Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Update on spinning and a new project

This I think... No I know I'm in love with!!!! This is my first spun yarn after buying my wheel and receiving it 3 weeks ago. I went to have a class with the lady I bought my wheel from last thursday and she said " you don't need to be taught anything, Your a natural!" WOW what a compliment!. This is 100% alpaca. there is approximately 682 yards and weighs about 8 oz on my kitchen scale. This yarn is a bulky yarn I would most likely knit it with size 9-11 US needles. I'm not sure what I will use this for as of yet but, I'm sure something with be calling it name/

this is some wool that I tried to make into lace weight, but It does not have enough twist. I guess I will have to spin faster!!

These two pictures are of clue 1 of the mystery shawl KAL. I spun this myself!!!! I'm so impressed. this is a 50 merino and 50 silk from the Copper Moose in black cherry. There is about 840 yards in the ball and skein that needs to be wound up. I think I will do one more skein but just a little bigger and we'll see if that will be enough for the whole shawl. I'm not sure but I don't want to spin more that what I need. I'd like some left for some lace weight. I am using a size 7 needle.

OK, well that's all for knitting at the moment. I need to get to bed tomarrow Hunter has a appointment at the University of Iowa for testing for ADHD and Autism. We have to leave at 6:00 am and hopefully will make it home by 6:00pm. So, I need to try to sleep but I don't think I'll get much. To much on the mind:((

Happy Knitting


Leah said...

Wow Pam...LOOK AT YOU GO GIRL! I'm so proud of you and if you're spinning alpaca right off the bat, then you ARE a natural! You're awesome and I can't believe you're ALREADY knitting with your own handspun ~ how cool is that? Most of us don't get the nerve for it for quite some time :)

Elysbeth said...

Wow! You've given me a complex, such lovely yarn right out of the gate.

Travel safely, it sounds like a very long day. Pack snacks, water, and knitting; hospitals are waiting purgatories.

Twisted Threads said...

This goes to show that you should never let someone tell you what you can or cannot do as a newbie. My first spinning on a drop spindle was some silk I had on hand. Of course I had been spinning on a wheel for several years but had never spun silk. If you notice that you don't have enough twist, just hold your single a beat longer before letting it wind on the bobbin.
Karen in northern MI