Tuesday, May 23, 2006

That's a lot of yarn

Sorry all no pics.

I just finished spinning 10 oz of llama and it's downstairs hanging to dry. It's roughly 380 or so yards, which really surprised me. My spinning is getting better....i think, which is kind of hard to do right now. I sat down to spin a little this afternoon, and ended up not stopping, so now the skein is drying.

Oh, I did do some Stash enhancement, I'll take pics in the next day or 2 and post them. I had to use some of my Bday discounts. Luckily DH had a Paint Ball tournement near LBC, which resulted in a trip to Almitos Bay Yarn Company. Take was 2 balls of Katia Jamaica in purples/pinks/white(verigated) 3 balls of Trendsetter Super Kid Seta - Animal Print and 2 skeins Lorna's Laces Sock yarn - Uptown teals/purplse and pink verigated. Yes, that last is Sock yarn, I have tried to avoid making socks, I don't like making socks, but they seem to be sucking me in, I suppose someday I could actually like making socks, they are sucking me in, I really like the 2 socks on 2 circs method, it helps me to avoid the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome.

But my stash enhancing didn't end there. Yarn Lady just started offereing a 10% Bday discount recently and of course DH handed me the post card entitling me to that discount last night. I took that as a mandate to take a trip down there today and take advantage of the discount....DH didn't know (but I'm sure he will when he reads this) that I went and brought home 8 skeis of Debbie Bliss's Pure Silk in mauve.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

FO and a new "tool"

I know I know, I'm such a bad blogger. I really haven't had much to blog about. I'm happily unemployed :), my last day was Friday 5/12. There's money in the bank and more coming as soon as the paperwork I just turned it gets processed, so I'm not worried about fiber aquisition for the time being.

I did finish the Caftan Pullover from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Knits, last Thurday, but just now finally got around to taking a pic of it.

Monday was my B-day and I got myself a present (with help from DH, Mom, Dad and my former employer :). I took a trip back up to Solvang, this time I took my car and not the other way around, but I still forgot the camera. I'm going to have to nail that thing to my hand if I'm ever going to remember it.

So what did I come home with....well no roving this time around, but I did come home with a Lendrum Folding Spinning wheel, double treadle, complete with a fast flyer, a plying flyer and bobbin, and a tensioned lazy kate with 3 additional bobbins for a total of 4 bobbins. WHOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!

That baby sings, she's smooth and flies great, I do believe I will be quite happy with this wheel for a long time to come. I am still spinning llama on the Louet, but after that's done we'll see if it will stay or not. Regardless I'm quite happy with both wheels, but happier with the Lendrum.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

a dapper teddy bear

Teddy, yes that really is his name, I know, I know, not very creative, but I didn't name him, the little girl that gifted him to me named him, who am I to change it, besides he likes it very much. Anyway, Teddy is just helping me out here. It's the sweater that he's wearing that I'm showing off. From One Skein, this Baby Bolero is meant for a precious baby boy due at the end of June.

So, as promised, a bit late, but here none the less, my aquistions from Solvang.
One can never have enough tools (or so I'm told and so inclined to believe) I purchased a Staunch Jumbo Ball Winder, the ball next to it is 17 oz of yummy chenille. Yes that is just over 1lb of yarn in a ball, the ball winder works quite well.
This yummy lucious 4oz ball of goodness is 80% Merino and 20% Angora.

Here we have in "pewter" one very large ball (1.72 lbs) of Merino roving. I think it's going to be a sweater...or something, we'll just have to wait and see what it wants to become once it breaks out of it's cocoon and grows into yarn.

I'm back to working on Dad's Golf Shirt yet again, we'll see how long it lasts this time. On the Caftan Tunic, the back and front are done, I'm making quick trips over to Sleeve Island, once those sleeves are done I can do the inserts and finish it off. Sounds so easy when I put it that way doesn't it. Also OTN is a scarf for the mom of the precious baby boy that is getting the bolero. I'll be casting on some bibs for the baby, and face towels for everyone, then boxing it all up and it will work it's way to Beaverton OR. I would love nothing more than to deliver the whole bundle personally, but baby is due a month before I'll be in the area, so I'm thinking a quick quilt and will just hand deliver that when I go up to Seattle for my reunions in August.