So...where was I.... Oh yes... Since last we chatted.....
Last weekend was the Des Moines Metro Knitter's annual "Knit-In". Our TNKG is a sub-division of the Metro knitters, (well sort of anyway) - anyone is welcome to come join us!! The Knit-In commenced on Friday evening, as we all met at a local motel, and ran through noonish on Sunday. A great weekend spent with other fiberly addicted friends! Already looking forward to next year.... The organizers did a great job. And, the loot wasn't bad either!!
One of the cutest items included in the bag were these little stitch markers.
Remember that "Blooming Tea" that I received as a Christmas gift? Well, I had brought mine to enjoy during the weekend, and right after a mad dash to a LYS on Saturday afternoon, the Teavana store also benefited by a visit from a few of us. Hmmm....is there a TAL going on, as well as a KAL??
Since last we chatted, I am also a year older. A year older and a year wiser?? How does that saying go? Not sure it applies in this case, but I was a very happy birthday girl.
Along with other gifts (not the least of which was a ticket to The Lion King!!) I received these wonderful fibery gifts - from generous friends and my kids! The more colorful roving is a FatCatKnits project bag(almost 8 oz), of Falkland fiber. Colorway name is Moose Lake. How fun is that! The Brownish braid is a DreamsInFiber Superwash BFL. The smaller natural braid is a "Falkland Merino" which is probably the softest fiber I have ever felt. The books are great - tons of nice patterns, and the Sheep book has tons and tons and TONS of detailed information. I have such supportive people in my life!! I am sooo blessed.
This is the pattern that I plan to use for my very first handspun sweater. It's out of the 99yarns book. It's simple, relaxed, and for some reason it just seems "right" to me. I have been spinning up yarn.....trying to decide what fiber I want to use for my first sweater. I am now waiting for color cards, so hopefully I can order the fiber soon and get started spinning!
This is two skeins of Ashland Bay's "Colonial" fiber - in the "Rainforest" colorway. They say it's a blend of "Corriedale like" fiber. I think it may be more durable than Merio, and soft enough for me, as I am not super sensitive. It seems to be impossible for me to get the color to show correctly. It's a deep green/blue. Pretty, but perhaps a little too blue for me. I spun the first skein at the Knit-In, and the other skein here at home. Miraculously, they are very even. Each skein is 102 grms. One is 230 yards and the other is 235yards.
My consistancy, or lack thereof, is probably my major concern when it comes to spinning for a large project. I plan on spinning all the singles and then combining them out of order of being spun. So, hopefully all will even out in the end. That's the plan/hope anyway.
Also since we last chatted, Haloscan has went by the wayside. So, your comments will be back on the blogger default service, for now at least. And, like many others, I have switched from Bloglines to Google Reader for reading/following blogs. Bloglines has always been inadequate, in my opinion.....so that's a welcome change.
I also find myself writing this with a new upgraded Blogger format. Photos are all over the place. Hmmmm.... so if this post looks a little wonky, well, hopefully I'll get MY bugs worked out. I'm sure it's me and not the application.
I'll be back in a few days with at least one finished (knit) object. Promise......
Oh - almost forgot. My phone rang last night, and much to my surprise there was a little "Ha!" on the line. (That's BG'ese for "Hi!") Immediately following was my daughter's voice saying "Oh My Gosh, he figured out how to dial the phone!". LOL.... apparently that "redial" button works pretty well on her phone. Hope he calls back soon......