Archive for February, 2010

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Podcast Notes and Prize Drawing Winner is….

February 22, 2010

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Random.org pulled lucky number 5 out of the hopper! Searching my spreadsheet and the winner is… Michwelle!

Congratulations Michelle, I am sending you an email with instructions on how to claim your prize.  Stay tuned for next month’s Prize Drawing.

Podcast Notes: Episode #45

Book Reviewed:

All New Homespun Handknit by Amy Clarke Moore, Published by Interweave Press 2009, ISBN: 9781596681446

Other Items Discussed:

How to Decoupage

Gorgeous Hand Dyed Rovings and Yarns by Spinning Martha

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Knitting Socks with HandPainted Yarns by Carol Sulcoski, Published by Interweave Press 2009, ISBN: 978-1-59668-098-2. I’m knitting the Escher Socks by Lorna Miser.

Epiphany No.1 Coming Soon, pattern by Kerrie James

Affordable, Buttery Soft, Cashmere Yarn >>> Cashmeres by Kate

Golding Spindles

Products Reviewed:

Jenkins Turkish Spindles

Jenkins Turkish Delight, Masur Birch

Jenkins Kuchulu Spindle, Zebra Wood.  Displayed next to a AAA battery for scale.

Jenkins Kuchulu Spindle, Zebra Wood. Displayed next to AAA battery for scale.

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Prize Drawing coming soon…

February 12, 2010
As mentioned here, this month’s prize drawing is fast approaching.  Things have been a bit ‘up in the air’ for me lately and I realize, I have not yet posted pictures of this month’s prize.  So here you go:

This month’s prize is a Dyeing to Spin spindle kit.  This kit includes a basic toy spindle, 2 oz. dyed BFL combed top, 2 oz. natural BFL combed top, an assortment of food grade dye (not pictured), instructions for both spindling and dyeing (not pictured), a leader and a handy storage container for it all.  The winner of this month’s Prize Drawing is the victim of my most recent experiments; as you can see, the spindle and storage container are decorated.

If this strikes your fancy, please leave a comment anywhere on this blog by 21 February at 23:59 CEThere is a link to your time to be entered in the Prize Drawing.  Good Luck!

OK, on to this week’s post; which really is last week’s post but we won’t get into technicalities.

As you know, I have many, many project going on at one time.  From knitting, to spinning, dyeing, weaving, pattern writing (so way behind on that one!), sewing, painting, baking, other crafts and my family life… It  really is a wonder that I ever accomplish anything at all!  But I do try, really I do.  Sometimes I have everything completely under control… sometimes.  Most of the time however, I am making it up as I go along… creating time when it is required and packing away time when I have no other choice.

It is no wonder these past weeks I have needed a break from ‘things’.  A break is not always possible though and so I focus on just one thing until I feel like I’ve had a mini vacation; instead of committing myself to 10 or more things at once, I only commit to one.  That one thing has been spinning.  I have been a spinning fool.

Merino/Mohair Blend gifted by my Sister. Spindle spun and plied on Ebony Golding.

Sapphire Finn. Hand dyed. Spun 44 wpi singles, 3 plied on Louet Julia.

Turquoise Merino, giftd fr Martha. Spun and plied to 7 wpi on Louet Julia.

Pima Cotton > energized singles, 8 wpi

Pima Cotton, energized singles, 8 wpi on Louet Julia

BFL >Purchased at 2009 German Raveler Meeting fr. Spinning Martha. > 2 plied, 7 wpi

BFL, purchased at 2009 German Raveler Meeting fr. Spinning Martha. 2 plied, 7 wpi on Louet Julia.

BFL  >3 plied, 285 yds. > Fiber purchased at 2009 German Raveler Meeting fr SpinningMartha. Kolibri colorway. Spun at 40-44 wpi and 3 plied. Final 18 wpi  >>Not pictured: 210 yds 2 plied, Final 22 wpi

BFL Fiber purchased at 2009 German Raveler Meeting fr SpinningMartha. Kolibri colorway. Spun at 40-44 wpi and 3 plied. Final 18 wpi Not pictured: 210 yds 2 plied, Final 22 wpi, All on Louet Julia.


Not pictured are some leftovers of each spinning project, which are stored as energized singles for later use.  Presently I am spinning some 80’s Merino in various purples.

After playing with so many colors, I am beginning to feel the need to do some dyeing.  So, I expect that will be my next focus in the coming weeks.  Though I do have a few items which must be finished by March 1…

I have added a routine to my morning ritual… bread.  Not only the consumption of bread but the process of creating bread.  Each morning I have been creating a new sponge and them renewing the starter; baking the bread in the evening or the following morning.  Before this month, bread baking was not so often, maybe once or twice a month.  I am hoping to experiment with my basic breads and try some new recipes as well.

If you listen to the podcast, you will notice I am late recording, just as I am late posting here.  A new episode will be up next week.

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