Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is good stuff. We passed it in our usual low-key fashion. I bought Bruce the mega-pack of microfiber cloths from Costco that he has wanted for so long. He ordered me a Cascade Little Si drop spindle. The arrival of the Little Si is something I eagerly anticipate. I am excited about having two drop spindles. Actually, I have three, but the first two do not count. The first was a cd drop spindle, and the second was one of those Louet sheep head ones. I never really got very good results from either. I used to think I was the problem, that perhaps spinning wasn’t my thing, and that it was good I had not invested much in my endeavor. Then my mom bought me my Maggie. Having the proper tools makes all the difference. Spinning regularly is key, too. I have given the old spindles a go now that I have more experience. I can only say that they are deficient. I don’t have enough spindling experience to tell you what is wrong with them, but I know they are not top-quality. My journey in spinning is ever so wonderful. Last week I had an adventure creating some yarn using Navajo plying. I even tried to do a thing I saw where you ply as you go. I was not terribly successful with any of it, but I definitely will revisit the technique. I think this would be good for creating sock yarn, and I definitely want to spin some of that.

The Snowmen & Skates vest is coming along. The blocking was wonderful. I like blocking more than anyone should. I have worked one arm band. At this rate, I am sure Mom will have her vest by her next birthday (December 5th, for those of you keeping track).

I need to take a progress shot of Arwen now that there is something to show. The back is finished. I am working the short-row shaping on the arm of the left front. The reversible cabling is lovely. I’ll try to take a picture tomorrow. A local weatherman says that winter may be over for us next week, but the cold weather now has me ready to wear Arwen now. Knitting that lovely, warm wool is just the thing to close this lovely day. Yeah, yeah, I know I still need to exercise.
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