My Life According to Me

This blog is about the happenings in my world.

Look what I got May 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 5:48 PM

A month or so ago I gave into the tempting new spring yarns at knitpicks. The stroll tonal sock yarns were just too much to resist. I’m only human! And now I am a human with pretty pretty sock yarns and a new sock book!

Lets take a closer look, shall we?

Stroll Handpainted Sock yarn in the Cartoons colorway:

Stroll Tonal Sock yarn in the Gypsy colorway:

Stroll Tonal Sock yarn in the Canopy colorway:

Stroll Tonal Sock yarn in the Royalty colorway:

These yarns are so much more beautiful in person. I also picked up another US2 circular needle (it’s next to impossible to only knit one sock pattern at a time, trust me) and I got Wendy Johnson’s “Socks from the Toe up” book.

This book has a bunch of wonderful patterns! I can’t wait to start knitting on them!

I’ve also done some more spinning, it’s turning out to be a long slow process. I’ve decided to invest in a little better quality spindle that I ordered today. It’s a very pretty pink top whorl drop spindle. If you are Etsy.com check out Dragoncraft’s shop….she makes some beautiful spindles! I also plan on ordering a 20 color sampling of roving on Etsy to practice my spinning. I figure I should start with some reasonably priced fiber to spin while I am learning.

The issue with the spindle I have now is it’s so light I have to literally hand spin the spindle to twist the fibers and then hold the spindle between my knees and draft more fiber. The new spindle will be heavier and will be better able to spin while I draft, that’s the theory anyway. I’m still new and learning about all this. I plan to pick up a DVD called Respect the Spindle that is supposed to be an excellent source to learn to spin on a drop spindle.

In knitting news, I’ve been working on shawl. I wanted a basic lacy shawl to throw over my shoulders when it gets chilly in a room. I’m always cold so it seems like a good idea to knit up. The yarn is knitting up beautifully. I love how the stripes are coming on it. It’s a basic pattern that I just kind of threw together. I didn’t want anything too complex.

It should turn out to be a nice little shoulder shawl once I block it.

I also started another pair of socks from the Sock Innovation book using the Cartoons sock yarn. However, I ran into a little issue. I started the sock on Us2 needles, however I am going to have to rip that and start again on US3s. This sock only has 60 stitches and therefore is a smaller sock. Translation – I couldn’t fit the stupid sock on my huge foot! It’s not a total loss of time though. I only had a few repeats of the leg chart. I’ll get it back in no time. I didn’t get any pictures, but I assure you the sock is going to look extra awesome once it is completed!

~~Happy Knitting~~

 

Drop Spindle Spinning May 11, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 7:01 AM

I gave spinning my first shot last night. It feels a little awkward right now, and my yarn is turning out fairly lumpy. But it looks to be lining up with the pictures of other peoples first hand spun yarn. My hope is that it will get better as I continue to work at it.

Spinning day 1:

 

The place where it all begins May 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 2:39 PM

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Route 66 Fiber Rendezvous.

There was so much to see. Several local Oklahoma vendors had tables set up with all kinds of good stuff to sell! They had spinning supplies, homespun yarns, spinning wheels, books, drop spindles….etc. I had a great time wondering around the room petting the fleece and looking at the beautiful spinning wheels.

There was an area in the middle of the room where people had their spinning wheels set up. It was really cool to watch them spin yarn.

I was surprised the find that the fleece was cheaper than I was expecting it to be. There was a lot of prepared and dyed fleece reading for spinning. The price ranged from $6 to $20. I always figured spinning was a fairly costly hobby.

The spinning wheels on the other hand, not so cheap. But extremely beautiful. There was one vendor set up selling wooden spinning wheels. Someday I might just have to have one.

Seeing people spinning their own yarn was very inspiring. I had to fight the urge to learn to spin the whole time I was there.

I lost the battle. One of the ladies that had a booth set up was kind enough to show me how the drop spindle works. Needles to say I left with a drop spindle and 4oz of superwash wool roving in a very beautiful green color. I haven’t started spinning it yet. I want to do some research and watching some videos of spindle spinning. I also plan to order what looks like it will be a real good DVD from knitpicks that teaches how to spin with a drop spindle.

Also, I finished my Angee socks.

 

Sick day May 1, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 9:16 PM

I don’t really have much to update on. The month of April has been rather busy for me. I’ve been helping out doing data entry in another division in the afternoons all month. That has had me pretty worn out in the evenings. Not much knitting was done in April. But, I am pleased to say that my data entry days are over, so my work life should be back to normal this month.
I ended April with quite a bang, or rather sneezing and coughing. That’s right, I’m sick. Not to worry, I’m positive I’ll live through this. Hubby came down with strep on Wednesday, so now it’s my turn……just in time for the weekend. On the upside, I’m almost done with my second Angee sock.