Saturday, March 08, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

I finally did it. I caved in and bought a Woolee Winder for my Schacht. It arrived today, a late birthday present. (The Big Day was February 23rd, and I am now 46, in case you were wondering.)

The gorgeous fiber I am spinning with it is called Black Magic Woman, and it is a scrumptious blend of very soft wool, fine shreds or sari silk, and a bit of angelina for sparkle. It spins like an absolute dream. If you like it, visit Enchanted Knoll Farm and see what other goodies are available. Every time I go there to look, my "buy it now" finger trembles like Dr. Strangelove's arm, and is just as difficult to control.

I do not know what this stuff will want to be yet, but I have a whole eight ounces to spin before I have to a) decide, or b) let it mellow in the handspun stash until I wake up dreaming of...a stole? A scarf? A shawl? Need to buy more before it's all gone?

The possibilities are endless, of course.

I had started this on one of my Golding spindles, then decided spindling exerted too much pull on the yarn. I was breaking the yarn and dropping the spindle too much. So, I decided to put it aside and wait for the Woolee winder to arrive.

It was worth the wait. I love the way the singles are turning out. Josette's beautiful batts were perfect for"maiden voyage."

1 comment:

Alison said...

You have a Schacht! With a Woolee Winder! My dream wheel with my dream accessory. Ah my. Oh well. I found someone willing to sell me both her Ashfords and all her fiber and books for $140 total, and was never able to justify the Schacht after that. If only, though. The Ashfords are good wheels, though.

--AlisonH at