I cannot believe that my Spring and Summer Classes are only about a month away! I am still running a few experiments on how to dye my fiber to the best advantage and teach at the same time. It occurred to me this morning I can look at St. Vincent De Paul’s to see if they have any cheap crock-pots, I’m hoping for under $5 and 6 crocks. If not, well I have enough pans for the pan dyeing and can use my stockpots for the pot dyeing. If I manage to get what I want then I can do the pot dyeing right in the room, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope.
As for what I am doing for my own crafting, I have my loom over half warped so I hope to be threading the heddles sometime in the next week or so. I have a guild meeting this Friday, so I have to pay my dues and sign up for the lace weaving project. Then purchase supplies for the lace weaving project, lol. My spinning is going well, right now I have spun a sample of the Perendale that I bought from Camaj Fiber Arts. It was a bit rough spinning, the unfinished sample was a very sturdy and shiny yarn. I have a 45 yard skein washed and drying. It will be very interesting to see how it looks when knitted and crocheted. I almost plied it as a 3 ply, but decided to be more consistent with my sampling. I have also spun up my sample of “The Oncoming Storm” given to me by Hipstrings when I bought my spindle and their Dr. Who Merino Pack. I really like how the yarn turned out it is about 15 yards of a 3 ply yarn that is currently washed and drying. I cannot wait to see how that will turn out! On a slightly different note, while most of my samples are spun up on my Schacht Ladybug with my Bulky Woolee Winder I have decided to give spinning some of the ‘Vegan’ Fibers, bought from Camaj Fiber Arts a year ago, a try on the drop spindles I have for my students. Right now I have some TriLobal Nylon on my spindle and I cannot wait to finish this sample and ply it, it is so thin and sparkly.
On a related, but slightly different note, the Akerworks Company has decided to create a bobbin for the Bulky Flyer WooleeWinder for the Schacht Brand wheels and they are looking for test spinners. I have put my hat in the ring, and I have my fingers crossed. At heart I am a bargain hound, so I have been coveting some of the items from Akerworks, in addition to a couple more bobbins for my WooleeWinder. Whichever one has a good deal first is where I am probably going to put my money. Admittedly, if I get a couple grand and already have my 16 shaft loom, then I will probably get the electric wheel from WooleeWinder. Oh well, so many more crafts to play with before I worry about that. Besides, I have an electric eel wheel on the way from the kickstarter! Admittedly, I think I was 500 or 700 in line so it will be a little while but he did send out an update that the first 100 were being assembled and ready to go out in a week or so! Very exciting!