They are beautiful items that are also incredibly functional. In some ways I hope people will have their own so I will end up with all of these. . . but then again, I do want to spread the joy. Here's a fact: anyone I know who has purchased a Houndesign spindle, loved it so much, they have purchased a second one. And really, who can resist? I can't.
Another thing that we will be doing tomorrow is learning about fibre preparation for drop spindling. Here is a batt of romney (wool) that I carded up on the drum carder last night as part of a test run. Each participant will make one of these batts -- and they will also be blending silk, mohair and maybe even angel dust (angelina) a wonderous sparkly soft addition to the fibre, into their batt.
I love these nests of carded fibre. When you are blending fibres and colours it's a bit like doing a watercolour painting. You do some things, but the materials do the rest.
And to update you on other things that have been on my plate.
Below is my Claudia skirt -- I'd say it's about done. I've been knitting it on the bus and train and in between other projects. I wanted to finish it and wear it to FibresWest, but alas, it's still on the needles. The problem is that I can't decide how long I want it to be. It reaches my knees right now, but if I do another increase in the purl ditch, I can widen the gore another bit and give it more of a floomph -- swirl factor when wearing. So, it sits there on the side table, waiting for me to decide. After the spinning workshop, I will.
And I finally finished the unmatched mitts. I decided to rip out the "wrong" one because I knew that I couldn't replicate those errors. So, here they are. A full set, finished and washed and ready for Kim tomorrow.