Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I won?!?!

What a great surprise I got today! I didn't even remember purchasing raffle tickets from Homestead Wool and the Ryan Family Sheep as a breast cancer fund-raiser. In fact, I never even thought about winning, I just wanted to help, and then BAM!...at my door is this wonderful prize! Two handmade drop spindles, one top whorl and one bottom whorl, made byMa and Pa's Spindles, a lovely bit of Rambouillet (Curly's Sue's, don't you know), and a Crazy Quilt Batt of Cheviot, Shetland and more.

Lucky me, huh? I have even been having the yearnings for a new spindle, even tho I am a confirmed wheel spinner, so I had to try the bottom whorl out right away. I'm a bit out of practice, but inspired by the lovely finish, I do this I'll keep at it.
I've been feverishly plugging away at orders as next week will be a vacation week for the fam, and am just about done dyeing. I think I'll hold off on most of my updates until we get back, to avoid any misunderstanding inregards to shipping. I plan to bring the Louet wheel with me, tho, and hope to get some serious knitting done.
Wicked is a must finish for this trip, as is Grace's Sunflower dress (she arrives in the states on the 27th! squee!) I finally divided for the body last night, so the picture is now worth looking at...

A note on this yarn (On-line Goby)-- while lovely and shiny, and a GORGEOUS deep color that i just can't capture here, this yarn is attrocious! I have never knit with a yarn with so many knots. I could deal with the slightly splitty nature of the rayon plied with the cotton, but every so many yards, there is a knot tying broken plies together. WHAT A PIA. I got so sick of having to start new ends, and knit back to where the join would be least likely to show, that I began knitting the darn knots in, and I'll go back and pull them through and tack them down w/ a bit of sewing thread if I have to. Seriously, EVERY ball had this problem, and the last on had -- no lie -- FIVE.
Also on the docket are a few socks -- always have a few socks. I would bring the Clapotis yarn, but I may get too distracted by it and neglect the socks, so home it stays.
A few must have patterns for y'all...
I recently purchased two varieties of critter patterns from this etsy seller, Crafty Alien. I got the SWAT Team Kitties and the Backyard Critters. MUST. KNIT. HEDGEHOG. Are they not the cutest things ever??

I also could not resist this AMAZING bag...

O. M. G. To die for. Can I really knit something that beautiful?? We shall see.
Buy the pattern here. Seriously, all I can say is WOW.

6 comments:

Kendra said...

Even though that yarn is a PIA, the dress is coming out beautiful :) Can't wait to see it finished! I did buy that yellow (butter) yarn from Knitpicks. It's so pretty :) I injured my hand so I can't start anything for a couple of days! Looong story, will tell ya later! lol

NH Knitting Mama said...

Have a terrific time on your vacation (where are you going?)...

I'm sure it will be nice to have personal knitting time! Have fun.

SleepyEyes said...

I LOVE that BAG!!!! And those cards!! Where do you find all this great stuff???!!

Your dress is coming out so pretty and those buttons will go perfectly!

Congrats on winning....I'm so jealous!

Nichole said...

Congrats! Love the way the dress is coming out... and those patterns are great! I just bought the "Adventure Bags" pattern leaflet (by Noni) and the yarn to start the gigantic size one. I may be looking to you for advice on sewing the zipper (my first ever!) in... :)

Julie said...

OMG, will you look at the bottom of that bag?!!! It is gorgeous.

It's a shame that yarn is giving you so much trouble; the color really is stunning! I love the buttons you chose for it.

Jackie said...

Grace's dress is so beautiful! What a pain though. I hate knots!

I must knit that bag. I smell a kal!