Observations From the Last Two Minutes

2 03 2010

 

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The blanket for The Captain is coming along slowly. Very slowly. I have until April, or college. It will get done.  Eventually.

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This is the latest spinning project. It’s coming along well.  It actually looks way better than it’s cousin on the left.  The difference?  The diz on the roving before spinning.  I can’t wait to see how it plys.

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Finally, this is paco-vicuna, which I found at an alpaca show this past weekend.  It’s exciting when your friends find fiber / animal shows for you to go with and are just as excited to go as you are.





Not Much Goin’ On.

2 02 2010

This is my latest spinning project.  It’s the same 100% alpaca that made up this spinning project, but a different color.  I bought a diz about a month ago at Lambspun and I’m very pleased with the results.  On the left is the pre-diz roving, on the right is the after diz roving.  It’s easier to spin after drafting through the diz.

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I finished a project for “the captain” and in plenty of time before the potential notababyshower.  I’ll blog about that later, after the shower.





If You Ever Wondered…

19 01 2010

this is what crazy looks like.

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This is a picture of my un-plied, 2-ply yarn, that I had been working on in the month of December.  The more I plied the more I hated it.  I looked at my options:

  1. Keep plying 2-ply until I filled a bobbin, then cut it off and start Navajo plying the rest.
  2. Suck it up, I have more fiber to spin.
  3. Un-ply.

I opted for #3.  I stuck a crochet hook through the bobbin (the one you can’t see) and attached it with a rubber band, and then let gravity do it’s magic.  Ah, the poster child for OCD and perfectionism, but I did finish it and I am now Navajo plying it.





The Things We Do

11 01 2010

Okay, the first time I tried to post this didn’t work.

First things first, I am really tired.  I didn’t even realize that my title is just about the same as the previous post.  I am special.

Second, my first post was funny.  This one not so much.

Below is my attempt in unplying yarn I’ve spun.

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Here would have been the long-winded explanation that I don’t want to type out again, mostly because I can’t remember it.  I know it was only 5 minutes ago.

The above picture is a fine example of perfectionism and OCD mixed together.





The Elder Gods, Keepin’ Me Busy

7 01 2010

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Sometime last Spring my friend Josh asked me if I could make him a Cthulu. I of course gave him my typical answer of, some time before I die.  This past weekend when I saw him proved that he hadn’t forgotten the request.

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Suddenly, I found myself inspired to get started. I think it turned out well. I am sad that I didn’t follow the links on the pattern’s site for the magic round or the invisible decreases. Very clever ideas. I used a size H hook instead of an F. I couldn’t figure out how to get the tiny hook to work correctly with the worsted weight yarn. Maybe I’ll try another one since I now know the magic of the magic round and invisible decreases.

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The designer of this pattern mentions that the directions for the wings is somewhat confusing. However, the designer offers a visual representation of them, which helps a lot.  Over all, it was a super fun little crochet.  Also a super way to use up acrylic.

I also finished measuring and re-skeining the samples I spun up towards the end of last year. I heart my yard counter. Now if I could just figure out what to do with all the yarn in my growing stash.

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I started plying my last spinning adventure. I enjoyed the Louet Northern Lights pencil roving immensely. It was super easy to spin, no predrafting at all. I’m plying it double ply from two bobbins. I do enjoy this method, although I am wondering if I should have used the Navajo ply in order to maintain the long color stripes in this roving.

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I’ve decided I need to start a blanket soon, I think I have until April. I’d like to try the spiral looking drain blanket, but the first time I started it on the needle size suggested it felt extraordinarily stiff.

Those are the latest addition to my addiction family, Addi Clicks.  They are worth every penny.

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Can’t Focus At All

12 11 2009

Not even a little bit.  All I want to do is knit.

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Unfortunately, my day job is keeping me very busy as well. So, I take time when I can, like the 5 minutes when I’m waiting for the school bus to drop off my kid. Walking to the elevator from my desk. Makes sense to me, and I me get curious looks too. I’m on a time frame people!

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This is my first attempt at spinning with pencil roving. I think it’s possible I would pick up more Louet roving, although it isn’t very soft. It’s very easy to spin, even trying out long draw method.  After taking the roving out of the bag it was packaged in it just blew up on me as you can see from this picture.  I don’t think I would successfully get it back into the bag.

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Tuesday…

10 11 2009

This is three 2-ply skeins of  yarn. Go me. (I didn’t get the fourth one done in time for a picture.)  If I take a close up picture you can’t even tell that these skeins are most likely not any longer than 22 yards long. They’re just screaming to be in something Fair Isle or a bookmark. Maybe I’ll be one of those spinner’s that actually plans out a project, but for now I remain to be a process spinner.

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