I’ve had fun this summer learning to spin on my Cassandra wheel by JMS Spinning Wheels. Part of the fun is playing with the colors that develop when the wool spins onto the bobbin. Now as I look around my yard, I see so many colorways that I would like to duplicate in yarn. This yarn was inspired by my honeysuckle.
This yarn started as an experiment in using pokeberries as dyestuff (I’ll talk about that more in another post). I also dyed some wool roving using food coloring. After dyeing the wool roving, I hung it up to dry–my, it turned out so bright and pretty!
The next step was to spin the wool onto bobbins. One of the best thing about my wheel is that it came with 8 bobbins and a lazy kate. (I never thought I would need so many bobbins, but it is amazing how many projects you can get going at once!) After the singles were prepared, I plyed them to make the finished yarn, about 450 yards worth.
Pokeberry on the left and food coloring on the right.
Homespun Honeysuckle Skein
I think this project turned out very nicely. This skein is already into the hands of a knitter, so hopefully I’ll have some pictures to show how the yarn works up.
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Gustave Courbet was a French painter from the Realism movement (he would only paint what he could see). He has a remarkable ability to capture the coldness of winter, which, to me, is a rare gift. Brrr….
Presentation of Christ at the Temple by Giotto, 1304.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
The Angels Appearing to the Shepherds by William Blake, 1809.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”