I have been spinning most of the spring and summer (is it fall already?) and finally have some yarns plied.
This is some grey that was a Merino/silk blend. It was so much fun to spin, which is why I spent so much time doing it! It was prepared beautifully (which makes spinning so effortless) and it wanted to be a very fine yarn. I had no choice in the matter!
Sometime early this year, I found a bag with three large balls of yarn at a second hand shop. This was most unusual -- normally, there are only odd balls left over from a project. But this was an entire kit, complete with instructions, and about 6" of it started, with the cable needle still in the stitches. I conjured up all sorts of scenarios of what happened and how this ended up at the store.
Early this summer, when looking through a thrift shop, I located a large bag with three large balls of yarn in it. Upon investigation, I noticed it was a kit for an afghan that someone had begun, and never got to finish. Everything was there: the yarn, instructions, cable needle still in the stitches. The price was right, so what else could I do but buy it.
Last week, on our regular spinning day, I took the day off work so that I could enjoy our year-end outing. The ladies usually like to plan a little trip somewhere to spin and have lunch. This year, we travelled about an hour south of the city to a small farm of a lady that is also a spinner. It was a lovely day, with sunshine and gorgeous blue skies! We haven't seen that for ever so long.
Well, that's how it's billed. Here is a video where you have a chance to win two of them! But more importantly, take a look at the design, and think: can I do this? Of course you can!! It's a nice design, and simple to do. Some of you have iPads (I don't) so you may want one of these for yourself.
A note to anyone in the greater Toronto area: David Armstong will be giving a presentation at the next Downtown Knit Collective meeting (http://www.downtownknitcollective.ca) on the subject 'Caring for Wooden Fibre Tools'. The meeting is on March 21, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto.
These were completed last week. I wanted to make a pair of socks for my mother, I had the yarn sitting here for a long time, asking to be knit into socks, but I needed to find the right pattern.
There is a FREE exhibit of Estonian Knitted Lace (mainly shawls) coming to
the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley. It will run from September 14th thru February 4th. Great Photo tour at
What happened to all our messages? There is nothing in my Inbox, nothing in my Sent folder.... What is going on? Why were they all deleted? I didn't even read some of them. Who did this??!?!?
I just need to show you this latest spinning. I'm quite excited about these colours.