Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Soon my pretties soon. . . .

There should be a Kromski Minstrel wheel in my mail very very soon. The BF and I gave each other permission to make one extravagent purchase for Xmas and this was mine. I paid for it on December 7 and I hope hope hope that I get it before the holiday. I can't stop thinking about spinning on my new wheel. I know, however, that I will have to be paitient. I tried to save myself a little cash by getting the unfinished wheel so I'm going to have to take some time to finish it before I start spinning - right now I'm thinking a simple oil finish, nothing fancy.

I'm also waiting on some "violet's pink ribbon" from Lisa Souza. This is my first purchase from her so I'm afraid it may turn into something of an addiction.

I find myself searching Etsy and Ebay for interesting dyed roving and it struck me today that I could just go to knit-knackers and get some undyed roving and dye it myself with my wiltons with the full knowledge that it will split and be all cool and interesting. I think that's my afterschool project for today!

Sorry that there aren't any pictures. I finished all my xmas knitting on the weekend but everybody knows about the blog so none of it is safe until it is handed out. Maybe there will be some pictures of a pretty wheel in the next couple of days!

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Can we all say Score!

So last night I went to Knit-Knackers on a whim because I happened to be out that way and did I ever score. They specialize in odd balls at a really good price and that is exactly what I got. Usually when I go in with something in mind I never find it but last night I discovered the secret to this store - shop with no pre-conceptions. I only brought home $30 of yarn
but the actual worth is huge!

This lovely teal 50/50 Alpaca/Wool is going to be a cable cap for someone for Xmas. I did a little research and it usually goes for $7US (that $3.99 Canadian man). But lovely as it is it isn't the real score for the night!

Um, that right - Kidsilk for $4.99. Most places have it going for $14.99 US. There were mostly one offs (one purple / one pink / one white) but I managed to dig through and find four matching - enough for a nice sized stole. It is beyond beautiful and the hand is amazing. I just want to hold it all the time!

And just so that this post isn't totally assy - one of the last Xmas gifts I need to finish. This is a handspun fair-isle hat that I designed. It's for my Dad. I used the Shetland that I spun up and showed last post and some of the mystery batt that I picked up at the Spinners Guild show. It's not perfet but the design is one that had been "Dad's doodle" for years. I remember when I was little Dad showing me how to draw that symbol and I thought it was magic how you could make lines look like they were going under and over each other. I hope he likes it!

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