Saturday, 26 March 2011

Reasons To Be Cheerful - one and two......!

Right on time, Mr Stork made a special delivery to Croft 37 yesterday evening. Not one, but two lambs.  Charlie the Cheviot Ram has made his mark on the flock.
Mother and lambs both thriving.

Well, here on  Scalpay even the rocks have horns!

Actually, it's Mr 4-horn lurking behind a rock.  He thinks we can't see him!

The Postie brought a surprise package last week......

Yes, my new Ashford Country Spinner has arrived.  It was simple to assemble, and I gave it a good polish with linseed oil.

With my usual lack of planning, I forgot to take a full length photo of the spinner.  But here's a shot of the bobbin almost full of chunky Wensleydale destined for Teoshandspuns at Broadford, Isle of Skye.  The bobbin on top of the spinner is an Ashford jumbo bobbin - just to give you an idea of the scale of it all.
It took a bit of practice to get it going, and for a while I just couldn't see how on earth it would work, but now its really comfortable and you really can get 1kg off one bobbin.  I recommend the Country Spinner to anyone else making chunkies.


christinelaennec said...

Very sweet lambs and your spinner looks intriguing. That Wensleydale yarn looks so soft!

Tracy Ranger said...

Sweet lambs Sheila! and fab spinner - waiting for wool with anticipation! Nice colour on bobbin for Teo. T x

teacosy said...

is the spinner any good for letting art yarns through the hole.

Scalpay Linen said...

Thanks Tracy. Your white just coming off the wheel. Looks good with the silk.
Hi Sylvia. I have been working with a jumbo flyer on an ashford for years doing chunky and it is slow and laborious - getting caught on the hooks etc. That was the main reason I got the country spinner, though I don't know anyone else who has one. The orifice is big enough to put your thumb in, the hooks are great big cup hooks and, once I got over the intial confusion as to how it actually works, I can honestly say that its one of the most comfortable and efficient wheels I've ever used. And the sheer quantity of yarn you can get on the bobbin is just phenomenal after fiddling about with 200g on the jumbo. I recommend thoroughly.