Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ladybug Spinning

I've been spinning on my new Schacht Ladybug daily. I have Lizbeth and Rose right next to each other and I try to spin a little on each every day. It's interesting because I'm spinning thicker singles on the Suzie than I am on the Ladybug. I finished the second bobbin of singles of this BFL fibre on Sunday and started plying it Sunday night. I finished the plying Monday and gave the skein a bath. It's now dry and just gorgeous. I have 75 grams of BLF and it's 23 WPI. I haven't tested the YPP yet. I want to enter this skein into the "I made it on my Schacht" contest. I don't expect to win but I do think it will be fun. Better pictures of the skein are needed and I'll get DH to do that when he has a chance.
I ordered the Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles ages and ages ago. They finally arrived on Monday. I love the flexibility of the cables and it's really easy to screw on the tips. No key is needed. Now to test them out with some yarn. I'll probably do that this weekend when I have some time since I won't be going to the Purl this weekend.
I love the case so much I want to get another one in blue and use it for my Addi Clicks. I hate the case from the Clicks and this has two rows for needles so it will be perfect. A different colour and I'll know which needles are in which case.

Friday, August 21, 2009

18 Years Already?

It's amazing to me that today Paul and I have been married for 18 years. I can't even begin to put into words how lucky I am to have found such a wonderful man. He's been there for me through sickness and health and has never wavered. I have always maintained, and still do, that when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000if my ex and I had not split we would have after the surgery and treatment. I am so blessed to have found Paul. He is kind, generous and patient among many other things. He's had to deal with a lot being married to me. The baggage I brought with me wasn't easy. He's never complained. He loves my children as his own. I just wish some of them would give him the chance to prove it.

The past 18 years have flown by. I look forward to many many more.

Paul I love you with all my heart and soul.


Thursday, August 06, 2009


As some of you know, I took my first spindle spinning class in November 2006. I got my first wheel just days before Christmas the same year. Finally, after all this time, I have some yarn I love and am knitting with.

This is Ashford fibre and it's a merino/silk blend that I bought from Gemini Fibres. I had 320 grams of fluff when I started and ended up with 316 grams when I was done. The yarn is about 28 WPI and according to the McMorran yarn balance is about 2950 yards per pound. That means I have pretty close to 2,000 yards.

The pattern I've decided to do with it is the Spring Blossoms Shawl by Eugene Beugler. So far I am really enjoying the knit.

Now to see if I can spin some sock yarn. I have some corriedale in a brownish red colour on Lizbeth and some Fleece Artists merino/silk sliver in a peacock blue colour on Rose. I want the blue to be laceweight and the red to be sock weight. We'll see how it turns out.