I decided I need to try spinning some different types of fibers and different preparations to see what I like and what I don’t like.  The combed merino top I had was lovely, but I also think rather difficult to spin.  It required a lot of pre-drafting to make sure I didn’t end up with something chunky.

I went to etsy and browsed around for some different fiber types, and found this listing for a sampler pack of different colors of Romney roving. In the picture there, I’ve spun the top right and bottom left colors. I still have the other two left to do.

Here they are!

Each skein is an ounce and has about 125 yards. They’re approximately fingering weight. I spun one ball of singles, then plied from a center pull ball. It worked perfectly on the first skein, but I had a couple snarls near the end on the second one. I should let the singles sit for at least a full 24 hours before plying next time.

And here’s a closeup. You can definitely see how the fiber has a halo to it. The yarn is soft, but not like the merino. I think I’ll use this yarn as a weft for some weaving.

I’ve got a new warp on the loom. 10/2 cotton in an 8 shaft rosepath pattern to do some fingertip towels with pattern borders. I’m doing 4 of them with Christmas Trees for a pastor at Brent’s church. She’s requested them before Christmas for her gift giving needs.

I just got started weaving today after spending quite a bit time with my tieup plan. The Christmas tree draft requires 17 treadles, which is great if you’ve got a computerized loom, but not so great for a 10 treadle loom. I used the treadle reducer here but it said there’s no way to convert the draft to 10 treadles without depressing more than 2 treadles at once. I messed around with the inputs a bit and got it all into 10 treadles except for one combination (shafts 2 and 6). So I went with that tie-up, and when I come to the pick for that one missing combination, I just pull the cords manually to lift the shafts. This is working out quite well since that pick only happens twice per towel.
I’m quite proud of my own cleverness (and grateful for the treadle reducer tool).
Unfortunately, after just finishing weaving one border of Christmas trees, one of my shafts fell. Now that happens sometimes if it escapes its little hook, but no! Eek! The cable broke. Booooo! Fortunately, Harrisville Designs has extra cables available on their website so I put in an order.
In the past week, I’ve also been putting a few things up for sale on etsy. I keep accumulating woven fabric and I had several things from the guild sale that didn’t sell, so I got them all photographed and up online here.
I also pulled out some ivory felted fabric to see what I might be able to make from it. I made a sample baby bootie but I’m not quite happy with the shape so I’ll set it aside and do some thinking about what I want to make.