I haven't used my dryer, since it began to sound like a jet engine, that would be several years. Usually that is not a problem, I am used to hanging out our clothes out on the line or inside on the drying racks if the weather is looking iffy. This time, however, I needed the magic shrinking properties of the dryer to get me going on that t-shirt rug again!
I have dutifully unwoven back almost to the beginning. It was a slow but necessary task, made all the more difficult by a head cold that hit me like a ton of bricks on Tuesday!
I have been spindle spinning a project recently. I have several ounces, probably 4 of this soft luscious dark brown shetland cross, that I have confidence will all fit on this spindle. I am using this spindle in a supported manner, that is, not letting it hang from the yarn I am making, but putting the point of the spindle in a small bowl, in my lap or even on a table. (They don't call it a drop spindle for nothing! Don't get me wrong, I can do it, but with this much yarn on the spindle, it is really getting heavy!)
I took this one instead!
It is very fast spinning, the only thing that would make it faster is if I could get one of those "Wooly Winders" that load the bobbin evenly without having to stop to change hooks. I don't even know if they can make one for this double drive wheel?
It is a different spinning experience, you don't have to coordinate treadling and drafting at the same time, you can set your speed as slow as you want and then concentrate on drafting! If you are trying to learn how to spin, and it isn't happening, see if you can borrow one for a little while. Mine is always available to try, for those of you close at hand!
I think I may go ahead and order a couple more bobbins to go with the one that I have. It would certainly slow me down if I have to unload the bobbin each time, before I could spin up a new one!
The fabric was tumbling in the dryers, the little e-spinner was humming, and I am still a little foggy with that head cold. I would have totally succumbed to a nap, just like my son used to do, if it hadn't been having so much fun spinning yarn!
Until next time, Happy Weaving and Spinning, Tina