My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

It’s New Project Day

Because my Ingrid sweater is almost completed, I felt justified in starting a new project. And what a fun one it is.

At the Knitter’s Review Retreat, I bought an assortment of lovely yarns from the very talented Jen of Spirit-Trail, all in the same colorway. I bought merino wool, mohair, silk chenille, and a wool/mohair/silk boucle. And I also have some matching silk cap that I’m spinning (mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry).

These yarns are on their way to becoming a shawl.

shawl111604 Its New Project Day

I’m knitting in stripes. A stripe of merino, then one of mohair and silk chenille held together, then one of the boucle. Repeat until it is deemed big enough. And I’ll use my handspun silk at the bottom for an edging.

Snazzy, eh?

The pattern is L-B’s own made-up “shawl formula.” Yarnovers at the center and at each end of right side rounds. Easy as pie to execute. (Please remember to say “pie” the way Eric Cartman does: “pahhhhhhhhh.”)

Comfort knitting at its best!

Spinning Comments and Questions

First off Vanessa had to point out the following:
If you go to ms$w next year you can play on a golding wheel. they are hands down drop dead gorgeous. and spin like buttah.

I so did not need to hear that . . .

Another Wendy asked:
I’m very intrigued by the spinning–any chance that you’d web-cam your spinning? I still don’t understand how it works.

There are some sites on the web that have video of spinning, which would probably be far more useful to you than seeing me (a spinner for less than two weeks) demonstrate it. Besides, I don’t have a web-cam.

The Joy of Handspinning website has some drop spindle video here.

Merrill asked:
Have you spun llama?

No I haven’t . . . yet . . .

And Claudia’s comment made me laugh:
What are the Vegas odds as to what month Wendy buys a wheel? My money is on December.

Heh. I don’t have the definitive answer for that one myself.

Here’s another photo of Sonia, one that better illustrates that the whorl is a sunflower.

sonia111604 Its New Project Day

Heidi, no, I’m not getting my hair cut anytime on the forseeable future. I just cleaned up my blog page a bit, removing some stuff from the sidebar.

When I got home from work today, Lucy was playing with her handspun mouse, clearly all hopped up on catnip.

lucy111604 Its New Project Day

Comments

  1. I taught myself to spin with lots of helpful videos and info from here: http://www.icanspin.com/toc.htm

  2. please hug lucy for us, she looks so relaxed! :)

  3. tell Claudia I have $20 on February

  4. December? Does she realize we’re only halfway through November? I say two weeks or less (minus shipping time, if applicable), and you better respect my authoritahhh.

  5. Thanks for the spinning videos – it’s sort of ironic that Internet technology is teaching us old craft.
    I’ve been dying to learn to spin and bought fiber, etc. a while back. I thought I could learn from a book as I taught myself knitting that way. I was wrong!!

  6. Very snazzy!

  7. Loving that shawl and all the play with colours and textures – you sound like you have got the fun back!

  8. heh heh heh, start saving your pennies now, i think the golding wheels are about 6k. they did make a custom wheel for someone with her dogs carved on it, hmm, i could see a lucy wheel…..

  9. Hi Wendy,
    Have you tried felting the Naturgarn yet?

  10. Wendy,

    Who is L-B? Just curious.

    Love the blog!!

    Thanks,

    Jan

  11. Your sunflower spindle is a work of art.
    Beauty!

  12. I’m L-B! ;-)

  13. So, it’s like this… …baby llama is the most wonderfully fun thing I’ve spun so far (about a month and a half of spinning, but I’ve been playing with a LOT of exotic fibers, ’cause I’m me and that delights me).

    And wheels… …if I want yarn in a hurry, I can go down to one of my three LYSes and buy it. Spindle spinning is hypnotic, is relaxing, is delightful, is – spinning isn’t production work, it’s meditative and healing. Spinning wheels are beautiful machines, but they require care and feeding and oiling and undestanding in a way that a drop spindle does not, cannot, will not.

    So, until I decide to go production, my personal decision (not to be forced on anyone, no expectations involved) is: no wheel, more spindles, though. They are so very beautiful.

  14. John in Portland, OR says:

    Hi Wendy,

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m so happy you are still blogging. I check your blog every day, and I was so crestfallen…no shattered…when I thought you were closing our window into your wonderful world. You are a knitting inspiration!

    P.S. I miss SpongeBob Squarepants frolicking in your stash…I hope he comes back too.

    John in Portland, OR

  15. Lucy knows how to entertain herself well.

  16. Lucy certainly looks hopped up. That must have been some good $%^&, man.

    That shawl is going to be gorgeous.

  17. Check out http://icanspin.com for a BUNCH of spinning videos (and several other wonderful videos and still demos)…

    Are y’all planning to go see the Sponge Bob movie?? :)

  18. AIIGHGHHGH – the temptation of the Golding! Especially because, as I told you, the celtic ring and the sunflower were my two favorites…sigh…

    Heh – I was going to ask you about the SpongeBob movie too – I’m SO going, LOL.

    “We’re gonna party til we’re purple!”

    “Purple? I LOVE being purple!”