Thursday, September 30, 2010

After the rain...

Well, we are quite soggy here, luckily our home sits on high enough ground that all this rain we had didn't do any damage other than running some bugs into the house to try & get dry. That didn't work, they got smooshed instead! LOL

I have a lot of photos to share & a lot of stuff to show you. I had a great weekend last weekend visiting Chan & going to the fiber festival. Meeting up with quite a few other online knitting/spinning friends. I'll save all of that for later though.

I'll start with my finished yarn. I'm participating in a SAL/KAL on my Ravelry Fancy Kitty Drum Carder group. I made up a few batts, several of you have seen these already. And finally finished up my yarn. I ended up with approx. 675 yards of DK weight yarn. I'll have plenty to knit the wrap with & possibly have enough left over for a hat or something. :)

Stay tuned for more posts... I'll get around to all of them eventually. :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A lot to show...

I actually have a lot to show this week. I have finished knitting, finished handspun yarn, birthday gifts.... just all kinds of stuff.
So, lets start off with the finished knitting... I finally finished a knitting project! Another great cloth pattern by Sue at Harvest Moon Designs. This is the Seaside Set, cute huh?

And here is the very first yarn that I spun on my Elizabeth. I ended up with approx. 347 yards of fingering weight yarn. It's a little overspun, but I still think it came out nice for the first yarn off my new wheel. :)

Here is the birthday gift that my wonderful friend Chan sent me.... a slider hook flyer for my Elizabeth!!! This baby is awesome! The bobbins are quite a bit larger than my original bobbins, however my original bobbins will still work on the new flyer. I'm so excited to give this a try!! I just need to get it sanded & stained so she matches my wheel. :) Thank you soooo much Chan!!! I lourves my new flyer, you're just too good to me.

Now lets check out the birthday gift that my wonderful friend Kathy sent me. (Both Kathy's & Chan's boxes arrived on the same day! It was a good mail day!)

Kathy sent some of her yummy handdyed yarn, it's just gorgeous & squishy soft, superwash merino DK. You can't have my beautiful yarn but you can get your own HERE.

This was a large package! Look what else was in there.... spinning batts carded by Kathy herself.

Combs so I can make myself a handmade blending hackle, or get Kevin to help me (ie. make me) one. LOL

Some gorgeous Mohair (left) & Alpaca (right) fibers....

And more wool....

Kathy called it the "do it yourself" birthday gift.... I just call it awesome! Thank you sooooo much Kathy, I love all of it. And you are just so sweet for thinking of me & always knowing the perfect thing to send me. :)

This is so cool! Check out my little sheep! He's nestled there in that pretty bow. :) Trish made the bow, she has a whole etsy shop full of adorable bows! She makes them for packages, barrettes & pigtail holders, just too cute. And you can even buy this bow with my little sheep in there too.

And here is a little something that I picked up at Beth's shop Blue Mountain Handcrafts, more gorgeous spinning fiber!! Woohoo!

Well, I think that's it for now.... I'm sure I'm forgetting something. If I remember what that is I'll let you know. :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Beautiful Spinner...

Here is my beautiful new Elizabeth II spinning wheel all stained, waxed & put together. She spins wonderfully, so smooth & effortless.

And here is my very first yarn spun on her....

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I know what I will be doing after work.... spinning maybe? :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Birthday Jackpot!

Lookie what the UPS guy delivered to my house! My very own Ashford Elizabeth II spinning wheel. This is a before photo. I have everything sanded & stained (a pretty cherry stain) except for her wheel. I hope I can get the wheel finished tomorrow after work, & then give it all a good coat of wax. I am really wanting to get her put together & ready for her first spin on Thursday. I'm so excited I can hardly stand myself!! :)
Stay tuned for more photos after she is finished up.