August Spinning Box

I want to give a special shout out to Camaj Fiber Arts and Spinning Box for this month’s Spinning Box “Under the Sea”. If you are a spinner and want to check out different fibers from different vendors go to http://spinningbox.com/ and/or http://camajfiberarts.com/ for more information.

Look what was stuffed in my August Spinning Box
Look what was stuffed in my August Spinning Box

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mary for several months and have had my fibers in the June and August boxes and will be in the November boxes. Being relatively new to spinning I have not had the opportunity to spin a lot of different fibers and preparations and this has been a great learning experience. These boxes give you a taste and leaves you wanting more!

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See you all later! I’m off to spin!!!!

Spinning Cotton

I went to a spinning group at the beginning of the summer and several veteran spinners were talking about spinning cotton. One of the ladies brought me a small little bundle and told me that it was seed cotton. I was immediately fascinated!

Cotton on the seed that I brushed out with a cat brush
Cotton on the seed that I brushed out with a cat brush

Cotton seed with the fiber removed

 Cotton seed with the fiber removed

I ordered a Tahkli spindle and bags of seed cotton and practiced and practiced. I spent a lot of time fussing because the cotton kept breaking. It is a very short staple fiber so it has to be spun with more twist. Being a new spinner I had no idea on how to make that happen. You-tube is a wonderful resource! I watched a lot of videos. I finally figured out how to spin the cotton thin and have it not drift apart.

Spun cotton on the Tahkli Spindle
Spun cotton on the Tahkli Spindle
Very thin!
Very thin!

After my body’s break from the spinning wheel I sat back at the wheel to try to spin the cotton on it. Once again a steep learning curve! Practice and more practice and then……cotton yarn!!!! I also decided to extend my learning and triple plied this yarn….it was like herding cats. It doesn’t look as pretty as I hoped but it’s done!

3 ply Cotton Yarn
3 ply Cotton Yarn

Stay tuned…..I’m going to figure out how to spin silk next!

Learning to Spin Thin

I am learning to spin. I decided in March that I had way too much wool just sitting around so I decided to try spinning. My first couple of days were not fun. I went through about a pound of wool. I even tried to stuff the wool into the orifice. Who knew tension could be such a problem? After the first pound of fiber I started to see something that resembled gray earth worms!

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Ahhhhh!!! Yarn!

It was as thick as a pencil and coiled but at least it held together. I filled a bobbin and was so excited. It’s not usable but it’s yarn! I spent hours and hours spinning or watching videos about spinning. I read about spinning. I dreamt about spinning. I want to be spinning.

This past month I received a Ply magazine titled “Fine”  in my July Spinning Box. (spinningbox.com – check it out!) I’ve read it cover to cover and some of it twice. So I challenged myself to learn how to spin fine. Going towards lace weight. It is much harder than I thought. The thread keeps breaking. My legs are so tired, my hands have started to cramp, and my hips are aggravated but I spun thinner. I have a long way to go to get to lace weight.

Blue
Blue

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I’m taking a break to let my body heal so I’m spinning cotton (thin!) on a tahkli spindle! Works a whole different set of muscles.

Hunting calls at MK Unique Designs

My favorite - it looks like jewelry!
My favorite – it looks like jewelry!

Mark has been very busy in the woodshop working on hunting calls. Please check them out on both eBay and Etsy. He is looking for hunters willing to photograph themselves using the calls and pictures of the kill shots to be posted on our website. Please contact us via e-mail mkuniquedesigns@gmail.com or comments on this page.

Duck call - two reed
Duck call – two reed
Squealer
Squealer
Box Turkey Call
Box Turkey Call