Friday, August 18, 2017

big batts

Back in the spring, I sold my Fancy Kitty Kitten drum carder.  I was very tired of crank crank cranking a manual and only pulling off 1.5-2oz batts. They were so tiny! So much effort!  I did sell it to the schools art program where they only really need tiny batts, and do smaller projects, so it fit's their need so well.  But then... I went without a drum carder for 6 months!! It was an ultimate tragedy. I love to spin from batts, it's probably my favourite fibre preparation.  Batts are fluffy and draft smoothly, and the yarn from them is always much more lofty, even if you spin with a worsted draw due to the misalignment of fibres.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'd had my hook in the water for a great big fish (read that as I posted in every buy and sell for a Pat Green Triple Drum carder) right from the get go.  But it seemed they were always just slightly out of my price range and often in USD, which with the current state of affairs with our currency would put them way out of my price range.  So, lo and behold, many moons laters, someone asks if a Fancy Kitty Tom XL would do the trick.  And while settling for a smaller, but still excellent carder was just a bit painful, I did it.  And I'm so so very happy! This things is a great machine! Many hours and 9 big batts latter, I'm excited to start spinning!  But first, to card the 6 other fleece I have that are clean.... Never ending!

see! big batts! as big as a kitchen chair!
Well, I'd best get back at it. 6 fleeces won't card themselves!

Happily Spinning (and carding)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

So, Ashford products are pretty cool....

This is kind of exciting! I've finally taken the leap and become an Ashford dealer!  I'd been thinking about it for quite a while, and hemmed and hawed over wether Ashford was the company for me, or if one of the other fibre tool companies would be better, but then I looked around...
Ashford Traveller - check
Ashford Traditional - check
Ashford hand cards 72 tpi - check
Ashford hand cards 108 tpi - check
Ashford flick carder - check
Ashford drop spindle - check (formerly anyway... I lent it out and it's never come back. but that's okay! I'm certain its getting use!)

.... So, yeah, I'm kind of an Ashford person! I find my tools so very handy, well made and definitely fit for much use.  The Traveller got me through the Master Spinner programme. And that's a lot of spinning!

My first order will be quite a few things I've longed to try out, so I can better assist people when they are ordering, including an e-spinner and blending board.

Should you be Canadian and in need of Ashford products, please contact me!  I'm trying to figure out the best way to set it up so you can see what I can order for you, because as of right now I don't quite have the funds for a full inventory, but orders are simple.  And I'll make them as quick as I can!

Happily Spinning (and anxiously awaiting my first Ashford order!!)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

On being a Master Spinner

As you may know, I'm a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.  Part of the joy of being a  member is writing self promotional blog posts for them ;) 
Please follow the link below to see my thoughts on Being a Master Spinner.

Happily Spinning,