Saturday, October 22, 2005

Kitties, handspun, meetings with knitters!

Well today was a big day knitting-wise. Last night (and early this morning) I plied my very first two hanks of handspun! (pictures later in this entry)

Today I went out to pick up my iPod from iPod camp (aka the Apple store) and then headed out to a bubble tea place to meet polarg from the knitty board. She had graciously offered me free stuffing for my knitted pumpkin because she had some from before. We chatted for a couple of hours and went to a nearby yarn shop to look around.

I also knitted a bit on the Britpop hat. It's for my friend Brit. Actually, Brit and I 'dated' when I was in middle school, and around that time I saw a T-shirt while shopping with a friend that said "I (heart) Britpop". Being young and stupid we didn't get that it was about the music at first, and she wanted me to buy it. I didn't. However, that very pointless story is why I'm calling the hat I'm making for Brit the Britpop hat.

I got home and started on the 2nd Friday Harbor sock from Knitting On the Road. I actually lived in Friday Harbor for a while as an undergrad while doing research. These socks have a long and sad history involving lost luggage, which I may have posted about sometime in July. Anyway, sock #2 is finally on the needles. New needles, and a new book. ;)

And now for the handspun. My very first handspun ever, on my new Kromski Symphony wheel. I'm definitely a double treadle girl and I looked at the Ashfords and wasn't crazy about their double treadle selection, so I went with this Kromski and I really like it so far.

So, last night I plied the handspun and learned something: While it may seem like a very good idea to spin until the bobbin is full, when you ply your yarn will be twice as big, and the plied yarn will not fit on a bobbin so you'll have to split it into two hanks. ;)

I set my yarn up in the living room all nice and ready to photograph, went into my bedroom to get my camera, and came back to find this:

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After rescuing the yarn from the cat and rearranging it, here it is:

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It's 'confetti' roving mostly silvery-white wool with some pink, blue, and yellow bits in it. I'm not super-crazy about the color, but it's good for practicing on. I'll admit without shame that I really don't know how to spin. I bought this wheel with less than an hour cumulative spinning time ever, and this is the first yarn I made. Not half bad in my opinion!


Blogger Rachy said...

I'm impressed! I want to get a wheel but I'm going to wait until we move house - I barely have enough room for my stash, never mind a spinning wheel!

8:15 AM  

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    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
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    Fearless Fibers
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    Interlacements Beibi Seda
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    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
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    Mega Boots Stretch
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    Noro Kureyon Sock
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    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
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    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
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    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
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    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
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    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
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    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

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