Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I Have Not Forgotten!

I know it has been a long time since I've shown my face around these parts, but I haven't forgotten. Let's just say life has got in the way. My best friend got married since I last wrote... but that is a post for another day.

Today, I just wanted to vent. Why can't we all speak the same language all over the world? I recently purchased the Sea View Lace Sampler from Knitpicks. The colors are everything that I am wrapped up into yarn and I couldn't resist it! I found the perfect pattern for all of this yarn. It looks similar to the Hemlock Ring Blanket that I made a few months ago. Isn't it gorgeous?

I've decided that the colors of the lace sampler combined with this jacket would be absolutely gorgeous! There is just one problem. This pattern is published in a book that is written in Danish. I don't speak or read danish. Not to mention that it would cost more than the price of the book to ship it to the United States. Sometimes, Ravelry has its cons. It is on Ravelry that I found this pattern. I fell in love immediately, but I won't be able to knit it because of the language barrier. Without Ravelry, I wouldn't know what I was missing. (Of course I wouldn't trade Ravelry for the world.)

If anyone knows of any similar patterns, PLEASE let me know!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

So, I Almost Forgot

Almost three weeks ago, the family and I traveled down to Maryland to see Ross and Natalie get married. It was a beautiful wedding and I'm soo glad that she is now a Nosal. On the way home, we stopped at flea markets and antique shops, soaking in the beauty of Maryland and Pennsylvania. There were SO many spinning wheels for sale in PA. If you are reading this, live in PA, and are looking for a spinning wheel, Lancaster and the area around it is fantastic for well-working, beautiful spinning wheels. I had no intention of buying as I had already bought a brand new spinning wheel a few months ago.

When I saw this one, and read the price tag (I originally thought the decimal was misplaced), it was hard to walk away. Aft
er Dad measured the back of the explorer to make sure it would fit, I came home with this gorgeous Great wheel. What do you think? I bought her for $70.00 and she has all but one small part. She is nearly perfect condition! I haven't spun on her yet, but I plan to.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Our First Date

My spinning wheel and I had our first date today. I packed her up in a Hefty XXL Ziploc Bag and we were on our way. (BTW, these bags are fantastic! They have handles and everything.) And if I must say so, I do believe it was a quite successful date! Briar Rose and I learned quite a bit. We are working together much more easily than before. We made these two mini skeins of yarn: The brown and white skein is corriedale wool. The solid brown skein is llama, from Mocha - the llama the shop is named after! I have decided I LOVE llama. (On a side note, one acre of land can support 3-4 llamas. That means we could have up to 12 llamas grazing our backyard! I'm working on convincing Mom and Dad, but have yet to be successful. Any suggestions!?)

Saturday night we had a little bit of a
n argument. I was attempting to finish spinning some roving that I already had started so that my bobbins would be free for class today. But Briar Rose was tired and would not cooperating. The yarn kept splitting and nothing seemed to be working. But with a little help of Mocha's Fiber Connection we are getting along much better. So much so that we went back to the roving that we were working on last night and re-plyed it. It came out wonderfully...... in my opinion.

She has gone to bed now... it was a long day for her. We can't wait to start spinning the roving I bought for the April Spin-Along on Ravelry. The theme is rain!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

My new spinning wheel (her name has been decided to be Briar Rose) and I have been together one month today. To celebrate, Dad and I made her a niddy noddy. We made it out of an old chair rung (the center piece) with some antique oil finish to bring out the wonderful detail. The end pieces Dad made for me based off of other niddy noddy's that we've seen. Briar Rose and I are getting along great. I've spun and plied one skein (seen on the niddy noddy before it was painted). I've started another soon-to-be skein for the March Spin-Along on Ravelry. I'll post pictures when I finish.

And the weekend after Easter, Briar Rose and I are taking a trip across the state for an all day spinning workshop. We are very excited!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's Mine!

Monday morning - bright and early - the family and I trekked up to WEBS to make my big purchase. I went there expecting to come home with an Ashford Traveler. I came home with something completely different. I purchased a Lendrum Original Double Treadle Folding Wheel.As soon as we were home I had the box unpacked and the wheel set up in five minutes. It's was so easy to put together. I have spun nearly a whole bobbins worth. My yarn is getting more consistent as I go along! Practice really does make perfect (although, I'm not quite at perfect yet). Even though it's not what I had imagined I'd be spinning on, I LOVE it! I really couldn't be happier.

We even made a friend while we were there.... or Dad made a friend. This is Freddy... the friendly neighborhood cat who happens to hang out at WEBS occasionally. Look at those eyes! Freddy spotted Dad sitting down and jumped right up into his lap, making himself at home with no problem. This cat was not shy! (The dogs were waiting for us in the car. Needless to say they were oblivious that Dad was two-timing them!)

