A Year of Spinning

April 15, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
posted by kris
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Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year already since I’ve started spinning! In that time, I have created 60 skeins of yarn, about 18,000 yards of handspun. Wow…that is a lot! I am a true spinner, don’t want to knit anything anymore. How crazy is that?! Of course, I do have some babies to knit for soon (my sister is due to pop any day now and have I knit anything yet…??? ummm…yeah, working on it!). Here are a few highlights of my spinning year.

Here is a picture of my very sad, sad first yarn, totally overspun and plied and feels so stringy rather than soft, even though it is merino. I will forever treasure this yarn because it was the beginning of my whole spinning obsession:

My first handspun

Here is my 5th or so skein of yarn and when I really felt like I was getting the hang of spinning. It was still over-plied, but it was knittable!

Handspun Twisted Fiber Art superwash merino in Angst

After 2 weeks of spinning almost non-stop, I decided I just HAD to get a wheel, so I ordered up my Kromski Minstrel, who is named Seamus. He has been a real work horse…gone through 3 drive bands, had one of his whorls damaged (and not yet replaced) and still going strong.

Is something missing here?

My first Navajo ply. It was waaaay too tight and very stringy. But the colors are so pretty! After this skein, I was so scared to do N-plies for a long long time!

Handspun Lovesticks sw merino in Patina

Then in September, I learned Bowerbird Knits 2 step Navajo ply method and it has really made a big change in my spinning. It has made me into a N-ply convert and now I mostly do N-plies! Here is the first one of those skeins.

Handspun Sunshine Yarns sw merino in Drift

I have spun with merino, extra fine merino, superwash merino, merino/bamboo, merino/alpaca, merino/tencel, merino/seacell, merino/silk, bamboo, falkland, silk, BFL, superwash BFL and soysilk. I think my favorite is still superwash merino, for it’s softness/bounce and right amount of slickness. But of course I will spin pretty much anything! :)

And last but not least, here is the last skein that I finished up yesterday. The fiber is from All Spun Up in the January 2009 Spin-A-Long colorway. If I had to pick a “perfect” colorway, I think this would be it! A fitting end to a wonderful year of spinning!

Handspun All Spun Up sw merino/alpaca blend in Ko'olina

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I’ve become a spinning monster

March 12, 2009 @ 12:05 am
posted by kris
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My latest spinning projects

Thank you guys so much for the wonderful reception to my etsy store! I am just overwhelmed with the “hearts” and nice messages from you guys, not to mention the sales. It made this homey housewife feel like I’m worth something! :)

The store opening has done a lot for my confidence – I am spinning like a mad woman! I am constantly spinning and/or thinking about spinning. I even got up the energy to do a full overhaul cleaning of my office. It was embarrassingly messy and I just never had the energy to do anything about it. So this past weekend I bit the bullet and threw away a lot of junk and I can see the floor again! It makes me have so much more energy, what a difference!

So there’s not much going on just spinning spinning spinning – I finished 9 skeins since I last posted! Gah, I can’t believe it’s been almost a month! How time flies!

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HHHH swap goodies

September 6, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: HHHH,Uncategorized

OK, I am a few weeks late reporting this, but better late than never! I can always seem to upload Flickr pics but then I lose steam when it comes to actually posting a blog post, or it goes in waves. Anyways, I wanted to get back into the groove by telling you all about my HHHH swap pal.

You all know her (ok, maybe not all of you but most spinners do) and love her spinning. She has a stash that is super drool worthy. Her pictures and her spinning are just the most incredible things.

If you remember, I had already received some fiber from her, which I spun up and even made socks out of one of them:

From fiber to yarn - Hello Yarn Falkland in Hive
From fiber to sock - All Spun Up sw merino in Chocqua

And then she goes and spoils me even more with all kinds of goodies, some stir fry packets (she tried really hard to find the Kikkoman brand stir fry, but they didn’t have the one I wanted – these are just as good, I’m sure!), a little sampler of some local merino/alpaca blend, crochetted(?) potholders, lots of beautiful buttons (YES!), mini chocolates and some japanese candies (gone in seconds), mini soaks, burt’s bees lip balm, a little knick-knack bag, and best of all, 440 yards of the most unbelievably soft OPTIM HANDSPUN!!!

HHHH Swap goodies from SourCherries
Optim handspun in Artemisia

I am lucky indeed. Thank you so much Ami!!!

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.