Wrapped Up

A New Year’s Eve party is happening at our church only 4 blocks away. This is the first year in many that I’m not up there making music, putting puzzles together, talking, eating and laughing with friends. Emotions and obligations try to tug me up the hill but I resist, preferring instead to write a final post for 2010, a year of not posting as much as I had wanted.Β  I’m not in the mood for noise and being “on” with a large group of people of all ages. Besides, there were two projects I had wanted to finish this evening. One has been accomplished, and the Cat’s Paw scarf is very close but it’s completion will wait until tomorrow; I’m very tired and will head for bed as soon as I’ve updated. (Depending on how noisy it is – already people are shooting firecrackers and guns. Yep, we live in an area with avid hunters.)

The Kid Mohair/Alpaca spinning is finished!

2 balls of 100+ grams Picperfic’s Kid Mohair singles spun on a Jenkins Jay and a Jenkins Aegean spindle

Combined with one single of Alpaca spun on my Louet Victoria. ( I was chomping at the bit to get the alpaca spun so I could ply them.)

I’d been warned to spin the alpaca as loosely as possible, a new challenge which took some practice but overall I was happy with the look and feel, other than that it was thicker than the mohair singles. Until. It keep drifting apart as I plyed it with a Mohair single. Undaunted I ran the alpaca through the Victoria again adding a bit more twist.

Wanting one large skein of yarn I used my Navajo spindle for plying. After plying a few grams I was dismayed to see that the alpaca was overwhelming the mohair. Gritting my teeth at the thought of losing half the yardage by three-plying I sampled away and found that 3 ply was the way to go. Gamely I uniformly wound the three singles together into a big ball with my nostepinne, moved the ball onto a simple plying board, for ease of off-winding, and began plying Wednesday evening.













Tonight the plying was finished and the yarn measured on a niddy-noddy.


Total yardage, before setting twist, is approximately 330. After it’s washed and dried I will weigh it for final results.

I’d originally split the Kid Mohair roving in half along the width hoping to spin it evenly even that the colors would match up in the end two-ply results. But there were such beautiful color changes that I didn’t want to risk them muddying in the plying process if my spinning wasn’t uniform enough to keep the colors in each single together. In order to preserve the colors it was suggested to instead ply them as one single against one grey alpaca single. Which would have worked if I’d spun the alpaca as thin or thinner than the mohair but in spinning it looser it was bigger.Β  Winding the three together into the ball revealed that I could have 2-plyed the two mohair singles together for the colors did come out very evenly in the end. By the time I’d realized the colors were matching very nicely throughout I didn’t have the heart to unwind the big ball and start that process again.

The good news is there’s approximately 65 grams / 2 ounces of alpaca singles left over for something else.

Yesterday Ed and I went up to Portland to buy wood then over to the Pendleton Woolen Mill outlet store in SE Portland/Milwaukee to buy a new blanket for our bed as our anniversary gift. In the five years since I’d been there the store moved from the basement upstairs into what used to house the Portland mill & weaving room for their fabrics. We were told the looms were all moved to their weaving mill in Washington when the constant motion from the looms was destroying the structural integrity of the old building. (Blankets and rugs are still woven in Pendleton, OR).Β  It’s been refurbished into a bright, welcoming store with a museum tucked into a back room. Ed and I spent well over an hour looking at blankets, fondling fabrics on bolts and hanging from huge rollers, and looking at the tapestry collection in the museum. I longingly looked over the cones of weaving yarns and managed to put blinders on when walking past the large bins of selvage pieces but came away determined to weave a chunk of what I have before buying anymore.

Fueled with enthusiasm from wool fumes I came home and set about calculating, measuring and sleying the reed with warp for 3 throw rugs. πŸ™‚ It feels so good to once again have a work in progress on the loom. Just in time to start the new year.

