Thursday, 18 April 2013

I am so excited about this.. yet the excitement is too unbearable since I have to wait until the end of the month... and hopefully not longer!

My husband says to me one day.. "Well, since we have the money now, we can either A:get our gun license or B:get you that spinning wheel that you want".
Well.. first off, that is a difficult decision for me to make since I really want both so much so that it is close to a need for me.. Anyway, I had decided after weighing pros and cons of both for a few days, that I would have to get me that spinning wheel.. and well, my blog is about my spinning/knitting so why not right!?

So here is hoping that I wont have to wait longer than I'm hoping... cause this bad boy will be mine!!!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Yay me!! OK, so it's not the best ever, but it is pretty good for a first time using the woolen technique for spinning.. I mean, it's not that bad hahaha..

I do have to say though, I do greatly prefer the worsted technique for spinning... though I am not above learning new ways of doing things.. Knowledge is never ending, and why limit ourselves when there is so much out there. I may not like this new way of spinning, but it does have it's advantages, and I have no doubts that I will put it to good use. Even if I this yarn won't make the best sock yarn, I'm sure it will make a really cool scarf...

Here is a pic of the yarn... all ready to knot something, what? I'm not sure yet.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Hand Carders & Rolags

OK... I'm sure that I'm not doing it just right, but the idea has been gotten and well, here we go. First go at using hand carder, ever!

A bit blurry, but getting there...

And wow... that didn't turn out quite like it should. But seriously, first attempt at making a rolag ever!! Give me a break.. at least for now hahaha.

Better!! Definitely getting there.. thank you knitting needle of greater size, you have helped me achieve a much prettier rolag.

Here is my first box of rolags... and well, they kind of out grew it.

So, I found a bigger box!!! And well, I have decided to start spinning.. and being the first time at spinning from a rolag.. ugh, que the swearing I'm sure. I will definitely post a pic of that yarn.. even if it's shameful and embarrassing hahaha.

And this is what I have left over! Depending on how the spinning turns out and how much yarn I manage to get from it.. I may just have to do a little something different with this batch.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

So glad that part is done!! Past the disappointment in my red not really being red... and really, how couldn't you be when you see all those colours!? Now, I guess I really should hold off on deciding what to do with it until after I spin it.. I mean really, it is rather disappointing to want a chunky yarn and wind up spinning a lace yarn.. that really is terrible. Still, I'm not sure at all what kind of yarn I want to spin anyway.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Holy wow!!! Decided after a rough morning I would splurge and buy some alpaca yarn.. but oh boy is it ever hard to not buy up the whole store hahaha...
So, after spending a pretty penny on 3 skeins of alpaca.. yes three.. because I just DON'T do one skein projects.. Not because I don't like them, but because I just cant make anything that small that I want. One day I'm sure I will go back on that, but for now, I want enough to do something huge and awe inspiring... OK, so maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but I just cant buy one skein of anything!! I'm a yarn hog OK!

Anyway, I decided on a really nice shawl/wrap to wear with a dress I just finished (minus the buttons of course).. This dress was made solely to go with a pair of boots, so ya, I'm a bit nuts. But at least I'm smiling. A shawl will be nice anyway, especially since this dress is sleeveless.

I was also very pleasantly surprised to find out that my hand carders and wool were on their way.. I was getting a bit panicked since it was already taking so long... so, after getting off the phone with them, it shows up!! What odds eh... too funny.

Which brings me to my next endeavour. I wasn't sure if I had wanted to dye the wool or not.. and I guess I should start off with adding that it is a wensleydale... and did I mention I'm really excited?! So, to dye or not.. I think yes! Not sure how this will turn out, but considering my last few attempts at it, and having it work out well, it should be fun.
So, here I sit typing away when I really should get back in there and start the process... and yes, I will keep you posted!

OK... my red is not so red :(
Aside from my very bright magenta/pinkish red... there is yellow/orange, purple, green and a really nice blue (at least while sitting in the dye bath). That aside... I figure I will give it a while longer to do what it needs to do... Oh wow do I hope it works. Fingers crossed.

Just a few pics so far...
Top picture left to right: Purple, Blue, Orange/Yellow, Green.
The rest of the pictures... not exactly red, but it will do nicely :)