I have been spinning and sewing. I’ve been bad at taking photos. But here’s one from my room, where the chaos at least shows I’m working. I’ll tidy it up this week so a spinning friend from Sweden who’s coming to visit me next week will have space for her wheel. We’ll spend a fiber day together!
The brown-black Saxony wheel is one I bought a few weeks ago to replace my blue faithful servant from 1896. It’s made by a well known Finnish spinning wheel factory in Kiikka. I have no date for it, but probably around WWII. It’s well used, which I hold for a good sign in old wheels. You don’t want to spin on wheels that aren’t good, do you? I haven’t had time to spin much on it yet, but I like the little I’ve spun.
I hope July will be less busy. As for now I’m looking forward to the Nordic Knitting Symposium after Midsummer. I’m spinning a few yarns I will use in the workshops I’ll attend. The work for my own teaching at the event is done, so now I can relax and concentrate on other tasks, like pink and orange yarns for my class in Estonian mittens. Our teacher is Kristi Joeste, and I really look forward to learning more about Estonian knitting. I also spin Z-twist yarn for a intermediate class in two-end (twined) knitting with Karin Kahnlund. A blue yarn is spun, today I spin orange for that class also.
In May hubby and I had two dear guests from Sweden, Monika and her husband Inge. Monika is a new spinner, but very efficient in her learning. We spent an intense wool day together while the men went kayaking, and the next day spun at the outdoor museum where the members of my guild work in the summers.
Have a look at my apron and the yarn I’m spinning: thin red/white wool/silk on the high speed flyer against red and white stripes. I wonder what I was thinking when I arranged that? In that light? In front of an audience? I barely could se the thread, luckily I don’t have to see much nowadays as my fingers can feel what I’m doing, but it still made me uncomfortable. I also forgot to take along the threading hook, which as everyone with a Louet high speed flyer knows can be a disaster. A kind person gave me rusty iron thread for an hastily made hook! I spun a 4-ply cabled sock yarn:
Now we’re looking forward to the Finnish Midsummer. It’s usually a cold and wet holiday, and as the weather report isn’t of any comfort this year either it may be my husband and I and the dog spend the night indoors.