It was a beautiful gift to see this as we drove home from our daughter’s at noon on Christmas Day, Mt Hood:
Mt Hood

Today Valerie wrote of letting her stash be sufficient for her fiber needs in this coming year with the word sufficient as a key word. It is a very good word! One my mother loved, and lived by. Her favorite verse that she clung to in hard and uncertain times was “My grace is sufficient for you…” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (New Testament) closely followed by “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency is everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” 2 Corinthians 9:8Β  Isn’t that a lovely assurance to carry into this New Year!


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

14 thoughts on “Wrapped Up”

  1. Oh, how nice to come home from the singles’ dance at church and find your post in my Google reader πŸ™‚ Happy New Year, my friend!

  2. You are on the same wavelength as myself regarding celebrating the new year although I did celebrate the 31st December at lunchtime!
    How beautiful that yarn looks, I am honoured that you chose my fibre to see the new year in! Your spinning is impeccable!
    I am also eager to warp up my simple Kromski Harp loom, it has been so sadly neglected and is badgering me to play with it again…but then I have my new embroidery sewing machine to play with too..
    I would love to meet you one day, we seem to have a lot in common!

  3. Ahhhh, those mohair singles are gorgeous, what luscious colours! The final result is lovely beyond words, I’m just imagining how very soft it must feel!
    I will usually always choose quiet over party for New Year’s Eve, but then you knew that :^)
    I have my moments where I miss being able to see Mt.Hood with just a turn of my head. The photo is beautiful.
    So…. photo of the new blanket? I did have a moment of jaw drop, having to move the big looms out due to destroying the structural integrity of the building from the constant motion… WoW.
    What a fabulous place to get to visit and browse!!!
    Wishing you and yours the Happiest of New Year! xox

  4. Oh, your finished yarn is gorgeous! What a treasure of fiber!

    I do miss seeing my old friend Mt Hood every day. Thanks for sharing the photo.

    Sufficient. That’s a great word to use to describe the New Year. I may adopt that for my word for 2011.

  5. Wanda,
    Sufficient goes along with the promise of “I shall not want”. Sometimes as humans we get greedy and think we must have more then sufficient, when sufficient will be more than enough. I for one am thankful for what I have and what I will receive from the Lord’s promise to his children.

    Like you I have just about finished all my projects started in 2010 and have to give some thought to what will be in the works for 2011. My poor husband’s socks kept getting moved to the bottom of the basket in order to get everything done for the grand and great grandchildren for Christmas so at last his socks should be finished tonight. I’m not sure who is happier him, or me.

    Have a wonderful week-end and New Year, all the best to you and yours.


  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful quiet New Year’s eve…sometimes some time to contemplate and complete is the best. I love the verses that you close with…

    I have a picture of our new baby on my blog if you’d like to see.

    Happy new year to you and your family!

  7. What a lovely way to end the year and welcome in the new one! Your yarn is beautiful, as always, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rugs that are on your loom.
    Thank you for sharing that picture of Mt Hood: it is gorgeous!

    I wish you joy, peace and light in this new year. May 2011 be good to you and your loved ones!

  8. I so enjoyed this post! Sufficient is a wonderful word, and so too is abundant – that we may recognize and appreciate the abundance in our lives! There is an abundance of beauty in your post, beautiful fiber, beautiful scenery and beautiful words. Thank you!

  9. Lovely results on your mohair/alpaca!
    Great reminder on sufficiency, too!
    After working on that year-long commission project, I found that I actually COULD control myself during the year and not “store up treasures” in a stash that would take years to reduce. So as I go into 2011, I hope to continue that mindset at be diligent with what I already have!

  10. It certainly is! I love the word “sufficient” and those are beautiful verses. As is your spinning – that is some gorgeous yarn, even though I know it wasn’t quite what you’d originally planned. And that picture of Mt. Hood is indeed a lovely gift. πŸ™‚

  11. Thank you for the reminder of ‘sufficiency’, dear friend. It is one I am going to keep in mind during this year too.

    May 2011 be good for you and yours.

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