starfallz: (spin)
I don't really do resolutions. I don't think there is much point to them usually, but right now I find myself wanting to devote a bit more effort towards a goal. I cast on for my third project with my handspun this weekend, and I find I want to knit up more of what I have. I really like the feeling of using stuff I made and seeing how it knits up and behaves. So, in addition to the yarn and fiber diet that I've been on for the past two years (mostly following that...) I will try to find more suitable projects and knit up some of my handspun.
starfallz: (spin)
Triad - Skeins

Done at last. Finished it up a few days ago and it's all washed and pretty. Spun and plied worsted on my wheel. I stripped down color sections for three of the bobbins to see what that would do. About 1148 yards, 15.5 oz, 2-ply, about 14 wpi.

Triad - Loose

Now, what to spin next.
starfallz: (spin)
I started off the Tour de Fleece with the grand plan of spinning up one 1 lb. braid of fiber. With that goal, I failed.

At the first, I felt I had plenty of time. I wanted to finish up a project that I had just barely started at Knitting Pirate's house. I spun a lot of merino that I had fed through a drum carder. Tore the bats into little hand size bits and spun them from the fold. The finished two-ply is really soft and snuggly. I look forward to knitting with it.

Green Merino - Loose
but I did keep on spinning )
starfallz: (spindle)
Yesterday I went through all my stash. Well, all the fiber stash, any way. No reason to disturb the yarn. I dug out fiber I was thinking of spinning soon. I wanted some fun spinning and to maybe start one of those spindle projects (mmmm pygora). Found a good little pile of stuff and started digging through my spindles, and then found this:

Greensleeves Vixen

Oh right. I had intended on spinning the pygora on this spindle. Guess I should work on finishing that one up instead....
starfallz: (spin)
Last year, I was involved with a spin-a-long with the Fricke community, so I took a pass, but this year I think I am going to compete in the Tour de Fleece. Just so you know what kind of loopy this is, the first guideline (guideline, not rule) is this:

Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 3rd through Sunday July 25th. Days of rest: Monday July 12th, Wednesday July 21st. (Just like the actual tour)

So, that is my goal. I am also setting the goal to spin up the pound of corriedale I dyed at Yarnschool on my Fricke. I'm thinking a nice two-ply that would make a suitable sweater or vest.

The intended fiber:

I worry that I might finish it before the end, so I need to come up with something else just in case. Maybe this?

Woodsy Batts

Since I'll be doing some traveling, I think I need a spindle to take, just to keep up with the goal of spinning every day....

Laura's Pygoras - Yoda

AVFKW - 10% Chance of Rain II - Detail
Or this?

Of course, I'll need to be sipping some Le Tour de France just to keep in the spirit of things.
starfallz: (spindle)
Back at home and back to my stash. This has lead to full-on fiber flirtation. I keep thinking about all the things I could be spinning or playing with, but unable to commit to any of them at the moment.

While in Brazil, I finished a project that has been on my spindle for a good year and a half.
Brasil - Loose
spindle spinning and new fibers )
So this just starts me off to wanting to play with my fibers even more, but unable to decide what to do just yet. Last night, at least, my solution was to knit more so I can move things through my queue and it will be easier to decide.
starfallz: (spin)
Spinning's been a comfort for me lately. It was something I could do when my left wrist hurt, and it was something I could do with [ profile] metachaos when she was staying with us.

First, a sad thing. The connector between the treadle and the footman broke, so I had to send off the treadle to be fixed.
Rune's New Bucket
Rune liked her new bucket.
all spun up )
starfallz: (fricke)
Fiber Pile
Now, over a month later, I'm getting around to posting about Yarn School. Nikol made her post about it and I went "oh yea, I still need to do that." more below, because I like pictures )
starfallz: (fricke)
This past Saturday was World Wide Spin In Public Day and Holly and I made the most of it! We packed up our wheels and journeyed to Iowa City to meet up with other spinners from Fae Ridge Farm and spin at the local mall. We got a lot of interest from those passing by. One lady sat down and learned to spin on a drop spindle and several kids wanted to treadle the wheels, although that seemed to be the only attraction. It was all very positive and it was great to sit and talk with the Fae Ridge and Craft Guild folks. There was a bit of Mexican food and margaritas afterward while being amused by a giggling baby. The only detraction to the day was a home game for University of Iowa, which meant getting home took longer than expected, but it gave us even more reason to hang out at the local co-op while theoretically waiting for the traffic to clear out. Great day out.
starfallz: (spin)
So, I got my hands on some wool combs.

