Monday, March 23, 2009

Megan, This Is Your Conscience Calling..

I've got laundry waiting on me, dishes in the sink, cat hair that needs vaccuuming, and dust that is about an inch thick. How close am I to getting all of that done?

I don't have a clue. (Conscience: Huh?) Shhh.. I don't want to hear you right now.

---->Insert Happy Dance here<-----

I don't even care! (Conscience: Have you lost your mind?) Neener neener neener

----->Insert more Happy Dancing<-----

Wanna know why? (Conscience: Do I have a choice?) Hehehe - not really!

Insert mental picture of birds chirping, sun shine, butterflies, and daisies with harps playing as background noise. Oh yes, and in this vision, I wear a halo. HA!

Charlie has come home to his mama!! (Conscience: Sweet Jesus. Time to hire a cleaning lady.)

I finally have my wheel! I'm very happy with it. I've been taking very good care of it, making sure it's been used daily. After, a wheel that moves is a happy wheel, right? Check out what we made!
4.25 oz Superwash Merino "Confetti", approx. 124 yards
Roving purchased at "From the Wool Room"

This fiber was super fun to spin - very soft, and very squishy. I broke the roving in half, did some serious prep, and just spun away. I'm really happy with the results! My intention was to have a 2-ply with colors that didn't match up and it's exactly what I got. I haven't measured the WPI, but because it's not a consistent weight, it wouldn't be accurate. Because it was so bulky in spots, ended up with two skeins.

Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me, and shared their skills with me. I couldn't have done it without you. Many hugs heading your way.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Can There Be A Wool Stimulus Package?

Seriously, I'm in excitement heaven.

Here's a progress picture of my FLS. I'm tickled pink by the way that it has come out, thus far.

Currently, I am about 75% done with one sleeve. I have decided that knitting sleeves is not the most fun part of the sweater. Constantly having to move the body around while I knit is a drag, but I ought not to complain, as this sweater has gone much better than expected! I happened to show it off this weekend at A Row of Purls and everyone wants the pattern now.

I think Lori put it best... Baaa! Baaa! (Hey, at least it's a rockin' sweater!)

Moving on!

What is this, you ask? Well, obviously it's some handspun! This was spun by me on what will be my wheel in just about a week! Talk about stoked! I've been slowly paying this Ashford Traveller off, and this week, I should be able to take it home with me. I had really not planned on having it so soon, so I hadn't really let myself get too excited. Now, I can barely keep my head on straight.

There must have been something in the air this week in regards to wool, because I decided to join the CJKopec Spin A Long on Ravelry for April. I had planned on using my drop spindle, but yay for me - I'll be using a wheel! Spinners really should check out the Spin A Long - there are prizes involved - one for finished yarns, and for every 4 oz of fiber that you buy, you are entered into a drawing for a gift certificate.

I may have hit rock bottom when I ordered a batt from Sugarbee Studios, and some roving from Hungry for Handspun. I hesitate to mention the Silky Malabrigo I picked up on a super sale... nor the sock yarn that should be here any minute now from the Knitting Purls Sock Club. Or the yarn from Three Irish Girls.

Economic Stimulus Package my arse! It's been turned into Wool Stimulus Package here in the Smith household.