Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy Day! 
So Much Fun! 
More ART YARN!

I never really thought of myself as the spinner of art yarn, but here I am looking at another skein that I believe I will list for sale in my Etsy shop,  PrisKnits.   I just love spinning fiber, feeling the lushness gliding between my fingers....I don't knit all of the yarn I spin. So, I might as well share it.

Here is how I made this: first I took a commercial yarn



and then I spun some superfine merino that was cherry red with a slight bit of a purple streak



and then I plyed them together to get this



Lots of texture, lots of color and it is cusheeee!





Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Heavenly Handspun

Not too long ago, I spun pencil roving made by Noro (ooooh, yummmm) and I plyed it with some Mad Tosh Prairie--take a look...

 

The Mad Tosh is the raspberry color that runs through the hefty skein of over 800 yards.  Yes, you could knit a large shawl with this kind of yardage. I have it for sale in my etsy shop, PrisKnits , just in case you are interested. http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/noro-rainbow-roll  and also mentioning 

It makes for some very subdued art yarn. It has lovely texture but very tame. 

I sometimes wonder if my etsy shop gets many clicks. I have sold items, but since they have changed the way to promote, I am told that I don't have search terms for many of my items which is very confusing to me. I'm thinking of setting up my own website. If you've had questionable experiences selling on the net, please tell me what you did to fix the problem. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Holiday Knitting

I started thinking that I was the only one with too many projects for the holidays. But, I realized I was just getting overwhelmed and I'm sure there are more knitters out there with many more gifts being knit than me.

Here's my main problem: I decided in early November that I would knit my 84 year old cousin a queen-size afghan for her bed.  OK. I thought it would go pretty quick using doubled chunky yarn on big needles (size 11--that's about the largest I will ever go).  I ordered four BIG skeins, but realized very quickly that was not going to be enough. So I ordered more (and luckily it was in stock) and kept knitting.  In the meantime, I have had a major charity project going on with a  group in my community, so I have been cranking out washcloths, scarves, hats, etc. My LYS has an upcoming holiday party for which we do a washcloth exchange.  I could not decide on a pattern, so have been experimenting with different cotton yarn and different patterns.

Here's the hard part. That darn afghan has gotten so heavy that my arms, wrist, shoulders are aching! I can barely knit anything else....what am I to do?

My cousin may have to wait for her birthday in January for her gift, that is, if I can pace myself with all the other things I have to knit between now and then.

Wish me luck.  I need it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CZECH GLASS BUTTONS FOR SALE

I have had problems searching for my items in my online shop so I am just posting this to see if I get anyone to view, and possibly, purchase this item from me personally.  Even if you don't want to purchase these, but did see them on a search you performed, I would so appreciate you sending me a message or post here on my blog.

This is a fabulous set of Czech Glass Buttons that is very unique. These are handmade in the Czech Republic where they are known for their craftsmanship in making these buttons.

They could be the very thing you need for that new knit sweater or a recycled item found at the thrift store. These buttons will turn heads. They are 18mm in size and the lustre is extraordinary. One set of five buttons is $15.00 which includes shipping.  If you want more than five, I have one full extra set.

These are a steal at this price.  Worth so much more!  Thanks so much for looking.




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sweet Retirement!

September 1, 2014 was my first official day of retirement and how sweet it is.

Here's my plan: I am going to spin, knit and weave a little every day instead of trying to fit it in a very busy day filled with minimally 8 hours of work and an hour and a half to two hours commuting.

So wish me luck, and here is some spinning eye candy for your enjoyment.






Saturday, October 19, 2013

BE SQUARE!



I recently bought a Schacht Zoom Loom. It is a little 4" X 4" pin loom and I have been making little squares on it.  There are groups on Ravelry devoted to the little pin looms and there are patterns offered by Schacht and by Eloomanation.  There is something really intriguing about them. Whenever I have posted my squares I always get lots of remarks from individuals who just love them. Not too sure what I'm going to do with mine yet, I will let them tell me. So far I have only made squares with sock yarn. If you are so inclined, the little looms are not hard to make.  Give it a whirl.

For patterns take a look here http://www.eloomanation.com or here http://schachtspindle.com/zoomloom/

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A New Obsession

I bought a beautiful Julia spinning wheel over a year ago and I have spun one whole spindle and now it just sits there. A few of my friends are drop spindle spinners and I got hooked after watching them. I went to a fiber retreat a couple of weeks ago and dyed some Polwarth with Kool-Aid.

Here are pics of my spinning this fiber.

I think it is fairly respectable thick and thin yarn by a beginner.


There is something exquisite about spinning on a drop spindle.

And for those of you who have dyed yarn with Kool-Aid and don't like the smell, I discovered how to remove that odor. Simply soak your fiber for a couple of days in plain tap water and visit it occasionally. You will notice little bubbles--simply use your fingers to break up the bubbles which have a kind of cornstarch texture. After a couple of days, simply remove from the water, squeeze and hang to dry. No more smell!