Weaving update (plus spinning)

I’ve been thinking about picking up my weaving again after 6 months or so.  I have a Harrisville Easy Weaver that I picked up at an estate sale early last year.  I’ve woven a few things, mostly using acrylic, both reclaimed and commercial.  Just practicing.  I’m planning on making the fabrics into pet mats to donate to the local humane society.

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But I’d really like to use some handspun on it.  My first fleece, before I knew any better, was a free Hampshire, badly shorn and vm filled.  But I actually like it. It’s an easy fiber to process and spin. It’s coarse, not to be worn near the skin, so I won’t knit with it.  But it’ll be good for weaving.

I have a few skeins done, all spindle spun, but I’ll need lots more to weave with.

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Last year I dyed up the remaining fleece (which was most of it) in a variety of colors.  I’m combing each color into little nests.  I was planning on spinning them on my wheel but honestly, that’s always in use with my nicer fleeces.  I haven’t spindle spun much lately and this was really nice and easy on the spindle.  So I decided to spindle spin the rest and get back into the habit of spinning whenever and wherever I have a few minutes, for example, while making supper or waiting for something or watching tv or when we have fires in the backyard (when it warms up).

So I need to finish the fabric that’s on the loom and get spinning.  And maybe do some calculations to see how big of a piece I could weave with the leftovers from 2015’s Patrick the CVM fleece.  It’s already spun and dyed and I knit a shawl from it but there’s not enough left for another shawl.

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