Friday, February 28, 2014

Spinning Bonanza!

February, February, where have you gone? My this month has flown by. We've had things shaken up around here with my eldest daughter obtaining her drivers license recently and driving solo now. We're limiting it to school and back for just a bit until we're she's more comfortable so to speak. It really is quite alarming how fast our babies grow up.
I've been trying to prepare myself for this. It's still not easy, but I'm getting there. 

I lost my knitting mojo a bit this month. I started a Noro Striped Scarf for my cousin earlier, decided the colors I chose weren't working and bought more Noro Silk Garden yarn and tried again. I'm liking the color changes better this go around but it's still not making me 100% happy. I may change it up again and just do a cowl in a lighter weight Noro Taiyo Sock yarn. I blame peri-menopause. It equals no sleep physically, but makes my brain cells go to sleep even when I'm awake.  I can't wade through choices as easily as I could years ago. 

I have been spinning. And I must say it's nice to have something to fall back on.
Some Cloudlover fiber (polwarth) on my turkish spindle. I just love a turkish spindle, the first time I picked one up it just flowed automatically. Wow.  The fiber is very well prepped as well, I love her stuff. 

I've already spun and plied half of this Yarnadoodles corriedale fiber so this is part of the last 2 oz. (I don't think they're in business anymore). This is being spun because I scored this Bosworth top whorl spindle  on Ebay and wanted to practice. They usually have some available on their website, it just depends as they do a lot of fiber shows and festivals. I just happened upon a destash and grabbed this one and am so happy to have it. Top whorl spinning took some practice, but now it just flows as well. I LOVE the Bossie, I can't say enough good things about this brand. It spins so beautifully and evenly. I hope I can add a few more to my bouquet of spindles one day. 

I've finally finished spinning this Into The Whirled SW Merino in the Fathom colorway:

I'm working on making it a 2-ply right now, it's slow going because it's so thin. I tend to get impatient when I ply, but plying is an important step in making a nice yarn so I'm trying to just take breaks instead of rushing through it. This will probably end up being more socks for my hubby. As thin as this is (I was originally going to do a 3-ply), I'll most likely knit this on size 0's and with a larger cast on #. 

Well, enough spinning for now. My mini-spinner is still gorgeous but I have to admit I've not been paying enough attention to her. After I finish this as a 4 oz single I'll navajo ply it. 
I have to say, if you're on the fence about getting one, jump off and go for it. It's very relaxing and so portable. It's really worth every penny. I adore mine (and am kicking myself for not plying the blue on this instead, would've saved my weak legs all the treadling.) ;)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

I've been busy with some knitting this month but mainly I've been spinning on some new toys.

Here's my latest knitting project. 
Brickless by Martina Behm
Stats: Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein in LadyBug
Size 5 needles
THIS IS HUGE! It blocked out to 101 inches. It's a nice cozy wrap around kind of scarf/shawl. Much longer than it is deep. I made it for my BFF in CA for her February Birthday. This knit up a lot faster than I expected, it maybe took less than a week. I made one boo-boo but won't ever admit to where it is exactly! 
Overall I loved this even though the pattern didn't really appeal to me at first. I didn't dig those ragged ends, but blocked out and with all the texture in there it's really cool looking.

Got some more socks finished from the stash:

Knit Picks Felici in Moon Lit colorway. 
(I was wearing my pink fluffy robe when I took this picture. Note to self: Don't do that. I can't edit it out no matter what I try.) I like the yarn but the dye job on this batch was terrible. Splotchy and colors running into other stripes. Oh well, they're on my daughter's feet already and out of the stash.

My Spinning is moving along and it's lovely to have this when my knitting mojo has left the building which sort of happened after the Brickless.

First up: My e-spinner has some Romney from Into The Whirled on it. I decided to just spin it up as one and maybe navajo-ply it instead of 2-plying. 
Can't say enough good things about this spinner. I got the Maple Hansen Mini and it's gorgeous and so easy to use. Love Love Love. 

On my Ashford Joy:

Some Superwash Merino from Into The Whirled (in a colorway I need to look up.) It's been sitting there lonely for a bit so I showed it some love last night in the hopes of finishing it soon. I was going for another 3-ply so it's on the thin side, but I decided to just do a 2 ply after all. This will either be a shawl or maybe more socks for my husband. 

All in all, I'm keeping somewhat busy with kids, pets, husband, house and YARNY things. Somewhere in there exercising was supposed to happen but I've been much too lazy on that end. I recently put a couple of exercise apps on my phone to place some guilt on me. Right now I can't get up because a cat is draped across my legs. (sigh, I can always find an excuse! Not Good!). We've also got snow over the past couple of days so I just want to hibernate and stay warm. It's been a crazy, cold winter! Well, I'll get back to spinning and at least my thighs will get some exercise. :)