fold into gold

May 8th, 2010 spinning

The spinning bug still has its little fangs lodged pretty deeply in my to-do list, so instead of the work I was hoping to get to this afternoon, I couldn’t resist taking my wheel out into the sun on the porch. The mohair content in the fiber I am spinning is so nice and shiny, that is positively gleamed in the sun, and I couldn’t…

terra firma

May 7th, 2010 spinning

I am spinning again, and it feels wonderful. I’m not really sure what caused me to go “off” spinning this February, probably a combination of the lifestyle changes we made when Rob’s brother moved in, and also the busy-busy I’ve been with crafting deadlines for outside parties. In any case, my wheel sat unloved there for a couple of months, but we are back together…

and after

May 6th, 2010 knitting

Ahh, the magic of blocking. I could not be happier with Catenary’s transformation! All the weird lumpiness from the short rows is gone, showing just a gorgeously curved shawl shape and all the lace detail in the edging. The overall size grew a LOT– I forgot to measure but you can get a sense of the size since the towels are the same in both…

before blocking

May 5th, 2010 knitting

I finished a shawl project on Monday, and I am so excited to block it today, if the rain holds off long enough for me to do it on the porch. It’s going to be one of those dramatic transformations from its pre-blocked state to its final form, so I made sure to take the “before” pictures so you can appreciate the change with me….

truly tempting

May 4th, 2010 memes, pets, spinning

If you haven’t guessed from my blog silence, I’ve been really busy lately. Lots of behind-the-scenes stuff that keeps me occupied and interested, but makes for really lousy blog content. When I’m busy like this, my knitting usually DOESN’T suffer. I *need* it to keep me going! My spinning, however, hasn’t been so lucky. I haven’t touched my wheel in a long time, and I’m…