Monday, October 30, 2006
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!
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! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bannaoj/283934592/
Friday, October 27, 2006
I've Been Spoiled!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Lovely Things from Australia
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.
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!!!
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
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Pictures of My Package
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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
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
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...
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
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!
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.
Tamara (who incidently is currently in need of chocolate!!!)
Friday, October 06, 2006
I also wanted to let you guys know about a swap I'm hosting, The Handspun Sock Yarn Swap!
It's finally!!! On its way!
Parcel Post is gone:)
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Gone, gone, gone
Roving as Art?
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!
And a great big thank you also to Christina and CJ for organizing this great swap!