Wednesday, 17 January 2018

still knitting !!


I'm slowly recovering, still need my crutches and the big boot outside the house but managing better inside with my stick ( plenty of things to hang on to )

I've been knitting mainly as still not really go my spinning mojo going ( missing my manual wheels) but I will have to bite the bullet again soon as running out of yarn.

completed so far...

and still on the needles are my kep and this hat.

So at least I am keeping busy!!

That's about it for now, we have family visiting at the weekend and hope to get back out in the van at the end of the month.

Speak soon

Sunday, 7 January 2018

update (and a little knitting )


I still have the big boot BUT I can now start to put weight on my foot :-) I've chipped a bone and torn the ligaments so now its a case of gently getting back to walking normally and hopefully the pain will die down as well.
Enough of the medical!!

I've been playing again with the e-spinner, it's not my best friend and I'll be glad when I can use one of my wheels again. I'm finding the constant speed a pain! I'm used to spinning fairly consistently  but being able to slow down to pick out straw etc as I go. With this its stop then try and find the speed you were using and any movement on the brake band slows it up considerably.

I've spun two skeins, more because I need them than as a form of enjoyment but I'm not ruling out the idea of some sort of e spinner in the future as it helps with plying and it was pointed out to me that it would be good for using in the camper but it would have to be an Ashford or Hansen or other more substantial  machine.

Stash diving in the fleece has come up with this Shetland, quite short and a bit of a pain to process and the photos do not quite show the right colour which is quite a rich brown.

I may wait and wheel spun this with it being a short staple I don't want is to run away from me.

On the pins and nearly off them is another hat. This time its all Shetland and really quite soft.

Another outing in the camper is planned  for later in the month but we are not sure where and it will depend on the weather.

So that's about it for now, speak soon x

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

well, this is different !


I'm still hobbling round on crutches with a big boot on my foot !! xrays last Friday were inconclusive so they will be checking them again this Friday to see if there has been any change in the alignment of the bones.

This means that both spinning wheels are now packed away and my good friend Pete has dashed to the rescue with this.
I had a play with an e-spinner a couple of years ago so had an idea what to expect. Its really quite awkward in as much as when I spin its a subconscious matching of treadle movements to fibre being spun, I really don't have to think about it too much. With this its back to basics again and its quite a learning curve but I think I've spun enough to finish the kep and I will have another play with it tomorrow.

I will report back in my next post.
speak soon xx