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Location: Indiana, United States

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Not Much Knitting...

I've had a bit of a set back for the last week or so. My fibromyalgia has flared it's ugly head in a big way with the weather being what it has around here lately. Wet and Cold! Yuck. Well, I've been cramped up and flared up for days. So, I'm just now getting unstuck and trying to press on. Fortunately, I was able to finish the vest and other sweater for the festival at Prairie Winds Farm on Saturday. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it. So my dear hubby and son took the garments to Charlotte for me. I haven't heard how it went yet, but was very disappointed I didn't get to go. I've been looking forward to that festival for months now, and wouldn't you know it! I was down... huh.... hopefully I'll be back up and running in no time. Got too much knitting and spinning to do!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


I've put down ALL of my other projects in lieu of this jacket that I decided to make with this handspun yarn that I've had spun up for awhile. The natural black if from Lisa Truman and is a corriedale X, the white is merino from Copper Moose. So far, I've been knitting this since Monday. It's coming along very fast. I'm trying to get back used to using a size 7 needle, since mostly everything that I've been knitting for months is no bigger than a 4! So I feel clumsy of hand. But I forgot how fast worsted weight yarn knits up. I was going to originally make this a pullover, but as I've gone along, it's getting heavy, and so I decided that I'm going to turn it into a jacket! So, after all of the knitting is done, I'll just cut it up the front open! It's based on the Norwegian ski sweater patterns. I've looked through some books and found some interesting charts that I'm going to use for the top portion of the body and sleeves. Pics to come.... :) happy knitting and spinning everyone.... (Don't worry, I'll finish the others later, I just had to knit this baby up!!! You all know how it is don't you?) Posted by Picasa

Elizabeth Sorhab and I went to Lisa Truman's farm (Nestles Needles Farm) on Thursday last week to shop for some fiber. We got there and her chicken coop (the shop) was loaded full of fiber. Bags and bags everywhere. So I picked a couple of bags. This was one of them, this wenslydale top! In this natural gray! It's more like silver... I couldn't believe my eyes. Just gorgeous and yummy! I couldn't help myself and immediately came home and started spinning this stuff!!! And boy, do I have plans for this!!! Posted by Picasa

Here is the wenslydale on the wheel... Posted by Picasa

And one skein plyed... isn't it gorgeous? Posted by Picasa

I've been teaching myself to spin with a drop spindle. I think I have the hang of it. It's pretty fun. It's much slower than I'm used to of course, but it's relaxing nonetheless. I started spinning the angora, mohair, and wool blend that I got from Julie Davidson. It was easier because of the long fibers, and I can really draw them out thin with this drop spindle. And of course, you know I love to spin thin..... :) Posted by Picasa


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