Category Archives: New Purchase

An Influx of Projects

Alright, I feel a little explanation is in order. After my stunning resolve to not go for more than a week without posting, I promptly up and left for almost thirteen days. The reason? I was in Texas. In Texas with fellow yarn and fiber lovers, running about to various yarn destinations and generally shooting my budget. So, I shall attempt to summarize the many and various things I bought and did.

First off, I took along the indigo-dyed merino and a spinning wheel, hoping to get a bunch more spun. Unfortunately, I didn’t spin quite as much as I’d planned, but I was able to teach a friend to use the wheel, and two others to drop spindle. Now the goal is to finish the indigo merino well before Christmas.


I didn’t spin as much as I had planned because I was working away at my latest pair of socks. The first one is done, and the second is well on its way to the end. I’m now in the “knit until sock measures x length from heel” stage. A little on the boring side, but it needs to be done so I can get to some of the stuff I bought.

Hippity Hop to the Knitting Shop

To come home with eye candy.

As my wonderful aunt is here visiting, we got to go to the Yarn Garden again. And I definitely splurged. I’m afraid I have been bitten by the knitting bug and will never fully recover. I didn’t buy a single skein with crochet in mind.

This brown yarn is alpaca fingering weight, which I plan to use for a glove pattern I found on Ravelry. It’s called Knotty Gloves and has some beautiful cable-work on the wrists. I think they’re cables.

Then I wandered back into the bargain closet and found this skein/ball of laceweight.

Renaissance Faire

Last Sunday I got to go to a wonderful Renaissance Faire which is held near the place I reside. In summary: it was absolutely fabulous. In fact, I’ll break tradition and show you a non-spinning-related picture. Here’s the costume I wore.

Actually, it turned out to be partially spinning-related because I made a felted pouch and belt to go with it. Believe it or not, the brown yarn I used was actually spun from some of the very first fiber I ever ordered online. My second ever fiber purchase. Ah, the memories. (I’ll get you some details on the belt and bag tomorrow.) The dress turned out just right. Not too hot, even though the sun was popping in and out of the clouds all day.

The Handspinning guild I went to late last year was there! And the wonderful lady who gave the talk on natural dyeing was doing an indigo pot. Wow. The colors she had sitting beside her. . . I think I’m going to faint. Gorgeous blues and blue-greens. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to actually hang around and watch her work, but we talked natural dyes for awhile. At the guild meeting she had mentioned getting things like goldenrod leaves at a shop at the Ren faire, so I decided to poke around and see if I could find it. I did, with the help of some friends, and here’s the result. A nice little bag of dried goldenrod leaves.


I really wish I had summoned up the courage to ask the shop keeper if she had any other natural dye stuffs. Fie upon me for a cowardly spinner.

The Original Jackpot

Not one, but two fiber-related boxes came today! One from Paradise Fibers, the other from Earth Guild. I’m set on fiber for the rest of . . . the winter?

Filled to Overflowing

Filled to Overflowing

The Wonder of Plying

Once again I didn’t get this up last night. I have an excuse, though! I was busy plying this wonderful skein of sock yarn.

Four-Ply Sock Yarn

Four-Ply Sock Yarn

Gawain is done! I absolutely love it when the seemingly endless thread you’ve been working on for the past who-knows-how-long comes together and makes yarn. It’s amazing.

That makes three things checked off my list. No, four. Well, I guess three. Gawain sock yarn, the lumpy yarn, the sparkly black stuff, and if you want to count it separately, this little skein from the leftover turquoise.

A Really, Truly Great Wheel

Alright, I’ll admit it. I’ve been holding out on you. A week ago I got to play with a new toy, and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

The Walking Wheel

The Walking Wheel

This is our Walking Wheel. (Also called a “Great Wheel.”) And it really is a great wheel. Not to mention big. The top of the wheel comes up to my chin, which puts it at almost five feet high, and the whole contraption is somewhere around five feet long.

A Blank Canvas

Look what arrived in the mail! A pile of yarn skeins eagerly waiting to see what color they’ll become. The possibilities are endless.

Blank Yarn from KnitPicks

Blank Yarn Knit Picks

That’s two skeins of merino worsted weight, a skein of merino lace weight, a skein of superwash merino DK weight, and a skein of superwash merino worsted weight. Fun fun fun! I’m eager to try out some new color combinations.

It Called Me. I Heard It.

SAFF purchase details: Post #7

The Sanguine Gryphon has lots of beautiful stuff. But this particular batt told me I was taking it home. No arguments.

The Gawain Batt

The Gawain Batt

It’s three ounces of superwash merino and silk bliss. I am so happy with it. I could just sit there and pet it all day.

Strauch Carders and Dyes by the Ounce

SAFF purchase details: Post #6

My dad and I stopped to talk to a gentlemen who was demonstrating the Strauch Drum Carders. He was a very nice man, and he explained the drum carding process very clearly. I came away from that knowing that if I ever get a drum carder, I’m getting a Strauch. The biggest reason is the “licker in” part. His is designed so the fiber won’t get caught in it. Now I just need an excuse to get it. Hmm.

Anyway, then we went to the Earth Guild place, and I bought some natural dye stuffs! A couple ounces of Cochineals, Indigo, and Cutch. (And, of course, a mordant and some stuff to make the indigo do its thing.) I can hardly wait to use them.

Roving By the Pound

SAFF purchase details: Post #5

I bought a pound of nice roving from Steam Valley Fiber Farm, and eyed some of their dyed fibers and yarns. One of the yarns had little loops coming out from it, almost like a boucle. I tried to recreate it the other day and failed miserably. I’ll have to keep puzzling over that one.

Here’s the fiber. It’s really soft and “squishy” feeling. I almost wish I’d gotten more, then I could have dyed it all in one go and made a sweater out of it. Oh well. We’ll have fun together.

Wool Roving

Wool Roving