Thursday, September 22, 2005

laceweight, Orenburg style

Now that I understand that scotch tension doesn't mean to tighten the bejeebers out of it. I can actually spin as fine as my fiber will allow! I decided to start with the cormo from Galena's booth that I bought at the Michigan Fiber Fest. It is a very lovely light gray that has every so often streaks of darker grays. It also has a lot of vm and is carded not combed. I spun it with a short draw, lazily, not taking out all of the vm. I am having a blast and I have 8 oz. So I am going to have a whole lot of this laceweight as I am plying it Orenburg style with a silk thread. This gives it a really nice texture. I cannot wait to knit some up and see what it does.

Friday, September 16, 2005


Karis, she's finished! I am tired of ponchos so I decided to modify her into a cape(sm cape-capelet I guess) I ordered some red glass buttons to go on her. Tiny, delicate, frosted orbs. I think I will place them in pairs at the top when I get them and sew them on I will model it!

I also learned that scotch tension can not only be tightened but also loosened! Duhh! Thankfully the knowlegeable ladies at FiberTraditions Yahoo group enlightened me. Thanks Vanessa! Now I can spin any weight I want not just worsted or aran! This picture is a sample of a single doubled over on itself! Yay!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Been Tagged

Seems I've been tagged;-)

Ten years ago- I was fairly new to South Bend and teaching in the Title One Program on the West side at Marquette Elementary.

Five years ago -My third and(hopefully last child) was born. Very busy SAHM with three small children. Just makes me tired thinking about those days.

One year ago- Second child in Kindergarten and third in preschool-Halleluiah

Five snacks 1-chocolate
3- chocolate

Five songs I know the words to-
1 Itsy Bitsy Spider
2Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer 3 okay I know the chorus and the beginning to a thousand
4pick an old REM song or Police or something 5 Some old drinking song my mom taught me it has black sheep in it:-)

Five things I would do with a million-
1 pay off all of our debts and put a million into retirement program
2 give a million to our church
3 4&5help family members get started and pay off debt

five places to run away to
1 our family cottage
2 south of france, Nice
3 Capri
4 Malta
5 anyplace alone with my husband

five things I would never wear
1 short shorts
2 short skirts
3 anything to tight and thigh clingy
4 too much fur or leather- a little is all right
5 bad fabric or cut

five favorite TV shows
1 What not to wear
2 How do I look
3 knitty gritty
5who has time to watch tv? I was stretching with the other four, gimme a break!

five biggest joys
1 my kids
2 my hubby
3 reading and thinking about spirituality
5 spinning

favorite toys
1 knitting needles
2 spinning wheel
3 cards, I like to play with my son;-)
4 any good book
5 computer- even though I am somewhat of a luddite

I have to pass this on to five people but will do it tomorrow because I have to, luddite that I am ,find their address and put them in!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bad Bad blogger

This back to school stuff is getting me down. I just don't seem to have much time:-(
I am so close to finishing Karis it hurts to look at it.

I also finished the back of the Elizabeth Cardi from A Season's Tale. I am procrastinating casting on for a front because of the ruffle;-)

The second of three lavender garden shawls is in progress in oatmeal. I got my Rowan mag and the River stole looks really easy and quick- size 10 1/2 needles. I'm actually contemplating making three of those too and giving my aunt the pick of the 6 and keeping the rest to use a church fund raiser.
I may just have lost my mind a teensy bit.

I swatched my handspun and plyed orenburg style cashmere and silk lace weight.
(not yet all spun up-not even close) Oh I am in love now for more time! this is not blocked though it would open up beautifully if I wasn't so lazy. I spun it on my Bosworth mini(featherweight?) and plied it orenburg style with silk thread and a Russian plying spindle. Kind of cheating because i didn't spin the single with a russian spindle but I knew this way would give me the best results. Who wants to mess up cashmere!?!

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