March 17, 2009

Spinning Demo at Trade Show

What a busy month. I've been dyeing yarn and getting ready for two Show and Sells. On the broken leg issue, I've graduated to a walking cast, not putting too much weight on my leg so still using crutches. Here's a couple photos at a local Trade Show. Fellow sheeper Mary and I shared a table and these are her photos. Thanks Mary!

There are 3 children in the photo above, but the youngest boy is on the floor checking out the "treadle and footmen" in action. As a rule women and girls are facinated by the wool/spinning process. On the other hand, boys and men are enchanted by the spinning parts (the technical/mechnical aspects of the spinning wheel).


I spun lightly washed wool from a favourite old ewe "Sylvia" (named after our vet). I practised my long unsupported draw and after a few hours had a big bobbin of soft shiney Romney cross singles. Later at home, I spun a bobbin of Corriedale/Rambouillet to ply with the Romney. I dyed the skeins today and call this colorway "Cranberry Bog" (the moss green looks washed out in this photo).
A note about shearing: We got ready last week for shearers. In the night the older ewes got outside and there was a big snow storm. Of course, they were covered in snow and wet so shearing had to be cancelled. We hope the shearer will be able to come back this way in the next few months. How fortunate the sheep were to be still wearing their winter coats, when the weather changed for the worst and the temperatures dropped to -20c and -30c.

5 comments:

Yarn Devil said...

Very lucky they still have their wool!!! Love your Cranberry Bog!

valli said...

Good to hear the leg is getting better Val - love that scarf your wearing ;) the boys are funny arnt they - i had a boy i baby sitted and he would roll his toy cars back and forth fascinated with the wheels going round! boys are definitely from Mars ;)
wish i could have come to your shows :D

Kim said...

How fabulous to sit amidst a cloud of wool, fluffed out and ready for spinning! I love how easily romney spins up, and the cranberry bog is lovely!

Zette said...

Simply beatiful yarn.
Happy spinning.

Lona said...

Oh, goodness. Maybe the sheep knew the nasty weather wasn't quite over yet! Do you have a shortage of shearers? The older shearers in Michigan have been intentional about training the few young ones who want to learn. It's heartening...