It’s hot in this piece

I’ve been pampered this week, lucky me has been going to a sauna every day this week. for free! don’t be jealous though. this damn sauna is my apartment, the freaking a/c unit died right after my last post. you know, the one I proclaim how much I loooove the summer. it shouldn’t be humid and sticky INSIDE my aparment. luckily they gave us a window unit for our bedroom until they fix the main unit, I only have the pleasure of experiencing the mugginess once I’m anywhere but my room. there’s nothing like taking a shower and immediately being hot. my hair is HUGE. it must grow by the hour something fierce. sexy I know.

in the last couple of days all cooking has ceased and we’ve either been out or right next to the window unit. I’ve done a little bit of knitting, which I’ll show later, but I’ve mostly been spinning. people! why didn’t anyone warn me how addicting this is?!

behold the fruits of my loin

I’m so proud of my first little hank! all 20 yards of it. so much so that I think I’ll just be carrying it in my purse from now on. I still have the other half of the batt to spin up this weekend, but I’m already dreaming about wheels and spinning up lace and sock yarn…..stephanie’s batts are so soft and airy. I had no idea that I had to work my way up to merino. I just kinda did my thing. I love the way the colors flow and change throughout the yarn, it gives it a plied look without me having to do anything. I like it when other factors make me look good. and the firestar makes the whole thing shine. I’m so happy I finally started spinning this batt up, this whole time I was worried about “ruining” the fiber or spinning some horribly overspun thing. thankfully it was smooth sailing, though I’ll admit there are some sections that are pretty thin in there that are strategically hidden in the pic. I don’t like to look bad and all.

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  • caitlyn June 2, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    Sorry to hear about your a/c. The handspun is just gorgeous!! You did a great job!

  • Jen June 2, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    Ahhh, your first yarn. I remember how excited I was too! It’s ok that you hid the skinny parts. You will only get better from here.

  • Purly Whites June 2, 2006 at 7:18 pm

    aawwww, so pretty!!

  • jillian June 2, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Your first little skein is so beautiful!!! Darn about the a/c – what rotten timing!

  • laura June 2, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    it looks gorgeous.

  • Cara June 2, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    Excellent! Spindle spun? Make sure you try my wheel at the Spin Out. You’ll love it!

  • iraida June 2, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    Your handspun is very pretty. Did you get my postcard yet?

  • gleek June 2, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    mmmmm, peppermint candy comes to mind!

  • Jennifer June 2, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    Lovely handspun!
    I was drooling over those batts today on your site. I may have to take another look…

  • Angela June 2, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    eeeh, no AC? I feel for you. Your yarn matches your socks! =)

  • Chris June 2, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    Lovely, lovely skein. Um, Yahaira, you didn’t notice the addictive properties of spinning as you were reading blogs?!! πŸ™‚
    Stay cool – hope they get that fixed ASAP. If not, you’d better hit some matinees over the weekend!

  • Dipsy D. June 3, 2006 at 1:25 am

    So sorry to hear about your a/c – but hey, lucky you for having hot weather! Here it’s been raining since ages and even snowing, no way to survive without pulling on the heating in the evenings πŸ™ Yuck!
    I totally love that yarn, so soft and fluffy, and the color sure rocks!

  • aquaknits June 3, 2006 at 10:40 am

    Your yarn looks sooo good, reminds me of Rowan chunky print or something. I think someone’s a natural! And when did youy move into my apt? Similar issues happening here—I feel your pain, and heat!

  • carrie m June 3, 2006 at 11:14 am

    oh man, that totally sucks about your AC! it’s so sticky and miserable here.
    the hank looks great. for some reason, it reminds me of frankenberry cereal. maybe i need my breakfast?

  • joy June 3, 2006 at 11:18 am

    The colors are sooo pretty. I can totally see how this spinning thing could be addictive. I’m thinking that’s probably a good reason not to start! πŸ˜‰

  • Liz June 3, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    I wanna see the lion hair, give us some lion hair!
    But seriously very beautiful handspun, love the colours weaving through it. Did you really do that with a drop spindle?

