Monday, June 26, 2006

Black Sheep Gathering Spoils

I purchased a fair amount of goodies at the Black Sheep Gathering, most of it fiber. Over the next week I'll be showing you what I got.

First off the yarn.

Sock yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Dicentra Designs.

STR Lightweight in Pixie Park and Spinel (Mom demanded I get a skein and make her socks out of the Spinel)

STR Lightweight in Rare Gems and Ooh La La

STR Lightweight in Lovers Leap and Dicentra Designs superwash Sock yarn in Pelenor


Fiber purchases to come soon. I made a point to get fibers that I had yet to try, like Angora, mohair and cashmere! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, June 25, 2006

More Spinning!

I have totally and completely been bitten by the spinning bug. :)

My latest skein:


About 156 yards of BFL dyed by Dicentra Designs, and purchased at the Black Sheep Gathering. It's her Anrion Colorway. Deep jewel tones of ruby red, deep purple, sapphire blue and emerald green.

This picture is more representive of the colors:

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Black Sheep Gathering

I ended up going to the Black Sheep Gathering this weekend. I left Friday, late morning, and proceded to knit in the car. Abi was unable to join me.

I know what you're about to say, "Knitting while driving is DANGEROUS!"

It is if you are moving. It took me over an HOUR to get out of Seattle. I was sitting in traffic for 30 minutes before I pulled out my knitting. I was able to get three rounds done before traffic loosened up.


When I got to Eugene, I checked in to my hotel (traffic was HORRIBLE in Seattle and Portland). I brought my Lendrum with me, and proceeded to spin up the Sweet Georgia roving in the Hilltop colorway.

Pretty Hilltop singles.


My finished skein. This is about 204 yards of sportweight yarn. :)



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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Dye-O-Rama

A quick post to show off my AWESOME Dye-O-Rama Yarn before I head to bed. My buddy was Diane from Maryland, a VERY talented knitter/sewer/quilter. Her blog is HERE.

This is GORGEOUS YARN! I love how it's so purple-y!



Now I need to decide on what pattern to use it with. In my next post, I'll show you what else she sent, along with what I sent to my pal. Must get some sleep first. Posted by Picasa

Monday, June 19, 2006

More New Yarn

I've just become a spinning fool these days. Here's my results on some Blue Faced Leicester dyed by Crown Mountain Farms. I'm going through a TON of my fiber stash. Good thing I'm going to the Black Sheep Gathering this weekend!


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Next on my wheel, the Merino and Bombyx blend in New Blues from Crown Mountain Farms. It's a lot HARDER to draft, due to the silk (I think!).

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Merino Finished

Here's my results of spinning the Merino wool. The coloring is very subtle. It was a preblended merino colorway that I got at the Weaving Works originally for my spindle. It's so much faster to spin on the wheel! I need to learn how to ply better on the wheel, but I'm satisfied with my beginner results. :)


Fremont Fair

Sorry there was no post yesterday, I'm going to try and do two posts today. I was at the Fremont Fair, to celebrate the Summer Solstice. It tends to involve a lot of public nudity--none on my part! For some pics of what it was like, check this out. I ended up going with Dave and his girlfriend Cat. I also ended up getting sunburned to a crisp.

I can't believe how much I've improved on the spinning wheel. I plyed some New Zeland wool together (hot pink and navy) into this:


Two skeins (I need a plying head for my wheel!). I don't know how much yardage I have here. It filled up two of the small bobbins that came with the wheel.

I'm now working on some Merino Wool


It's coming out so EVEN!


I'm hoping to keep it this fine, and maybe use it for socks? Depends on how much yardage I get out of the roving I got.

I'm working on all this in preparation for using the BFL I got from Sweet Georgia. I'm thinking of tackling it after I'm done with this Merino.

Lessons learned the past two days

1. Predraft, predraft, predraft.
2. Lots-o-sunscreen
3. Treadle slowly

Now I'm also thinking of selling handspun AND handdyed yarns.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Socks, and more Socks

I swear, I must have a half dozen pairs of socks on the needles. It's the easiest project to pick up and put down at a moments notice.

Two in particular are seeing a lot of time these days.

First, my Simply Lovely Lace Socks in the STR Spinel.


My picot edge has yet to be sewn down. But look at the color!!



