Long Time, No See!

Sorry I suck at keeping my blog updated.  It hasn’t been for lack of material – I’ve been quite busy creating things.  Indeed, I have a massive case of “startitis”…that condition that causes us to start a million projects and then hopelessly try to keep up.

Knitting-wise, I have suddenly become the kind of knitter who has 3 shawls on the needles. No one is more surprised by this than I am!  First up is Mary-Heather Cogar’s Simple Things Shawlette.  I had some shawl trauma and had forgotten to lifeline, but I think I managed to get all the stitches back on the needles and plan on continuing it later this summer.  Before I finish it, though, I think I will focus my efforts on the 2 mystery KALs I’m working on: Star Athena’s Interval Mystery Shawl, using Blue Moon’s BFL Fingering in Saffron Surprise and Marina, and Kirsten Kapur’s Through The Loops Mystery Shawl, using Berocco Vintage DK in Green, Pink and White (the colors remind me of the popular polo shirt colors from my preppy 80s days, in my favorite color combination.)

Spinning-wise, I’m gearing up for the Tour de Fleece. Those of you who’ve been reading me for awhile know I participate yearly. The concept is simple: spinners spin while riders ride. It’s a beautiful meld of wheels spinning, moving us all forward to meet our goals.  My goals this year are:

  1. Spin every day the riders ride (difficult for someone with pain issues, but not impossible if I pace myself.)
  2. Spin down my wool stash so that the sides of the cubes they’re contained in stop bulging.
  3. Make a bulky yarn with my new bulky plyer assembly on my Ladybug.
  4. Put that bad boy in double-drive and figure that all out. (I’ve been completely chickensh** about double-drive on my Ladybug, I admit. Time to face it head-on. Bet I get it running and realize “That was nothing”, LOL!)

To prep for the Tour, I had to finish up the yarn that was currently on the wheel: a second go at Salt Water Taffy yarn. (pic of the singles, below)  I plied it last night and will update with a photo after it’s been washed and skeined.

Salt Water Taffy Singles v.2

Finally, it was the end of an era about 2 weeks ago: I sold my very first wheel, the Irish Tension Traub (pic below from when I got it), to a very eager and happy new friend. 🙂  I met her through a long-time friend of mine – she’s been spinning on spindle for awhile, and wanted a wheel.  It all worked out beautifully – I taught her how to spin on a wheel, and she’s off and running and probably better than me by now, LOL!

Goodbye, old friend. You were a beautiful first wheel, and I will always love you. Enjoy your new home!

Traub – My First Wheel

Published by Beth

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, having moved here in May 2008. I live with my husband Fred and life is really awesome. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome!

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