Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's been a really good...

...week full of fibery fun! I got a call from a friend a week ago today, telling me I could borrow a Kromski Sonata spinning wheel (she was borrowing it herself)! I said yes, of course and got the kids in the car and went to pick it up half an hour away. I was home in an hour spinning away while the kids napped, perfect timing...

I was carding up some pretty fibers when she called and was so excited to be able to spin it on the Sonata!
These are fibers from varies fiber artists and myself. Katya has a navy blue wool dress coat and I wanted to make her a hat and mittens to go with it. Here she is helping me drum card...
The fibers are BFL, Silk, Merino, Tencel, Alpaca, Angelina. A gloriously soft mix!
I got 11 ounces total!
I was able to pack these bobbins with almost 6 ounces of fiber!
I had to return the wheel to it's owner, at least for now until it sells Friday, so I got up early and plied the singles making 2 skeins of 250 yards DK weight/2 Ply. I still have a medium ball of singles left to ply, I ran out of time.
I'm not sure this yarn is going to be a hat and mittens...perhaps a little sweater instead!
As far as the Kromski Sonata spinning wheel is concerned, I like it a heck of a lot more than the Ashford Kiwi I'm currently spinning on most of the time. It's like cars kind of: my first car was a Geo Metro, (Kiwi)
next was a Dodge Intrepid, Hyundai Sonata, and now a Chrysler Town and Country (Louet Julia, Kromski Sonata). Okay, get the picture, a Porsche is comparable to a Majacraft Rose or Schacht Matchless, the latter I was able to try out yesterday when I returned the Sonata and it was dreamy!

I was able to spin the finest yarn to date with ease. Now I won't likely have a Porsche someday, but I do hope to have a Schacht Matchless or Majacraft Rose Spinning wheel! I have not spun on a Rose yet, but hope to before I make a decision someday...


  1. I like hearing personal experiences with spinning wheels. I am kicking around the idea of a wheel. I have never tried one yet and know no one with one so hesitate thanks for sharing.

  2. What a gorgeous color! I adore shades of blue, especially shiny pretty ones. I have a Kromski Prelude, which is their least expensive model. I'm very happy with it. Of course, I have to admit I've never used any other wheel, so I don't know what I might be missing!

  3. Have you thought of offering to teach a "Use a carder" class at Yarnover or Shepherd's Harvest? I have a carder but feel that I don't use it as well as I should.

    Nice work!

  4. Pretty!! Katya is turning into quite the fibery helper. She also has a keen eye for color!



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