Saturday, May 26, 2012

I Dub Thee, Fairy Pond!

These last weeks have been rather busy for me as the school year winds down and there are finals to study for, but I have managed to spin up the first skein of yarn on my wheel! The first ball I decided to attack was the Corriedale roving that was the deep purple/blue/pink ball. I spun it a little thicker than I usually do and decided to ply it with a thin strand of metallic thread rather than with itself for fear it wouldn't fit through the orifice hole. (Typically, yarn that is half the thickness of the orifice hole should be the largest spun*) The final product, in my opinion, is absolutely beautiful! The yarn is deeply colored with little flecks of silver thread and the occasional shiny blue seed bead. It is very soft and evenly think and thin; art-yarny for lack of a better word! :) But don't just take my word for it, take a look and let me know what you think!

The whole skein (so shiny and glittery!)

Close up of the strands and beads!

I decided to name this yarn Fairy Pond because it reminds me of something fairies might live near - the magical combination of the deep purple and blue with glints of silvery shine seem as though it were spun from a mystical puddle! I have not been knitting very much lately due to the excitement of the spinning wheel, but I have a LOT of yarn in my stash that should be used for something soon, especially taking into consideration that I am making yarn too! The Fairy Pond yarn would make a lovely shawl, but I may not have enough to make one... (it's only 80 yards or so), so please, feel free to comment below if you have any ideas for projects that would be worthy of a soft, shiny, bulky yarn and give any feedback you might have about the blog so far! 

*Images to go with the orifice hole description from above.

Incorrect: Wool is too think to be drawn onto the bobbin.

Correct: Wool is thin enough to be drawn onto the bobbin as well as plied later.

The size of orifice this wheel came with is regular sized, but bulky fliers (the entire part circled in green) can be purchased extra for most wheels like this and allow you to spin bulkier yarns. This is especially good for spinning art yarns, which are my personal favorites. So if anyone is looking to get me a gift... look no further than this link! ;)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Announcing My Schacht Ladybug Spinning Wheel!

Drum roll please... Announcing the Schacht Ladybug Spinning Wheel that is now in my possession! I have waited so long to save enough money to buy one and now its all mine! I was so excited to try it out in the store knowing that soon it would make itself a home in my home! I absolutely LOVE all of the features of this wheel! The red wheel and rounded treadles are definitely reminiscent of a ladybug, the carrying handles on either side, and the new tension system is very compact; a great update from the old system! (More on that later!)

Each Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel comes with a little ladybug, in a different place on each wheel, so every wheel is unique! I found my ladybug right behind the drive wheel and can see it as I spin! I named her Schatzi, which means sweetheart in German. It is also a play on words since the manufacturer is Schacht! ;)

For my first roving selections I chose a ball of Corriedale Roving which is a beautiful mix of royal purple, blue, and turquoise (pictured on the left) which I plan on plying with a silver thread later. I also chose two braids of Montadale Top (pictured on the right) in an irresistible mix of light purple, light green, and sky blue!  It took me quite a chunk of time deciding between all the balls and braids that were available, they were all so wonderful! Each time we visit the shop, I feel like a kid in a candy store again, so many colors, textures, and choices! 

*As a side note for the general blog, I plan on posting at least once a week, more over the summer as I have more free time, and then at least each weekend when school starts up again. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hello and Welcome!

My name is Grace, and I have started this blog to chronicle my adventures with spinning and knitting! I have been knitting for 5 years and recently learned how to spin over this past summer. In addition to these crafts, I also enjoy baking pies, reading Jane Austen (and other books too!), watching period films, playing badminton on my high school's team, and working on my biology homework. Science is my favorite subject!.

I am excited to start this blog because in 24 hours I will be in possession of a Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel at long last! I am counting down the seconds... 86,400. 86,399. 86,398. Well, you get the idea! With it, I aspire to create fantastic art yarns while practicing and perfecting my techniques. I hope that my projects will be able to entertain as well as inspire you to start projects of your own!

Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below, ask any questions regarding me, the blog, or spinning, or share any ideas you may have! Welcome to A Blissful Twist!