So much to say…

31 Aug

I can’t even begin to figure out an order, so I’ll make one up.

Firstly, my friend Robin and I had spinning lessons with a lovely woman named Ashley, who we met at Webs. The lessons themselves, honestly, were incredibly frustrating until the very, very end, when I made this:

Please ignore the gross, oddly proportioned shot of my leg. Sometimes getting up to find an actual place to photography is too hard >.<

How cool is that?!?! I made yarn! Like, real yarn! A whole 12 yards of over-and-under spun-and-plied yarn! I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, other than maybe hang it on my wall with a placard that says, “Nicole’s First Yarn, Spun On August 29, 2011”. Even though it is about the least perfect yarn ever, I’m super proud of it. Also inspired, because I’ve been continuing to spin. This is what’s on my spindle right now:

It’s totally more than 12 yards, and I’m still going strong. Again, it’s super beginner-y, but that’s to be expected, since I am a beginner. Last night I was practicing my joins, so the last, say, 10 yards are extra beginner-y, but it’s worth it, to get the practice.  I’m really, really excited about this yarn; I think I might actually have enough to knit something with! I’m planning on going until my spindle is full, and I am probably completely deluding myself pretty sure that I can at least get a hat or a cowl out of it. Maybe a mobius strip cowl? I’ve been wanting to make one of those for a while.

Robin had a much better time than I did at the actual lessons because she doesn’t expect to be immediately good at everything she does and if she isn’t she doesn’t throw a hissy fit, and since she’s allergic to wool, she got to spin with things like hand-painted silk:

You can’t quite tell from the picture just how lovely the fiber is, but I promise it’s spectacular. She also got to play with things like seacell and other things I don’t remember, but were much shinier than my BFL (which I love, btw). Here’s her finished skein:

This picture really doesn’t due justice to how beautiful it is, but Robin had to go, and I was holding her up. Her skein is 11 yards, but also more evenly spun, which just goes to show that she’s more patient than me.

But, I really have fallen in love with spinning, and when I went to Webs today for the second day in a row because I am too indecisive and had to exchange my yarn even though what I got the first time was beautiful I got some alpaca top to play with, since I hadn’t gotten any in the kit Ashley made for me.

Turns out, it’s really hard to take a non-blurry picture of roving. But you can still see how pretty the colors are, all fawn-y with a little bit of grey mixed in. I’ll be trying it out later tonight I think, I might get distracted by… => => =>

Valley Yarns Huntington

Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball

I also got these to make a Daybreak like this one that I’ve been eyeing forever. I’m 99% sure I’m going to cast on tonight, but I’ll have to see. Tonight is Boy’s first night staying with us, so I might be occupied with that in a way where I want to work on something I’m already in the middle of, rather than casting on a new project. BUT. But Daybreak needs stitch markers, and these arrived in the mail for me from the uber talented LadyDanio whose name is definitely not LadyDino like I always read it, although dinosaurs are pretty awesome:

Aren’t they cute?? Mini pool ball stitch markers! I couldn’t have picked a better day for them to arrive; between these and the beautiful yarn, I’ll nearly certainly cave and cast on tonight, even though I have a bajillion other things I should be knitting, like the socks I’ve been “working on” for the past forever…

That’s me partway through picking up the stitches for the afterthought heel which I am never ever ever ever EVER doing again because, oh my gosh, it is the most annoying thing ever. But I did finally finish the heel, and I ended up wearing half a sock around the house for maybe a half hour while I got a snack and watched Bones. Taking it on and off takes an awful lot of effort, because the Taiyo I’m knitting them with is a bunch cotton (50% maybe?), so they’re not super stretchy. Once they’re on my foot they fit perfectly, but I’m worried that I’ll rip them eventually, and that would be super sad, given all the work time-and-effort whining I’ve put into them. I may end up gifting them, I’ll have to see. In any case, I have been mightily uninspired to pick these up and get shit done. I have been making myself do at least one pattern repeat before I’m allowed to do things like have a late night snack or spin, which is pretty much the only way I’ve gotten anything done on them.

I also really ought to be casting on Josie with this yarn held double:

I got it in a swap from Kayrun, and as soon as it arrived, I knew that it was going to be turned into something for my cousin Susie, whose husband passed on a few days ago. I knew I wanted to make something for her, and the yarn coming just a few hours after I found out he died was just too serendipitous to ignore. It’s much more raspberry-y than the picture would have you believe, and it’ll make an excellent warm, comforting hat for cold Wisconsin farm winters.

I also reeeeeeeeeeeally ought to be casting on a monster for yet a different swap, but I haven’t been able to decide on which monster and which yarn yet. I’m giving myself until next Monday before I have to drop everything and do it, and knowing me, I’ll put it off until them which is absolutely ridiculous because I love knitting monsters.

But really, I’m pretty sure having too many wonderful knitting and spinning things to do at once is not the worst problem a person could have 🙂

p.s. I totally cleaned my room today. Take that, Procrastination!

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One Response to “So much to say…”

  1. Sarah September 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I was resistant to spinning for so long, but you’re right, it is SO addictive! Your second spindle attempt really shows a lot of improvement too, have fun!

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