Archive for giugno, 2009
Last summer I renewed my bathroom.
I chose a very rough material – cement – and used it in its natural tones, dark grey for the floor and light gray for the walls.
An entire year has passed and I still love it.
To celebrate my emotional stability I made these soaps using some organic wool:
Now they’re in my bathroom and look pretty good.
I’ll be making many more of them…
Today I’m handspinning a new entry in my collection I Marmi.
This time I’m replicating the color palette of a marble named Onyx Wonder, that looks like this:
Here are the rovings:
And now I’m handspinning , trying to resist the temptation of making a lace yarn – this merino is so soft that it’s very difficult for me remembering that this collection is allowed to thick and thin yarns only!
Finally, this is how Onyx Wonder is getting on the wheel:
Another piece of marble made soft.
I guess it’s not a mystery for any Ashford Wheel owner that the cotton drive band is not a very smart choice to keep the wheel tension constant, but is perfect to enhance a spinner’s own.
That’s why just a few days after receiving my little wonderful Ashford Traveller, I decided to purchase a turbo kit. I couldn’t imagine myself changing the drive band every time I would want to switch to the jumbo flyer – or adjusting the knot at any loss of tension that a massive use of the wheel would produce.
I had been looking for something similar in many shops, but with no result.
Tired and annoyed, I was about to order the turbo kit when I found a PVC chord in a jewelry supplies shop.
The shop owner explained me that this type of chord is normally used to create collars with big and sturdy stones.
The price? 2€ for 10 metres.
Would it work? I didn’t think twice and bought it.
Guess what? Yeah, it works!!! And with both the standard and the jumbo flyer.
Spinning with this new drive band is very smooth and adjusting tension is very easy.
Now you know…