Friday, February 1, 2008

all spinning, all the time.

News from the past week:
Amy hosted a fabulous knitting party over the weekend. Thanks again! The camera stayed at home, so check out pictures at Deb's blog - Wound Too Tight.
My dear friend Deepa-- previously seen here and talked about here-- has started a fabulous blog at least partially about knitting-- and a good deal more. She's a self-proclaimed "creative spirit, bibliophile, polyglot, knitter and mom. Not necessarily in that order." Go and check it out!
Even if you can't possibly add another blog to your watch list, you must- MUST view this Bollywood homage to Barak Obama linked at Deepa's blog.

Fiber Talk:
I've worked on a secret knitting project that you'll see in due time, and have continued to spin.
Toby and Paco were a little miffed at the lack of snuggling opportunities. They both started sleeping on the wee rug below and would snuggle up to my legs or the wheel. Cute, but annoying. The best course of action was to bring a dog bed next to me and the Ashland!

Perfect for one dog-- but a tight fit for two!

When I started spinning my goal was to be good enough to make my own sock yarn. Here's my first sock yarn singles on the bobbin, Funky Carolina merino superwash in Royal Robes. I've learned that I need to start taking pictures of fiber before spinning begins. Apologies.

After the first week of spinning , I was rather productive. From top to bottom

Brown Yarn: thick dk weight superwash sockyarn from Enchantedknoll at Etsy. I've used 1/2 of the fiber to knit sock bottoms. Next week I'll post a picture of progress.

Yellow: thick fingering weight superwash sockyarn from Funky Carolina. Loved the way it turned out after I plied the singles together. This yarn will become the sock tops & legs for the Entchanted Knoll yarn above. I've started knitting the top to one of the socks-- wow. It's a joy to knit your own sock yarn!!!

Pink: Worsted weight Corredale from Pigeonroof Studios. She's a dying genious. Love her work. This yarn was given to a friend at work who knits and often leaves gifts at my desk! I also pointed out this neckwarmer pattern to her. She has a maroon coat, and I think it's a perfect match.

Blue: Crazy, insane ART skein spun from everything but the kitchen sink. Merino, silk, denim, mohair, BFL, Angelica, Cotton, Alpaca, Angora.... everything. I have no idea what this yarn wants to become when it grows up.


Jess said...

Wow, you're pretty prolific already. I hope you're going to come to The Fiber Studio on Sunday and bring some of that yarn with you so we can see it in person!

Guinifer said...

Holy cats! That's a lot of fiber - I really like the pink stuff you already gifted.

Deb said...

Yea - still struggling! Not quite that good yet!!

Monika said...

Great picture with both dogs in one bed! They know how to keep warm! :o)

Miss T said...

Love the yarn! I think you need to buy a bigger dog bed, though.

Elemmaciltur said...

Yay! Spin on!

limedragon :-: Harriet said...

Toby and Paco are so cute curled up in that one bed. : )

Knitted Gems said...

Your yarn is beautiful!
I tried to spin, but I put it down when it got me frustrated. I hope to pick it back up soon.

Deepa said...

Thanks for the plug. :)

The handspun is so gorgeous (even better in person, people!). I can hardly believe you're a beginner... clearly you were always meant to do this. Scout me some superwash fiber for a commission- something for Miss M, of course.

I love the picture of the doggies- if you had to represent "cozy" visually, this would be it.