April 20, 2010

waiting…waiting…

Posted in spinning at 8:15 am by peachknits

I applied for a scholarship to attend SOAR this year and they just pushed back their response day to Friday. Urggggg. I hate waiting.

In other news I went to Crafty Supermarket this past weekend. So, while I wait on news from Interweave, you can wait on a blog post about that.

It’s only fair, I think.

April 13, 2010

laceweight

Posted in knitting at 6:28 pm by peachknits

I’ve been on a laceweight kick of late. There are a lot of little bits of projects floating about my apartment, and none of them are anywhere close to being finished.

Like this:

And this:

But I’m most excited about this:

Holy geez, I’m spinning laceweight.

April 4, 2010

The Friday Bunny

Posted in bunny at 9:04 pm by peachknits

The Sunday Easter edition!

Phoebe demands to know why the cantaloupe cup is empty.

April 1, 2010

198 Yards of Handspun

Posted in knitting, spinning at 6:57 pm by peachknits

So…I made a shawl. Out of my handspun.

My very first handspun. That’s right.

Pattern: 198 Yards of Heaven
Yarn: my handspun!
Started: October 2009
Finished: March 24, 2010

Notes: I was a little nervous about the yardage for this shawl, since I knew I had more than 198 yards, but I also went up a needle size to accommodate the bulkiness. The yarn is a 2-ply bulky, spun on a single treadle, somewhat antique Leclerc, and yes, it is my first “real” handspun. (The other attempts don’t count, since there were only a few yards, and none of them were knitworthy.) The composition is 80% wool, 20% tussah silk that I purchased in Yellow Springs, OH at their wool festival last year. My dear friend Jenni (you can see/buy her book here) taught me how to spin. She is one of the most accomplished spinners around, and specializes in spinning cobweb-weight yarn that’s some of the most beautiful and amazing stuff I’ve ever seen.

I had a mini-meltdown with the Leclerc (which I purchased from a friend for $75) because the whorl kept flying off (as mentioned here) but now it seems to be behaving. She’s a stubborn girl, but she spins fine when she wants to. I’m going to save up for a newer spinning wheel, though, so I can spin without incidence.

birthday birthday

Posted in good news at 6:44 pm by peachknits

It’s been an absolutely lovely day. I am 24 today.

I woke up to freshly brewed coffee that Z made (he had snuck out last night and bought a coffee maker for me, and then programmed it to brew for this morning). I came into the office with a card from all my coworkers and two BIG bundles of fiber waiting for me (from Jenni).

Blue and purple: 85% merino, 15% silk; Blue, pink and orange: 70% Seacell, 30% silk

I was able to go out to lunch with Jenni, Rachael, Geoff and our new editor, Kelly at the Cheesecake Factory, where I munched on yummy, yummy shrimp and pasta and also got a piece of blueberry and chocolate cheesecake to take home. (I forgot it in the fridge! Boo!) Rachael also surprised me with a little bunny-shaped cake, and this:

Bunny Love!

When I came home Z and I went to the yarn shop and I got some lovely lace weight alpaca so I can make this.I can’t seem to get away from blue yarn, but at least I know I’ll love/wear this.

Cascade Alpaca Lace

Now Z is making me a dinner of ginger tuna steaks, pan-seared scallops, fresh green beans and wild rice. It smells sooooo good from where I’m sitting on the couch.

It’s been a happy, happy day.

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