Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas and Santa was good to me!

Here's what all I got:
Ashford's Rigid Heddle Loom!!! This was a total surprise and I LOVE it. Have already completed two small projects.

Ashford Drum Carder!!! Love it. That's a small ball I've done up and pulled into roving. It's Romney wool.

Books, Books, Books! And a subscription to Spin-Off magazine from Shawn's youngest sister. I also got:

-Yarn. Shawn's parents got me 6 skeins of Patons Classic Merino in Natural Mix.
-50.00 Michael's giftcard. I got more yarn. Will post more about that later when I have more time.
-Fiber to card and spin. Lincoln, Romney, Alpaca, Llama, Tussah Silk.
-Clothes
-A Coach bag
-Boots
-Games for the Nintendo DS

Other stuff also, but I don't have time right now. Will post more later!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Spun!

I've spun and plied 4 of the rovings I got for Christmas...

Grapevine, Vineyard, the Sock Roving, and Tree Tree Tree. I LOVE it.

I'm almost finished with my dad's Christmas gift. I decided on a glasses cozy that hangs on his wheelchair. Moma says it's a good gift. I'm knitting it in the round in a 4/1 rib with the Denim Marl Patons.

Next to cast on is a treat bag for my saddle. I was going to felt it, but decided to just line it instead. I'll be using the Norwegian wool (Vineyard).

I may be getting more roving for Christmas... we'll have to see...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Spinning Time

I'm so glad to be home from school. I have nothing to do other than feed the animals and that's not really a chore. I spend all day outside and all night watching movies and SPINNING MY CHRISTMAS GIFTS! I already have the Grapevine (70 Corriedale/30 Mohair) spun and plied. It's beautiful. I'm working on Tree Tree Tree (wool blend) and absolutely love it (and the other two the came from the seller). It's so nice. Pictures to come soon. My Etsy says that the Romance and the Norwegian wool have been shipped...

Friday, December 7, 2007

Ravelry and new yarn

I forgot to mention that I got my invite on Ravelry. I've been on for a week or so now. It's a wonderful resource for finding patterns and seeing what others have done with them! I'm SpinKnitUp there also.

I chose a picture of Winchester the horse as my avatar for now.
I finished a ball of the mohair last night. I navajo plied it, making it a DK weight. Not sure what I'm going to be doing with all 1.75 lb I have of the stuff, but I guess I'll do something with it! It's adult mohair, so not the softest stuff in the world. The skein below is about 65.66666 yards. I finally got smart and realized that if I measure how long one wrap-around on my niddy noddy was I could figure out skein yardage. One wrap is 6 feet (surprising large number, I think). Counted how many wraps there were and voila! Skein yardage within a small give-or-take amount.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Christmas!

Early presents! I had asked for spinning fiber for Christmas... Moma called yesterday and told me to pick out 100.00 worth of fiber as a Christmas gift. She didn't know what to get me or where to get it.

So, here they are! I ordered them last night and am anxiously waiting for their arrival. Please note, these pictures were NOT taken by me. They are off the Etsy website. The info will be included with each picture (they are separated by seller).
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This is 4 ounces of a Corriedale wool and mohair blend (70/30). Grapevine colorway. The skein isn't included in the purchase, but shows what it looks like spun up. I LOVE this color and I bet it is to-die-for soft! It was purchased from Spinning Moon Farm, where they raise their own Angora goats.
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Here is 4 ounces of Norwegian wool in the colorway Vineyard (am I on a grape thing right now?). It's a coarser wool, good for winter outerwear. This is probably going to become a saddle treat bag... my horses are spoiled and get treats on rides! Also good for carrying my cell phone, water bottle, etc.
YUM. I look at this and my heart flutters... I totally have a crush on this roving! It is 4 ounces of South African Fine, handpainted in the colorway Romance. Perfect name for this, I'm in love. It is next-to-skin soft. I'm going to have a hard time even spinning this up... I'm afraid I'll ruin it! These two are from the Sereknity Boutique.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 ounces of wool and mohair blend in the colorway Bumble Bee Fields (kettle dyed). I can't wait to see how this spins up! 4 ounces of a wool blend in the Arrakis colorway. It was kettle dyed, and this is a blend of oranges and tans. Not sure what I'll be doing with it, but I can't wait to create with it!
4 ounces of a handpainted wool blend in the Tree Tree Tree colorway. It is a lovely, soft blend of greens and browns. I wanted something with softer, pastel-like colors and this is perfect! These rovings are from the Electric Sheep.
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4 ounces of handpainted superwash sock roving. Dyed with violets, magentas, and chartreuse. It is 75% wool, 25% nylon. The nylon runs along side the wool, not blended with the wool. I purchased this from Fibers Arts in Various Forms (mysmallwonders).
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4 ounces hand-dyed Merino roving in the colorway Hebrides Overture. This fiber artist is inspired by music... it works for me! These colors are WONDERFUL... I love this batch of roving and can't wait to have the pleasure of spinning and knitting it! It was purchased from Strings and Yarn.


Aren't I a lucky girl? Aren't you jealous? Maybe now some I can be on the receiving end of the jealousy eyes... I'm usually the one sending them! ;-D

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A really fun comments contest

Knitting Up A Storm is having a really fun comments contest... Knitting Scandals! Do you really hate knitting for someone else? Or buy knitted items and say you knit it yourself? Lie about knitting? If so, run over and leave a comment about it! You'll be entered to win some great prizes!