English Combs
combs of destruction )
starfallz: (spindle)
I seem to be doing more spinning than knitting lately. It may just be because of the slog of the sweater. I just have about 3 increases left and the top of the sleeve shaping to do, but do I pick it up? No, I think about casting on for something else instead. It will get done, though.

After all the prep, spinning and respinning, I now have some sock yarn.
Nebula Socks - Wave 2
more, more, more )
starfallz: (hurr?)
So the important decisions in life:
Sock Yarn Threesome
Which sock pattern do I want to knit next? (Ignoring the fact that I haven't yet finished my first sock of the current pair.) 'Vog On, Teosinte, or Monkey.
and some spinning )
starfallz: (spin)
So, I was chatting with a friend about spinning and confessed "I've never actually knit anything with my handspun". She then says to the effect, "You could knit anything, even just a swatch..."

Grabbed the nostepinne and my little targhee sample skein, wound it up and started knitting away.
Romney skein and ball, with targhee swatch

Hey, look at that. It looks kind of like yarn.

Hm... it really looks like yarn.
Targhee Swatch

This is dangerous. This could just tip me over the edge, buying fleeces, spinning up pounds of yarn, knitting myself sweaters. It is a dangerous dangerous thing.

Yet, I can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Thank you to all my crazy friends and family who love me enough for this.
starfallz: (spin)
I've been spinning but not posting...

"Gin and Tonic" romney by Spunky Eclectic.
Gin and Tonic - Skein detail
more below )
starfallz: (spin)
Oh, so behind with photos of my spinning! I have another 4 ounces done and ready to be photographed, but I haven't posted these yet!

"Twilight" from

more photos and details below )
starfallz: (philomena)
When heading out to visit my parents, I realized I had a whole car to myself, so I decided to bring along Philomena and some spinning fiber. I brought along about 20 oz total of spinning fiber (various types), intending on spinning it up while visiting. What I've finished so far...

"Sarah" from

Read more... )
starfallz: (spin)

This fiber gave me the fits. It was oddly prepared and had to be coaxed into something spinnable. It was short stapled and I flipped out at it a few times and put it into time out when I wasn't able get it twisted enough to stay together. I spun the sunshine-colored stuff in a fit of frustration with the purple.

But it looks like something real. It looks actually like yarn. Certainly not perfect, but it looks, and feels good (especially if you ignore all the knots in the underplied spots).

And now it goes to live with [ profile] metachaos, who will hopefully knit something mindless for herself out of it.

new toys

5 Sep 2008 10:21 pm
starfallz: (spin)
These arrived in the mail yesterday from Jonathan and Sheila Bosworth.

On the left, birds eye maple Midi (1 oz) and on the right a tulipwood Maxi (1.7 oz). I'm intending on using the Midi for spinning singles and the Maxi for plying. One day, I hope to make sock yarn on these!

Sheila was extremely nice to work with in choosing my spindles. I hope to make it to MD S&W again some day and maybe actually get to see them in person (and fondle spindles in person...)

The Bossies with my learning spindle, the Schacht Hi-lo. I'm beginning to see the spindle collection appeal.
starfallz: (spin)
The romney roving is now all spun up and bundled into cute little skeins.

Fiber: romney roving
Spindle: Schacht Hi-lo (1.2oz)
Ply: two-ply

Even though I was aggravated with this fiber in the early stages, I eventually learned to love it. I look forward to more spindle projects in the future with fibers I want to spend quality time with. (Although, I may eventually want to get a heavier spindle for plying.)
starfallz: (spin)
I haven't posted much about spinning since I got Philomena, but I have been spinning. I got copies of Hands on Spinning by Lee Raven and Start Spinning by Maggie Casey, plus a number of issues of Spin-off, so I've been immersing myself in learning.
'ware, spin geeking ahead, run screaming now )
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