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(Mostly) SAHM mom of 2 DD- 9 and 6 (almost). Started crocheting at 5 or 6 years old. Been knitting off and on since high school. Love it more the more i do it!
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Channel Island cast on method

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

Hey everybody.  Just found this today and didn't want to lose it before I got a chance to really take the time to watch it, and thought others might want to, too!

So here it is.  Channel Island cast-on.  To watch here:

or there:

Tour de Fleece Preparations (I know I'm a little slow...)

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 3:37pm 90 Comments

So just yesterday morning I realized just how soon Tour de Fleece actually starts- Saturday!!  Are you ready?!?  I decided I wasn't, so dived in the bins and came out with some Super Sock roving from the Sheep Shed Studio and set out dyeing some up.  These are what I ended up with. I was only going to do one batch, and then, well, it was so fun I had to start another.  :)  I decided I'd try spinning some stripey colorations, but instead of laying my roving out and…


Dyeing fit...

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 9:48am 16 Comments

Friday 3/11/11

I'm going to have to just tell you about my adventures... and add pictures whenever I can get some good ones.  And blogs aren't as much fun without pictures....  so you'll get it here!!    Quite a while ago I read on Ravelry (I think) someone's recommendation to someone else to put the dye bath in a ziploc baggie, throw the soaking yarn or roving in there, zip it up,…


Spinning results...

Posted on October 27, 2010 at 10:00am 55 Comments

I thought about posting photos of this in the Spin-a-Long, then decided I better just add a blog about it since I have almost the whole process in photo form here. :) I'm really enjoying spinning on my spindles. Nutty4Knitting said it takes 10 minutes to learn, but takes a lifetime of practice. Well, I'm going to share with you why I need to keep practicing. You might remember the fiber I dyed with koolaid? I dyed one sleeve of Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes, let it dry and then…


Experiments and lessons learned... all at once.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:00pm 27 Comments

I have been spinning up a storm since I was last here. I'm having so much fun that it is very nearly impossible to let my sore left hand rest an hour or two, let alone a whole day. :)

My most recent dyeing experiment was fun, but not completely successful. I wondered what it would be like to dye a ball of singles that had just come off my Turkish- without taking the ball apart. See what this is?…

I found Fresh Knit Doilies by Larisa Scott (Leisure Arts #3893) at my local Five-and-Dime and have been introduced to a whole new world that I didn’t know existed. I searched ‘lace knitting’ on Ebay about 3 or 4 months ago and was completely blown away. I had never heard of Herbert Niebling, and all the other great lace designers (that I can’t remember the names of right now because I’m tired). I can’t really believe there is such beauty in the world made by human hands. I knew it existed in fauna and flora, but I didn’t know it could be translated into a flat, meshy mass of tangles and be transformed into something that would just absolutely make you gasp and pee your pants. My current goal in life right now is to try my hand at making my own designs. I’m sure it will result in hilarity and hair pulling, but I think I’m ready. If I could only get my 4 year old to stop talking for a few more minutes a day, I may be able to knit a test swatch once in a while… I really want to design and knit doilies and tablecloths… I am smitten!

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At 8:48pm on March 21, 2012, Julie Hartford said…

That would be great, thanks.

At 6:49am on October 13, 2011, Anna Murphy said…

Came by to say hi and see what's on your hooks. Still spinning and dyeing?


At 5:57pm on August 7, 2011, Talisa K Tuggle said…
At 11:19am on July 25, 2011, ice said…
Hi, got your message re the Palette Yarn. I have 9 Penny Royal. I liked this color very much, but using the yarn rubs my fingers raw! (that's why I only have 9 new skeins and one used).
At 3:53pm on July 12, 2011, cellogirl said…
Thanks for the compliment on the Nalgar--it's not difficult, but quite an adventure.  As always with EZ just follow the directions and have confidence!!  But the shoulder extension seems to take forever!!
At 10:50am on July 12, 2011, cellogirl said…
My first order from SSS has arrived!!--ecstatic!!fabulous fibers--great value!!  Thanks a million!!
At 6:54pm on July 8, 2011, cellogirl said…
Thanks much--saw a comment about their Ravelry site and am a member--I've seen your rooster, you'll spy my cello!!
At 11:52am on July 8, 2011, cellogirl said…

I find the rhythm very therapeutic!!--I'd forgotten it!  Anyway, it's great fun!!  Are you sun-dyeing your koolaid?  Guess that I'm impatient, just the Jacquard dye, vinegar and a quick microwave zap seems to exhaust the dye and the rinse is clear!!

It's sooooooooo hard to wait for the order!!--am hearing about all of the things I need to order next time!!

At 5:36am on July 8, 2011, cellogirl said…
Hi Pickle--just posted my first spinning project in 40 years--I'm hooked again!!  Thanks to your post I found the Sheep Shed site, am waiting my first order!!
At 3:09pm on June 15, 2011, Anna Murphy said…
Your lace is beautiful. Are you spinning lace yarn?

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