Sunday, September 21, 2008

Latest Cool Tool

A few days ago I showed you one of my latest new gadgets/tools that I've added to my studio. The stretcher frame. Well I've also added another great tool/contraption. This spinning wheel (found it used on Craig's List).

spinning wheel
I've actually had the wheel about two or so weeks and after the initial learning curve we've gotten to know each other quite well and get along now. I must admit though, that I think I've gotten spinning cramps. You've heard of writer's cramp right? Well, my left hand, which controls the amount of wool being spun has gotten quite sore lately. I think I need to take a day or more off from spinning to let it get better. I hope it's just a case of using muscles that I don't normally use and they'll get stronger over time. I do know that about ten years ago a doctor told me that I had the onset of carpal tunnel, so I don't know if this is related or not. I definitely hope not.

Here's some of my latest yarns.

handspun yarn wool
And the next photo is a pouch that I knitted with some of my handspun yarn. I felted it slightly and now it is drying. I plan to add a fabric lining and a flap or something for shutting/closing. This will hopefully be a prototype of a bag design that I'd like to make more of.

knit knitted felted pouch

8 comments:

  1. Interesting contrapton :)
    I found recently that if I will stretch my fingers by pulling them back gently, individually then together, it seems to help with soreness the next day. Your yarns and pouch are great.

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  2. love the pouch, the colors are awesome and the yarns are yummy :)

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  3. That's a lot of spinning! You might need more than a couple of days but the yarns are beautiful!

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  4. Your yarns are wonderful. I hope the soreness in your hand goes away soon!

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  5. the yarns are lovely. I keep thinking about knitting something to felt - becuase i love the look - but you know it takes me so long to knit (it is not my forte) that the thought of shrinking it and make it smaller is too much to contemplate!

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  6. Oh ! I am green with envy ! That's a beauty. Louet? That's one good think about living in a more populated area. I am going to play with my wheel tomorrow.... LOVE your gleanings. Fabulous ! Congratulations !

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  7. I am so in love with the colors of your new yarns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Always wonderful! I was thinking of you today as I thought of my knitting round table class starting on Thrusday!!!!!!!! Unfortunately I won't be working on yarn as nice as yours buttt... it will doo...

    Smooches

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  8. I learned to spin chunky yarn on a drop spindle at Art Fiber Fest and I am loving it. Now a spinning wheel is on my with list. I've given my husband some completely unsubtle hints for birthday or Christmas ideas, so we'll see.

    I love the yarns!

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