Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Okay, okay, it's not a real baby, but it feels like a new baby -- I am now the proud adoptive mother of a beautiful Lendrum Saxony spinning wheel.  Am I happy? Oh, c'mon, do you really have to ask?   Well, here she is . . . .

And as many of you spinning wheel geeks know, Mr. Lendrum ships these wheels unfinished, so I will be doing a bit of sanding and finishing this week.  The previous owner had not gotten around to doing the finishing and, of course, I had to spin on it for a few days.  I did manage to test out some of the Danish oil on the bobbins and lazy kate first.  Here's the result.  I am thinking the wheel is going to be more than gorgeous after I'm done with finishing it.

And here's what I'm spinning on my new baby -- superfine merino, one of my random rovings.
Oh, the past few months have been trying -- that's why I haven't had any motivation to blog. Having my son in a major bicycle accident and then dealing with elderly parental issues put me in a blogger funk. It's hard to stay positive sometimes, but there is one thing that can keep you centered -- crocheting piles of granny squares with my colorful handspun yarn. What a comfort! and what an obsession as I must keep crocheting to see how the next square is going to play out. 

They are just so beautiful and fun and mindless.

So in the midst of everything going on, it turned from Winter into Spring.  The roses in my garden are more lovely than ever.  Just a few minutes out in my garden can reinvigorate me. I guess that's what Spring is all about.
In between trips to hospitals and nursing homes, I have managed to squeeze in some dyeing. I am preparing once again for my booth at Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR, on June 19th through 21st.  Here's a little preview of some merino/bombyx silk roving that I randomly handpainted.

And here's a new fiber product I will be taking to Black Sheep.  I call it Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio "Pastiche".  This is a jumble of miscellaneous fibers -- merino,wool,angora,kid mohair,mohair curls, cut up novelty yarns and angelina.  Most of the fibers in my "Pastiche" are hand-dyed by me and I use this fibery jumble to spin those big chunky novelty yarns made so popular by the book Intertwined.  I'll have lot of bags of "Pastiche" in many different and vibrant colors.  Here's just an example:

Whew!!  I can't believe it.  I made it over the nonblogging mental block hump.  Now I really feel good.  I'm off to knit with my girlie friends now.  


K2Karen said...

Wow Lori, this is weird--my adopted Lendrum Saxony just arrived too! (Mine is a black walnut.)

They are great wheels--we're going to love them.

shizzknits said...

No fair, I'm soooo jealous of your new baby! LOL It's going to be beautiful when you are done with the stain.

kitkatknit said...

See you at BSG!!!!

janel said...

I'm getting a Lendrum Saxony too! mine is two woods, walnut and cherry. I can't wait to see mine finished up too. I'm thinking Danish oil finish on mine too.... now if only Gord Lendrum would hurry up and tell me mine is ready! LOL.

I'm sorry to hear you've been having so many issues. I hope your son is recovering and out of the hospital now.

I can't wait to see you at Black Sheep!

Sandy said...

hey, Lori.... it's good to see you back in the blogging world! love your new wheel and can't wait to see your new "Pastiche" in person!! see ya soon!

Ilix said...

I love those granny squares! What a fantastic and colourful, but un-boring blanket that will be!