So, of course, no sheep and wool festival is complete without stuff! Mmm shiny stuff.
My parents bought me some more lovely fiber for Strider. And a wrap gauge for me! Been wanting one for a while, yay! All from Spunky Eclectic. I narrowly avoided a bird’s eye maple Loki as well.
Merino/Tencel on the left, Corriedale batt by Grafton Fibers on the right, and wrap gauge below.
Let’s see… what else… oh right!
Heeeeee. For my birthday, I got Tsuper Tserious Tsock Tstuff.
Hand carded and blended Tsock Batts by the Tsarina herself… made with some of the fleece I gave her from the Great Fleece Adventure.
Mood Indigo: Romney, Mohair, Silk
And this one, “just for fun” which, in grand black tradition is hard to do photographic justice to
Assyrian Cohort: Merino, Seacell, Silk, Mohair, Sparkly
And, finally, recieved in the mail presents from England!
The shirt made me laugh. Which is good, laughter is the best medicine.
The socks… wow. Dude.
Here’s a better photo of them, truer to the gorgeous claret-ey color. DAMN they’re soft. If I recall correctly, they have silk in them. Fit great too. Look at those cables!
They’re even cabled on the back!
Aren’t they awesome? ::squee::
Presents from me, to me:
Now, of course, I can’t go to a sheep and wool festival without buying a few things myself. And so…
I got me some Abby Batts from Spunky Eclectic. Mmmm. Shiiiny.
And a closeup of the green one
I also got some Icelandic Lamb, because I haven’t spun any Icelandic yet, and it’s about time. Marcy helped with this purchase.
And finally, I had to valiantly throw myself on these to save my dear friend Lynn from them. Ahem. 30/2 and 40/2 cotton thread, which will be used for weaving.
Stuff I made:
And that’s all the new stuff… except…
Remember this photo?
Notice something? Here, let me zoom in…
See that? That was my not so super secret project after making the spindle bags.
Here it is with better light
Or on the table so maybe you can see it better…
Still can’t tell what’s going on?
Get it now?
If not, wander over here and look at the 4th photo down, I’ll wait…
See it? Yeah, that’s me, at NH Sheep and Wool, wandering around spindle spinning. That’s what I do. I do it here at work too.
And it’s for that that I invented this little “device.”
It’s a spindle holster. Yes, a spindle holster. When they’re not all full, you can put them through button holes. But when the cop gets large, they won’t fit in button holes anymore. And spindle bags are great, but they really go IN bigger bags. And when I’m walking around spindle spinning, I want a place to put the spindle that’s right there at hand, that I can get the spindle back from. You know, you walk up, spinning away, to a booth and then OOOH cormo-silk, you have to pick it up to touch and look at the price, but where do you put your spindle? Oh noes! Put it in your pocket and it may get squeezed back out and dropped and… ::gasp:: lost.
So, I made this. Admittedly, it’s probably not for many people. I mean, it’s got a belt loop, and two draw strings. But as the link pointed out, I’m hardcore ::snickers:: really ::twitch:: hardcore… ::falls out of chair laughing:: Ahem… totally. Anyway, for me, it’s awesome. As the cop gets bigger, I can adjust the lower drawstring so that the spindle is snug and secure and won’t drop out the bottom or bounce out the top.
It’s awesome! I’m happy.
A new bit of fiber for the shop.
Deep sea blue-green currents swirl and twist in the depths of the water, where strange creatures swim…
Deep Sea – 1oz – 50/50 Cashmere/Tussah Combed Top
SO SOFT. SO SHINY. Love.
That’s all for now.