"Is This Cable Plying?" Aka- Long Post Full o' Photos and Fun.
The CT Sheep and Wool fest is tiny, but packed with fun goodies.
I purchased some merino/silk and merino/tencil roving:
And a bump from the blessed Grafton Fibers (soooo buying more next weekend):
Rebecca and I brought our wheels to a plying workshop. That's where the quote above comes in. My wheel was giving me "lip". Nothing like being a new spinner and having your wheel give you trouble while 12 people look on. Once I took a few seconds to breathe, I remembered that I haven't oiled my wheel in a couple of weeks. Mental note for next time: my wheel likes oil. So we start the plying class. The teacher hands me a ball of spun roving and says to ply it. This is what I get:
I have so much twist on it that it curled up on itself and made a mess. Once I got that done it looked beautiful.
I also learned how to navajo ply. Oddly enough, I picked that up like it was nothing. This is what I ended up with:
The teacher and Rebecca were patient and sweet to me. I love that about spinners.
We came home and I found these waiting in my mailbox. Yeah, more yarn. Thank god Hubs didn't find it, lol. From Mystical Creation Yarns:
It's the same yarn that I made Nickie's shawl out of and I had to have some of my own. Get some too. It's luscious. Embarrassingly enough, the colorways aren't noted and I have to email them and ask because I don't know what's what. One should be tencil and one should be merino and silk. Or one should be silk and the other merino and tencil. I don't know. That's bad.
Sunday I helped my mom at her booth at the Meriden Daffodil Festival. I saw people that I haven't seen in years. I saw an exboyfriend sing a few songs. Best of all, my mom sent me home with soap! Check out her site: Lovely Lathers.com
I also made a promise to myself that I would spin 20 minutes a day. So yesterday I spun mystery wool:
And my Lotus Blossom Tank is done. It fits beautifully. I will totally make this again.
I have some good news. With the help of the ever-so-creative Lilith Parker, I've opened a cafepress store. I'll be adding a couple of new designs, but for now check out the one that's up.
Please keep in mind that it's in the beginning stages of opening. Lilith and I will keep working to get it looking better.
The money made from the cafepress store will go towards more yarn. And yarn-like trips. Maybe a spinning retreat. I dunno.
Buy a shirt, will ya?
Or at the very least, you can tell me (and Lilith) that you like the design.