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Previous Entry It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.. May. 5th, 2006 @ 09:04 am Next Entry
and both on the same day! *sigh*

Bad things first: Got home last night, and Dusty the stud-muffin was in the girl's pasture. He was easy to catch, since both his back legs were torn all to hell. *big sigh* My vet is coming out on Monday; since 2 of the girls have a date with an outside stud I will ask him what I need to do to prevent an oops from happening here. (I don't *think* he was capable of actually doing anything - he went thru 2 fences to get in there, and his back legs are really, really messed up. But still....I'd rather be safe (and broke) than sorry.) He's now in the round pen with Finn...neither of them are happy about this, but oh well.

Good things: First guild meeting last night. Whee! We must have gabbed for hours, and it was glorious. To converse with someone who *knows* why and how you play with fiber (and to get to infect them with another bug - heheheheheheheheheh) is just...priceless.

We're starting small. 2 of us last night, maybe a few more next time...then, in the Fall, we'll start heavily promoting. I suggested we start as a knitting group, since knitting is so popular, and I'm afraid to launch directly into a Fiber Group would scare a few folks off. Me? I'm a rebel - sure, I'll bring my needles and current obsession project with me....but the wheel comes too. And not just any wheel, but my AA Norwegian. *eg*

I am starting to hunt for an older Ashford (ST/scotch tension) and Louet (ST/bobbin lead)wheel. If/when the bank finally releases the funds my boss left me, then I will use some of it to buy them (after the car and tractor are paid off), and use the wheels to teach folks how to spin. I *love* my AA's, but neither of them are really suitable for rank beginners, and, as much as I love Alden, I don't want to a) wait; b) insult his genius by asking for 2 plain, simple wheels and c) start someone on an AA, then force them to downgrade when they buy their own wheel. (I'm just thoughtful like that.) Besides, I can use the Louet to ply all my yarns so my Scottish castle wheel can be used to, like, actually *spin* yarn again. (I love love love my Norwegian, but the bobbins are *teeny*. Lots of singles will fit on them, not a lot of plied yarn will. The skeins are short. So, I ply on the jumbo flyer on the Scottish wheel.)

If anyone has one of these wheels that they might be thinking about finding a new home for, let me know. The only problem is that it might be a few more months before I have funding. (I've already raised a slight stink with the bank. I'll be raising a larger one soon.) My only requirement is that they be single treadle - my spinning style (advanced lounge spinning) won't adapt to a double treadle setup. Since I won't be able to resist using them if they're in my possession *eg* it'll just be easier that way. We can plan a road trip to Dallas (small store with a few wheels) or Granbury (smaller store, but more wheels) if the new spinner would like to try out a DT wheel.

Things that don't mean anything, but it's my journal so I'm posting it anyway: I am operating with very little sleep here. It wasn't my brain, this time - it was outside factors. Dogs/rain/dogs/thunder....sigh. This entire post is credited to an overcaffienated Fiberaddict - today should be *fun*. *g*


I won a measuring wheel on Ebay 4/19, and still haven't received it. Since I need it to build a yarn meter (you use it to measure how many yards you have...much easier than counting rounds on the niddy or reel!), I'm a little upset here. Must go email the seller.

I CO for my "winter" sock this AM. The yarn (pictures *will* be posted soon - promise!) came out at 22 WPI as a 4-ply cable. I've started with 60 stitches on 4's....we'll see. I brought 3's along, in case I need to drop down a size, but I think we'll be ok. The "autumn" yarn knit up into wonderful socks on 4's; it came in at 21 WPI.

I've settled on 2x2 ribbing, then will switch to the "snowflake" lace pattern for the leg and top of the foot. Of course, this is subject to change. *g*

The diamond patch socks are still stalled. I really need to get back on those. Maybe the winter socks will get me back in a sock-knitting mode so I can tackle this one.

Must go find more caffiene. My pounding head demands it!
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From:redmelde
Date:May 5th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Dallas? Granbury? LOCAL SPINNING STUFF???

All I knew about was White Rock Weaving Center! I'm in Fort Worth, and I buy most of my supplies online, but Simpatico Yarns (in Bedford) sometimes has some spinning fibers, and usually there are a couple of people spinning in the shop.

Where are you farming things? Are these fiber animals that are mad with spring lust?

