Archive - Mar 8, 2007

sirknitsalot's picture

Dyeing

So - I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn. This is what I came up with (it's hanging to dry. I JUST finished). Not bad for my first attempt. Amazing what you can do with a little wool, some frosting dye and a turkey baster! More info on how I did it on my blog - sirknitsalot.typepad.com

Rowan's picture

A Spinning Wheel

The uinverse moves in strange ways.
I've been thinking about buying a spinning wheel, and I had my eyes on a castle wheel by Ashford. It is a cute model, and it seems versatile enough to meet my knitting needs. So, yesterday, I placed an order for that wheel.
Today, I saved that same (but an older and discontinued model) wheel from a neglected and uncertain fate. A co-worker brought in her wheel ~ all covered in cobwebs with dead bugs and bits of dried leaves. I gave her $75 for the wheel, brought it home, washed the muck off, oiled the moving parts (and other parts that were rusted), fixed the maidens and the flyer, grabbed some merino fleece and gave it go! The fleece spun beautifully into a fine and soft thread! The wheel works like a charm and there is nothing wrong with it except for issues caused by neglect. I am going to name this wheel "Orla", which means "golden woman".
Tomorrow, I am going to stop at the hardware store to get a can of Watco Danish Oil in the hope that it will help Orla since she is so dry.

8 March 2007

grandcarriage's picture

george george george

Watched "Goodnight and goodluck" last night for the first time (DVD). Set new knitting speed record as I knit two heavy-worsted hats 4.5st/in during the movie and the director commentary. (That film feels very short to me, anyone else think so?). I blame George Clooney for the speed of my knitting. Amazingly, no dropped stitches or errors.