Posts Tagged ‘usm’

Learning new things!

September 8, 2008

I’ve learned to spin!  I went to the Michigan Fiber Fest and bought a learn to spin kit!  It was a wad of roving that came with a simple wooden spindle and directions.  I supplemented the directions with youtube videos and came up with this as my first attempt at spinning:

I kettle dyed it as a single before plying.  It was fun and I like how it turned out, but my second attempt was far superior:

I’ve done some more since then.  The rest of this roving turned out nice too.  I spun it into a very fine single that I’m going to make something small and lacy with.  I also bought some top from the festival and it’s not spinning up nearly as nicely.  It’s quite thick and thin and not drafting smoothly.  It’s certainly a challenge and I know that taming this top will make me a much better spinner.

What I’ve been dyeing!  Some laceweight, fingering, worsted and some handspun (not by me).  It’s working its way into my Etsy store, so look for it!

My other new skill:  machine knitting!  Yay for machine knitting!  I found an Ultimate Sweater Machine on sale at my local Meijer’s and snatched it up.  It sat in the box for a few days while I worked on other things, but it’s out now and I’m a machine knitting fool.  I knit all the practice yarn first, then I knit up a sample of one of my handdyed yarns.  It would’ve taken me an hour to knit it by hand, the USM took 15 minutes with all the set-up and finishing.  I love this thing.

I’ve been working on a pair of socks for the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous group on Ravelry.  The September Sockdown specifies either orange socks or a Cookie A pattern, with a mystery pattern available to knit in orange as well.  I chose to knit Monkeys by Cookie A in some of my own handdyed that’s orange and green with more orange than green.  They’re turning out awesome:

That’s all for this time, stay tuned for details and pictures of my Estes vest and more handspun adventures!