ooooh, pretty . . . . . . vivid!

My first bobbin of the polwarth/silk roving:

summer garden singles

I had no idea the magenta would so dominate it.  I’m adjusting.  I’m getting much smoother at doing this, which is a good thing, because DH would like me to do other things from time to time.


attention triad area spinners!

Mandy and I will be hosting the next meeting, on February 24th, 2 pm, at 910 N. Elm St., Greensboro NC, 27410, the office building of my DH and several other lawyers. It looks like this:

910 N Elm St

and here’s the sign in front:

sign at 910 N Elm St

and a link to a map

Come in at the right driveway; there is parking at the rear of the building.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

more headlines, no news

This newsboy cap is for Soren, almost 3 years old.small headline

The shape will look better on the model, it’s a little overstuffed here. This is the same pattern as Zack’s cap, at a smaller gauge, for a smaller head, two more repeats of the cable pattern, and I decreased down much faster to get a rounder top. I like the way the colors played out on it. I hope Soren and his parents do too.

A winding tale

I got a WooLee Winder for my wheel! I can make smoother yarn faster, and not watch the bobbin or stop to change hooks. This is the greatest thing since the bait casting fishing reel . . . wait, it’s the same thing, isn’t it? Applying it to a spinning wheel flyer was brilliant, go Robert Lee for doing it & Son Nathan at for making it available to us happy customer types.woolee winder on kromski sonata

I have some 80%Polwarth 20%silk roving hand dyed in “summer garden” colorway from Francine at Rovings to start on now that I can use the wheel a little better. Isn’t this pretty?polwarthsilk in summer garden

Oh the cleverness of me! I made this with a Wal-Mart basket ($15.00), some twine, and a few knitting needles. This is a tensioned lazy kate, which works very nicely: basket lazy kate

I’ve paused in my learning to spin obsession to start yet a new one: I’m collecting stuff to start dyeing my own fiber. So far I have a 1st class collection of Sabraset/Lanaset colors, a few additions to my library including Color in Spinning by Deb Menz, and Hands on Dyeing by Betsy Blumenthal and Kathryn Kreider, and a few supplies. Soon I hope to actually get my hands into the colors. This is going to be fun!

Here’s my latest FO:zack in newsboy cap

This is the Headline News Cabled Newsboy Cap from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation. The yarn is Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in the denim colorway which has a nice hand (thanks to the soy) and self-stripes with a long color repeat. It was a quick and fun knit, Zack was satisfyingly delighted with it, and it fits him! I like it so much I think I’ll knit me one too.

I think I’ll go get busy now. I have a lot of toys to play with!