Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I have tried with no luck to get google to get me back to my blog Spin on a Whim, but no luck, they haven't answered my questions, nor have they offered any advice.  ack

So, here I am at the new and improved Spin on a Whim II  Google be damned.

I have been spinning and quite a bit.  I got laid off again in November from what I thought was going to be a winner job, but working for a control freak is making me happy to be gone from there.  I am looking for a job (please don't offer suggestions, I have all the resources I need, thank you for thinking of me).

Anyway...back to the spinning thing.  I estimate around 30 pounds or so in 3 or 4 months.  woohoo!!  I have been bringing up bags of processed fleeces from the basement stashial area and voila!  Lots of fun.  I also have been spinning for a fair isle project.  I do have a pattern in mind, kinda, but might change that at some point.  I won 12 ounces or so at a retreat and then searched for 4 additional natural colors to spin.  This yarn is spun to do a 8 stitches or so to the inch, so it was fun to spin that fine for a change.  I have moorit, dark gray, light gray and black.

I have finished the moorit which wasn't really as nice as all the white that I spun.  It was carded with all the fleece included.  This means that the wonderful fine stuff was carded with the tog.  But, it washed up nicely even though it poofed up more than the white.  I think I can block this out later if I need to.  Or, I might find some more fleece.  The stuff that I spun was Louet roving I am pretty sure.  The rest of the wool that I found online, looks pretty nice.  All from USA fleeces and processed nicely.

I also have been working on my applique project (Aunt Millies Garden) and yes, I did use red backgrounds.  Who knew red could be a neutral?  I also am doing two blocks of the month quilts, Civil War Tribute and the new Civil War quilt (Homestead Hearth patterns).  I miss not doing some machine piecing.

Also, I finally cleared out enough room in the basement to set up my Grace machine quilting frame.  It involves many hours of fitting pieces together.  Many hours.  But, it's almost ready to go and I will be making some cotton headers for it and can then start the process of learning.  The machine I have to work on it with doesn't have a very deep throat, but might look for an upgrade one day.  This will do for now for sure.

So, hopefully I can add pics tomorrow  :>)

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