Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A New Toy


I've been away so long that the battery in my camera died after just one picture.  The only time spent blogging this summer was tending to One Flower Wednesday.  It was a great summer with more good weather days then bad, raining just enough to keep things green.
 
Summer was not without quilting, I have several pieces to show you.   Right now I am working on a new hexagon project and find it hard to put down.  Our annual fall quilting trip to Pennsylvania came early this year, in order to make it possible to attend the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival.
 
In search of a new toy, I found a beauty by True Creations, a top whorl drop spindle made from yellowheart (Pau Amarello) wood, which is native to Brazil.  I just love the fabulous bright yellow colour.
 
After selecting my spindle, I set out to find raw fleece from Romney, Lincoln and Border Leicester sheep, recommended for beginner spinners.  Sadly, they did not have any, but once home, I discovered a shop nearby that sells all three.  I did purchase a pound of Romney roving to try and carders.  Another day, I will purchase combs.

Autumn is off to an awesome start, my favourite time of year!
 
Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.
~Humbert Wolfe, P.L.M.: Peoples, Landfalls, Mountains, 1936
 
Until next time.....happy quilting!
 
Karen

12 comments:

Anthea said...

Hi Karen, lovely to see you've had such a great summer... I hope you enjoy your new fleeces & the spinning...
And get that camera charged - I'd love to see what you have been quilting! x

Lin said...

Great to have you back Karen. Enjoy your new toy and I look forward to seeing your quilting from the summer.

Helen said...

Good to hear you had such a lovely summer. Will look forward to see some great results with your new toy.

Paula said...

Hello Karen, it's good to hear you had a great summer. I love your new toy, hope you have lot of fun with it. Looking forward seeing your quilting done this summer and your new project hexagon.

Gail said...

Just yesterday I was thinking of you and hoping everything was going well! Glad you are back and that you were just having FUN! Can't wait to see the new projects!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

what a pretty tool that is. I love the color too.......sounds like you had a wonderful summer! I am looking forward to seeing your projects once your camera is back to business!

Judy said...

Hello Karen,
Nice to see that you're back and that you had such a nice summer. Ohhhh, spinning! Be careful. It's an addiction, for sure ;-) There are so many neat wool breeds to try out....

Funoldhag said...

Have been wondering about you, Karen, and was so glad to find a comment and a post to your blog! Glad all is well and that you are still doing things you love. Spinning sounds so quaint and wonderful!! Enjoy all you do and this wonderful time of year which is my favorite, also! Carol

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

I also love this time of year, I enjoy the beautiful colors and then I enjoy a noisy walk through the leaves. Looking forward to seeing your next hexie project.

Quilter Raised in the South said...

thanks for the lovely post! that spindle looks scary! what will you do with it?

Jen said...

Hello Karen!! Sounds fun a new spindle and some spinning to show us soon. Looking foreward to seeing the hexagon quilt you have been working on. A Merry Christmas to you and a Happy 2014 New Year .

Amanda Perl said...

Check out the book High Whorling by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. It is considered THE book on high-whorl drop spinning.