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July 31, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday

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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...

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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

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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.

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

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So there is your pretty yarn Friday!
Specs:
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!

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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...)

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Then there is always the ubiquitous shot on the bush shot

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

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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

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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.

Specs:
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.

Ciao!


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

July 10, 2009

Could it be? Pretty Yarn Friday?

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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?

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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

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Got my work cut out for me.

I am thisclose to finishing up my latest shawl

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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?

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

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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.

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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.

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Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Weekend.

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