Sunday, September 07, 2008


Congratulations to wiscjennyann, who won the contest!

I am so glad that I decided to do a random drawing from the get-go, because it would have been awfully hard to choose my favorite contest entry from the bunch. You guys are a creative, ambitious group of people, and it was inspiring to read through your contest entries. Our lovely contest winner actually decided to write an entire blog post about her creative ambitions for the next year, and you all should read it. She writes very eloquently about why learning Dutch will be a creative process for her -- something which I really admire, because I've always found learning languages to be incredibly difficult. (And, uh, I hope the title of this post actually means "congratulations", and not something dirty or mean or weird. I'm trusting Yahoo Babelfish on this one...)

I have been working on two knitting projects as of late. Both of them are gifts. The first one is a Shetland Triangle (by Evelyn Clark), which is a birthday gift for a friend of my mom's. I'm knitting it on larger needles, in Reynolds Whiskey (a sportweight yarn), and it's going to be a beautiful and cozy fall and winter shawl.

Shetland Triangle

I don't have photos of the actual knitting for my other project, but I do have photos of the handspun yarn:



The yarn is about a worsted weight, from a Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sheep 2 Shoe Kit. It's superwash merino, and chain (Navajo) plied. I don't have exact yardage or wpi counts, because I was in a hurry to cast on, and didn't bother. But I'm very happy with the yarn, and only used half of the kit, which means I have more of this lovely fiber to work with! (For the record, this kit was over weight. I'm guessing that my first kit being under weight was a fluke. And again, the fiber is really lovely, comes relatively uncompacted compared to other merino top I've bought, and in my experience so far is very color fast. I really love these kits.)

I'm about halfway done knitting a pair of legwarmers for an almost 4 year old little girl. She's the kind of little kid who I think would happily make such a fashion statement, and I can't wait to see photos of her in them. The legwarmers are very simple -- 2x2 ribbed tubes. They should be small enough to stay on her right now, but will definitely grow as she does. I tried the first one on, and while it's obviously short for my leg, it stretches to fit my calf. Talk about flexible sizing! I'm sure there will be modeled photos when she gets them, and I'll make sure to link to them for you. But more on this project when it's done.

I suppose that's all for now. I'm not sure if it will be in the next blog post or not, but I have been delving into fiber processing, and hope to write a blog post (or ten) about that. It will all be from a beginner's perspective, because I only got my hand carders this summer, and have yet to even receive my combs. But let me know if you have any questions, and I'll either try to answer them, or find links to answers. There are tons of great resources out there on the internet, and between blogs and youtube videos, I feel that I've received a pretty good beginner's education in how to use all of these funny looking tools.

time to knit...


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Blogger Molly said...

Your spinning makes my knees weak. That last photo says it all---round, plump, even, elastic, well-finished, everything. Fabulous.

9/07/2008 10:56 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is some of the most perfect spinning I've ever seen. Gorgeous!

9/07/2008 1:04 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Just to let you know that the title is perfect, Babblefish did a good job :D.

I love the shawl in the heavy weight yarn. Have one of those in the plans as a Christmas gift for my grandmother.

9/07/2008 2:10 PM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

If you hadn't told me, I wouldn't have know that was handspun from the picture. I wish I could touch it....

9/07/2008 6:53 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Congrats, wiscjennyann! She doesn't know it but she really inspired me to take the question seriously and rethink the idea of the contest. I think it's perfect that she won.

Also, you have the best looking handspun I've seen. Not that I've seen much in person. But from photos. Yours are the best.

9/07/2008 11:18 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Well done to the winner!
Legwarmers, what a great idea for christmas gifts, I have a niece who would love them.

9/08/2008 8:27 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Beautiful handspuns!

9/08/2008 12:33 PM  
Blogger Tipper said...

I don't think spinning gets any more perfect than that!

9/08/2008 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blues and purples in that yarn are just perfect. Congrats on the house!

9/18/2008 12:52 PM  
Blogger Taylin said...

You must be lying, I can't belive that yarn is handspun. You must have some specia superpower. :)

12/17/2008 7:46 PM  

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