7.5 inch Dakota straights:
I purchased some llama fiber at the Connecticut Sheep & Wool back in 2011, and couldn’t wait to spin it on this wheel.
Using the smallest included whorl (24:1 ratio), it’s coming out wonderfully fine! I’m hoping to maximize the yardage, so I’m doing a very fine 3 ply.
A few weeks ago, I ordered my dream wheel-a 30″ Schacht Reeves in cherry. I had heard that the wait for these was around 12 weeks, so I figured it would be here in the new year.
My dealer, Lois from Bountiful Spin Weave, told me that Schacht had really ramped up production, and she wasn’t kidding!
The wheel arrived today, and it is just beautiful!
Update: it’s now a couple of hours later, and I’ve got 1/2 a 4 ounce bunch of fiber spun, and I’ve started the other half in a new bobbin. This is thicker than the yarn I usually spin, and not the super-thin yarn this wheel is best at.
I wanted a substantial yarn ( fiber is Romney from 2012 NY Sheep and Wool), and I have to say this is coming out exactly as I wanted!
Wow-this wheel is FAST! The spinning is wonderfully smooth, and I can’t believe how much I’ve gotten done tonight.
Each year, Rhinebeck (officially New York Sheep and Wool) gets better and better!
Friday, we had an all-day Breed Study class with Beth Smith (of The Spinning Loft in Michigan) which was great! We flicked, carded and combed 12 different fleeces – it was a great way to find out what we liked and what we didn’t. I’m taking notes for next year’s fleece sale, as long as I finish prepping the fleeces I already have here…
And the shopping? Wonderful!
Here’s a peek:
This is our new addition to the fiber tools:
She’s a Mighty Wolf loom, all put together and wearing her first warp:
Weaving on this loom is pure heaven! The treadling is so smooth and the threading was very easy, even though this is a more complex draft than I’ve done before. I threaded with NO errors! Woot!