Month: April 2012

Meet the New Addition!

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Isn’t she beautiful?  I’m not sure what I’m going to name her yet, but I think she deserves some romantic name that invokes images of old world traditions and a touch of magic.  Isis, or Magdalena, or maybe Aurora.  What do you think?

I need a lot of practice.  I took a private hour of instruction with Sandi from Purlesence Yarns and it was well worth the money.  She gave the wheel a throrough check out, a new drive band and proceeded to saturate every second with a wealth of knowledge about the wheel, spinning, fiber and recommendations on how to spin ergonomically.  Needless to say, my head was spinning after the lesson and I loved it!  One of the best things she told me was that my wheel is built sturdy, so not to worry too much if my 17 month old has at it (she’s trying to spin as I type and managed to spill milk on the peddle within 20 minutes of me bringing it home!).

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Life

Life has been getting in the way of my regular blog posting cadence lately. I assure you I have not stopped knitting though. Here is a quick update with a few of my latest works in progress:

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Pattern: Sherman by Ysolda Teague in the Whimsical Little Knits 3
Yarn: Serenety 20 by Zen Yarn Garden 70/20/10 Superwash Merino/cashmere/nylon.  This yarn is so exquisit to work with.  It was my splurge buy at Stitches West this year, and I am so glad I went for it.  Well worth the money. 
Color way: Flamenco
Needle size: 2 US

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This will be the first socks I make for DH, who assures me he doesn’t want socks, but I’m making them anyway because he always has cold feet at night and tries to warm them up on my feet which happen to be two small heaters.
Pattern: Plain sock, 2×2 rib for about 1 1/2 inches at the top, stockinette everywhere else, planning an afterthought heel on this one.  LOVE the way the yarn is knitting up.
Yarn: Serenety 20 by Zen Yarn Garden 70/20/10 Superwash Merino/cashmere/nylon
Color way: WildBerry II
Needles: size 4

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And what do we have here?  A new lovely addition to my fiber family…  Can you guess what this is????  It’s a spinning wheel!!!!!!  I’m loving it.  I’ll do a post on this bad girl another time, but for now, enjoy this sneak peak of a lovely Pigeon Roof Studios 35%silk/65%super wash merino fiber spinning in progress 🙂  I love Pigeon Roof Studios fiber, it’s what I made my memory cowl yarn from as well.  Her colors are amazing!