Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I Really Need To Have My Head Examined..

Babe Bulky Spinning Wheel
Yes, you are looking at my latest wheel. It's a Babe bulky spinner that's custom-built for bulky yarns and add-ins. I received it last night and put it together in 10 minutes, with a few adjustments once Leo got home (he's the handy one with the tools).

I am having some problems with it as it's not like any of the wheels I own, or have spun on. The flyer is heavy and the bobbins (I have three of them) can hold 1 pound of yarn. It's made of PVC and the wheel is made out of a wheelchair wheel. But it's still a wheel, nonetheless. I'll have time to iron out all the issues I'm currently having with it.

Pink LadyI also finished setting three yarns I've spun in the last couple days. This one is called Frenchy. I spun this from a Homestead Wool & Gift farm batt, and some Sheep Shed Studio mill ends I dyed and carded last week. I so want a drum carder now. I can't believe how lofty the yarns come out for spinning!

I'm currently researching a few drum carders but so far, if price weren't an option I would go with a Pat Green Deb Deluxe, but since I'm not exactly setting up a cottage industry out of my garage at the moment, I'm being a bit realistic and setting my sights maybe on a Strauch Finest instead. Although if I were to be even more realistic, a David Howard Brush drum carder is more do-able.

Bikini Bottom 1Remember my drop spindle attempt at spinning thick 'n thin yarns like I used to when I first started this obsession? Well, this is "Bikini Bottom I" (yes, it's going to be a series until I GET it...meaning that I let caution and my quest for 'perfection' to the wind and just spin freely), spun from a Crosspatch Creations batt called "White Water" and millspun fiber I dyed last week. Not too bad...

Delta orifice sample skein
And this one I spun using three test flyers that was sent me last month for a certain wheel I shall not name. It's a sample skein with add-ins that went through two of the delta orifice, while I had to push the add-ins through the third.

So far, I love all of them! But I have to keep on spinning and taking notes. Which means I have to make (and find) other add-ins to really push these flyers even more. This yarn is a bit too tame...

But really, I need to get off my bum and start cleaning the house. But then...I really do keep saying that...

4 comments:

Bee said...

Hooray for a new wheel!!! I think it's amazing what the Babe is made of. Can you believe I'm getting a new wheel as well? I'm getting a Majacraft Suzie Pro arriving at the end of Jan (I hope). I wasn't going to go for one but the price was so good considering the exchange rate now. Love your handspuns...so inspiring and artistic.

Ulli said...

frenchy looks like a pink cloud! love your experimenting with different wheels

fiberfreek said...

Congrats on your new wheel! Love the 'new' sqaure look! As always your yarns are inspirational and beautiful!
Hugs,
jamie

Velvet said...

A new wheel! Wow, Bee! That is awesome! Definitely bring it with you to guild next time. I've never spun on majacraft but I hear they are awesome - however with all the wheels I currently have, I have to go on a wheel diet as well as a fiber diet. But I'm so happy you got a new wheel! Congratulations!