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Spinning Binge

This was supposed to be the month of small projects, but it seems now I’m on a bit of a spinning binge. I can’t stop spinning. It was even the first thing I did this morning, well… until the boys were done eating and I had to hide my wheel.

I’m also on a bit of a fiber buying binge (perhaps to make up from my yarn-buying deprivation?). So far Miss Babs and Loop have showed up at my doorstep, and Pigeon Roof will be here any day now. I’ve also got the Alden Amos book coming as well. I suddenly feel the urge to know EVERYTHING. This should help. Thank goodness for Christmas money!

I liked Trek’s comment that there should be a Knitters’ Spinning Day. I think it will keep me focused (and maybe some more of you out there!).  Friday sounds good, so Friday it shall be. If you’re trying to get your spinning groove going in 2008, take Friday to either get some spinning done, or just share what you’ve been working on. Let me know if you plan to participate!

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Something to keep me focused

So one thing I’ve really been wanting to do this year is spend more time on spinning. I think this might help me stay motivated, although with all the spinning I’ve been doing lately it’s not a problem.

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Dave over at Cabin Cove has come up with this nice idea for 2008.

I’m not sure I’ll go the spreadsheet route, but I do want to focus on spinning better quality yarn and various fibers, so it’s still right up my alley.

Now if only I could take a picture of what I’ve been spinning this week!

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I’m in Trouble

Just as I was feeling bummed that Creative Fibers was closing, thus eliminating all near by spinning products, I found out that The Fiber Studio had just opened up this week. Just minutes from my house.

This should not be a bad thing. Except that the shop is beautiful: hardwood floors, natural lighting, beautifully decorated, and lovely, lovely fiber. And of course, when you have a shop that gorgeous you get an owner who is equally delightful. Pam was friendly, welcoming and made me wish I could stay there all day rather than rush back into the car when my three guys were waiting for me. She’s going to be offering classes and spinning groups. And this is why this is all a bad thing, because I am going to spend all my money there and my family will never see me anymore. The store is that nice.

Pam also sells a bit of yarn, dyes, beads, and all sorts of other lovely things we all can find a use for. Two items came home with me:

Some beautiful hand dyed suri alpaca.
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I have no idea what to do with this right now but I have a sneaking suspicion that I can count on Pam to teach me. I’m waiting for that class list!

This was an exciting find:

Kimonos!!!

You are looking at a pack on vintage kimono fabric. I’m really wanting to make this into a quilted circular needle holder. If you are loving this and are sad you can’t run over to Pam and buy some, you can also order at Ah! Kimono

Pam is having her grand opening the 21st and 22nd of September. Be sure to stop by!

I have a boring WIP to add.

Anklets

Plain old anklets. Practical but not that exciting, and not even a clever photo to spice them up a bit. But they are done, I’m happy, and I’m one project closer to buying some yarn.

Stats:
yarn:Regia bamboo/wool
needle: size 1
pattern: plain old, typical sock

The boys

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather as much as we are. This was actually last weekend, as I’ve not been well this weekend, but at least I can enjoy it in my own backyard.

Lastly, don’t forget to get in your Sow the Seeds contest entries in to me. Did anyone watch the video? I’m curious to hear what you thought.

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I had wanted to show you all this:

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But instead I have to deal with this:

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Never ever, EVER, no matter how sweetly he asks you, never let your four year old help you ply.

I’m going to cry some more and continue the hours of untangling.

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Now where was I?

Oh yes, projects.

But first, I know I didn’t get a chance to say thanks to all of you who left me such nice get well messages. I went from feeling a little better Monday night, to even better Tuesday, to thinking I was surely going to die of a head explosion yesterday. I did absolutely no knitting for the last two days and went to bed early. Very rare for a busy body like me. Usually I’m more of this variety: I feel like my head is going to expolode and this pain is unbearable. I need to go to bed. But first I have to wash the floor, do the dishes, and knit twenty more rows on my sock. Which is probably why I’m so sick in the first place. But today was good, and while I did wash the floor I took it easy most of the day.

So anyway, before I gave in to the sinus infection of death, there was a dragon at my spinning wheel.


He’s been making frequent apperances lately, which should make his grandmother very happy that money for the dragon costume has been well spent. The dragon, along with his assistant, the tiny Wool-Eater, had been helping me to spin this:

Into this:

Which now looks like this:

Still pretty uneven. My spinning is still in the “woo-hoo, I’m SPINNING!!!” stage which means I just keep spinning away, oblivious to being even slightly even. But it’s still beautiful, and really, how even can you get with a dragon and baby who eats wool as your assistants?

Next, the pincushion:

Nothing too fancy. My first attempt at piecing anything together. But hey, it’s cute and does the trick.

This is my favorite:

Another one? Yes, but not just any old needle roll. A sock needle roll. A tiny roll for tiny needles.


See those little six inch size zeros in there? Yes folks, no more needles sliding around in a too-big needle roll that was meant for seven inch size eights. This is for teeny-tiny sock needles only! And with interfacing…no more poking holes in the bottom. I’m very excited about this, and guess what? There will be more coming!

The only thing I’m a little dissappointed with is that the inside panel was supposed to be off-center on purpose, but I didn’t off center it enough so it just looks like I can’t measure. Other than that I’m pleased with the roll as well as my sewing skills. All those hearts made this a breeze.

Finally, the Ann Budd Raglan of Interweave Knitts, Spring 2004. It’s been hiding in my closet for two years. It used to be my lunch project, and I lost interest while pregnant since it would be no fun to finish it and not get to wear it. But now it’s back, and I’m decreasing.


Little Man’s suggestion? “Take is apart. It’s yucky.” (Someone didn’t think taking pictures of Mama’s stuff was a fun afternoon activity. I can’t understand why.)

I also have started some socks for the Skeptic but no pictures yet, as my picture taking mission had to come to a close. I’m sure you all understand why.

Now, off to another early bedtime.

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Love is…

Packages:
I am amazed at all this goodness!

Doublepoints, fabric, chocolates, tea, a notepad, soap, a delicates washbag, two lovely patterns, a button, a gorgeous hankie with crocheted edging that I just want to carry around all day…I hope I’m not forgetting anything because there was so much!!!

And of course, yarn. Some of the most lovely stuff I have ever come across from Zen String. It is Lotus Toes, and is so incredibly soft. I can’t wait to knit with it. And in pink and brown, a favorite color combo of mine!


This all comes from Jenny, over at Mary Janes’ Farm in the Hot Socks Swap. Jenny, thanks so very much for your generosity. What a wonderful package!

More love: A day of spinning class at the Textile Center, taught by my friend Jen.

Rolags and more roving ready to be rolags.


I’ve decided bottom whorl is way better than top.

A year waiting on my wheel, plied!!! It’s seriously bulky, but fun.


Even more love: Finished Anemois.

Specs to come. I’ve got rolags to get ready. I’ve an entire day of class again tomorrow!

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