September Spinning

September was a good month for wrapping up a couple of long-term spinning projects.

Today’s spinning show and tell is the 50/50 Yak/Silk started over 3 years ago this project was all spun on an early Kuchulu

and the first little Antler spindle Ed made.
This was an on-the-go project which traveled to several hospitals waiting through friends’ surgeries; to appointments; going through the car wash; during meetings… This month I decided to concentrate on finishing the spin, after all, it is only 2 ounces / 56 grams.

The four balls of singles were chain-plyed with the Victoria wheel Wednesday  morning resulting in 175 yards of shining, lush yarn that will be destined for a scarf.  525 yards of singles from 56 grams.

September has been a gentle, though busy month. A month of sunshine and warmth without the sapping heat of summer. This afternoon a pigeon flew twice to our back kitchen door, flapping his wings looking in at us. While the small birds, and occasionally a blue jay, quite often brave coming onto the back porch we’d never seen a big pigeon come this close. There was an explosion of whirling wings when I went to throw them some bird food: Doves, sparrows, chickadees, finches, pigeons and more flew to the surrounding trees. One pigeon sat on the utility wire alertly watching. After broadcasting the seeds I went to the garden to snack on cherry tomatoes. While standing in the garden the air became filled with the chatter, chirps, clicks, coos and song of a multitude of birds. I was engulfed in a riotous cacophony of bird sound as though I was deep in the jungle. The clouds trembled with the weight of moisture while there was a sense of stillness in the backyard, other than the noise of birds. Birds fluttered back to the ash tree next to our back porch, then a breeze ruffled the tree and they shot up into the sky. Then complete silence for about 30 seconds before a few birds started up again and the air was once more filled with their chatter and song. All this time the solitary sentry pigeon stayed firmly gripping the wire while sweet tomatoes filled my stomach.




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.

7 thoughts on “September Spinning”

  1. So beautiful – thank you. I’ve been behind on blog reading, so I also want to send my condolences on the loss of your friend (please tell Ed I’m thinking of him).

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