Friday, April 28, 2006

12-step for Spinners

Hello, my name is Mel and I'm a spinning addict.


I finally finished my very first skein of yarn spun by my very own two hands and I am just as proud as it it were a kid I gave birth to :D lol.

I know it's not even. I know it's chunky at parts. I know it's thin as dental floss at other parts. I also know I don't care! I andien plied it last night and washed it just to see what would happen. It got all big and poofy : I wasn't expecting that, LOL. So, now my skein, that I was so proud of because it was almost a regular worsted weight sken is now a super bulky weight yarn, lol. It's currently laying out in my kitchen drying. Is this puff factor normal? Did I do something wrong?

Regardless, I'm in love with it :D

Here's the singles wrapped around my spindle prior to plying...ahhhh...such pride :P

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Spinning frenzy

I am so in love with spinning yarn. I started about a month or two ago, but got frustrated because I was having serious problems with drafting and over-twisting the yarn and I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how to do it right.

Fast-forward to this past weekend. My sweetie just happened to meet a woman who spins and the woan gave my sweetie her email. I started writing her and ended up going to a cool event this weekend that her spinning guild was teaching a class at. I paid my $5, made my CD spindle (I brought my own, but decided to use what everyone else was using) and started a'spinning. With guidance from my new friend and several others in the guild, I was spinning in no time!

I am just SO UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED about how addictive and fun spinning is now that the missing chinks in my newbie education have been filled in :) My right hand just ITCHES to be drafting, day and night. Spin spin spin, I'm going to their guild meeting, which just happens to be the weekend coming up :) I just can't wait to learn from these amazing, knowledgeable women and learn more and more and more about spinning :) I see a wheel in my future : They're DAMN expensive, but there was this super cool collapsable one a woman brought to the class that made me drool :)

I'm sitting here at work, with nothing to do, and it KILLS me that I could be SPINNING right now, instead of sitting here at my desk bored and surfing the net.

For that matter, I could be knitting or sewing together my last bunny! but noOOoOoOooOoooOooooo...I need money to live (and buy more spinning and knitting supplies :P) so I have to sit here like a lump and get paid for being bored.

Ah well. Maybe tonight *gleam*

Sunday, April 23, 2006

It's still an amphibian....

Awhile ago, I knit up a square to attempt to make a frog based on the bunny pattern (someone made up the frog pattern and posted it to my loom knitting list). Today, I finally had the time to stitch the frog up and see what I came up with.

Well, I made his head too small. And I was looking at it, thinking, "This will never be a good frog..." when it hit me that it may not be a good frog, but it would be an adorable turtle :D

When we got home, I knit/sewed/knotted on a brown shell. I'm not terribly happy with how the shell came out. I wanted a variety of browns in there, but I only had the solid brown in my stash. Also, I think next time, I will crochet something and then just sit it on the top and lightly stitch it on in a few places.

But, he's cute in his ugly own way :P As I was finishing his shell, my son started whining and kissing my arm and cuddling up to me. I finally asked him, "What do you want, honey???" and he just points to the turtle and looked up at me with these big eyes :

Heck, it's his birthday today, how could I say no?! So, he's my son's now :D I wasn't going to put any face on him, but my son requested "polka-dots" which after much discussion I figured out was eyes, so he has eyes now.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Here comes Peter Cottontail :)

I finally had time to sew the ears on my bunny :) I think it's ADORABLE :D

It's much cuter in real life than in the pictures...I couldn't get the knitting to show up just right in the photographs. Ah well, I still had to brag :P

I call him Bunnicula and he's an Easter present for my sweetie ;) (She got him on Easter sans ears, LOL)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Moebius shawl love

It seemed to take forever, but I finished it! This is the project that I was knitting when my best friend passed away, on the yarn that reminded me of her. I'm proud it came out as well as it did :)

And love it, I do :D

It's a moebius shawl. Basically, a big, giant tube with a twist in it :P Knit on the green loom with Red Heart Light & Lofty in wine color.


*moebius pride*

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

knittin' fiend

I've been knitting like the wind, every free moment I have, to get my next project completed so I can share it with y'all :)

*bouncy* I can't wait! It's really cool :P (if I do say so myself).

My best friend was diagnosed with multiple malignant cancers throughout her body about 8 weeks ago. two weeks ago, I bought some Homespun that reminded me of her, dark red and maroons. A week ago, I brought it over when I went to stay with her and showed it to her. By that point, she couldn't talk or walk, but she pet the skeins and mouthed the words, "How pretty!" to me. I was thrilled she approved.

This last Friday night, my best friend Annette passed away. I was sitting next to her, knitting with that same yarn when she went. So, I think this piece will always be my Annette piece when it's done. We're planning her memorial in 2 weeks on the 15th. I want to wear it then, so she can see the finished piece and smile down on me :)