Raising Finnish Landrace, Cotswold, Border Leicester, and Romeldales, in the Heart of Illinois, as well as working with rescue llamas.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Few Recent Projects

Here are a few projects recent couple of weeks, for some reason probabaly induced by making so many new baby blankets this summer. I have been craving felting. The more I felt the more I want to felt, I wonder if this felting fascination will wear off.
I started off this felt craze by dying some of my white Finn roving.

Then I made a few little wallets that I plan stuff with
 flavored teas and use for christmas presents.

My old pickle jar now used for dyeing modeling wet
felted beret/side
slouch hat.




A wet felted pot.

Another wet felted pot. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Now that it is Fall ...

Since summer is now a memory, I thought I would share my score of the summer, a lovely Ashford traditional spinning wheel that I found on craigslist while goofing off over the 4th of July week..  Now I will never get rid of my Babe double treadle production, as I love it dearly due it the amazing portability of it but this opportunity just jumped out at me. Why a second wheel? My eldest daughter occasionly spins and my younger daughter is wanting to learn. (Hey, I can't hog the hobby, can I?)

It was a drive to pick up the Ashford, but well worth it.  This traddy is a single treadle with 4 bobbins and a lazy kate. She had sat in a living room for the last 25 years as decoration. She came home with some raw spun wool on her lazy kate, that I took off. Research I have done on the Ashford website indicates this is a 1970's model, more than likely mid 1970's. She is in great condition, all she needed was a brake band and a bit of light oil. An easy remedy, for such a sweet spinning wheel.

The little Traddy was in awesome condition, didn't even need dusting!