Friday, May 04, 2007


Birthday ribbon scarf

"More than any other part of the body, our hands reveal our inner state."
-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Knitting and crocheting has always been an outlet for my stress. I love the magic of using my hands to create something from a beautiful ball of yarn. I took yarn for granted until I met all you wonderful spinners and dyers. Now I understand the process that the yarn has to go through before I ever see it and it has only added to the magic.

I’ve dyed a bit, even if it was with Kool Aid…and I enjoyed using a canvas of yarn to create a whole different kind of work of art. My eyes have opened up to color and the combinations one can make with joining hues and crafting something fresh and vibrant.

But what about creating the yarn itself? I don’t know if my ancestors spun or not but I feel it calling to me…the need to spin has been strong for a while now and I’ve pushed it away because of money or simply the fact that I don’t know how yet. I’ve wanted an Ashford Traditional for a while now. I can’t really tell you why because I’m not an expert on spinning wheels or anything…but it spoke to me the minute I saw one. No other wheel gave me this same feeling and the sense that I’m destined to spin has not diminished…if anything it is growing stronger.

I believe in fate and yesterday it hit me head on. I hit the wrong web site by mistake and there was a sweet woman needing to sell her wheel with all its attachments. I practically freaked out. A beautiful Ashford Traditional and it had my name all over it. Being none too patient I waited until nightfall to discuss the purchase with my DH and he knows how much I’ve wanted one…even if I can’t spin yet…and now it is mine!!!

I’ve already named her Serenity…and as soon as she gets here and we get her back together I’ll be proud to show you our new addition! :)
*forgive me a happy dance!*

If any of you wonderful spinners have any advice I’d love for you to share. Please and thank you! :)

I’m so giddy today that I just don’t know what to do with myself.

I’ve been trying to post a bit each day. We’ll see how that goes. This is the third day in a row that I’ve posted *yeah me!* but tomorrow might be a little rough as we are making lamb meatballs for Sheep and Wool. Lots and lots of lamb…but I’ll still try and get something in.

BTW. The pic is a scarf I am making for a dear friend’s birthday. It is the same yarns as the shawl I made a while back ‘cuz she loved those colors. Modeling this swatch of yarn is my new Whirlpool oven…cooking has never been so fun. The scarf is a simple K2, (YO, K2tog) 3 times, K2: on both sides. It makes these little twisty trellises which you might not be able to see in the picture. I enjoyed the simplicity of the pattern so much that I want to make it again with big needles and something soft like butter.

TGIF and happy crafting,

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