I'll be spinning with it for the first time this morning:-)
Thanks so much, Marshall!
Another spindle that Marshall just finished is made out of black walnut for the whorl and hickory for the shaft. This spindle weighs in at one ounce (30g)-
Marshall loves to bake (bad, bad, bad for the waistline), and this past weekend he made some raisin bread by hand. So delicious to eat just out of the oven....
A few months ago my husband discovered an embroidery frame at a local thrift shop. He modified it slightly so that I could use it for small tapestry pieces which was serendipitous timing as I'd been thinking/dreaming about tapestry. The creative freedom of tapestry appeals to me as a nice counterpoint to the linear quality of weaving. Last night I started a couple of small pieces just to review some of the tapestry techniques that I had learned years before.
Marshall created a walnut tapestry beater for me along with some turned tapestry bobbins to wind my wool yarn on. I have bits and balls of leftover wool in baskets all around my house. I think I know how to use some of them now!
I'll leave you with a couple of photos of hemmed hats that I just finished knitting. One in blues and grays for my youngest son, Seb, who has a blue/gray ski jacket. He's worn it almost non-stop since I gave it to him :-) Now this is a much different result than I envisioned when I painted the Merino roving weeks ago using various blues and different values of black. I plied that singles with a variegated gray Merino singles and it created spots of color that float all over the hat.
I made another hemmed hat for my husband using the handspun alpaca/Merino/Rambouillet yarn in forest green, medium brown, tan, and spruce green that I had just finished spinning on a handspindle. This was plied on a wheel using a Merino singles that I had dyed in three different colors of green. It goes nicely with his forest green down jacket. Don't you just love the unusual texture and colors of handspun yarn? It makes a one of a kind hat that's so rewarding to knit.
Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,