I’m continuing to catch up with my stash of unspun fiber. I have a pound of blue-green merino top that I am working on right now. I am almost done spinning the singles; the plying into yarn should go quickly after that. I continue to love my Schacht spinning wheel which spins beautifully after many, many years of use.
I have a pound of Rose Quartz merino still to do (I have one pound already spun into yarn) as well as a pound of rose-pink merino. That will catch me up with my stash of purchased merino top. I still have white wool to spin (several pounds of that) as well as some other speciality fiber. But I’m at the point where I am starting to think about using these wools in projects. I have an idea for a sweater for my mycologist husband that will have mushroom themed patterns. I have some photos that I’m going to translate into patterns and try them out in a hat first!
Last topic for today is that after years and years of sewing with my trusty Viking sewing machine (a Husquvarna Viking 6440), I took it out to do some altering and it won’t sew. The top thread breaks and the bobbin thread then just jams. I tried all the adjustments I could think of (tensions, changing needles, bobbins, thread) and nothing worked. Since the machine also needs a good lubrication after all these years, I took it to a local repair shop. Well, they gave up on it and told me to find a dealer with a factory repair person. I’m in the middle of trying to find someone who can repair the machine. This machine has served me well for many years and I don’t want one of these new machines with all the electronic bells and whistles: I want a machine that does basic sewing very, very well, and the 6440 has done that for me for years. Wish me luck in getting this much loved machine back into operation.