But first, HOORAY FOR OBAMA (and at the time of writing this I’m heading to bed, because excited idiots are shooting their guns into the air, pretty much all around in the neighborhood; the West End, she is a colorful neighborhood)! HOORAY FOR NOT VOTING FOR THE LOSING GUY! and even more so HOORAY FOR OBAMA!
I have done many and several things that I’ve not blogged about (I am fixing this right now):
1. I rearranged the knitting room, and bought a new shelf, just for yarn. The cat (Lemmy) approves.
2. The Nine Taylors sock kit has arrived, and has begin to be knit. I do not have photos of its progress, but I do have the above documentation of it in its pristine, newly opened state. And there’s this teeny little ball of yarn in it, wound so that you can pull all the colorwork strands from one center pull ball! See?
So very cool. I am intimidated and elated, all at the same time (it tickles).
3. I had a Halloween party at my house! Jennie helped hang paper tentacles in the windows. I think I might need to figure out how to put up more permanent tentacles. They look so nice! The room got a lot more decorated after this, and then I pulled most of it down post-party.
4. I SPUN MY FIRST YARN! This is the spindle (sorry for the fuzzy photo; the flash is broken). I bought it from Zebisis Designs on etsy, and I wish I could leave more than 100% positive feedback. I’m not a fantastic spinner, by any means, but I’d never done it before today, and this is what I’ve got now:
It’s lumpy and weird, but I think most of that is due to my lack of skill drafting. The spindle is smooth and wonderful, and it’s been letting me learn drafting without having to worry about the twist. I think I’m in love. Here’s more of the same:
The last bit I did was very thin, and I got overexcited about adding twist to it so I could park and draft, and I snapped the fiber. So I’ll keep working on that drafting thing. Thanks to the Chicken Goddess for the lovely practive roving (it’s Copper Pot Woolies in Mango Berry, unknown wool type).
And as a special treat, Maiysha of Zebisis Designs threw in some hand-dyed silk to play with:
I can’t wait until I feel confident enough with my drafting skills that I can spin this, too (and also, I blame Baobh and the Chicken Goddess completely for sucking me into yet another craft).
I spent the remainder of my evening watching the election coverage and doing some work on the Super Secret project, which involved me learning Magic Loop (somewhat successfully, and with only a mild amount of cursing).
Thanks! It looks even better when it’s not lying on the floor. So far, the magic loop thing irritates me. I might just give in and go get some DPNs. We’ll see.
love the knitting shelf! Best wishes with the Magic Loop.