Friday, June 26, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm having a wheely good time...

Sorry, but I just couldn't resist that pun...

Looky what I got today!

That's me, alright, spinning some basic white wool top on my new (to me) Ashford Joy. Yup, mine--not a loaner. Thanks to my spinning agent, Punkin, and Rosie, the previous owner of this wonderful wheel, she's mine all mine!

Isn't she lovely?

Single treadle, which suits me just fine.

And after a little shaky start, my spinning started to even out.

Some of that is Punkin's handiwork. (Of course, she had to try it.) I will definitely be needing more work with it, but I think I got some potential here to not suck too much at it.

Even Punkin's Lendrum welcomed the wheel into my life. My Joy just might be her new BFF--after Punkin, of course.

Being that I only got her late this afternoon, she doesn't have a name yet (nor did she previously have one). We'll see how she feels about it as we spend time together, but for now she will simply be called my Joy!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

10 Things You'd Bring on a Deserted Island‏

  1. Yarn
  2. My knitting needles and tool bag
  3. Fiber
  4. My spindles--along with my box bag, of course!
  5. A nice red wine
  6. Chocolate--goes nice with the wine!
  7. A nail file
  8. Bagels--for breakfast, of course!
  9. My mountain dulcimer
  10. Jim!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Eye Candy Friday -- the "look at how my hand painted yarn knits up" edition

I almost forgot that today's Friday! Yesterday I brought my hand painted yarn over to Punkin's house. I gave her the worsted weight skein (Cascade 220) and look at what she made with it--

Woo-hoooooooooo!!! I love it!
I want to go back to Vermont and make some more!!!
(Can you tell how excited I am?)

Anyway, go here to see more pics in her Eye Candy Friday blog post. I'll get around to some of my own pictures soon. And more yarn, and spinning too.

Now to get back to some more freelance copyediting I have...

Monday, June 08, 2009

Hand painted yarn

Unfortunately, our Vermont internet provider is having some serious issues--like, there's no DSL service in Vermont. So I'm posting this from a friend's place in West Dover.

I'm calling this colorway "Blue Iris." I dyed skeins of Cascade 220 and Knit Picks Bare Merino Sock Yarn.

So, do you think it's a good interpretation?

Sunday, June 07, 2009

And now for some proof of what I've been up to lately...

Aside from job hunting and doing freelance work, I've finally after a very, very long time had a chance to start working on another craft--yarn dyeing!

Some sample skeins...

Inspiration for a colorway...

On Monday we'll see how this one (actually, there are two) turns out. Stay tuned...

Friday, June 05, 2009

Eye Candy Friday

One of the irises I planted last fall in front of the house in Vermont. I can't wait for these to naturalize!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

What I've been up to...

I'm still spending time up in Vermont, although I will be heading back to Long Island early next week. I'm still job hunting (frighteningly few positions--either in publishing or for an entry level paralegal). I did pick up some freelance copyediting. But the most enjoyable thing I've been doing--next to some spindle spinning--is...

Those are some stock solutions for the newest hobby--yarn dyeing! Tomorrow I'll be dyeing some little sample skeins for my color wheels. (While they're being steamed, I'll be copyediting. Am I the multitasker or what?) After that, maybe some test colorways before I go home.

Pictures of the color wheels to come...