  • keohinani June 3, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    i agree, that is a beautiful color!
    i see spindles as just a minor barrier before encountering the slippery slope to a new addiction. πŸ™‚

  • mamaloo June 3, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    I agree with everyone that the handspun is beautiful, but I have to point something out. It’s just that it’s itching me, you know? And, I have to scratch!
    Were you aware that your loins were your pink bits? You know, the girly parts of you? Because, if you spun that fibre on a drop spindle with your kitty, well, that’s a crazy feminist burlesque show waiting to happen!

  • Sarah June 3, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    I so feel your pain. All we have is a window unit in the bedroom too. I’m not even lucky enough to have busted central air! I have a serious fro for most of the summer πŸ™‚
    Nice yarn too! Beautiful colors and I’d compliment your spinning ability except that I don’t spin and I think everyone who does makes amazing products. I just don’t know any better!

  • j June 3, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    You totally in it now!! The only problem is knitting it fast enough, so you can spin more! I have a bin full of my Handspun, I love to take it out and look at….
    I also think that the quality of the fiber is very important to spinning, so even as a beginner, the better fiber makes your spinning better.

  • obsidiankitten June 4, 2006 at 5:41 am

    yours is MUCH more beautiful than my first yarn! i had to call mine “novelty” yarn
    also, my fiber-spinning-felting-knitting addiction led us to get two llamas…eeesh!). llama fleece is lots of fun to spin, though.
    i have the opposite problem from Sarah–can’t spin it fast enough so I can knit more…

  • hege June 4, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    Awesome yarn! I am so impressed! Bummer about your a/c. Wool is just not as nice to work with when your hands are all sweaty πŸ™‚

  • Annarella June 4, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    You’ve done a terrific job, hats off to you, it’s beautifulllll! xx

  • Knitting in Pink June 4, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Absolutely love the colors of the yarn. Amazing job!

  • Stacey June 5, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Beautiful Job! So pretty!

  • Stephanie June 5, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    It aint called the dark side for nothin’! Addictive is a nice way to put it. Your handspun looks gorgeous. I’m very impressed that you can do anything with fiber in the heat!

  • aja June 5, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    ooohhh, I love the fruits of your loin. Um….yeah. Very, very pretty yarn. Also, your socks are super-fab.

  • reesie June 5, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    wow it looks great! reminds me of peppermint candies. you make me want to learn how to spin! i told myself that i’m going to learn this fall!

  • Marianne June 5, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Spinning is TOTALLY addictive. That’s a wonderful first effort, you have no idea!
    As for working your way up to the good stuff — I know a lot of people deny themselves the pleasure of working with nice fibers until they think they are better, but sometimes working with good fibers is what MAKES you better. I’m not saying you should run out and start spinning cashmere. *grin* But I wouldn’t hold back too much, especially from merino.

  • obsidiankitten June 6, 2006 at 2:44 am

    i’m not saying you HAVE to get goats and sheep–but llamas are cool! * grin*
    i agree about getting decent fiber, though. at least try to find stuff that’s not too hard to spin. (but then again i’m easily frustrated, and it rly is true that some fiber is much easier to work with than others.) for me fleece with longer fibers is easiest to draft, but other ppl may say different. also fiber that is consistent in length and texture. oh yeah, and clean! (one of our llamas rly picks up the straw–hard to spin veggies!)

  • the knitchick June 6, 2006 at 4:19 am

    sorry to hear about the a/c- sounds *terrible! i absolutely love the yarn. what a great job you did. and the colour is gorgeous too- one can never have too much pink! :0) x

  • amanda June 6, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    I cannot imagine life without a/c. Even with a/c you can get out of the shower down here and break a sweat. Your first handspun is lurrrrrvely!!!!