December 31, 2007

Spinning Past and Present and Future

Deb wanted to see a Spinning Year in Review and since she got a new wheel for Christmas, I can see why.  Enjoy your new baby, Deb. It's bound to bring you hours, and years, of enjoyment. 

Naspimomo_button_3 The first of 2007 was much more conducive to spinning progress than the last.  It may be I ran out of steam, but more likely, the knits just took over and Emmylou has been neglected because of that.  It's so hard to find time to do all the things one likes when one has multiple interests...something or other always gets a short shrift.  My fiber stash is overwhelmingly large and something must be done...something like SPINNING.  So, I declare January NaSpiMoMo.  To join you just need to spin more (easy peasy), and take Carole's fabulous button if you have a blog. Plus, there is a Ravelry Group. (Ravelry makes KALs/CALs/SALs so easy!)  You set your goal and spin.

Most of the yarn spun in 2007 was from the Spunky Club and you can see the glorious results in my Spunky Flickr Album.  It was fairly easy to keep up with the monthly fiber and, even knit something from it, until July when sweater mania hit Zeneedleland.   

Nightshadesinglesforshawl400yds_2 The very favorite of all my handspun hand knits is Susan's Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl.  The yarn was my first single and the project was easy and enjoyable. This was the May selection, Nightshade, and Amy, as usual, did a magical job with color.  This shawl is so easy to throw on with anything and I wear it often.

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There are several skeins, spun early in the year and still hanging out, that I'd love to knit. Maybe 2008 will be the year. 

Zengardenalpacaoberon

This is a skein of the most beautiful fiber.  It's one of the first I bought from Anne's Wooly Wonka.  It's 60% gray alpaca 20% gray angora, 18% purple/blue dyed silk 2% angelina and I ended up with 600+ yards. It's so yummy...why does it sit?

I'm rather fond of this beautifully dyed "Giverny" also from Anne's shop, as it was a gift from Birdsong.  There is enough for a small shawl and maybe I should just make another Forest Canopy.  I'd love to be wearing this now, instead of just petting it.

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The next yarn just might be the last I spun, with any success, and I do remember how excited I was about it.  This is Celebration, the July offering from Amy's Spunky Club, which I plied in chained singles.  It's about a worsted weight and should make a great hat.  It's one I pet often as I did such a good job of spinning and finishing it. 

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Let's hope NaSpiMoMo will bring the return of the spinning mojo!  It maybe a great colorway will help, too.   Amy's December offering is called Party Dresses, 80s Party Dresses!! 

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When I opened the package I laughed out loud.  The colors are so happy, so vibrant and a perfect way to brighten dreary winter day. Think I might just dive right in...

(Turns out I had bronchitis, but with modern meds I'm feeling much better. The Near Year should start out "in the pink". )

Happy New Year, everyone!

November 10, 2007

Saturday Sky and NaSpiMoMo

If you've been reading Norma's blog (and who doesn't?) you know there is a little support group comprised of Norma, TeresaC, Sandy, Vicki and me so we can get through NaBloPoMoFo with a little help from our friends (it's mostly for Teresa and Sandy as they don't post as often and, I must say, it's so wonderful to hear from them both daily!).  Sandy started Saturday Sky so this photo is for her. Maybe she'll also post a Saturday Sky picture today (for a change). 

Saturdayskybeforestorm

In the spirit of all the NaWhaEvers, my idea of a National Spinning month was well accepted. Anne came up with a better moniker for it, however...NaSpiMoMo (National Spin More Month).  Let's do it!  January is a loooong, coooold, tedious month here in Utahland and one I have a hard time getting through (in others words...I don't like it!).  If there is fun to be had, friends for support, and time made for a passion, well then, it might just be a more enjoyable month. I here by declare January NaSpiMoMo!  We'll work out the details after the Holidays, okay?

The weather is about to change from the lovely long golden days of fall, to the cold beginnings of winter.  We need snow desperately!  Bring it on, I say!