Beth Smith

How I Felt…and also knit….and also spin

I’ve been a little light on the fiber stuff lately. Not that I haven’t been doing it. Really. I’m finishing Chelsea’s sweater (which always takes longer than I think, which is why after 4 years it’s still not finished), I’m working on a sweater for me, I’ve got about 3 different fibers I’m spinning, and an idea for a sweater design from handspun which is a new territory for me. Not the spinning, the designing. I’m just never sure about posting about things in various stages of unfinished so I don’t do it much.


Here’s what Maggie spun in the shop tonight from Louet Northern Lights. I think it’s Icy something colorway.
I took a little and plied it back on itself so you can see what it will look like when she plies it. Six years old. I hope Santa brings her a Ladybug because the girl is good.
Here’s what I did tonight. I had a class with only one student called Last Minute Felted Gifts. I made a couple other things too but I actually came up with this little gem in my own tiny brain. Cute as a button I think.

I started with a Styrofoam cone – because they are supposed to be quick things – and covered it with a layer of dark green roving. I then took little wisps of fiber – different shades of green – and folded them in half and needle felted them into place where the ends came together. I started at the bottom and worked to the top. I made the little balls and felted them in up under the folds and the star was just a flat felted piece that I cut out and poked in the feet to make it stand up.

I think it’s kind of cute. Don’t get carried away with my felting skills though. The whole time I was poking and prodding I was thinking that I’d rather be spinning so I don’t think I have a bright future in the needle felting like some people I know. But it’s good to branch out.

It’s also good to go back to the lovely, quite, rhythmic beauty that is spinning.

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