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Hi all [Oct. 4th, 2007|11:09 am]

Hi there. Just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Mollie and I've been spinning for nearly a year now. I started back in January of this year, teaching myself to use a drop spindle. It wasn't long before I made the commitment to purchase a spinning wheel, which I did a week later. I bought a Kromski Sonata and I just adore it.

I've got the spinning disease. I cannot keep myself from buying wool and other fibres all the time, LOL. I have more than enough wool in my stash to last a number of years, and yet I still add to it. Yes. I'm addicted.

I have recently been buying raw fleece. It's a lot cheaper and there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that I've prepared my wool from start (well, nearly-- off the sheep's back without having to raise sheep!) to finish. I am keen on ancient British breeds, having spent some time in the north of England on holiday and in search of wool. There is a certain difficulty in finding ancient breed wools, although the Rare Breeds Survival Trust of the UK is a great source for finding farmers and wool suppliers. The postage is a killer though, so I've been scouring the internet for American breeders of British wool sheep and have been rather successful in finding them. In fact, this passion/interest in ancient breeds started when I visited a small wool festival at an old priory in Castle Acre, Norfolk. The ladies there were just demonstrating spinning, and I got to chatting with one of them who had a bag of Hebridean wool. When I had make inquiries about it, she said I could have it and just gave me the entire bag of washed fleece- about 2 kg of it!

My most recent purchases have been some fleeces consisting of both black and white Cotswold, Shetland and a lovely Border Leister/BFL cross from a ram named Aaron. ;-)

My favourite wools to spin are Wensleydale, Gotland and Cotswold.

Oh, I forgot to mention. I use both a top whorl drop spindle as well as my wheel. I have also taught myself to weave. I just purchased an Ashford Rigid Heddle loom and absolutely adore it. I also needle felt on occasion. My knitting skills are basic, but I enjoy that as well.

I'm currently working on a piece that is a combination of brushed mohair and recycled sari silk and it's coming out really well.

As soon as I finish my projects, I'm going to start to do some tablet weaving. It looks relatively easy, but we'll see.
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(no subject) [Apr. 12th, 2007|10:07 pm]

I thought i would do a littie interduction...
My name is Kutrina. im 24, married, and i am a spinning addict!
I got into spinning at a fiber fest in BC years ago. There was a guy who was spinning and so he taught me. It was pritty cool. i spent the next year and a bit looking for a good used wheel. 
I ended up selling my mom's old loom and she gave me a cut of the money. 
I ended up going with my hubbie on a trip to the interior of BC. And went to pentiction. There we went to a farmers market thing, totaly by accident. And i was looking for wool. This lady was spinning, and so i started talking to her, and told her i was looking for a wheel. 
She told me she was actualy selling the one she was spinning on, and told me the price, i called my mom to see what she thought, and she said to go for it. So i paid for it and the lady said to come back in a hour so she could ply her yarn.
I ended up comming back and she gave me a little tutoral on how to use it (ended up being over an hour!) 
was totaly cool and got some other people intersted in spinning. 
So that was my start... 
I <3 my spinning wheel. I only had one issue with it, a plastic part broke and i found someone within 12 hours who had a replacement part, went to her house, and it was fixed! 
SO here is some recent and not so recent photos...

so another thing. 
Here who spins in bare feet?
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yarn [Oct. 24th, 2006|04:02 pm]


so i got some realy nice pink roving.

And i just had some time today on my day off to spin it up.  It spun up quie nice, and i am setting the twist right now. I thought i might share some of the photos of it with you. Warning. its quite um, pink....

Pictures of pink singlesCollapse )
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Welcome to Spinning Wool [Dec. 30th, 2005|12:59 pm]

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I am starting this in the hopes it will be a good place to post you're questions as well as to talk about any projects you're working on and show off some FOs!
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