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Cheeky Redhead (Iseaulte of the Clews)
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What?!? A second weaving project finished today. Some tiny inkle woven trim for a tunic. 
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Look! A finished project! Here is my first attempt at Tapestry weaving. I'm calling the piece My Peas and Carrots Heart. It was created with left over sock yarn and mercerized cotton. 
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I make a prediction that yarn stores get flooded with people wanting to knit P_ssyhats. Most will stick with knitting because, well, it's knitting. We will have an economic recovery through yarn and fiber art! There was a revival in knitting after 9/11 because women (and some men) needed to find a way to relax and touch base with what they felt was important. I fervently hope folks again want to get back to this kind of Traditional Family Value; if you follow the right clew, fix the mistakes you can't live with, have a good dose of patients, at the end you'll have a tangible beautiful thing to show off proudly.

#knitting #yarnshops #hardworkpaysoff 

A question I need to get out of my head before I forget it: In the Anglo Saxon / Viking era metallurgists didn't have (to my knowledge*) the skills to pull fine wire such that we find on hand card that eventually came into use. So as not to waste valuable fiber did the woman use the leavings from hand combs to create woolen yarns or was there another method of making woolens that was commonly used.

Everyone feel free to chime in with theories, sources, or personal experience.

*Talk to some metallurgists for a clear answer on when wire fine enough for hand cards could have been created.

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A side by side comparison of distaffs, with one exception. In the first illumination we see the fiber bundle is attached to distaff using a ribbon criss crossed around the fiber. This style of dressing the distaff would have been used for the longest fiber such as flax and long staple wool. Next an illumination of the use of a band to hold the fiber bundle. This style of dressing would be used with shorter staple fibers such as medium to fine wools. The third is the exception, here we see the lady doesn't need a distaff because she is spinning with a supported spindle. This style of spinning is used for the very shortest and finest fibers that are best held in the hand. These shortest fibers might have been musk ox, rabbit fur, or cashmere. Lastly, a hand held distaff. One way to dress this distaff is to draw off the fiber from a wool comb in to a long strip that has a small amount of twist added to it. These lengths of fiber are then wrapped onto the hand held distaff. In Greece and Rome these small distaffs were also called finger kunkles for the small ring on the bottom of the shaft. The pinky finger is inserted into the ring so the distaff is held with more stability. This style of distaff is suitable for all but the very longest fibers.
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In today's mail I received a new distaff where you attach the fiber using a cloth strip riveted to the stick. Here are some pictures of illuminations that illustrate this style of distaff in use. If you look closely you can see that the fiber is wrapped with a much wider band towards the middle of the fiber bundle. This is as opposed to the use of a narrower ribbon that is tied to the top end of the stick and brought down the fiber bundle in a criss cross manner. IMO the wider band is used with shorter staple fiber that needs more support to hold the mass together. 
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I'm working with one of my favorite support spindles and a yak/silk blend. My intent for this year is to make* for 15 minutes a day when I have the spoons. I wish I could make everyday but I'm being realistic.

*Make = spin, knit, weave, draw, sew, ......
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One last cast-on for 2016. The yarn is Lolo Did It, Everyday sock in Monster Mash. The pattern is Afterthought Everything Socks.
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I realized the other day that I've been spinning for 30 years. This yarn is pretty good but there's always room for improvement and so much more to learn.
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I finished my P_ssy cat hat. I'm feeling much better now that I have a finished object.
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