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.