Scarves and More
Joanne has always knitted, but always with ordinary yarn. Once she tried knitting with hand spun yarn a whole new world has opened up for her. She went from buying hand spun yarn from stores to spinning yarn from roving. Roving is fleece that has been cleaned, carded and then sold in a long strip. Now she is making her own roving from raw fleece and even fleece from our own alpacas.
Here are two examples of our own alpaca fleece. The first fleece is white and is from Alfie, our young male. The second fleece is from Princess. Her fleece is a fawn color.
This fleece is from Artemis.
While she is cleaning her fleece, Joanne usually puts it in a mesh bag. Sometimes it is too much to expect the cat to stay out of the bag. Here is Kitty in the Fleece.
Joanne has entered skeins of yarn for two years in The Great Lakes Fiber Festival. These are her skeins from last year with the ribbons she won.
Here are some examples of Joanne's knitting.
These are the shawls that Joanne made for our music group The Unexpected Party.
When Joanne first started spinning, she rented a spinning wheel. As soon as she decided she really loved it, we bought an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel as a kit. Before we put it together, she drew Celtic designs on it and I woodburned them into the wheel. We colored them, put a finish on the parts and then assembled the wheel.
We went to The Little House fiber store in Clyde, Ohio, and Joanne really liked the Kromski Mazurka spinning wheel. This was right before Christmas, so I went back without her knowing and bought it as a Christmas present.
I decided to make her a spinning wheel. She came home on garbage day and said someone down the road was throwing out a bed. I went down immediately and found the head and foot of a maple bed. It had turned spindles on it. I took out the spindles, cut them down to size and used them to make her a harp. I made the wheel out of wenge, a very heavy, dense wood from Africa. It is black with small brown stripes in it. I carved an alpaca head out of mahogany for the wheel. When Joanne was a young girl her father made her a small 3 legged stool out of oak. I used that as the base. It is actually a little too small, but I wanted to include it in the wheel for sentimental reasons.
This spinning wheel was made in Quebec, Canada, in the 1879. I found it at a flea market for $100.00. It actually works.
This is another flea market spinning wheel. I paid $20.00 for it, but it needs some work.
This is an antique little girl's spinning wheel. This is a real spinning wheel, not a toy. The wheel is about 12 1/2 inches in diameter. It is missing the flyer.
Joanne wanted to try one of the more compact types of spinning wheels, so here is her Louet. This is made in the Netherlands. We bought it from there and had it shipped to the U.S.
Before you can start spinning fleece into yarn, it should be turned into roving. You can do this by using a set of hand carders which Joanne has, but it is much easier to use a drum carder. This is her Otto Strauch Petite drum carder.
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