The weather in New England has been dismal. Torrents of rain, measured in inches, gave me good reason to stay indoors and get some spinning related housekeeping done. Sometimes I really need a rainy day. There is something about them that makes me want to stay in my sweats and get stuff done around the house. Not that I needed an excuse, duh.. I was hardly going to be outdoors doing yard work. Getting up the stairs is plenty of exercise right now. But, I'm not one for siting in front of the TV all day, and SOAR is coming up soon. I needed to clean off bobbins in preparation. The problem for me is which wheel, which bobbins. All of my wheels are double treadle. My dominant leg is (was) my right, the broken one, the one with the big boot. No way to use it. The best I can do is try to keep it out of my way. Friday night I spun on the Schacht. Not bad once I get it going. Certainly my wheel of choice, but it is heavy and doesn't sit well on my luggage dolly. Saturday, I spun on the Joy. Again, once I get going, I go right along. Its lighter. It fits on the dolly. Dave, of The Merlin Tree, came to my rescue with a left foot Hitch Hiker. The HH is the lightest of all. I've got options. Just like the three bears. What came off the bobbins was a pretty good haul. I ended up with 200 yds of a gorgeous dark brown mystery wool that I plied and immediately used to cast on for Lisa Lloyd's Rhinebeck Sweater.
Another couple bobbins of a blend of Bess and some beautiful dyed mohair gave me 260 yds of a very rustic 2 ply DK. Finally, still in the wash water, 398 yds. of another 2 ply, fingering wt. merino / silk / alpaca that I blended and carded last summer. Not bad, and at least 6 assorted bobbins have been cleared.
I leave you with this. I figure if I can't get out to the garden, I'll put a bit of garden on the deck.