the obsession continues

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ever since the spinout this weekend, the thought of fibers and spindles (and maybe wheels) have been floating through my head. with all the new fiber I was gifted, I decided to quickly finish spinning the merino I was working on so I can try out some of my new goodies. it’s hard to tell, but there’s really some improvement in the second skein compared with my first time around. I’m probably partially lying to myself, but whatever! I’m happy with my little baby skeins (I probably have a total of 50 yards). I still don’t know what I’ll do with this yarn, steph suggested a crazy scarf with all of our handspun…so I better get spinning.

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this green silk/merino jumped out of my little fiber stashette last night. it begs to be spun! this blend is so soft and it’s beautifully carded and dyed by marie (I can’t wait till she starts selling her fibers!). pre-drafting has become more intuitive and I think my spinning is even better (if I say so myself). for some reason it’s so much easier to keep everything somewhat even and thin (marie told me it’s the silk that makes it think, I think it’s my spinning powers…you decide). I have no idea why I’m obsessed with spinning thin, maybe that’s how you’re allowed into the spinning club. damnit, I want in!
before you think I totally gave up on my knitting, I did start a little something that I hope I get to finished this weekend.

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anna has mentioned the healing powers of lace before, and I have to agree. I started the diamond fanstasy shawl because I needed something to sink into, something that would keep my mind busy. it seems to be working. I just pick it up whenever I feel like and work on a row or two. unfortunately the knitting gods have punished me for not sharing and threw in some silly mistake a few rows back. it’ll be easy to tink back, but umm it’s on time out till then. stupid knitting gods.

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  • Jennifer June 29, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    I see the spinning bug has gotten you good!

  • gleek June 29, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    you’re spinning is looking good! you’re a natural.
    ah the diamond fantasy shawl. definitely on my list of to-dos!

  • Stephanie June 29, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    Your spinning is looking great! You must have been a spinner in another life. And the shawl looks great.

  • Paloma June 29, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    The shawl is GORGEOUS! I love love love the colors.

  • Shana June 29, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    It was great meeting you at the Spin Out. What yarn are you using for the shawl? I love it!

  • Gracie June 29, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    The spinning looks great! Much better than mine looks!
    The shawl is gorgeous!

  • Casey June 29, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    Your spinning looks great! Maybe if I had started with such pretty fiber, I’d still be spinning, too.

  • Jessica June 29, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    these colors are stunning!

  • amanda June 29, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    Your two baby skeins look great! Don’t you just want to sit and pet them?

  • Cara June 29, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    DFS is one of my all time faves and yours is looking great!
    And with the spinning – well – I feel that my work is done.

  • Steph June 29, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    umh..I’m just gonna gloss over the spinning because I don’t even want to think about it, but, your shawl looks lovely!

  • kris June 29, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    ooh, nice spinning! and the colours are fantastic.
    lace is great when your mind needs a timeout; belive me, i know. hope things go your way soon.

  • Liz June 29, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Awesome DFS! Love the colours and the texture/feel of it. It looks “crisp”. I want to do another one in silk blend, instead of the alpaca. Boo tiful… and awesome spinnings.

  • Angela June 29, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    Yummmy yaaaarn. The pink stuff reminds me of cotton candy. Watch, you’ll be blocking your DFS before I block mine!

  • Sue M June 29, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Your spinning looks fabulous! And the same thing happened to me and my Diamond Fantasy. I started it about a year ago and got about a 1/3 of the way through before I noticed a mistake a few rows back. She’s been sitting in my big box of knitting stuff ever since. You might have inspired me to haul her out and give her another go…

  • Amy June 29, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    The spinning bug seems to be getting everyone these days- how will I ever resist? I love the yarn you spun, and I’m so tempted to try it myself, but I shudder to think at the loss of precious knitting time it could cause!

  • diana June 29, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    What a gorgeous shawl! Love the colors as well as the colors of the new green yarn you are spinning.

  • rosalynn June 29, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    that handspun looks gorgeous… now if i could only get mine to be as even as yours! that shawl is coming along beautifully as well… i’m jealous πŸ™‚

  • erin June 29, 2006 at 11:56 pm

    Your DFS looks so pretty in that variegated yarn. I will wait patiently for its unveiling.

  • carrie m June 30, 2006 at 1:39 am

    i like the looks of that shawl. i’m having serious lace issues myself lately. sometimes, you just need a break.

  • Bryony June 30, 2006 at 1:41 am

    At risk of getting it wrong and pissing you off a bit, the skein on the right looks better – it has less overspin in it. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m still learning to make something that doesn’t look like a big pile of overspin knots… πŸ˜‰ Thank goodness roving is cheap as chips over here. All your spinning looks gorgeous tho, regardless of how you see your technique πŸ™‚

  • Annarella June 30, 2006 at 5:55 am

    The shawl’s looking great, I can just see those colours on you. And well done with your spinning, it looks very impressive, you’re a natural!
    PS: I saw your pics on the Crochet Me blog, it looked like a fun event, I’m so envious!! πŸ˜‰
    xx

  • colleen June 30, 2006 at 6:55 am

    Pretty shawl, AMAZING yarn choice.
    This scarf sounds like it’ll be a fun group project.

  • Marianne June 30, 2006 at 8:55 am

    Your spinning is looking so nice!
    As for spinning thin…. There IS some challenge in spinning a really good, multi-ply laceweight so I think people who are drawn by a challenge get all kinds of obsessed with it.
    Also, the silk DOES help when you’re spinning thin, because it’s so strong you can spin with a bit more confidence, which only improves your skills.
    If I had my way? Everyone who was learning to spin would learn to spin with silk roving. It is relatively cheap, it drafts like butter, and you get that thrill of “OMG I’m spinning silk!”
    It looks great.

  • aquaknits June 30, 2006 at 9:49 am

    I can’t believe you’re spinning so thin already, I’m soo jealous! The color looks beautiful, and the shawl looks so pretty too. You’ve been busy!

  • Sarah June 30, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my, that teal yarn is an unreal color! It’s going to be so beautiful spun up.

  • Stephanie June 30, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    oh! the spinning and lace both look gorgeous!
    can’t wait to see what you do with your handspun πŸ˜€ I’m still just piling mine up for ogling πŸ˜›

  • SmurfPop June 30, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, that looks gorgeous – I love the colour. Is spinning easy to get into? I’d really like to try it but I wouldn’t know where to begin… Nice work πŸ˜‰ x

  • melissa July 1, 2006 at 8:31 am

    that shawl is gorgeous.
    the spinning looks really great too. i’d love to spin, but am avoiding trying it because the last thing i need is another expensive hobby!

  • Chris July 1, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    Your shawl is stunning!! And I love the color on those mini skeins. Or skanks, as I like to call them. πŸ™‚

  • Jean Maher July 1, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    Great colors. I am in the market for a spindle. What kind is yours, and where did you get it???

  • Noo July 4, 2006 at 5:25 am

    The colours of your shawl are just fantastic. It looks almost edible!

  • Chante July 6, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Oh thank god I’m not the only person who’s become totally obsessed with spinning after the spin out. I want in the spinning club too!!!!!
    I have no idea what to do with my itty bitty spinning bits so if you come up with anything, hook a sista up.

  • aja July 8, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    oh that is one hot shawl! you are inspiring me!

  • Aimee July 16, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    I have just started a lace project too and it’s true how lace can be so soothing. It has happily occupied my mind and I sure needed it with all this heat in Paris. That shawl is lovely!