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Saturday, February 07, 2009

do you promise not to tell?

I have knitting projects I can't talk about yet so just be patient.
I also have a spinning project that is a different kind of secret. It's a secret swap via ravelry, the "rubberneckers not rubbernecking" group and it's the "in like a lamb" swap. The idea is, if you're a spinner, you spin up 8 oz of yarn and send it to a knitter. If you're a knitter, you send 8 oz of fiber to a spinner. I'm spinning this,

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which is Corriedale pencil roving from Crown Mountain Farms. Crown mountain farms may be my new favorite fiber supplier. I ordered the fiber last friday, and it arrived Monday. Their prices are awesome, too.

So far, I'm about 3/4 of the way through the first ply.
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The deadline for the swap is March 13th for mailing so I have no worries about wrapping it up in plenty of time. And I look forward to getting fiber in the mail!

I also learned an important lesson about putting up hanks of yarn. Tie them up better. Make sure they're actually tied in at least three places, securely. Otherwise, you could end up with this.

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That was a two-day fiber related project that I had no intention of doing. It's the London Fog sock yarn,
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that ended up in a tragic tangle when I tried to wind it. Two evenings of patiently winding granny balls from either end, passing through and under and over and loosening knots gradually and I ended up with this.

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A deep sigh of relief. I put way too much love and work into that yarn to lose an inch of it. So, lesson learned.

There's something I'm allergic to in the world. I don't know what it is, but I think it might be excessive quantities of dog hair in the bedroom. I came down with another bout of allergic rhinitis on Thursday and came home from work early, then called off yesterday. My ears are plugged again so I started the nasonex, because it feels just like last time I had this. Ugh. Except my neck and throat hurts too. I tried to vacuum the dog hair from the bedroom but it was worked too hard into the raggedy carpet in there to use the hand vac, the big vac literally sucks the rug up into it and I don't want to go buy a new vacuum yet, so Bob took a broom to it when he got home and it's a lot better now. We really need to get rid of that carpet though. It's a mess and holds way too much crud. And it's a lovely hardwood floor underneath so why not?

Still halfway over the moon about the Steelers. That was one amazing game. Pittsburgh is basking in a post-victory glow, having won more Super Bowls than any other NFL team. And who knows what the future brings.

I did this merino roving into sock yarn (big surprise, I know)
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a week or so ago. It was a joy to spin. It's the roving I got from my swap partner in the last RR swap we did.
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It spun up glorious.

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That's about it. I'm disjointed and head-foggy but will try to post a more coherent entry on Monday. No guarantees, though.

3 comments:

Alisa Knits! said...

When are you going to teach me to spin better?!

Also, LOL, the Captcha text below is "yinsy."

Simbelmyne said...

those are so pretty!
Did you dye the blue? or was that the color of the roving? I totally don't know how this all works.

KnittingReader said...

You have spun beautiful yarn! I wish you were my pal, but I already know that you aren't!