Thursday, September 14, 2006

Nuthin much

That's usually my answer when people ask what I've been up to. I haven't really done anything crafty because I'm in the process of moving and it's really been stressin me out. Needless to say I'm a person who's easily stressed so I'm like in hyper drive right now.

I'de like to share some good news,I saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.....just kiddin, my wheel is finally in working order. Yay for me! It took forever for my ashford maintenance kit to get here but I'm so glad that I ordered it (thanks Bon). So once I got it, I oiled that sucka up, attached the tension thingamabob and replaced the doohicky that attaches the treadle to the long bar that turns the wheel. After that it was purring like a kitten (and not making that irritating squeaky noise). My first endeavers were a horrid mess. It was just like the first time I drop spindled. My coordination was so off and I wasn't use to how fast you have to ply. I ended up with a thick and thin, over spun mess. I couldn't even bring myself to take a picture of it. But my second effort was a little better and here's a picture of that. Not too shabby for a newbie huh?
Here are some yarns I've spun since then. My favorite is the purple yarn. I spun that from a batt that I was gifted by my SSF pal by grafton fibers. I like spinning batts because I just broke a big chunk and didn't have to pre draft. It reminds me of spinning from the fold, kinda.

Speaking of spinning here is a pic of a spindle that I'm planning on posting on ebay. It's about 2.3 ounces and 12inches long. I tested it and it spun well. I carried it all day in my purse just to make sure that none of the rhinestones fell off (I'm pretty rough on my purses, I broke a strap on two different purses in two weeks time). I would love to hear any comments- you love it, you hate it, what were you thinking, you know stuff like that.

I'm still merrily knitting along on my Swallowtail Shawl. I almost abandoned the project the first time I had to purl 5 tog but thanks to Bronxie, I've decided to go ahead and finish it. If you look closely, you will notice, that like an idiot, the colors do not match. I ran out of yarn and was in such a rush, I just grabbed a hank from my stash that resembled what I was previously using without checking in natural light. I didn't realize my boo boo until I had competed a full pattern repeat. Those who know me, know that I'll wear it proudly regardless.

My next project on display is the toddler sweater that I was working on. Guess what, my sweater has majically transformed into a vest. Of course I can't find any yarn to match that color brown, and I don't have the ball band from the original yarn. So my sweater is now a vest. I just have to do the edging on the armholes, add a little belt and block it. Hopefully the recipient will like it anyway. I'll keep you posted.

Here are my Baudelairs all done. I got tired of doing all those yarnovers and triple decreases so I just did my ribbing and called it a day. These too are a gift so I will get pictures of them on an actual foot once I give them to her (she doesn't read my blog so I'm not worried about ruining the surprise).

That's all folks. I don't expect to work on much else because I have a lot of packing to do. Hopefully I'll see a bunch of you at the Knit Out this weekend in Union Square. Actually I'll be volunteering to teach knitting there so if you see me, come over and say "Hi". Shoot, I always forget something I wanted to say, guess what? I'm certified Baybeeeee!

Happy Knitting.

15 comments:

Madhu said...

Congratulations on getting that certificate! (It is yours rite?) Just kidding, with all that craft talent you got, I don't doubt it.

Love the yarn that you spun, all three of them. The colors are so nice. I'm so happy for you - about the wheel working well.

I still think you should keep the bedazzled spindle for yourself. It's so cute!

Moving can be such a pain. I don't know how you're able to do all of this and make time for so much more. Do you get enough sleep? :-p

YAZMAR said...

I crochet...and its a cool pastime...I have to wonder AM I 75 yrs old..lol its relaxing

Divine Ladi said...

Congratulations on getting certified!! That's awesome! I wanted to do the program for crochet and knitting, but I think the fear is stopping me. Maybe that will be one of my goals for next year. Get certified!

Nancy said...

Congrats on becoming official. It's very cool.

I. Hate. Moving. n'uff said.

I want my damn knitpicks order to come so I can start my Swallowtail, although seriously p5 tog!?! Maybe I can wait a bit longer;)

Latoya said...

Your yarn looks yummy. Can I put an order in for some sock yarn? Smile.

Congratulations on being a Certified Knitting TEacher!

Knit on!

spider said...

Hi Ms. Harlempurls,
Your handspun yarn looks WONDERFUL! Bravo!!
And congrats on completing your knitting teacher certification. That is a great accomplishment.

Hope to see you at the Knit Out. May our paths cross frequently.

HPNY Knits said...

i admire your spinning, the tech talk is way above my head, but the activity sounds so awesome to me. keep at it!
you HAVE been busy. the list vest is adorable. vest for kids are really in this Fall, so there!
yes, my son also LOVES to crank the yarn winder. a touch uneven but...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting certified! And on getting your wheel in working order!

Hopefully you'll have fun with the fibers I'll be sending your way for the Spinning Roving Swap. I've assembled everything for your package. I just need to find a box, make everything pretty, and get to the post office. I should accomplish all that within a couple of weeks, and I'll let you know when I've mailed it.

Delaleuverses said...

Wow, congrats Miss H. Purl, I had no idea you got yourself certified. I definitely need to get some lessons from you in the future. By the way I posted "something new" and yes I did get a bunch of money on my car insurance. Congrats again on the apartment, see things are looking up for us :)

Sahara said...

Damn! Congratulations! You didn't tell me that! I'da shouted you out on the blog.

I gotta go on their site and get mine. Was it hard? (listen to me).

Deborah said...

Nice, I haven't learned how to do that yet. Question - if one learns to spin does one stop buying yarn??

Amie said...

Welcome to the Spinning Wheel!

Mandella said...

Congratulations on getting certified!

And thanks for your comments on my blog about Norwegian Purls. I'm going to make another swatch or two.

As for the spindle - I love it. If only I knew how to spin ...

Carine said...

What!! Congratulations are in order. Wow! Certified and everything!

yarnhippie said...

Well,

It finally happened after me bugging you everyday about where is your certificate, you're certified. Yipee! Spinning is the bomb, I can't wait to buy my wheel, I have two in mind but have not decided on which one yet, decisions, decisions....