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July 31, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday


Isn't this a beauty? This is just 1 skein so far of 100% Falkland Wool. I had spun up some Falkland Wool before and I don't like it nearly as much as I like this. I was spinning rather thin, but this ended up being a more bulky yarn. After I washed it it totally softened up and poofed out. I have more to spin. A total of 6 oz. So I am hoping for another skein of 170 yards like this one is.

You know you want to see more...


I have been asked to teach a class at a new local yarn shop in September and I am really excited about it. I was orginally going to teach a lace shawl class but decided to teach a basic lace class first. I am designing a stole/scarf for the class and will share that soon. I have never taught a class before and I am a little nervous about it. Should I tell a few jokes? ;-)

So while I should be finishing up this project for this class... what do I do last night? I cast on for a Baktus. For you non-ravelers it's a triangular scarf thingy. I wanted a brainless project and this was calling to me. I don't have any pictures because I really just started it at 9:30 last night. I have been drooling over so many of these on Ravelry and I just couldn't resist.

This Saturday is not so little Geeks 12th birthday! He is almost as tall as me. I can't believe he is growing up so fast. Well I can. They do that. Kids.....

Have a great weekend!

Posted by beth at 12:42 PM | Comments (8)

July 24, 2009

New spinning project

I think a while back I mentioned a spinning project I had coming up. Did I? Well anyway the fiber guild I belong to has a project every year where we can get 4 - 5 oz of fiber or yarn. Make a project and then exchange it at our Christmas meeting. This is so much fun to see what everyone made. Always getting a great gift in return.

Well this years project is cool because if you chose fiber you got 5 - 1 oz bags of different fibers to work with. It gets you to try different stuff. The hardest part was to decide what to spin first, and how was I going to spin it? Wheel or spindle? I chose the spindle because I felt I could get more out of my 1 oz bag. To help me decide what to pick first I closed my eyes and reached.

This is what I picked


Now I have spun Blue Face Leicester before so I am glad this was first. It was a little scratchier than what I am used to. It did spin like a dream though.


I spun and plied it all on my golding spindle and I am very happy with what I got


So there is your pretty yarn Friday!
Approx. 103 yards of fingering/dk/sport weight/sock weight yarn, spun 2 ply.
Fiber is from Susan's Spinning Bunny. I supply that link next time.

I have an idea of what the final project will be, but I really need to wait and see how much I end up with. I started the next bag of fiber which is this:

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So far so good!

Posted by beth at 12:37 PM | Comments (5)

July 14, 2009

Whoa! Somebody stop me!

I have another shawl done!


I had my doubts about the color combination, but I really like this! Here is the famous shot on the clothes line shot(with clothes on it...)


Then there is always the ubiquitous shot on the bush shot


Then we have the new "shot on the husband" shot. Which may not be new or original at all...


I had asked him to take some pictures of me with it on, but clearly he was engaged in other matters. I don't even think he knew I did this


because after he asked if I wanted him to take the pictures now. I said, Nope! All set honey! Good thing he's a good sport.

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock - Color S40
Needles: US 4 Circular - 24 inch
Pattern: Simple But Effective Shawl by Laura Chau
Notes: I used up pretty much all of this yarn. I had too little gumball sized balls left.

I am taking the next 3 days off from work and doing a mini vacation! YAY FOR ME! We are going to do a day trip to Howe Caverns and really just lounge around. I won't be checking up on any of you online pals. But you can be sure I will be knitting or spinning something.


Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (14)

July 10, 2009

Could it be? Pretty Yarn Friday?


I know, it's been a while and I teased you so with such pretty yarn before. This is only a small bit of what I have left to spin.

How about a close up?


This is coming out so pretty! I can't stand it! Well I can...I needed to get this off my spindle because I have to get moving on my Holiday Project for my guild (which will be another post altogether...)

So I still have all this to spin yet


Got my work cut out for me.

I am thisclose to finishing up my latest shawl


You will totally see me coming when I wear this won't ya? Pretty darn colorful. It almost hurts the eyes!

Posted by beth at 12:42 PM | Comments (4)

July 02, 2009

It's summer.... that's why I don't blog

Well at least this summer. I do have to apologize, but I am just not in the mood.... I hope my blog mojo comes back.

How about looking at your millionth Ishbel?


Yes, I too fell under the spell of the Ishbel. It's the Jaywalker's of shawls I do believe.


I am such a follower. Like a cow, or a goose. But then when you see how beautiful this pattern comes out and you don't even need that much yarn it's easy to see why everyone makes one.


I really thought I could make this with only 2 skeins, but alas, I had to buy a 3rd. Which of course I didn't use up. So it will go to my scrap sock yarn granny square blanket.


Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Weekend.

Posted by beth at 03:27 PM | Comments (6)