Spin it!

When Dad and Mom went on their trip to Waco, they stopped by Brazos De Dios to talk to some friends there and to check out their new General Store that recently opened up. I have been looking into processing the wool from our Dorper sheep, and did some washing/carding experiments. So Dad picked me up a "Drop Spindle Kit" there, which included and handmade wooden drop spindle, some washed and carded wool for practice, and this book.....

I really enjoyed this book, it had really easy to follow instructions on carding, washing, dying, preparing for spinning and spinning. It had info on how to hand spin, spin on a drop spindle, and so much more.

*side note* I thought the editor had a pretty cool name, too. Traci Bunkers, of Bonkers Handmade Originals. Funny.

Anyways, I worked on it for awhile and am finally getting the hang of it. I did one skein of their yarn, that was included washed and prepared, and now am looking for some new cards so I can get some wool from our sheep to work with.

With the skein I made, I ended up doing some crochet testing, so to speak. It was pretty cool. I will have to post pictures if I remember.

Alrighty, y'all have a blessed day.

Tracy Bunker

5 comments:

  1. Thats really neat that the author had a similar name to yours. Do you plan on raising sheep and spinning once your married? How are your wedding plans coming along? How long is a normal betrothal before a marriage?? I have only "followed" one other betrothal online and I was very intrigued and enjoyed all the posts and each part of it.

    Anyways congratulations again on your betrothal and upcoming marriage and also for learning a new art I am sure it will bring you lots of pleasure especially if you are able to make nice things for your own home someday!!

    Dana

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  2. Hi Dana, thanks for your comment.

    I do plan on having some sheep for meat and fiber, and maybe even some Angora rabbits, but I don't know yet.

    We are slowly but surely coming along with the wedding plans. I am not really sure if there is a "normal" betrothal length..... But our wedding will probably take place sometime in Fall 2012, Lord Willing.

    Thanks so much for the congrats and for following along!

    Blessings,
    Tracy Bunker

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  3. So glad things are coming along nicely for you!!
    I learned serveral needle arts and was able to make quite a few things for my own hopechest when I was a young girl still at home. Its always nice to look at something you have made and think about where you were in life when you made it.
    Can't wait to see and hear more of your journey!!
    Dana

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  4. Tracy -
    I sure enjoy seeing other people discovering the joys of spinning.
    Did you know that in certain Christian oral traditions and in the apocryphal gospels, the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus and the wife of Joseph, as a young girl spun the purple thread that was woven into the veil of the temple when she lived in the temple?
    The thread she spun was with a drop spindle.

    Actually,until the invention of the spinning wheel, all thread and yarn was produce with a drop spindle.
    Can you imagine the effort it must have taken to spin enough flax to weave the sails of great ships or tents?

    I would love to see some pictures of what you finally do with your yarn.
    All the best,
    GM

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  5. Hello! I'm from the Waco area and recently was offered some dorper wool. I have no clue where to start. Can it be spun? Are there good sources to look at regarding what I can do with this wool?

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