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Ahem…

I’ve been a bad blogger. I blame it on being busy with school, work, spinning, and knitting.

A new friend came to live with me! She is a Bosworth Spindle made from purpleheart. She weighs about 34 grams and spins like a tornado.

Bossie

We are getting along together pretty well. She is even helping me spin this month’s spindler challenge. The theme is time travel. I have appropriately decided to spin a yarn inspired by the Back to the Future trilogy. The fiber is BFL in the Pulsar colorway from CorgiHillFarm.

Back to the future

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Lately…

I’ve been enjoying my spring break! I’ve been spinning and crocheting. I’ve been working on several spinning projects. I’m also crocheting a baby blanket for a friend, which I haven’t taken pictures of yet.

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Targhee fiber on my wheel. The colors remind me of the Joker from the Batman comics

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FO- Corridale fiber N-ply on the fly on my turkish

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BFL/Tussah Silk being spun on my russian spindle.

I’ve even done a little shopping after taxes.

Leviathan Polwarth Fiber

6.2 oz of Polwarth Fiber from CorgiHillFarm called Leviathan

SQUARE RED LINE AGATE

Red line Agate square whorl spindle from butterflygirldesigns.

And that is pretty much what I’ve been up to lately. Cheers!

If the Turkish and Navajo peoples had ever met…

I’ve always wondered, “Can you Navajo ply-on-the-fly on a Turkish spindle?” After pondering a way to do this, I have done exactly that. I came home from work today and after watching a video on this technique, I figured it out! I incorporated some of the basic steps, but altered some to work with a half hitch instead of a hook. I had asked around on ravelry to see if anyone else knew how to do this, and I couldn’t get a straight answer anywhere. If anyone is interested I could post pictures of how to do it or make a video maybe. I’m still new at it, but I think it could be really helpful.

Spinning Blue Moon Fiber Arts Corriedale that I got from Stitches West 2011

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Hiccups

Good News: I figured out my gauge for the Opal yarn. That would be 6 stitches per inch.

Bad News: One of my addi size #3 circs has tarnished. Yes tarnished.

Why is it that whenever I get the inspiration to start a new project I am faced with hiccups such as this? I tried to clean the needles with toothpaste (recommended by a fellow raveler), but that did not really work. I’m really considering buying a new set tomorrow at my LYS, but I am strapped for cash.

Other good news: I stood up for myself today at work. My kindness and eagerness to help had been misconstrued as weakness. Today I set the record straight(in the most respectful and tactful way) with my boss. It felt really good.

>WIP Wednesday

>Guess what came in the mail today?

Spinning

Of course I wasted no time learning how to work this spindle and it just so happened that my Targhee fiber came in the mail today too.

Trying to master the God’s Eye pattern

The Targhee fiber is awesome. I love the purples, blues and greens. It actually reminds me of The Joker from Batman. The fiber itself is very spring and just wants to be spun. This is my first time using it and I think it will turn into a great pair of socks.

 

>Lookie here!

>What a great weekend I have been having! Saturday was spinning guild day. We made polymer clay drop spindles. Some of them turned out great and some of them didn’t.

All of the spindling around me has made me yearn to pick up a spindle. So, I have been looking at Turkish spindles. The concept and design I find quite beautiful. I love how the cops are made into plying balls while you are spinning your singles. Needless to say, I bought one from threadsthrutime. The colors just kind of jumped out at me. The spindle weighs about 1.4 oz and is best suited for fingering-sport weight yarn.

To accompany this beauty, I bought 4 oz. of targhee combed top from bluedogfibers. I’ve heard from several people that Targhee is great for spinning socks as it is very springy.

Also, I finished the calorimetry last night. It turned out fabulous and I am going to make another one tonight. Looking forward to sharing many FO’s this week. Have a great week guys!