P.S. Any suggestions for a name for Mr. Lendrum is greatly appreciated.... Should she be a boy or a girl? I can't seem to decide.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Baby

I can't quite pinpoint when it became my second obsession, but I decided I wanted to learn to spin. This way I can spin my own yarn and have yet another way to feed my addiction! In August I received a drop spindle and some roving in a secret pal swap. In September I took a lesson to learn how exactly drop spindling worked. Since then I've been saving up for a spinning wheel. In October at the NY Sheep and Wool festival I was able to try two spinning wheels: an Ashford Traditional... ...and an Ashford Traveler. I fell in love with the Traveler. I have finally saved enough money to purchase my own wheel. On Monday, the family and I are trekking up to Northampton to purchase my wheel at Webs - America's Yarn Store as they refer to themselves.

I am SO excited! Not only am I getting a spinning wheel, but I am going to WEBS, the supposedly best yarn shop ever. It's so big they have a warehouse attached to the store. Oh boy!

Now to dream of spinning wheels and sugar plum fairies.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

It is Finished!

Back in August I spotted the pattern for this gorgeous blanket. Right then I decided I would make it and it took everything in me to not go out and buy yarn for this project and cast-on immediately. I was able to convince myself to wait at least until Rhinebeck where I could purchase some unique yarn for the blanket. There I found 600 yards of a pretty vintage rose color. Then I convinced myself that I had too many projects going at once and to wait until you could get the Interchangeable needle set. I got the set for Christmas (much to my relief since I wasn't sure how much longer I could last without casting on).

December 26th I casted on. It took me just over one month to finish.
The bind-off row took one full week. I blocked it tonight and I have to say, I LOVE it! It is just over 4 feet around - the perfect size for a lap blanket. I have already bought yarn for a second blanket in a chocolate brown. I would recommend this pattern to anyone -- especially to anyone who wants to learn how to knit lace (this was my first lace project) or who wants to knit a blanket, but isn't sure they can make it through a whole afghan (I have one too many blankets that were started and quickly abandoned for something quicker).

*More pictures on Ravelry.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

An Update

My updates have been rather sparse over the last few months. I don't have much of an excuse except to say that I have been especially addicted to knitting and once current project is finished I am already casting on for the next within an hour of casting off (if I am able to wait that long). And Ravelry has really helped with keeping me organized, reminding me which projects I've abandoned and what is currently on the needles and what of that long queue do I want to knit next.

My Christmas knitting, which was kept to a limit this year, was finished in time. (With the exception of the dinosaur that I attempted to knit Gavin - my 1 year old cousin - that went completely wrong!) The felted slippers were a hit with the girls and I made a calorimetry for my sister. The day after Christmas, after having received the Knitpicks Harmony needle set, I casted on for the Hemlock Ring Blanket which is coming along quickly and will hopefully be done soon!
My blocking wires are being shipped to me this week. I have already purchased yarn for a second blanket.

To take short breaks from the blanket I had casted on for two short projects both of which are done. I made Leigh Radford's The Clutch You'll Never Give Up for Laurel to make up for the purse that I told her I would make her for her birthday and never did. This was about 2 years ago!
I plan to embellish this clutch with some felted flowers.

Yesterday I casted on for an anthropologie-inspired
shrug and finished it this evening. I love it, although I could have made it a smidge bigger. It was a very quick and easy knit!

On another note, I added a new link to my side bar. Poverty Hollow Primitives is the name of my parents business. They have been selling at craft shows over the years and have recently put together a website to sell their things online. Please check it out! They have some really great quality items.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Santa Must Love Knitters...

Or perhaps Santa is a knitter himself? Either way, it can definitely be agreed on that Santa was good to the knitter inside me!

Thanks to Santa and his connection with Knitpicks I received th
e Harmony Interchangeable Circular Knitting Set. I had my eye on sets like this in previous years but they were all made using metal needles and I much prefer the wooden or bamboo needles. I was very much delighted when I heard knitpicks was coming out with this set, and even more excited when I got the set for Christmas! They have already been put to use (as you can see in the picture!

Santa must also have a weakness for spinners.
In my stocking was not one, but two spindles made by the creative ButterflyGirl. I LOVE it! It is made using unakite stone as the whorl and oak for the shaft. They are wonderfully made and I totally recommend any of her spindles!

Laurel (no, she's not Santa) surprised me with an awesome set of felted stitch markers
from Miss Jelby's shop on etsy. Aren't they fun?

BTW, if you haven't discovered the wonder that is you must go there immediately! Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade. It's where I got a lot of Christmas presents - perhaps yours. It's where I got my Christmas cards. It's where my sister and my mom (I mean Santa) got Christmas presents for me. There is EVERYTHING on etsy! But be careful... it's addicting!