Friday, February 16, 2007

Spinning and Needle Check

I'm going to try to do a weekly needle check, hopefully to keep better track of my projects.

This week actually on the needles I have:

1. Egeblad doily from

yarn: Baroque crochet cotton, size 10
needles: 2.0 mm KnitPicks needles
started: Feb 13, 2007

2. Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace.

yarn: KnitPicks Shadow
needles: 2.0 mm bamboo needles
started: Feb 3, 2007

3. Rose of England shawl

yarn: from Elizabeth
needles: KnitPicks size 3?

I also have my Hanging Garden Stole OTN, but I'm not going to post a pic right now.

And now pictures of my most-recent spinning.

Here it is on the ball winder:

And this is part of what it left behind from winding it into a ball:

Really, that's from the wool, I promise! (It looks like beard hair, or "other" hair....)

And the finished hank, plied and set. It's NOT wearable wool--too itchy! It's a Karakul cross, and my mom calls it "rug yarn" because you'd only make something wearable out of it if you hated the person for whom you were making it. I'm going to send it to my mom and see if she can use it for her rug punching. Fitting, since it's one of the balls of wool that she got for me to practice spinning.

DD is home again from school for day #2 with a fever and general malaise, so I'm not getting a lot done. Two of the kids in her class are out with strep throat and there have been three confirmed cases of flu at her school, so I'd rather keep her home if she's run down.

I'm excited because tonight I'm going scrapbooking with a friend, Marci. I haven't been scrapbooking for almost three years, and it's kind of overwhelming to try to decide what to take. I'm so behind! Ryan's book stops at about 5 months, and he just turned 3.... I do most of my planning on the computer, then have the pictures printed out along with whatever digital elements I'm going to use. Then I put all that into a clear folder and take it with me to the store. It's so hard to not just buy things because I like them! I MUST restrict myself to buying only what I'll use for the layouts I have planned. Willpower! I must have willpower!

Wish me luck. :-)


Jane said...

Nice update! You may already know, but there were corrections to the pattern for the Shetland Tea Shawl to section that has the Madiera Lace (the section you look like you are knitting next). I think the corrections are at the Interweave press site. I knit that section 4 times and had to rip it out before I found out.

Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

I love your lace knitting. I wish I could get up the gumption to try a shawl.

Opal said...

Beautiful projects!

Hilary in Germany said...

re: the yarn that's too itchy for a garment. I recently found that with some New Zealand wool. After washing, I gave my gauge swatch a bit of a light massage with hair conditioner, and then rinsed out. INCREDIBLE difference!! Worth an try! I'll ~~definitely~~ do this treatment on my completed shawl!! And on anything else I make with a coarse wool yarn. Hilary in Germany