My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

What’s New, Pussycat?

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What’s new? A widdle girlie hat!

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This hat will be donated to Safe Shores, the charity that Kristine blogged about on the Knit Happens blog here.

I used a bulky, very soft, handpainted wool I acquired from eBay a year or so ago. Knitted on size 10 needles in a 3×3 rib, it went really quickly!

I cast on this morning, before leaving for work and knitted an inch. I knitted on the train going in, and I finished it during lunch. And since I went to Knit Happens after work, I was able to drop it off.

So . . . what to start next as a commuter project?

I brought this to work with me today.

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It’s my bag o’ handspun, waiting to be turned into a shawl. And although I haven’t finished spinning all the yarn yet, I started the shawl on the train coming home. I couldn’t wait any longer — I was chomping at the bit to knit from my own handspun. All I’ve knitted so far are a couple of tiny things.

A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

A Big Shout Out . . .

To the commenters who suggested I google for the term “weaver’s knot” — that did the trick! Here is a good explanation of a weaver’s knot.

You Gotta Da Question? I Gotta Da Answer!

Kim asked:
What made you decide on the Kromski Minstrel? I began spinning with a spindle the same time you did and hubby is looking for a wheel to get me for Christmas. We’ve been leaning towards the Kromski Symphony, so I’m curious how you decided.

Good question!

First off, I wanted a double treadle, double drive wheel. And I wanted one that looked traditional, and I love the look of the Kromski wheels. I wanted a castle wheel because I like its compact nature — doesn’t take up too much space in my living room.

I did a little research and found that the Kromski wheels are well thought of, so that settled it!

But I . . . um . . . am considering buying a Lendrum folding wheel for my second wheel.

Pat commented:
When you mentioned that you had only used your new wheel on double drive, I just had a thought about the poly drive band you ordered. I seem to remember
reading that the poly bands do not work well for double drive. If you are planning to use it with the scotch tension, that would be fine. I have
three wheels, all have scotch tension; one with double drive. Though I have not tried the poly drive band with the double drive, I just thought I’d mention this in case it might save you some frustration.

Thanks Pat! Here’s the description I found when I ordered my Kromski poly band:

Note about stretch drive bands – with double drive wheels the drive band does two important things: it drives the flyer and it must slip properly on the bobbin pulley to permit take-up of yarn on the bobbin. We have found that the stretch drive band material we offer allows these two things to happen (with some types of stretch bands this does not happen). You may also use this drive band as a single loop only for spinning with scotch tension.

Sounds like it ought to work. And if not, well, my piece of string is working just fine!

Thank-you

Thank-you for all the kind comments about Ingrid. And in answer to several questions, I’m not sure when the pattern will be available. I’ve got a lotta stuff on my plate and some things are taking a higher priority by necessity.

Another Thank-you
For all your contributions to the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project. We’re over our halfway point now!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go spin.

Comments

  1. Have fun with your continued spinning successes! And thanks for all the good vibes you send out!

  2. I notice your lovely handspun shawl yarn is balled. Do you do it by hand?

  3. Your spinning seems to be going awfully well. I have this idea but since I don’t know how to spin I will give it to you. You know the long color changes in Noro yarns? I was thinking that maybe the yarn is spun that way, rather than dyed in the skein. Do you know what I mean?Could you try it? Is it hard to spin a lightly spun single? And how do you get the straw in? Just kidding.

  4. Thanks for the answer on the Ingrid pattern. Just as long as you know, some of us aren’t going to forget about it. I mean, I’m not going to forget. ;-)

    Just as long as I know its coming. I can probably buy my Koigu now. When I decide on colors.

  5. I’ve had a Lendrum folding wheel for almost 20 years now. Mine is single treadle (I like to spin with my legs crossed, so double treadle doesn’t work for me), and it still has the old footman — a piece of wire that goes from the treadle to the wheel. It still works great. I’d have another Lendrum in a heartbeat. Although occasionally I think about getting a Columbine wheel. Just cuz it’s different. :-)

  6. Just wondered what shawl pattern you are using for your self spun yarn, or will it be another amazing Wendy original?

  7. Another wheel? Yes! :-)

  8. When I started spinning last year, I started with a Kromski Muzurka because of looks and price, then I sold that to a girlfriend who wanted to learn and I bought a Kromski Symphony because of its traditional looks and it was a beauty. But I found that I needed one I could take places easily, the fair, fiber shows, friends houses where we get together to knit and spin. So I sold the Symphony and my honey bought me a lendrum, double treddle for my birthday. I’m all set now I absolutely LOVE my Lendrum and wouldn’t have anything else, it suits all my needs. It was designed by an engineer who is also a spinner.
    Love your blog Wendy, read it every morning with my coffee. Keep up the excellent work, and happy spinning.

  9. Thanks so much for answering my question about your wheel. I’m still leaning towards a single treadle, just so I don’t have to work both feet. Lazy, you know. he he he. But it’s great to hear that you’re happy with your Kromski. If it’s good enough for Wendy, it’s good enough for me!

  10. Ingrid is beautiful. I am anxiously awaiting the pattern. Please include a large size…..like a 50 or 52 inch chest. My skinny days are long past and I can’t diet as fast as I can knit!

  11. My Mom, also a new spinner, loves her Lendrum. And, man, it purrs like a kitten. Also, for y’all that haven’t purchased wheelies yet, I had a spinning teacher tell me, “You should love looking at your wheel.” Sage advice.

  12. Wendy, I have a Lendrum and use it as my primary. It’s a great wheel – very versatile, well made, easy to use. I have a second wheel made by a local Pacific Northwest gentleman, double drive upright, and I use it less although it is the first wheel I purchased. When My Ship comes in and I have a dedicated studio space I’m going to get a Schacht-Reeves. What a wheel!

    Your yarn is looking great. Enjoy! Haave you found Copper Moose yet? Oh, and when you start accumulating raw fleeces, you’ll need a good processor. Unless you like slogging through twenty pounds of poop. I use http://www.dawnscustomcarding.com, which is in Washington state. She’s terrific.

  13. Hahahahahahah, I said that wheels can multiply. Enjoy your wheel. I have two but they are a little annoyed at me as I have spent the past year knitting and not even looking at them.