Nov 18, 2010

Spin spin spin - New Lendrum DT wheel bliss

Have new spinning wheel, there's a special nirvana to spinning unknown fiber as a new spinner. Love the adventure of it.
Whatever the source(s) of the fiber I'm spinning, it's a lovely combination of colors and textures. The darkest purple is tangly and the fibers are short  - the red is longish and crimpy, the pale blue is long and smooth, the cornflower colors is like the red, smooth with a definite crimp. The singles are thin, a bit wooly. I suppose I'm spinning semi worsted, drafting forward and back at once, controlling the twist before the drafting triangle, smoothing it into the yarn. But it's still wooly - I think because of the very wooly dark purple fibers that run through the whole.
Will ply tonight to see how it comes out. I'm hoping DK, not too much variation.
Once I figure out how to resize photos I'll be happier.

Nov 4, 2010

Staying Sane

OK, at least there's knitting and spinning to keep me sane through the madness of the Republican nonsense!! Gag me, LePage the governor-elect!! I don't say that lightly, it is what I'm depending on to get me through!

Have now had 3rd spinning class, awesome improvement, thin fairly unitform singles now filling my bobbin!! Melodi Hackett at the Fiber Studio (Portfiber on Etsy) is my awesome teacher!

 Picking up my new Complete Lendrum DT this weekend at NE FIBER Show in W Springfield, MA, CAN'T WAIT! The people from A Touch of Twist in NY State are bring one for me to the show - these wheels are hard to find!! I'm going to love it, and I'm getting it while I can!

On my needles, a Selbuvotter mitten (patterned Norwegian design) in Quince & Co. Lark, River and Egret colorway combo, a Lacy Baktus in a raw silk worsted similar to Royal Alpaca Silk (must find yarn band) in a pale, pale yellow from the Yarn Sellar in York, a top-down Raglan in Harrisville Orchid with the rib and cable pattern from the Mr Greenjeans sweater  added at the borders (bottom, neck and cuffs) 80% complete, another pr of Baby Fan Lace Mitts in Quince Chickadee in Honey for Paula... and probably a few other things - 2 prs of socks, 1 pr of Footies, etc. Must cast on my 1st homespun!! 1st skeins are pretty bulky and un

Podcasts: Sticks and Strings, The Knitmore Girls, Hoxton Handmade, Imake, The Knit Wits, Stash and Burn, Cloudy with a Chance of Fiber, YarnSpinner's Tales -

Purchases to keep my head firmly in the sand so the current political rhetoric sails past me: Harman Audio Ipod dock and speakers - NY Times D Pogue sold me on it. More portable than the Bose dock I was looking at (that costs the same [$99] and plays through the Bose radio), works on batteries so can be used elsewhere. May as well listen to  podcasts in places other than the car! Like in the living room? While Spinning? Yum!