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Lately, I have been working on finishing projects and knitting from stash.  This weekend, I seamed the Baby Surprise Jacket (finally!).  I had put it off because I wasn’t sure how to seam a side edge to a cast on edge but I am very pleased with my seams. Now I just need to find some buttons and decide what side to put them on.  The pattern suggests waiting until the baby is born and putting them on the “correct” side based on the baby’s sex, but I think I will just pick a side and put them on.  There is one side that is easier to button on someone else for a right handed person and I think I will go with that.

 Also this weekend, I finally finished my Vanilla Spice cardigan.  I am really pleased with it.  It needs washing, blocking and buttons. I think I am going to have a look on Etsy for some fabulous silver buttons. I originally wanted wooden ones but I think silver will complement the yarn better.

 Now, I am working on the second sock of the Edward’s Heart pair.  I should be getting the second shipment from the Knit Me Up sock club soon and I wanted to finish this sock first, but the wrist pain I have been having has slowed me down.

This weekend, I went away with a couple of friends to a fabulous cabin on the Hood Canal and worked on my knitting and spinning.  I have reached the point where I am ready to get more bobbins for my wheel so I can get serious about this spinning thing!

I’ll take photos one of these days when the weather cooperates :)

Remember how I started spinning?

A coworker has offered me her spinning wheel.  It’s a lot of fun!  I tried it out briefly at my spinning group last night, and it is really nice. I can’t wait to use it more. 

 

Thanks to Shiori, I now own a gorgeous drop spindle.  I am learning how to spin.  I made some pretty blue and brown two-ply yarn, some pretty pink two-ply yarn and a pretty pink single last week.  I’ll post pictures of those later.  If that wasn’t exciting enough I made some more yarn last night. This yarn is blue and pink.  It’s two-ply too.  I don’t know how to do anything but two-ply yarn right now but I will learn eventually.  Well, I guess I know how to make a single since that is how a two-ply yarn starts out but that’s another story.  The single I made last week was on a spinning wheel.

 Anyway, I went to the Eastside Spinners group two Thursdays ago and Nancy gave me some cast offs of the fiber she was spinning.  See, the fiber was pink and white and blue and she really only wanted the blue parts. So, she ripped out some of the bits of pink and white.  And she gave me some!  Thanks, Nancy!  I spun it up last night while watching the Deadliest Catch.  I love that show.  Anyway, according to Nancy’s blog this fiber is “Shetland from Spunky Ecelectic Fiber of the Month club; December 2006 I think.”

 It was very easy to spin, in fact almost too easy, because I went through a stretch of a few yards where it was so thin I kept breaking it.  Oops.  Anyway after that I kind of got the hang of it and I spun about half of the fiber.  Then I did the Andean Plying thing that Suzanne showed me last week (sorry Suzanne I don’t know where your blog is).  At least I think Suzanne showed it to me.  It all got a little confusing after awhile!

 So here is my pretty yarn.

This is the while I was spinning the single.


This is after I finished spinning the single, on my spindle.  I am mostly still doing the park and draft thing but I managed to actually drop spindle for a little bit.  I get kind of lazy toward the end and it gets a little more thick and thin.  Also it is a little more thick and thin where I attach a new piece of fiber.
This is where I was ready for Andean Plying.  I didn’t cut off circulation to my middle finger!
And this is the finished product!  I still haven’t washed and set it. Apparently that involves a little bit of dish soap, and some water. Then you hit it against something.  I forgot to ask what temperature of water, and whether I do it in the skein like this or looped into a big circle or what. I will have to ask more about this process on Thursday.
One last picture of my yarn.  It does not look nearly as nice as Nancy’s.  But it is pretty good for my fourth yarn!

If you are interested, this is what Nancy did with the same fiber. She is much better than I am!

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