I’ve been lucky enough to receive a number of unexpected gifites lately.
This is a lovely 2005 diary that Kristine brought back from Ireland for me. The cover is a pretty fabric and it’s made by Neisha Crosland. Kristine suggested I could use it to document and record my spinning in 2005. What a great idea! I’m going to do that.
And the other day I got this:
A Spongebob mug, filled with candy, from Labradorable Susan! Cute! It makes me smile every time I look at it.
And yesterday, these:
Spongebob shoe charms, from StitchinGirl! Oh my gosh . . . I didn’t know they existed but as soon as I saw them I knew they were something I needed!
Thanks, you guys!!
I notice your lovely handspun shawl yarn is balled. Do you do it by hand?
The one ounce skeins are balled by hand, the larger ones on the ballwinder. Usually I hate winding yarn into balls by hand and will do anything to avoid it, but I’m so fascinated by my new yarn creation skills that I’m enjoying fondling the yarn as much as possible. Mebbe I need to join Yarn Fondlers Anonymous.
And from Julie:
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.
Julie, great minds obviously think alike, because I was thinking about the color changes in Noro yarn the other day while spinning. I do think the color changes are spun into Noro yarns — that’s what it looks like to me. I’m thinking one could duplicate that, and it might be kinda fun.
Just wondered what shawl pattern you are using for your self spun yarn, or will it be another amazing Wendy original?
Hi Jacinta! I’m using the same pattern as my last one — my friend L-B’s simple shawl formula. She’s given me permission to write it up and post it, but I haven’t gotten around to it. But I promise I will. Eventually.
Speaking of My Shawl . . .
I did start it yesterday afternoon on the train. Here is my progress so far.
I thought it looked a little alarming in its color changes at first, but the more stripes I put in, the better I like it. I’m striping randomly. It definitely has a homespun look, but I quite like it. I love knitting with the yarn that I’ve spun. This is going to be a very warm snuggly shawl when it is completed.
And I’m still spinning up the yarns for it. Here’s what’s on the wheel right now, a yummy caramel colored shetland:
And I broke down and bought fiber for a long term project:
Chocolate brown Border Leicester, Enough for a sweater. Be still, my heart. It’ll take me quite a while to spin this up, but spin it up I will. Eventually. I think it’ll be great fun knitting a whole sweater from my own yarn!
(And speaking of spinning, I applied to join the Spinning Wheel webring today. Hi Amie! waving wildly)
My poor AbFab has been given short shrift this week, but it’s nearing completion. 40 more rows and it’s done. Hopefully I can get it finished in the next few days. AbFab, I promise to work on you tonight!
I’ll be back Sunday evening so have a good weekend all! And to all of you who have contributed to the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project — big thank-yous!