Monday, January 15, 2007

Lookie - I made yarn

Sort of. Because KatyaR was eager to pass on another fiber obsession, she gave me some gorgeous targhee roving at Christmas and brought over her Babe spinning wheel and gave me spinning lessons. And y'all, spinning is hard. My first three attempts are pictured below.

Attempt 1 is greatly overspun, 2 is mostly underspun, and 3 is a nice mixture of the two. She brought over tons of practice fiber so that I can try to get the hang of it before spinning the good stuff she gave me at my birthday or Christmas, but I'm a little afraid that I will blow through the practice fiber and still suck. So stay tuned and we'll see if I can get the hang of it.

In addition to the fiber, she also brought me this:

It's sock yarn that she dyed herself! She calls this colorway Holiday and I can't wait to see how it knits up. I love the label she made for it too. Behind it is a heavy worsted wool hank that she spun herself with my little princess in mind. The colorway is called Muppet Guts (named by the lady who dyed the roving) and there's about 320 yards here, which I think is perfect for the cardigan on the cover of this book.

There were some other gifts as well and I'm extremely embarassed because my gift to her paled greatly in comparison, but my absolute favorite things are these:

They are adorable little clay stitch markers that she bought from this seller on Etsy. (LOVE Etsy!)

I'm telling you, she ROCKS! You know what else rocks? This stuff:

Brought all the way from Houston by my good friend, Kim. Take a cracker and put a little cream cheese and a small dollop of this stuff on it and you have Heaven on a cracker.

Thank you, guys! I love ya!

We've been stuck at home for a few days because of this:

I know it doesn't look like much, but underneath the snow/sleet mixture is an inch of ice. Oklahoma is full of idiot drivers on a good day, so you can imagine what ice does to our city. It pretty much shuts down. I know all over the country, they must be laughing their asses off, but trust me, it's safer if we just all stay home. The kids have been pretty good so far (knock on wood) so I'm getting a little bit of knitting done and have been able to tackle a couple of cleaning/reorganizing projects as well. One of the reorgaizing projects was to get all my yarn into one place. I was astonished at how much yarn I have. So I have decided to join Wendy's Knit From Your Stash this year.

I will follow her rules except I will try to refrain from even buying sock yarn. That shouldn't be too hard seeing as how I have enough sock yarn to keep me going for a couple of years. And that's good because knitting helps me relax and I'm all about relaxing here lately, but that's a post for another day.

Stay warm out there!


Anonymous Meira said...

You made yarn!?!?! I am so jealous. I tried to spin with a spindle but it wasn't very satisfying.
You got a lot of cool gifts, too! I am just really jealous of you today.

8:08 AM  
Blogger KatyaR said...

I think you're getting better! :<)

6:15 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

VERY cool! Spinning does seem like an art--but every expert makes it look easy. Your yarn is gorgeous. I love it that you have this hobby. My friends living in Oklahoma (mcAlester) was hit by the ice storm and had to move out of their house until power is back on. And we haven't had a flake here this winter.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Procrastiknitter said...

I'm LOVING the Habanero jelly! It's the BOMB!

3:01 PM  

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