Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I found my card reader, on the table where it's supposed to be. That means I can get those pictures out for everyone to see. There's my knitting for the Church Festival.

Here's one side of the pattern Spirogyra. I have to get some more yarn for the other hand. Do you realize how hard it is to take a picture with the left hand on a right-handed camera? That's knitted out of Alpaca, which makes it sooooft.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's almost time for kids to go back to school, and to get ready for winter. I've been knitting like crazy to get some things done for the church festival. I've knitted two sets of mittens and one cap. I think I'll add a knitted cupcake to the bunch. Photos will be forthcoming as soon as I can find my card-reader.

I spent last Saturday at Stitches Midwest. A busload of knitters from the area went down and spent the day browsing and buying. I went away just in awe of the amount of yarn, knitting needles, and extras that were available to buy. My knitting stash was added to with a ball of laceweight yarn in beautiful shades of purples and oranges:
Sock yarn in a vibrant hue of hot pink and yellow jumped into my bag also.

My Sister and Brother-In-Law were over today. They were sent home with two baskets of apples, one bucket of cucumbers and potatoes. There's a joke that goes around small towns that the only time that people lock their car doors is during Zucchini season. A locked car means that no one can put zucchini in your car while you're not looking!

Friday, August 1, 2008

How many links to other webpages can I make?

Our vacation this year was one week of camping at Willow River State Park in Wisconsin. On the way up, we stopped in Black River Falls to say hey to the In-Laws and to stop at Fibergarden. Deb is the owner and she taught me how to spin some 7 years ago.

I bought the bamboo fiber in 3 colors: Ruby, Turquoise and Topaz. I purchased 3 ounces each and was off to the State Park.

I spun up about 60 yards of laceweight yarn in the ruby color during the week on a mini-Bosworth spindle.

I wound the yarn around my hand, and then plied it on the spindle for a laceweight yarn. I knitted a bookmark from the yarn using the Lace Waves Bookmark Pattern.

My opinion of spinning bamboo: It has the feel of silk when spinning. It requires more twist than silk. When spinning, it does have a nice 'slide' to it like silk, but can also stubbornly 'stick' when it wants to. My first experiences on the spindle were great when spinning, but hideous when plying.

I have decided the best way to ply it is to wind it on the ball winder and use my Ashford Traveller. There was just so much tangling with winding using what I call the 'Parade Wave' wind about the hand. This technique was taught to me by Patsy Z and the Wi spin in a few years ago. Works well for small amounts of yarn.

The sheen and depth of color on this fiber is mesmerizing. I am using the gold and blue to make the Roped Shell from Interweave Knits Summer Issue. This will take a while..........