Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ROFLMAO!

I was supposed to post this Sunday, just to bug my friends husband who reads my blog and I forgot. So here goes.

"J" this is just for you! Enjoy!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR HARLEY


Harley got a few new toys from my friend Sara yesterday, and he has no desire to stop playing with them.  Especially the royal blue furry.

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Thanks Auntie Sara, from Harley.

P.S.

 He even slept with it curled under his chin.  If I went to move it he woke right up and moved it back.

Friday, December 26, 2008

OH LA LA



I have been spinning like crazy, but unfortunately I had yet to have enough finished yarn to actually consider making anything with it.  Until recently.  

 I ordered this yarn from a great etsy seller, Lime Green Jelly.  Unfortunately, my camera does not do justice to the colors in this fiber.  I'm not sure why, but I even love the green in it.  Which is a huge surprise since I usually HATE green.

On Christmas morning I decided to cast on "The One Day Beret" by Kirsten Kapur for Through The Loops!  I had been wanting to make a beret for a long time, and the colors in this yarn seemed a perfect fit for this beret.  And to be able to finish it in one day suits my desire for instant gratification.  I'm hoping to be able to wear it tomorrow.

Friday, December 19, 2008

WHAT A DAY TODAY HAS BEEN



We got several inches of snow today.  Luckily I'm officially off work until next year, so I didn't have to go out in it.

Since I was going to be at home, I decided to finally make something out of some of my hand-spun yarn.

It started as this:
 4oz of Colonial Border Leicester Mohair from Copperpot Woolies in Cowboy Up colorway.  Which I spun into this:
  Sorry the pic does not do the colors justice.

To finally become this cute, but extremely warm, little basic hat.
Not too bad for my first project from my hand-spun, you think?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I'M STILL HERE...


Over the last few weeks there have been many ups and downs in my life.  Nothing I'm going to bore you with here.  But I will say that thanks to my friends, my spinning wheel, the loads of fiber I've accumulated, and the knitting I do at work, I'm making it through what's left of this year.

To say spinning has become an obsession is a great understatement of what my life has become.  Now to figure out what to do with the hand-spun I've created.  Any suggestion would be appreciated.

There has also been knitting, but I don't have any pics yet.  I'll try to get some taken to share before the weekend is over.

Now to get back to my spinning wheel.

Happy Holidays to all!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I THINK I FINALLY GOT IT!

For over a month I've wanted to make a cowl. And for over a week I've been trying to find a pattern to make it using this gorgeous Manos Silk Blend that I bought for my birthday. I tried several patterns but none looked good in this colorway. Then thanks to my good friend Amy and her suggestion of the Luxury One Skein book I found a pattern that I love in this yarn.

I can't wait for this work day to be over so I can go home and play on my new, yet to be named wheel. I'm still trying to figure out what her name should be. Maybe after a few more hours spinning on her her personality will inspire me to name her.

If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Back to work I go.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

THAT'S RIGHT - I ACTUALLY DID IT...


Yesterday on a full day outing with my good friend Amy I bought a spinning wheel.  That's right folks...I bought a beautiful "Kromski Sonata" spinning wheel. 

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I have not yet been able to actually spin on it yet.  I need a lot of  practice.  My hand to feet coordination is pretty sad right now.  But it's so going to be a fun learning curve.

Now to think of a name for her.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Another co worker with a love of cooky t-shirts.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

BIRTHDAY PARTY AND SPINNING FAILURE AND SUCCESS


 Two weeks ago was my friends Beth's birthday.  We didn't get to celebrate it until this past Sunday.  We were set to have a mini celebration at one of my LYS's.  But unfortunately, the birthday girl got sick and wasn't able to stay for her own party.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get as many pics as I would have liked.  I hope for the time she was there she enjoyed what we put together for her.

I finally did something with two of the singles I had recently spun.

The turquoise is from the Rolags I purchased from "Rainy Days Wool Dogs".  Which I found thanks to Alcariel and Miss Violet of Lime and Violet fame.  And the copper was one of my first fiber purchases at my LYS EweNique Knits.

   
Unfortunately the copper single came out over-spun.  Not sure what to do about that yet.  I tried my hand at plying with the turquoise, and am so pleased with how it came out.

Not to bad if I do say so myself!

Later!!!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

CAN YOU SAY OBSESSED... (my story from desire to obsession)

(very picture heavy post)



As you may have noticed, I can/am!

From the moment I started knitting, shopping knitting stores, going to S&B's, reading blogs, surfing etsy and Ravelry,  and just being in the world of knitting, I swore that the last thing I would do was spin my own yarn.  BOY did I go back on that one!

I think it started for me Oct. 16th at knit night with my friends, N. and M..  N. was showing us a couple of projects she made from her hand spun.  And the bug crawled up my leg.  Then M. and N. started fondling some gorgeous fiber one of them (I don't remember which) had recently purchased, and the bug barred it's teeth.  Then N. started spindle spinning some fiber, and the bug sunk his teeth into my flesh.  Needless to say, "That's All She Wrote!"  I was an almost instant convert.

The next day I went to one of my lys's that carries fiber and spindles and made my first purchase.  That night I went home and stared at the cute spindle, having no idea where to begin.  I started surfing through Youtube videos and found lots of helpful information.  Unfortunately for me, I'm more of a one-on-one type of learner.  So, at my next SnB I asked my good friend A. if she would show me the basics, (and being the great friend she is she put down what she was working on an showed me how to begin).  At first I didn't think I liked it.  My first few spins were lumpy and bumpy and not at all cute to look at, or even consider knitting.  So to the back of my mind went the desire to spindle spin.  For all of about several hours.  After watching more videos, especially this one, and more fondling of the fiber and spindle, I picked it back up and tried again.  The rest, shall we say, is history.

That is until I realized yesterday that I have seven spindles, (some purchased here, here, and here) and plastic bin full of fiber (some from here, here, here, and here), to name a few.  I had to ask myself,  "What the H*LL!"  On my way to a local fiber store with a couple of friends, I resigned myself to the fact that I'm an Obsessive Compulsive Personality (and proud of it!)!  When I get interested in something, I go head first - full throttle - ass out - no worries or cares!  And this is the results of my latest obsession, several weeks of etsy shopping, and web surfing:

  
  
 




































Well, that's my story, including pictures, and I'm sticking to it!

Have a great weekend everyone.  I'm off to obsess a little bit more.

S.