I’m Spinning Again! :D

Inspired by my dear friend +Beth Reed, I decided to start spinning again.

At first I was going to try using one of my drop spindles. I have both top + bottom whorl spindles, but I quickly got frustrated with them both. I decided to use my Mayan spindle instead.

For those of you who’ve never seen or heard of a Mayan spindle  (I’ve also heard it called a paddle spindle), it’s an interesting looking contraption. It consists of two parts: a blade and a handle. The handle slips in (smirk) a hole in the blade, and you spin the blade around the handle sort of like one of those spinning party favors that make noise. You use the park and draft method to spin fiber.
This is me with the spindle parked between my legs while I draft the fiber. Rawr.

I find it better and easier to use than my drop spindles. I find my yarn is more consistent and even…even after not spinning for over a year! I prefer it over a drop spindle, and am much faster using it. 

My drop spindle yarns tend to be extremely thick and thin… ranging from fingering to bulky. This seems to be between fingering and sport, so not too shabby, if I do say so myself. I’m using some BLF roving I got a couple of years ago in a swap. It’s actually a nice royal purple, but I took these pictures at night, and the flash always washes out purples on my phone -___-
One of these days I’ll post a video of me using my spindle, but I found a similar spindle in action on YouTube:
See? Easy peasy.
If you would like more information, I found the following links to be of much help to me:
http://kero1au.tripod.com/id28.html (this link has a tutorial to make your own!)
I expect to finish spinning the rest of the 4oz roving soon. Pictures of the finished yarn to come! 😀

Entrelac? Enchante!

(I love alliteration… couldn’t you tell??)

I’ve become obsessed with entrelac and lace. I was afraid to try either of these for a long time, but I got over myself. Like most things in life, they looked hard until I figured it out…now I’m obsessed! Madness, I know 😛

Yes, I’m still working on Wisp. I’m ~80% done with it. I hope to finish it before July starts. I wonder if I can just use one skein of Parisienne to do so… I reckon I’m cutting it close already. But the tiny ball (hehe) has impressed me so far. I have 6 repeats left! Can I make it??!?? *dun dun dun*

I’ve just been slacking lately.

My life has felt lackluster… I’m so fed up of my yob (job) and my life in general… so I decided I’m going back to school! Yes, it’s true…. I don’t wanna be stuck at a dead end job for the rest of my life, so it’s back to hitting the books for me.

Enough about that! Pictures of my first entrelac project:

My First Entrelac project

These are the base triangles.

My First Entrelac project

This is tier 1 - left side triangle and middle right slanting diamonds.

My First Entrelac project

Tier 1 - right side triangle

My First Entrelac project

The beginning of Tier 2 - first left slanting diamond completed

My First Entrelac project

Tier 2 - two left slanting diamonds done!! 😀

I’m using di.Vé Teseo (rav link) and US9 needles… and I;m glad I didn’t use the recommended needle size on the label. I’m using needles a size down and it’s still a bit loose. I dunno if that’s good or bad… * shrugs*

I’m using the Entrelac Scarf Tutorial by KnittyOtter. It’s a great tutorial… however the way certain things were worded were a bit hazy. Whenever she says “pick up and knit x stitches along the selvedge edge of the next triangle/diamond. It took me a while to figure out it’s not the one next to the one you’re working; you pick up stitches from the *bottom or side*.  Also, the first time I attempted to pick up and knit the stitches, I always came out on the wrong side of where I was supposed to be… I literally knit them after I pick them up, one at a time. Other than that, it was easy to follow. I’ll be making more entrelac things in the future 🙂

In other fiber news, I’ve joined up with the Rubberneckers on Ravelry for the annual Tour de Fleece. We’ll be spinning along with the bikers of the Tour De France. We’ll spin everyday the tour is running, with two dedicated rest days, and a challenge day. I’m looking for ward to it, as I haven;t been spinning much lately. It’ll help reduce my fiber stash, add more lovely yarn to my yarn stash, and give me an excuse to buy more fiber 😉

My friend Bonnie was kind enough to give me a $30 gift certificate to buy more roving for the TdF 😀

It was the best birthday present I got this year… well, pretty much the only gift I got 😛

More updates on (the hopefully finished) Wisp and the entrelac tutorial by Friday. Soon I’ll be able to start that entrelac hat pattern by Nangelini! I already have the two skeins of Noro Silk garden and all of the accouterments necessary to start it. Squee! ❤

Shop updates, New Spindle, and Spinning!

[Warning: another pic-heavy post!]

Whew!

I had a really productive weekend! I made a shitload of stitch markers for the shop (mini preview):

Stitch Markers for Le Shoppe

Stitch Markers for Le Shoppe

Stitch Markers for Le Shoppe

And I got a new spindle!

