June 3, 2010

a bit away

Posted in good news, knitting, spinning at 11:03 pm by peachknits

I apologize in advance for the long bout of radio silence. Alas, I cannot guarantee it won’t happen again, but I will try to be more diligent.

We have been busy! I moved into a new place in Ft. Mitchell, with Z and my little brother, who is 18 and graduating from high school on Friday. It hasn’t come without its own set of unique challenges. Evan tends to ball up his dirty socks and leave them inside-out in the hamper; he leaves gunked-up bowls in the sink. His diet consists chiefly of ramen and beefaroni. In short . . . he’s an 18-year-old boy.

But overall, this experiment in in-house birth control is going pretty well. We’ve had a smattering of arguments, but nothing to throw anyone out over.

What else has happened? . . .

  • I knit this:

Pattern: Owl Baby Vest
Yarn: Encore Worsted
Started: May 7, 2010
Finished: May 13, 2010

Notes: I knit this up in less than a week for a coworker who is now on maternity leave, expecting her first child. Technically, it’s the first baby item I’ve ever made; I guess this means I don’t know many babies. The Encore Worsted was okay, but it’s also 50% acrylic, and I have a vendetta against synthetics. I’m sure it will stand up well to baby drool though.

I chose green because the sex of the baby is a surprise.

  • I spun this:

This was Jacob wool, handspun woolen on my Kiwi (loooove that wheel), for my dear friend Lynne. She and I went to a wool festival in Lexington in early May, and I convinced her to buy some roving for me to spin up for her. It’s surprisingly soft and very lofty (that long draw method, you know) and still has that earthy, yummy lanolin smell. I was sorry to see it go, but I know it will be cherished.

  • I took the plunge:

After much deliberation, I finally gathered the courage to submit a quasi-proposal for a knitting book to Jenni. That’s right: a real, live knitting book, with patterns that I design myself. I pitched it to her, and got positive response. I can’t say much more right now, but come the end of July, I might have some really awesome news.

Until then, though, I’m going to chill on the couch, drink my diet cherry 7-up, and watch reruns of Futurama. Cheerios!

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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 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.

March 23, 2010

Spun Out

Posted in spinning at 8:08 pm by peachknits

My spinning wheel is dead. With every rotation the drive band slips off the wheel or the whorl goes flying. So, so frustrated. And sadface.

So…does anyone want to contribute to the “Rachel’s Spinning Wheel is Broken” fund?

So…the spinning wheel isn’t broken, it just decides not to work sometimes. I’d still like a newer one, but that will have to wait. Until then, will just have to deal with sporadic bouts of crankiness from the wheel.