I spent the night at my Mom's and Dad's because I was taking my mom to the airport at the butt-crack of dawn (honestly, I can't remember the last time I had to wake up at 5 am!) and I brought these socks along to knit on while we watched on TV. My mom LOVED both the yarn and the pattern. I'm hoping to pick up some more Spinel at the STR booth at the Black Sheep Gathering for her.

Such a lovely texture. I'm hoping to get these socks done in time for the BSG.

In other news, I came home from work on Wednesday morning to find that the kitties had some fun during the evening. Witness the results:


Yeah, that's Koigu tangled with some Dye-your-own sock yarn. This acutally looks better than id did, as the kitties had run around the entire apartment with the skeins. What was the Koigu attached to?

Just a Pomatomus. I'm on the last repeat of the leg chart. These are the socks for my co-worker. Look how the Koigu is pooling!


Here's my progress pic for Tubey. Not feeling much motivation to pick this up this week, as I probably won't be wearing it for a few months. I love working with the Cashmerino Aran, though.

Still practicing on my Lendrum. I've been trying to draft and spin today using regular roving. My results leave much to be desired. :) I'm learning, and only practice makes perfect.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Updates, Updates

My goal for the next four days is to do an update a day for the next four days! :)

Lots of fiber related activities lately.

My first BIG news happened Tuesday, when I was startled awake by my phone ringing. In my half sleep haze, I heard "Weaving Works" and "we'll hold it for a week" before I promptly fell back asleep.

Imagine my delight when I woke up that evening to hear that my LENDRUM had arrived! w00t!

Unfortunately, I had to work two more days before I could pick it up...

Somehow I made it through. :)

I have to admit, I was a little intimidated when I opened the box

I was like "crap, I hope there's directions... I just finished a 12-hour shift." But putting the wheel together is as easy as screwing in two screws. The hardest part was figuring out the tension-thingy.


Beautiful naked bobbin shot. :)

Yes, I'm in my PJs. I have yet to go to bed! :)

I pulled out the Corriedale Pencil roving in Pueblo, and got spinning. I figured I needed to learn how to USE the wheel and not have to worry about drafting yet.

Here's a bobbin full. :)


I love my spinning wheel. I've signed up to take the spinning class at the Weaving works, so I REALLY learn how to use the wheel. It's in the middle of July. I can't wait. :)


Friday, June 09, 2006

The Friday Blues

I like blue, except when that's how I feel. Today I was totally blah, feeling lonely, unhappy, etc. I allow myself to feel like this for one day a month. I give into the doldrums. Come tomorrow though, I am no longer allowed to feel crappy. I find that's effective. After the relationship with Terence ended, I allowed myself to feel really sorry for myself in the month of Feburary. I set a deadline for it, and sure enough, when the deadline came (my birthday, March 1) I snapped myself out of it.

I've been thinking of ways to improve my blog. First off, I need to figure out how to respond to my comments! I've tried almost everything! Blogger sends them to my email with anonymous blogger email addresses. Anyone have any tips? I do read all of my comments and am thankful for all of them!

I've also been thinking of coming up with goals for the month, knitting/dyeing/spinning wise. For June I want to :

1. Finish Tubey (I hope I have enough yarn!)
2. Finish my Co-worker's (actually boss's) socks--Knitty's Pomatomus
3. Finish the lace socks I started out of one of the STR Skeins (the Spinel one, I'm doing the Interweave Spring 06 lace socks, the cute ones with the picot edge, where she's wearing the cute turquoise heels!)
4. Get a spinning wheel (I went to Weaving Works and signed up for the spinning wheel class, and got the impression that it's going to be a lot longer than 2-4 weeks for the Lendrum shipment to come in)
5. Decide whether or not to try and sell handdyed yarn.
6. Avoid the temptation of a raw chocolate brown alpaca fleece that I saw at the Weaving Works--I think this is going to be the easiest. :)
7. Come up with a plan of attack for the Black Sheep Gathering. I want to have a shopping list.

Finishing all of those seems achievable. I still need to get batteries. I have some Dye-O-Rama Yarn that I want to show you. :) I'll be sending mine out tomorrow.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Working lots

Yes, I'm still alive.

Yes, I have been knitting (Tubey's sleeves are done, and I've started on the body)

No, I do not have pictures (camera's batteries died)

No, my spinning wheel has not arrived.

Yes, I will be posting a better post later in the week... I'll have five days off starting Thursday.

Will I be brave enough to go to the spinning group at Village Yarn and Tea on Thursday? We shall see. :)