Before I get to the spindle, I want to show off some of  my handspun yarn!

Spinning City Lights 2

It started out like this....

My Second Handspun

The end result!

My Second Handspun

The end result! ❤

Squee! I ❤ the colors… I got the dyed roving on Etsy from Red Barn Fibers. She has awesome stuff.

This came out thick and thin; estimated from size 5 needles all the way up to 13-15, mostly on the middle-bigger end of the needle range. I don’t know how much yardage (as I was too lazy to measure), but  it looks like it’s enough to make a skinny scarf or a hat at the least.

Spinning is hard work, but it’s so rewarding. The feeling of accomplishment is even greater, knowing you did everything but shave the sheep to make something—start to finish.

I love it.

And as I get obsessed easily, I have to go in full hog.

I have:

  • three spindles (two bottom whorl [one I made myself!], one top
  • 1/2 lb merino superwash roving, natural
  • 1/2 lb merino/tussah silk blend (80/20),  natural
  • 1/2 lb milk roving, natural
  • 1/8 lb tussah silk, natural
  • 1/16 lb firestar roving, tropical
  • 1/4 dyed merino (rainbow-y)
  • 1/4 dyed corriedale (rainbow-y)

😛

I tried out my new spindle with the corriedale:

My new Spindle! <3

Yes, it says Deelicious 😛

The Evil Wool

Evil ass wool *mutters*

Spinning on my new Spindle! <3

Squee! My first thin yarn!

Spinning on my new Spindle! <3

Spinning on my new Spindle! <3

I ❤ the colors! Hate the wool. I don't care how soft it is *grumbles*

I love the colors, but… I find this stuff hard to spin. It doesn’t have a very long staple. The colors, though… *sigh*

I made two mini skeins (one of the blue, and one with the orange, blue, and pink) because it wasn’t coming out quite the way I wanted (twice). I must have used almost an ounce to do so :/

I was trying out spinning from the fold (as I need to practice before I can spin silk or milk… tee hee) and I got the hang of it, but boy, that short staple is a doozy. [As a side note, I did try spinning a little piece of milk… it’s slippery and tricky. I need more practice before I can tangle with it… har har]

I decided to try again with my superwash merino, which feels like clouds and spins wonderfully. I don’t know if I’ll have the time this week to spin more… I have more things to make for the shop, and I also have to make some swap stuff… I also have my blogs *ahem* and am starting up a join blog with my friend Bonnie, too!

Busy as a bee, I am.

I spent a good chunk of the weekend finishing my mom’s socks:

Mom's Sock

I hate the colorway, but she loved the socks; a win-win, as far as I'm concerned ;P

as well as (finally) winding some recycled sari silk yarn into pull balls. I need them for the shop, so I needed to get on the ball (I couldn’t resist!)

Fiber Chores :P

So, that’s how I spent my weekend!

I’m resuming work on my pink socks of awesomeness… then I’m gonna make some socks with my Skittles colorway sock yarn ❤ Those socks are going to be Teh Awesome!

I do, however, want to start up another knitting project… I’m either going to learn entrelac (finally!) or start Wisp. I already have the yarns, patterns, and the needles set up in plastic shopping bags for most of the items on the first page of my Ravelry queue, so the hard part is choosing which one to start 😛

Decisions, decisions…

Crochet and Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Making :P

I must say, these socks are going by rather quickly!

I started them on Monday on the way to work… and I am about 45% done with the first one. I reckon I could finish it either today or tomorrow if I work on it at home!

I worked on it quite a bit when I was at the doctor yesterday, and some when I got up after my mini coma too. I dunno what it is about crocheting socks that bring me so much happiness… really.

It’s weird.

I was feeling all sad and defective, but once I started on the socks, whoosh! Bad feelings gone.

Mayhap they’ll be my lucky socks ^__^

I also got some new roving in! (again)

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Awesome yummy merino roving from SpinningAwesomeGood on Etsy ❤

I buy all my spinning/knitting supplies from small independent sellers. I stick by my Buying Handmade pledge 🙂

Speaking of socks, I plan to put this sock pj on hold for a few days and start a pair for my mom. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I need a fast, yert satisfying project to make that

  1. she’ll like
  2. she’ll actually use

I’ve made her so many things over the years; she barely uses any of the things I make her. She wears socks all year round, and she’s made comments (on the positive lol) on the pair of socks I made before, and also on the ones I’m making now. I haz some Berrocco Sox that has all her fave colors in it, so I’ll hook it up tonight. I shall be finished by saturday evening, I reckon.

Upside down, but still awesome :P

Upside down, but still kick-ass! 😛 It's purple, red, blue and white. This is a crappy picture...

Keeping myself busy busy…