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What to do? What to do? Write a blog post, or read all the blog posts I’ve neglected for the past 2 plus weeks? I suppose if I haven’t commented on your blog recently, and you’re reading this post, you’ll know what I chose.

I was going to post a few days ago, but somehow right before I hit the publish button, the entire body of my post (with photos) completely disappeared. The title was still there, but the entire body of the message was blank. Completely blank. Such a shame, because it was even an interesting post about socks knit with lacewieght yarn. When my sanity returns I’ll rewrite it, but for now I can only try to distract you with my very own handspun yarn.

What started out as this:

Corriedale Fiber

Fiber Source: Carolina Homespun
Fiber Content: 100% Corriedale Wool

Has now become this:

Purple Laceweight

100% Corriedale Wool
2-ply
384 yards / 60 grams
Laceweight

Purple Laceweight

Don’t let the photos fool you though. There are so many ends in this skein, it’s embarrassing. Since I’d heard so many stories of beginning spinners over-spinning their yarn, I ended up under-spinning mine. I quickly realized this when I was plying and the singles kept breaking over and over again. It’s quite infuriating. Believe me, I didn’t let that mistake happen again when I picked up this:

Forest

Fiber Source: Paradise Fibers
Fiber Content: Ashland Bay Multicolor merino wool top
Colorway: Forest
Weight: 4 ounces

And spun it into this:

Forest Merino
100% Merino Wool
2-ply
400 yards / 98 grams
Fingering weight

Forest Merino

This time there were no breaks in the singles so the plying went very well. The singles weren’t quite as even as the laceweight yarn, but I was attempting to make my singles a bit thicker. Maybe I should just stick with very thin singles and 3 ply everything. This skein is obviously far from perfect, but for skein number 3, I’m not unhappy.

And contrary to proof on my blog, I have been knitting. All the sample knitting has been completed and is in the designers hands. Both samples will be photographed for books coming out next year and one of the designers even said my knitting is superb. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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I was sad to wake up on Sunday morning knowing that this afternoon I had to leave Stitches and all my new friends to return to normal life. I was anxious to hit the market floor one last time and got impatient waiting for my husband, so I went to the market a few minutes ahead of him. I wandered the aisles and picked up a few little things for some friends. I can’t show you what they are, but if you want to check out Debra’s Garden and Gita Maria, you’ll have an idea of what I bought.

My husband met up with me before my purchase at Debra’s Garden, and gave me yet another knitting bag. He knows I have a love for bags, and I had commented earlier in the week that it would be wonderful to have a bag like that one to take to my knit nights so that my bag stayed upright. Obviously he was paying attention.

Bag Smith Knitting Bag

And if that weren’t enough (and it was) as I wandered with him by several beloved vendors such as Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Brooks Farm Yarn, I noticed the Carolina Homespun booth and their spinning wheels that had been taunting me all weekend.

Several of my blogging friends are spinners (you know who you are) and since they flash their beautiful handspun on their blogs, it had me fantasizing about spinning my own yarn also. On Friday afternoon after milling around the spinning wheels for awhile, I was asked if I had any questions. I let them know I was just looking and that I was going to save my money this year to purchase a wheel. I inquired about the best wheel for a beginner, and after 30 minutes or so, I decided that the wheel that would probably work best for me is the folding Lendrum Double Treadle wheel.

As hubby and I passed their booth Saturday morning, I’d realized that I didn’t remember the name of the wheel, nor had I written it down. I showed Morgaine the spinning wheel with the forgotten name, and she said that one is the folding Lendrum Double Treadle wheel and its a wonderful. I inquired about her shipping policy and she quickly let me know that she could either ship this wheel to me, or I could take it with me today. I laughed and explained that I was still saving my money and that I wouldn’t be purchasing until much later this year (if not next). My husband interrupted and said “no, we’ll be buying the wheel today and we’d like to take it home with us today.”

Lendrum DT wheel

I held onto his arm to steady myself and said “No, I will wait until my birthday or Christmas because I’m going to save my own money to buy it”. He gave me his “don’t argue with me” look so I stopped talking.

Then there was the option of taking just the wheel, or purchasing the complete kit. Hmm… guess which option we chose?

Lendrum accessories

Margaine then asked if I wanted a bag to put the wheel in. I politely declined and my husband said in his gently stern voice “pick one”. I told him again it wasn’t necessary and I could look online for bags when we got home and then he interrupted me. “You need your wheel to be protected. We’re not leaving here until you pick one.” Sir, yes sir.

Lendrum portable wheel bag

Margaine left the booth to get my wheel and bag from her trailer and I stood there in complete shock. I’ve never sat at a wheel and I’ve never attempted spinning, not even with a drop spindle. I told hubby to pinch me because I still must be in our hotel room asleep and dreaming. Then it hit me and I asked my husband “when did you know you were going to buy this for me?” “Thursday night” he replied. “Then why did you let me buy all that yarn when I should have been purchasing fiber for the wheel?” He didn’t hesitate for a moment and told me “You’ll need yarn to knit while you’re learning to spin, won’t you?” He was correct. Besides, if he thinks I’m going to stop buying yarn just because I’m going to spin now, he’s crazy.

One last thing about my wonderful husband. A night or so ago when he came home from work I told him I wanted to show him what I’d received in the mail. He sat down on the sofa next to me and I handed him a skein of fingering weight sock yarn. He looked at it for a moment and then just as I looked away I noticed out of the corner of my eye that he was sniffing the yarn. My head spun around to catch him in the act, and he gave me that “oh damn she caught me” look. I giggled and he smiled. I guess spending a few days at Stitches West truly rubbed off on him. In a good way though.

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