Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lace . . . it grows very slowly

Which is a good thing, as I tend to power through normal projects. This can lead to financial strain, if unchecked, I maybe I should do MORE lace.
(An aside, I guess I have a lot of nerve telling the Mad Crocheter that she's an instant gratification junky. Sorry Mad Crocheter, I'll shut up now. Also, second aside, I've never seen anyone work so hard and learn so fast at knitting, The Mad Crocheter is a bit of a fiber prodigy.)
Anyway, now the lace is too big to be stretched out on the needles and I'm just not gonna take it off and risk dropping stitches, so I'm using a pillow. I think it will end up being a shawl of some sort. This will take a while.
Still working on the spinning, still in love with it, but I've already posted those pictures. Meatsheep is due to meet it's spinner sometime soon, and I'll post the reaction as reported.
Closer to home, our treadmill broke, so we've replaced it with an early '90's Nordic Track. I love it, but it takes a lot more coordination. Close to the window in the bedroom - will hilarity ensue as she falls out into the bushes? Tune in next week, fair reader . . . .


  1. Awwwwwww!! That's one of the very best compliments I've ever gotten!! :D

  2. The lace is beautiful, but I found you because my yarn obsession is now extending to wanting to learn to spin. So I was fishing around looking for experienced people who talk about it online. I so enjoyed the pictures of your spun yarn.

    I've just finished some projects using Plymouth yarns. One a magenta Aran knit that was lovely to work with. The patterns were much more labor intensive than what I usually knit, but I loved the results.

    I found a book at the library called Spin to Knit and the author encourages people to begin spinning with a spindle. I'm eager to begin, and ordered some roving. The reading I've done make me think that the preparation of the fleece is the most labor intensive part. Is that your experience?

    I'm glad I found you here. Happy knitting and spinning.

  3. Hey Anonymous,
    Oh wow, are you in for whole new fun worlds of fiber play! Yes, I've done fleece prep myself and it is VERY labor intensive. It's fun to do your own dying and work from that, or spin from grease-fleece (put something on your lap and do it outside, though!) but I just don't have the time or room for drum carders and washing of dirty fleece. Perhaps someday. It's indescribably fun to knit a sweater from your own spinning. Where did you get your fleece? I'd love to hear how it goes and see your work!

  4. (Laughing)
    I'd just as soon be Annie, rather than Anonymous, but can't seem to dope out the identity choices. I don't have or need a google address, or a website, nor do I need to blog. Other people write way more interesting stuff than I could.
    I'm hanging out with the knitters at the library this afternoon and they will all want a progress report. As soon as you mention an interest in something there, you are "committed" to it by this group. And all I've done so far is read a book and order roving.
    I do have a friend who raises sheep and even shears her own sheep, but sends all the fleece to the landfill! I almost cried.

  5. I like Annie - if my mom had had her way, that would have been my name. I got some more fleece to make enough yarn in both colorways to actually knit a whole sweater out of, so more pictures soon.
    What kind of sheep does she have???? That meatsheep sweater almost took all the skin off my hands . . . .