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I’m hoping this once-a-month post thing isn’t going to become habit, but I guess this spring has been a busy one!  Let’s start with two weekends ago when we went to War Practice at Cooper’s Lake.  While Rich and I were meandering through the merchants, we came across a good find.  First I saw the drumcarder.

drumcarder

Started scoping it out, asking the guy questions, turning the crank, thinking… It’s got a nice little handle for carrying to spinning group and it’s a bit lighter than Whiskers. Then I turned my focus to the charka.

charka

I don’t know much about these or spinning cotton for that matter.  But I figured it was there and I’d never had an opportunity like this before, so why not?  That’s when we started thinking about a price for both.  We made an offer and the merchant accepted.  We walked back to camp and set to putting the charka together.  Rich basically got it working without instructions.  But that’s because he’s an engineer.  I haven’t had a chance to really turn my attention to either of these yet, but that’s what summertime is for!

The following weekend we found ourselves in Wooster, Ohio for the Great Lakes Fiber Show.  I had originally been signed up for an outside space, but at the last minute an inside space opened up so I took it!  I decided to try a different set up than usual with the tables on either side and we sat at the back.  It was a really nice weekend, though a bit too warm on Sunday.  I was able to pick up some new fiber including BFL roving from an Ohio farm, a pound of Rambouillet/Mohair blend and a Shetland fleece.

Great Lakes Fiber Show

Great Lakes Fiber Show

And I also entered a few items in the Skein Competition.  The light grey is Romney from my new fleece, spun from the lock.  It won 2nd place in the fine plied category.  The dark brown-black is an Alpaca/Romney blend I bought at Knitter’s Fantasy.  That was spun on a drop spindle.  I brought it on a whim and it won best in show for Group A (bulky plied category).  I was pleasantly surprised.

ribbons of 2011