Spinning and knitting and waiting for MDSW. Course there’s a little bit of work in there, like I could forget that. Can’t wait for the time when “work” is a memory. Hope I live long enough to talk about it, lol. I would certainly like to die an old woman in my bed like Rose from Titanic, and not croak at the keyboard, having them pry the mouse out of my cold dead hands Sheesh, what a topic. Guess I’ve been thinking about it a lot – work, or not working that is. Not croaking. I’m closer to 60 than 50 and retirement is looming closer and closer. I absolutely cannot wait. My dad is 80, obviously retired, and still sets an alarm clock! He says that he’s afraid that he’ll sleep half the day away. Well, duh, who cares?????? I plan on living in my jammies, eating when I want, sleeping when I want. About the last thing I want to hear when I retire is an alarm clock. Unless it’s getting me up to go to a sheepy festival or something, ya know?
Anway, Miss Rose is doing mighty fine and here’s some of Spunky Electic’s Dandy Lions club fiber to prove it. 8.5 ounces of superwash, 2 Ply worsted weight.
This stuff spun and plied like a dream. And I have to say that I love the look of batts = the beaded pink in a previous post was a luxury batt, but my favorite to spin is combed top or roving. BTW, www.wool2dye4.com now has superwash BFL. Just ordered me a pound of it. I’ve never heard of anything other than merino superwash – though I don’t know why the process couldn’t be applied to any wool. Wonder why we don’t see any others?? I’d like to spin some sock weight to see if it wears better than merino. They also have superwash BFL yarn, BTW, in case you don’t spin.
Even though I haven’t been doing much stitching myself (and feeling guilty tremors over it), I do have a stitchy picture. This is a riverboat piece done by a girlfriend. I’m framing it for her. So far it’s pinned to the acid free foamcore, and when I’m finished doing the literary thing here, I’m going to complete it. Pop it in the frame, attach the dust cover, hanger, and voila! Fini. It’s a pressie for her Mom, and a lovely one at that.
Getting excited about Maryland Sheep and Wool. We were slow today because it’s the day after year end close and the system was down, so I made a list of things to take. I’m even stopping at the dollar store to get a helium balloon to tie onto my antenna so that I can find my car in the field afterwards, lol. I am terrible about remembering where I park, even at the local grocery store, and have suffered moments of panic thinking that somebody stole it only to discover it hiding on the side of the building, right where I left it. Too bad I can’t just whistle, like Zorro calling his freaking horse, and have it trot right over.
Bet that caught your eye, huh? New wheel – Majacraft Rose. She is everything I hoped for and then some! Just posted the Ashford Joy on ebay and hope to recoup most of my $ cause she’s only 2 months old. I just can’t spin on those little bobbins anymore even though I love how she spins.
It took me an hour or two of spinning to get used to the double treadle. I was really leery of DT and perhaps initially postponed getting the Rose because of it. Pooh – I can spin on anything, lol. I got the Plying set also. Talk about a big honkin’ bobbin!! Here’s a pic of my first spin on her:
This was a 4oz luxury batt from Peculiar Ambitions with all kinds of goodies: merino, angora, cashmere, baby alpaca and silk. 2 ply with a strand of beaded silk thread plied in. 77 yards of worsted weight destined to become a neck warmer.
I decided to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool too! I called the Sheraton in Columbia, MD for a reservation for Saturday night and got in. I’ll leave home here in the morning, drop dead shopping at the festival, stay overnight, get up and drop dead shopping some more then head home. I took a vacation day from work on Monday so that I can recover, lol. It will be my first time at MDSW and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be taking the camera so look for lots of pics when I recover!
I was just over at Crazy Aunt Purl’s blog. She wrote a book! It’s on Amazon! And she kept it a secret! Just ran over to Amazon and put it on my wish list. I have Alden Amos’ spinning book on order, and might plop this into the same shipment. She has a way with words, and an incredible sense of humor, so it’s certainly put to good use with the book. I wish her luck and lots of “swimming nekkid in money”!
My Majacraft Rose is still not here. An email to Bill (coppermoose) revealed that it hasn’t been shipped yet. Evidently the NZ folks are busy. Here’s hoping that it goes out this week because I am just itching to have her in hand. And I spent time yesterday researching carding machines! I’ve been purchasing carded batts from etsy and just yearn to try my own blends of color and fiber. Next post I’ll probably be telling you that I purchased a Strauch Petite which seems to be the one I keep coming back to during the research!
Last pic in the trio above is a Ballband washcloth from Mason-Dixon knitting. This one was a UFO that I just got around to picking back up and finishing. I love these warshrags!
Middle pic is of some “Let’s Hang On” superwash merino from Crown Mountain Farms destined to be socks. This will be a three ply and shooting for fingering weight. We shall see! I was trying to get fingering weight with the last pair, but ended up with a light sport weight when plyed. I’m pretty sure that I’m getting finer singles this time around, so we’ll see what I arrive at when plying is done. And it’s my first time spinning superwash which is a real hoot. This stuff definitely needs more twist.
The top picture is a special piece of knitting. I’ve been hanging onto my first handspun for a year, just fondling it and comparing how far I’ve come spinning-wise. Not content to just let the skeins linger in my stash, I decided to put them to use in a neck cozy. The fiber is BFL, the patterns is a 65 stitch straight stockinette for 12 inches, and I dip dyed the finished piece for the color gradations. I got this done in a day’s time. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how this turned out!! It lays gracefully on the neck, arranging itself into lovely folds that surround me with softness. The color came out beautifully and was exactly what I was shooting for. And it’s extra special because it’s made from my first handspun. I made another neck cozy with Berroco’s Hip Hop yarn which I would show you but Dad confiscated it yesterday. He also happened to ask for another done in hunter’s orange that he’ll wear when hunting. This pattern is stretchy enough to pull up over your head to wear like a cowl also, and he expects to be toasty warm out in the woods killing Bambi and Thumper.
I got sock blockers from Chappy – I chose the spinning wheel design, so my next sock pic will be the cat’s meow, lol. I’m finally getting around to working on the second sock from my handspun so mayhap you’ll see them on the blockers even though I’ve already showed you one.
I’m off to enjoy my last day off from work – back to the grind tomorrow and let me tell you – grind it is. If we go through another new process anytime soon, I’m gonna be ready for the nuthouse, lol.