Jenkins Woodworking announces the release of the latest in its family of Turkish spindles: the Gorunmez. Invisible to the naked eye, the Gorunmez is suitable for spinning the finest fibers available on the market.
“When Wanda asked me to develop a spindle suitable for spinning the hairs from the downy underbelly of a newborn vicuna, I took up the challenge eagerly,” said Ed Jenkins. “I fired up my nanotechnology lathe and produced the first Gorunmez out of Bolivian Rosewood.”
Unfortunately, that spindle — and the next three dozen — were misplaced. Wanda now uses an electron microscope to assist when buffing and finishing the spindles.
The Gorunmez is available in limited quantities in a range of domestic and exotic hardwoods, none of which can actually be seen. Spindles are delivered mounted on a slide and come with .00005 ounces of baby vicuna hair plucked by moonlight by albino pygmy monkeys. Wanda Jenkins estimates that this should be enough fiber for approximately 4 months’ worth of full-time spinning.
The above fable spun by Frith Gowan, aka Sugarspun, while impatiently waiting for Wanda to finish packing orders and clear the deck for the new spindles’ debut.
Used by her permission.
You’d think by now I’d be better at predicting the amount of time it takes to get my work done. While I thought I’d have all the newest kuchulus mailed, pictures of Delights taken and the website updated I only managed to send most of the kuchulus yesterday. Unexpected delays and sidetracks have been the theme of these past two days. I did manage to take pictures of the Delights before the rains moved in late this afternoon, those will be posted to the website tomorrow.
Today was a beautiful day with clear sky and sunshine. At the beginning of the week the plan was to set aside a most of today for visiting a friend, weaving, violin and mowing the yard. Didn’t happened. Perhaps tomorrow I can get in some much needed time away from phone and computer and at least spend some time with the friend. First I will need to weigh and write on the seventeen newest spindles which Ed had brought into the house this evening. The newest spindle design has a name… sadly, the name I wanted is not one Ed likes (says he can’t remember it). He suggested Crow’s Foot. At the moment we’ve sort of settled on Nuthatch – one of our favorite birds to frequent our feeder.
Please walk with me through the cold air and breathtaking fields:
When the grandchildren were here we had a family outing to The Wooden Show Tulip Farm. After days of rain (snow in the mountains) the wind was raw but the sun breaking through the clouds.
Gus and Feathers were enchanted.
That is a Hazelnut (aka Filberts) orchard in the background. Fresh snow on the Cascade Mountains to the east.
I hadn’t realized how much I was focused on the fields with the arrays of colored tulips rather than the broad swaths of single colored bulbs of which there were many.
And now, a glimpse of a Nuthatch!
It feels as though a heavy weight was removed from my shoulders today. Tax bookwork was finally finished and the numerous forms filled and printed. The checks will be written and mailed with the forms tomorrow. I wanted to do a happy dance when the last form was printed this morning but there was a long list of orders waiting to be mailed. Made it through less than half the orders before it was time to dash over to the PO before the window closed. Tomorrow I’ll get the rest packed and perhaps the next group of Delights photographed and on the website. Then it’s on to introducing Ed’s newest creation.
The 800 yard Race is finished. The last gram of Love For Sale Limegreenjelly roving was spun on Sunday the 28th, immediately set forth rolling two singles together onto one tp roll to expedite the plying process.
Monday afternoon our son JJ and his family arrived from Idaho. It was wonderful to see them and the grandkids again! Our daughter Aurora and her family joined us for dinner that evening. It wasn’t long after dinner before they all headed out the door, the Idaho family going to stay with Mandy’s mom for the week.
Winding the first few yards of plyed yarn onto the Turkish spindle I knew there was just no way I could finish plying it all by April 1st so I set up the wheel and stepped on the treadles.
Homemade chicken soup and a heart bread were made on Wednesday before settling down that evening and plying until the last bit was finished. Oh it felt great to accomplish the goal before the deadline! It took a long time to wind it all off onto the niddy noddy counting and tying every 50 groups. Any guesses?
513 wraps on my 76″ circumference niddy-noddy = 1083 yards of 2ply yarn from 98 grams of fiber! It’s soft and squishy. I have no clue what to make with it.
Tuesday the 30th we met JJ, Mandy and all her family at the bowling alley to celebrate her brother’s 25 birthday. It’d been 8 – 10 years since I’d bowled. The grandkids even got in on some of the action.
Was that a strike?
Do you see that yellow ball? Good job Wesley! (With help from momma)
Much to my astonishment I scored my personal best, 146 points. Must have been all the spindling action over the past couple months made my arms strong.
What else did we do with the grandkids? You’ll have to check out Walk With Me Wednesday, coming up this week. Until then, here’s a sneak preview.