When I last blogged, I was talking about moving, finding untold treasures, and knitting.
I'm still moving (a month later - moving a farm sucks...), still finding treasures, and haven't been knitting because I've been busy working, too (paychecks are a good thing...).
There have been fiberish happenings, however. Back in November, I was able to bring my Mom's 1970 Ashford Traditional wheel home. On the way home, it suffered a cracked hub, which I was finally able to fix. Glue and screws are wonderful things. This wheel also boasts an original Woolee Winder, along with a couple of extra bobbins, which is very cool.
This is important for the wheel to be functional, as it is vastly more portable than my Country Craftsman (which I really love). Since the High Desert Wool Growers' Fiber Market Day was 3/31, I needed to have it to spin on during the day. I have a booth there every year - it's usually fun, but this year, with moving, etc., it was more of a chore. I didn't replenish my yarn inventory, since I was reluctant to spend more than $500 on fiber and yarn, which most likely would get added to my stash, rather than purchased by someone else.
This year's booth was mainly filled with 8 oz. roving bumps of natural fleeces that I had processed by Creekside Fiber Mill in Lebanon, OR. They do a wonderful job, and I actually sold a couple.
The big sellers were weaving yarns from Mom's stash. I finally decided that I just couldn't see myself using them, and they needed to go. They were priced in the bargin basement, and I sold about half. I need to find homes for the rest (though LindaLou has put dibs on the linen...).
This year, there were lots of people, but not a lot of buyers. This validates my decision not to invest precious funds in additional inventory - the economy is NOT recovering...
But, after frantically trying find a drive band for the wheel (I was successful), I got a lot accomplished... I spun about 4 oz. of Dorset/Suffolk roving (and plied it Sunday) - it's beautiful. I got this from Becky, in a trade for a hat. Spun long-draw, on the smaller whorl of the flyer, this roving wanted to be yarn, and practically spun itself.
I really love it, and have about 3 lbs. As some of you may know, things don't stay white in my house very long - I see this being dyed as complimentary yarns for other projects, since it's so white! Someone else likes it too - meet Art!
I'm getting the "Loom Room" set up - both looms, all the books, and fiber tools are here. I have turned the walk-in closet into fiber storage, with wire cubes holding the roving. I need some more cubes, I think...