I could go back and read old entries, but I'm curious NOW!!
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From:fiberaddict
Date:May 5th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
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*g* The Main Dallas store is the White Rock Weaving Center - she's a dealer for Louet, Ashford, and I think Schacht.

Granbury - Heritage Arts. Owned by 2 spinners (I won't snark. I won't...but a vendor should NOT bad-mouth a potential customer's favorite spinning wheel while said customer is standing in front of her. Especially not at a public demo, with non-spinners around listening. I'm just sayin'). They're Majacraft, Schacht, and Ashford dealers, if I remember correctly.

Geez - I'm drawing a blank. There used to be a shop out in N. Dallas, mostly yarn, but some rovings that dealt in Ashfords. There was an Angora Rabbit breeder out in Sunnyvale that sold...either Ashfords or Schachts. I've been sorta out of things for a few years, so I don't know if they're still around. There's a yarn shop in Oak Cliff/Dallas (not sure *where* they are, exactly) that is thinking about getting into spinning.

I'm out in Kaufman (my in-laws are in Ft Worth (McCart area) and I'm 66 miles from them), with NOBODY that does much fiber work. The Extension agent has found 3 other knitters so far....but it's pretty bleak out here. At the moment. We're working on it. *g*

Animals: 6 horses (1 stud, 1 colt, 3 mares, 1 blind pony), 3 gigantimus dogs (2 Pyrs, 1 Irish Wolfhound) and 4 goldfish. Also 2 kids. *g*

I don't want my own fiber animals, because then I'd be too busy with them to do any spinning/weaving/knitting. Besides, Kaufman is *full* of shephards (mostly down breeds and ANGORA Goats. Some Llamas and Alpacas)....and I'm trying to get in with them to take the (useless) wool off of their hands. Can you say "dye day"??? *gg*

Now, I'll be at the Games in Arlington (Maverick Stadium at UTA, first weekend in June) with my wheel and something bright. I'll also be at the Celtic Festival in Bedford (where the above snark happened) the first weekend in October....if you feel like ogling Scotsmen and talking fiber. *g*
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Date:May 5th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
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"ogling Scotsmen"

Isn't that what they're good for? My Irishman might object a little, but until he'll wear a kilt for me, he can't complain too much.

Dang! Are YOU an extension agent? You have near encyclopedic knowledge of fiber sources in the area! I'm near the Cultural District in Fort Worth, west of Downtown and north of I-30

I have an older Ashford Trad that needs a bit of repair. She'll spin, but the wheel hub has cracked or come unglued, and so sometimes it clunks or wobbles since the spokes are loose. If I knew how to get the uprights that support the main axle apart, I'd fix it, but I love her and don't want to cause any damage.

Hm. Celtic Festival... I could probably get my co-pilot to come out to that. I'm the only fiber person I know--not even a dilettante knitter in my group of friends!

If you come into any "useless" waste wool and need some taken off your hands, please don't hesitate to let me know!
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From:redmelde
Date:May 5th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Um, that anonymous yet incredibly detailed rambling? That was me.
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From:fiberaddict
Date:May 5th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Yes, they are perfect for ogling! *g*

Nope - I'm not an extension agent; I've just been into fiber since 1996. I tend to go overboard when I get into something - at one point I spent hours on the phone tracking down everyone that had anything to do with weaving or spinning in our area. I'll ask my MIL what all's out in the Ft Worth area - I haven't spent a whole lot of quality fiber-time out there. Yet.

The closest to you would probably be Heritage Arts. I haven't been there in - oh, 3 or so years, but it's a nice little shop that really caters to spinners and weavers. The prices (back then, anyway) were pretty good - I think it was $10 for 4 oz of handpainted wool roving - and they *are* knowledgable, if a little (ok, a LOT) opinionated.

I mean - *I* think my AA's are the best wheels out there, but I also understand that some folks can't afford them or don't want to spend the big bucks, and that's cool. I'm not going to bad mouth your Babe wheel, or your Schacht, or your dinky-dorum wheel - if it makes yarn, then it's a good wheel. (Mine are, however, better *g*)

As for the wool - shhhhhhhhhhh! That's part of my plan. Send it off to Wooly Knob or Stonehedge for washing and processing, then......sharing the joy. Dyeing up some, and sharing *that*, too. *g*
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