Saturday, January 28, 2012

The New Addiction!

First, let me introduce you to Lydia! She's a Schacht Ladybug, and she is a beauty! And yes, she has started a whole new obsession!! I've caught the spinning bug!
I should explain that this all started last summer, when I found an interesting video on YouTube (ok, I was egged on at my LYS) on spinning. This particular method involved a drop spindle, aptly named, I might add, since it spends most of its time being dropped. Not to mention accidentally spun with enough gusto to take out any loose objects in its path. Well, it was enough to provoke my curiosity into finding more efficient methods to accomplish the same goal. And I did. Boy, did I ever!
My fall trip to Rhinebeck only encouraged me further, especially when I saw hundreds of people carrying huge plastic bags with various states of "sheep!" The bags contained fleece in various states including fresh off the sheep to cleaned, dyed and ready to spin! And then there was booth after booth of fiber dyed in every color and palette you can think of. You would think I'd be happy with the miles and miles of already prepared and ready to knit yarn.
So, I began to research wheels on the web. Of course, the best way to do this would have been to try out various wheels in person. But, never having used one before, I was not about to humiliate myself in the store! No, I'd rather take my chances in the privacy of my own home! And I surely wasn't about to fall into the "You break it, you bought it trap!" I knew flat out where that was going to go!
So, to make an already too long story short, I decided on the Ladybug. And I'm thrilled with her! And I've been spinning....and spinning....and spinning! And believe it or not, there is a lot to learn about fiber, types of fiber, types of yarn...I could go on and on. And then, there's, 2-ply, navajo ply...well, you get the idea!
Here's an idea of what I've been spinning:

And I haven't been neglecting my knitting! (Well, not too much!)
Here's some FO's of the recent past:

I will save the yarn acquisitions for the next blog! In the meantime, come join me on Ravelry, and Happy Knitting!


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