Sunday, April 29, 2012

Two New Loves

Yes, I took the plunge into spinning.  I tried this once last year with a drop spindle I bought with merchandise credit from working a booth at Stitches South.  I made some lumpy, bumpy, ugly, rope-like substance that would never pass for yarn.  Well...Purdy Thangz did a brief drop spindle demo last Saturday evening, and I was hooked.  It helped that she was selling some beautiful stone whorl spindles and happened to have one in my favorite colors -- sunset colors.  I simply HAD to have it.  I bought that and some silk hankies and was back at the hotel with my traveling companion and newbie spinner, Donna, spinning away.

My second new love is a ball winder!  I am so excited about this!  My long-time knitting pal tnknitter (and my fiber guru), heard me say on my podcast that I still wound yarn on a nostepinne and how much I HATED winding yarn.  She surprised me on knit night this week with a shiny new ball winder.  I tried it out tonight and knocked out a hank of yarn in under a minute!  So exciting!!!!!

TNknitter also gave me some fiber in sunset colors (again, my fav), that she bought me to teach me to spin.  She just decided to go ahead and give it to me since I started spinning without her.  THANK YOU!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Just Because They're Pretty...

Looky at what I found at Goodwill:

It always make me a little sad to see something abandoned there that someone had put so much love and time into. I bought these for $1 each, have washed them, and will take them to Atlanta to the donation box at Stitches South this month for Halos of Hope.

And, speaking of Stitches South, this is the project I started for last year's event. didn't make it. I am happy to announce that it will make this year's show. Almost done!

Then there are the French Press Slippers which I just finished today...finished seaming and felting, that is. I still need to sew on the band and button across the toe. These things took forever to felt in my new high efficiency (???) washer. Took 4 cycles!

And here's another Wingspan that I'm going to send to my doctor for taking such good care of me. :)

Then there are these preemie hats that I've been cranking out since last weekend for a KAL that the Knitting Brooklyn podcast is promoting.

And just because it's pretty: