Monday, October 30, 2006

Package ready to go

It's a little bit late, but my package will be in the mail tomorrow as I will finally have a chance to get to the postal outlet during the day. Sorry pal, but it is coming.


Spinning Roving Loot

Above is my loot from the wonderful Chante of Harlem Purls! After some fun with the post office [sometimes they "attempt" to deliver by not bothering to knock on my door and then when we went to the PO on Saturday to pick up the box they had misplaced it] my goodies arrived this morning. Boy, did I ever get spoiled! For starters, a copy of Spin -Off with an article about beading yarns in it. I happen to have this copy on loan from someone and was lamenting the fact that I'd have to give it back. Now I have my own to keep! Then, we have 7 packets of acid dyes, two shades each of red, blue and yellow [one warm and one cool] and a packet of black. There's a nifty like wpi gauge which is good since I've been using the handle of a baby spoon. This is much more convenient.

As to the fiber she sent, be prepared to be jealous. There's 4 ounces colonial wool in navy which has a lot of depth to it. There's also 1 1/2 ounces of BFL ready to be dyed with my new dyes. And finally, there's 2 ounces of a super super soft merino/cashmere blend. It's absolutely wonderful!

As you can see, there's one more item in the package. A skein of Socks that Rock yarn! It's so sproingy and wonderful. I can't thank Chante enough, everything she sent to me is fabulous!

Spun Roving and Hat!

Spun Roving and Hat
Originally uploaded by bannaoj.

Thank you Kathy! I already spun this lovely merino up and even knitted a toddler hat from the Starry Night colorway.

And here's the wonderful Cascade spindle I got. Perfect for spinning a merino/silk blend I'd been having trouble with!

Friday, October 27, 2006

I've Been Spoiled!

A huge thanks to Jacki from CiderMoon, who spoiled me completely!

Blogger seems disinclined to load photos today, so details can be found on my blog.

Thank you again Jacki, I cannot wait to spin these!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lovely Things from Australia

I should have posted a while back about what I received from my pal, Celia. She sent me some very lovely camel and baby alpaca to try spinning. I posted a picture of the package and a better description to my blog. Both fibers are undyed and I've never tried spinning either kind before, so I'm looking forward to trying them out!

And today, the last piece I needed for my pal's box arrived. I'm going to have a hard time making it to the post office tomorrow, but it's going to go out on Saturday, first thing.

And Another's on the Way.

I've just sent to my pal, so look out, it's coming!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

This Was Definitely Worth The Wait

Here is the lovely, lovely gift I got from Gina. It was perfect for me. A tiny Cascade Spindle along with perfect fibers to spin into laceweight yarn so that I can try out the very beautiful lace scarf pattern. Some Ingeo in white, some lovely green wool and another white bundle of Silk and merino which is the softest I've ever touched. I can't forget the stitch markers she made herself and CHOCOLATE! I love this package. Thank you Gina!

Here it comes!!!

Hi Swap Pal,
Your package is on its way!!! Keep your eyes open you should receive by this Thursday or Friday at the latest.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Friday October 27th

Just a reminder that this Friday (October 27th) is the last day to send out your packages. Please email us when you have sent or received your package so we can keep a better tally. If you have posted to the swap blog, that's fine as well. Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pictures of My Package

I posted last Friday about receiving my package but didn't have any pictures to show. It was late Sunday afternoon when these pictures were taken, so I apologize for the shadow of the window frame. It was too windy to take everything outside.

Here is a picture of everything I received from my wonderful pal Silvia.

The big undyed ball is Blue Faced Leicester and the small one is Wensleydale.

The plummy roving is Merino.

Here is a closeup of the cute stitch markers Silvia made for me. Aren't they great?

And look how pretty the paper is that each goody was wrapped in.

The book Silvia sent is great and I am going to Rhinebeck this weekend where I am sure I will have no trouble getting someone to give me a lesson or two with my new Ashford spindle.

Thank you, thank you Silvia!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

My Box is finally on it's way

Swap Pal....It's a comin. I had alot of fun filling it up with goodies, I hope you
like it. I'm off to Toronto for a mini vacation to go see the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival. Can't wait. Should be a ton of shopping going on. I hope your box reaches you quickly!

No, really.

I got the best Roving Swap Pal!!!
Sorry guys, but it's true.

Morgan spoiled me absolutely rotten. Really!

She sent a huge bunch of undyed merino roving, some beautiful sparkly batts from Spritely Goods, (in Pink Guava and Moss)

AND some roving from Spunky Eclectic! Two wool blend rovings (in Hot Dog! and Oddities) and a gorgeous merino roving in Confused colorway.

It's so much more than I expected, and all so beautiful! I was actually struck speechless, and wandered around with a huge grin for awhile (heck, I still have it whenever I look at my wool room!)

Thank you Morgan!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Less than two weeks left to send out your package.

This is just a gentle reminder that all packages must be sent out by Friday, October 27th. That's less than two weeks from today. Please contact your pal to ensure you are sending to the correct postal address. Delivery confirmation is highly recommended (but not required). Keep those posts coming! We're seeing some really great stuff out there!


Lookee, everybody, lookee what I got!

Super soft silk/merino that I can't wait to spin!

Thanks so much, Meera! My package arrived yesterday, and I adore the colors! (I forgot to take a picture that included the patterns, but she sent me TWO! Both are from Knitty -- Urban Rustic Gloves, and Voodoo Wrist Warmers.) More on my blog later today (baby allowing) or tomorrow.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Can't wait to spin!

I got my box from Charity today! I got an Ashford spindle, some lovely dark sapphire colored English wool, some cotton yarn to add to my collection, A great felted clutch pattern, some tea pyramids (so very cool) and some chocolate (that didn't stand a chance in this house!). I can't wait to get spinning. The wool is so wonderful and soft, and it drafts like a dream! The spindle has a nice heft to it and is perfectly balanced.

This was my very first swap, and I know it won't be my last! What a wonderful experience this has been : )

My Lucky Day

... was yesterday! I received my package from Silvia and what a package it was. It contained a wonderful Ashford spindle, three kinds of roving (Merino, Blue Faced Leicester, and Wensleydale), "Spin It" by Lee Raven, and other goodies (candles, stitch markers, and a very interesting soap, each one wrapped in beautiful handmade paper), and a sheep postcard that makes me smile every time I look at it.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to take pictures yet as the days have been grey and rainy and I don't get home until it is nearly dark. But finally it is the weekend and I plan to take lots of pictures tomorrow to show you just what a fabulous pal Silvia has been.

Thanks Silvia!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Thanks, Lisa!

I got my box yesterday...and wow! Lisa definitely spoiled me....


This is hand-dyed by Lisa superwash roving....its just beautiful! So soft...and a really nice pattern too - Fibertrends Lupine Lace socks.

Lisa also packed the box with other goodies - candy, drink rimmer and a candle. More details are on my blog.

Thanks Lisa - I couldn't have asked for a better swap partner!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Package going out tomorrow

My pal had indicated she'd like a particular sort fo warm fibre which I am unfortunately not able to get my hands on. I hope this is acceptable instead. In terms of warmth and softness, thsi should be just as warm and as soft, just not as fuzzy.

On the left is 100g of baby alpaca fleece. I have spun some of this myself, and my, oh my, it does come out fine and soft. The fibre on the right is 50g of camel top. It's lovely and soft but I have not tried spinning it so I can only hope it spins as beautifully as it feels.

The pattern I am including is one of the Margaret Stove pattern sheets. It has 3 patterns for lace scarves on it and is called "Luxury Lace Scarves".

Pal, it's on it's way to you. I hope you like it!

Monday, October 09, 2006


On Friday, Christina and I decided to swap our SRS packages. She was incredibly generous! Let's see...

There's an awesome container to hold my spindles (which I've already taken advantage of), chocolate (Ghirardelli Carmel, Lindt Extra Fine Milk, Seattle Truffles), a Spin Dizzy spindle Turkish style spindle, lucious Tussah silk, a booklet for silk spinning, totally tubular roving, a pattern for a hat, and a microscope slide pendant she crafted (with a pup who resembles Bear).
Thank you Christina! You put a lot of thought into the package and I appreciate it!

Whee! Thanks to Jeanne...

Here is a photo of the package I received from Jeanne.

The roving is alpaca in three natural colors, and should spin up beautifully. The pattern is on for socks with a Gansey design, which is something I hadn't thought of doing but I like the idea. Certainly should be easier than fair isle. And the handmade brooch is in the shape of a sheep, fastening with a long straight pin that makes it perfectly suitable for a kilt pin. I've wanted to weave myself a kilt for a long time, so this may be the right inspiration. There was also a bar of dark chocolate, which matched the alpaca beautifully and really did survive long enough to be in the photo but slipped down under where you can't see it. (Honest.) Thanks, Jeanne!

Spinning Roving Swap

Spinning Roving Swap
My package is finally on its way too! It only has to go about half-way across the continent! This was fun to put together and a learning experience for a novice since I had to study a bit to make my choices. Thanks to our organizers! And happy spinning.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Many, Many Thanks!

I got my swap package from Gary on Friday. He sent the most beautiful roving AND a pattern he designed himself to go with it.
Swap Roving
The fiber is BFL in a great colorway called Velvet Moon. I can not wait to spin this up. Thank you so much Gary.

Thank you Swap Partner!!!

Thank you Flan for the wonderful package!!! It arrived yesterday, but I just opened it now because for some reason it was delivered next door to my parents and and not at my actual house.

I love the fiber - the purple is awesome! Just such a beautiful shade and such great depth of color.

I have a larger photo posted on my blog - the above photo is just a snippet of the loveliness.

Thanks again!

Tamara (who incidently is currently in need of chocolate!!!)

Friday, October 06, 2006


My box of roving is now traveling onto it's new home. I had a bit of a time getting the roving just right. My first attempt was to dye 'watermelon' roving; red & pink with spots of black & green. It looked fantastic when wet, blah when dry. So I finally decided to overdye the whole think with a deep purple. Gosh, I think it's the best roving I've dyed! There is a neat rose color at the very center of the roving that I think will blend in when spun and give the yarn a nice glow.There is 6oz of Blue Face Leicester (extra roving for a very cool pattern). I sure hope my pal likes it!
I also wanted to let you guys know about a swap I'm hosting, The Handspun Sock Yarn Swap!
Happy Knitting~

It's finally!!! On its way!

So my package is finally on its way. By Saturday my pal will be opening a box full of yummy goodness. I had fun smelling all the wonderful tea smells yesterday. I can't wait for her to get her box....hee...hee...hee. Thanks to the organizers for the swap. I had lots of fun!

Parcel Post is gone:)

It has left these Shores today..well I took it to the Postoffice. So now the wait starts for my swap partner to recieve it and hopefully like what I have send.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Gone, gone, gone

My parcel is packed and mailed to my pal! This was a lot of fun - thanks to you organizers for all your hard work :0)

Roving as Art?

Loribird, "The Roving Wall" (ca. 2006) Private collection, Alaska.

I was tired of not being able to see my wool, so I worked out a way to store and display it. Details on my blog, if you like.

I'm patiently awaiting the next installment for the piece.

[edit: I've posted a home-made Roving Braiding tutorial on my blog, for those who want to know how...]

Monday, October 02, 2006

Present in my mailbox!

Many thanks to Miranda for the gorgeous are on my blog.

And a great big thank you also to Christina and CJ for organizing this great swap!