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A Little Wet Wool…. Anyone?

I’ll just say it once.  “It’s been a while”.  I’d like to say that without any apologies, but  I do feel that I’ve let down whatever readership I had.  Key word: h-a-d.  I’m in a hard place right now and a lot of things are overwhelming my brain.  Not that I was disciplined by any means, but I just can’t seem to get out of this haze I’m in most of the time.  I do have my moments of clarity, but they are few and far between.  I’ll be writing more about this particular aspect of my life in our parent blog, Dragonmommie’s World; but for right now, I want to show you all some of the things I’ve been doing in Yarnworld.

The most latest is this blackish/purpily/robin’s-egg bluish stuff that is hanging over my kitchen sink.  I think I’ll name it… NO, I’ve already named it “Dragon Jewels”.  The blue part was spun on a drop spindle and the rest on a spinning wheel my friend, Lisa, let me borrow.  I am really loving the wheel and hope she doesn’t ask for it back any time soon…. hint… hint.  I’m hoping to  get my own wheel sometime in the future, but I’m not holding my breath.  I can’t, really.  Not for months, maybe years, so I’ll just keep it on the back burner of my To Do List.

My freshly washed handspun

Isn’t it beautiful?  I can already feel the bounce coming back into it.  I think that I’ll be able to take it down tomorrow as it seems to be pretty dry.  Now, what the project to be done with this yarn… MY yarn… very exciting.

This was Navajo plyed and there is 295+ yards here.  There is a “+” for the fact that when you wind yarn, you must get extra inches with every wrap because the niddy noddy was measured right on top of the surface of it, 67″ per wrap.  Now, when you wrap the yarn around, the layer gets thicker and thicker and the length between wraps gets longer, not by much, but it’s something.  I’m pretty sure that I’m doing something wrong here because I never heard of anyone having to take those extra inches into consideration.

This is kind of thin-to-thick stuff and I had wanted to showcase it in a shawl.  So, while  not really enough yardage for a shawl, might be perfect for a shawlette.  I specificily plyed this stuff to go from one color to the next, so I’m going to start off with the thinnest part, the blues, into the purples, into the gray/black stuff.  Funny, when it was fluff, it was definitely black, but when spun, it turned into grays and very dark grays and very little actual black.  Ravelry Pattern Search, here I come!

Getting back to my Home Depot niddy noddy.  There is a great post here that gave enough instructions for me to go out and make my own.  However, I had my pvc cut at the store, which was pretty darn convenient….Thanks Home Depot Guy!  I can even go back to have the rest of my pvc pipe to make a different size.  Next will be the two yard size.  The one touch I didn’t think of was getting those caps to close off the ends… oh, and I did not use pvc glue, which I really should.  Still, it was pretty functional without that stuff, and I was able to disassemble the thing to make it really portable as is.

Bottom line is that I love this spinning thing and can see myself giving up the knitting and crocheting to do more of it… well, not altogether, of course.
“Somebody’s” got to knit up the stuff.

DRAGON JEWELS......This pic was taken before washing.

Strand of yarn...

Friday, August 6, 2010 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Spinning | , , , | 5 Comments

My New Toy

Wow… I’ve been away for quite a while and so many changes to WordPress… way to GO!

Well, thought I’d pop back in to try and make this more of a knitting ugh…. no, crochet errr, FIBER blog or journal. Though I’ve not been writing about it, I’ve been pretty busy with knitting, crochet, and now spinning fiber into yarn. Just to prove it, here is a pic of my new top whorl drop spindle:

My new toy

My new toy

Oh, and here you can see my very first spun yarn!

Forgot to mention where I got my spindle. I spied this baby [and she IS my baby] in Spinsanity’s Etsy shop. She has such beautiful stuff there. This is a Purple Stained Flower Top Whorl Drop Spindle.  It weighs just one ounce… wow.  I particularly like this one because I do want to learn how to spin light-weight or lace-weight yarn, and lighter spindles are just right for that kind of spinning.  I think her daughter, Em, dyes roving… but not sure about actual yarns. You can browse her shop here. Go check it out!

My First-Born, First-Spun.... its all the same!

My First-Born, First-Spun.... it's all the same!

The fiber was given to me by Karen, a buddy from Ravelry and who comes to my local knitting/crochet/spinning Tuesday night group. Yeah, I’ll have to make some major updates to this blog… but at least I have a lot to write about now. Karen heard that I was interested in spinning, and she promptly supplied me with some beautiful purple-ish, olive green, with a dab of gold fiber. Of course my first attempt is grossly uneven, running the gambit from very fine lace weight, right up to fuzzy and bulky. Not pretty, but I am endeared to it. They say that you simply MUST take your first spun and DO something with it for yourself, so I’ve decided to make an amigurumi turtle and make the shell out of this, if not the whole thing. This way, I can ensure that I use this for, at least, the shell part. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

My dear readers… whoever happens to stumble upon this blog, I thank you for reading. I wish that I could commit to more regular writing, but the truth is that right now I just don’t have the time…. but what I will promise is that I’ll try to at least post updates on my finished projects.

ciao

Monday, July 28, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Crafty Tools, Spinning | , , | 2 Comments