Friday, September 04, 2009

Come On and Twist, Yeah Baby Twist

Here is what I started with. This roving was sold to me as-is, and I bought it knowing it was slightly matted and a little felted.. planning to use it as doll hair and art collage. But when my ©Sling-Blade Handspinner arrived, I thought "Ah! All the better to practice drafting and splicing with..." This is what it looked like after time spent finger drafting, splicing, and playing until it became silky soft... yummmmmmy.....
And here, after loads of fun and a remarkably short time, it became yarn on the blade!!! For the next batch, I will ask Oscar to take a video of me using it. It's too cool!!!

It was really easy to wind the yarn off the blade and onto my laptop (each wind = 2 feet); much easier than when I did it the old fashioned way off my drop spindle a few days ago.And here the yarn is, having been soaked a bit in water, hanging with a little weight to 'set the twist'. (Please ignore blurs in background, it was easier than painting the kitchen before taking the photo LOL)

Isn't it pretty????
And I MADE it! (with a great deal of help from the sheep)
"We're gonna twisty twisty twisty
'Til we turn the house down"
(lyrics from The Twist, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1959)

10 comments:

momtroll said...

Wonderful! And the plus of having fun doing it. I'll look forward to the next part of the story.

Beverly said...

Diana, I love it! Congratulations girl. I am so glad that you found the sling blade and that it has made spinning so fun for you.

AlisonH said...

Cool!!!

morewithles said...

That is awesome!

AlisonH said...

Just to add: "Twist and Shout" now running through my head... Which, come to think of it, is what my cousin in San Francisco put on his answering machine message after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Heh.

AlisonH said...

Just to add: "Twist and Shout" now running through my head... Which, come to think of it, is what my cousin in San Francisco put on his answering machine message after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Heh.

(Okay, Blogger bounced that, if you get this more than once I apologize.)

Kym said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Almost makes me wish I was a spinner. . . I'll just live vicariously instead! ;-)

JaM said...

What a far out spinner! (and I mean both you AND the sling blade!)

Kirsty said...

That is just tooo incredibly KEWL!
awesome, wonderful, and luscious looking yarn.

Big wa-hooooo! to you, Diana!

Hugs,

Kirsty/Moonsinger

Teri said...

Thank You for the kind commentary Diana et al! YOU are ones I've spent the last five + years designing my Adaptive Spinning items FOR! I KNEW there was a larger niche market of people who also WANTED to enjoy spinning their own lux fiber yarnage like you & I, dealing with physical challenges that make conventional spinning wheels & tools MISERABLE if not impossible. NO one ELSE made them & I NEEDED them too - So - You KNOW 'bout that Neccesity, Being the Mutha of Invention thang - THAT's what led me to create ADAPTIVE spinning tools & machines that welcome nearly EVERYONE into the Joy of Spinning!

Proud to have brought COMFORTABLE Spinning BACK into your life & happy hands again dear friend! Teri