe both. Stay tuned for more about these as I will be warping the rigid heddle loom one night this week.

That’s it for now. I’m off to spin for a few more minutes before it’s time to play Santa again. What winter projects are you lining up for yourself?

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