Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lost and Found

I've lost 6 1/2 pounds this month!! I know you don't think that's very much, but it is when you're talking wool. I had two custom spinning jobs for July that totalled 6 1/2 pounds. I can only spin a single ply yarn at two ounces an hour and a double ply in half that time. So, yeah, I could do a pound a day...uh, if I didn't have a animal chores, eating, sleeping, working, animals chores, breathing...you get the picture! :)

One of the custom spinning jobs was for a knitting pattern, as well as a final product, so there was both a custom dye job and yarn weight element as well. There were many samples sent for approval and emails back and forth with the customer. It was a great experience. I think it turned out well. And, I learned a lot during the process. The final product turned out to be the most fantabulous knitted pig ever! A pattern will be available soon so stay tuned.

The other custom job was for a private knitting customer. She is a joy to spin for because she appreciates and understands different types and breeds of wool.

Here is the result of both jobs:

One yarn is natural and one yarn is dyed,
but both yarns come from humanely-raised wool!
Go team! Support cruelty-free fibers!
And what was it that I found? The love and respect of the rigid heddle loom. In a previous post, I mentioned how I used to turn up my nose at the rigid heddle loom, but not anymore. I am so madly in love with this little loom that I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about projects for it. Since I got this little baby a month ago, I have woven four projects. That's a big deal for me (Queen of Unfinished Projects).

Here is the latest finished piece. A lovely little shawl made from 100% cotton. It's Lily Sugar N' Cream cotton that I bought at Hobby Lobby (using their 40% off coupon). I then hand-dyed it before weaving it. 

So far it's the best piece I've done on my 16-inch Ashford rigid heddle, but I've already started my next project and it's looking good, too. And did I mention that I've ordered another rigid heddle loom? This one has two heddle capabilites and a 5-dent reed large enough for bulky and art yarns. Ooops, did I say that out loud???

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