The Year in Knits
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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. 

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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!

Comments

Happy New Year!

And, a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year to you!

You spun lots and lots more than I did!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year. I am off to get that button.

I may do this NaBloSpiMo or whatever it is called. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year. I set my goal for the NaSpiMoMo... I see you on Ravelry - where I've been spending too much time.

Hey, maybe we're on the same page. My New Year's "cast-on" will actually be a mindful journey in spinning. I will buy a pair of hand cards (I'm not so interested in washing wool, but I'd love to spin from fresh rolags), and I plan to spin for a sweater (from prepped roving, though). OK, so I'm also casting on a stole, I think. But whatever, the main thing for 2008 will be spinning. I love the skeins you've pictured.

Happy New Year and NaSpiMoMo, Margene!

A Very Happy Healthy New Year to you and Smith!

glad that you are beginning to feel better now :-)
Beautiful year in review of spinning comin' from your place.
Joyous New Year to you.

Happy New Year! Hope it's one filled with lots of spinning and knitting!

that giverny is gorgeous. sadly, we didn't visit this time when I was in france...next time. knit it quick!

I too am going to concentrate a bit more on spinning in the New Year. It's going to be part of my crafting/personal goals next year.

Feel better! And your spinning looks just great. Of course. And hey--I finished the socks I knitted out of Celebration today. Woohoo!

What a wonderful idea NaSpiMoMo is! Happy New Year, Margene!

Happy New Year! I'm totally in for this.

What a nice walk down Spinning Memory Lane! I am excited to see how far you progressed in just one year, but totally understand how sweater mania got you drawn away... I looked at my list of 2007 FOs and realized that, just as I had suspected, spinning had drawn me away from knitting, though I am ever glad for the richness it has added to my fibery life. Wishing you a fibery, spinning New Year!

Thanks for the group, I really needed the extra shove to get me spinning again!

Spent a couple of hours with my spindle and some baby camel fibre, wonderful!

Great review. Now if we get you spinning a sweaters worth, you'll be all good the next time sweater fever hits :)

I've already begun my spinning! What a joyful thing it is to do. :)

Take care and I hope you're feeling better by now! XOXOX

Happy New Year!

All the spinning is so lovely. I love the new Spunky Club color.

Margene, Your spinning is blowing me away! It is so inspirational. It wouldn't have occurred to me to spin a single for a shawl, mostly because I'd be afraid that I put too much twist in it. Yours is incredible. Any tips?
xox, J

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