One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady


July 17th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Got some stuff to share, and look at this, its under a month since my last posting!  While I sit here watching the Sox play the Rays on ESPN, I figured I’d update.  I’m stuffed from a pasta dinner (that my digestive system is seriously bitching about) in a gorge maneuver prior to starting a lo-carb diet tomorrow.  The discomfort is a further reminder that my system just doesn’t like processed wheat. Ugh.  Anyway..

First up!  My first finished object in a long time.  This is a pair of socks that I started in April I think.  I finished these Friday night. The yarn is Forbidden Woolery Twisted in Ravenclaw Blue.  Love the yarn and truly love the socks.

I knit these on my nifty square Kollage needles using my standard pattern (56st around using US0).  The second sock took considerably less time to knit than the first!  I’ve started another pair, this from my handspun, fiber from the same source as this yarn.  Not much to show but managed to garner attention at the restaurant this evening as the lady from the next table saw me knitting from the corner of her eye.

I’ve spent some time with the new wheel.  It went to Tami’s house on Thursday night where we had our SnB rather than Panera for a change.  I also took it out on the patio this morning and finished off the first bobbin’s worth of fiber.  This is Pomegranate Blossom from Into the Whirled in Polwarth.  I just adore polwarth.

While I haven’t had a marathon spinning session with the Sidekick quite yet, I can give an early review.  She’s definitely a Schacht,  A good, solid spinning wheel that is doing what I ask it to do.  It folds down nicely without too many steps and is relatively easy to carry about.  But beyond the portability, she doesn’t spin like a portable wheel.  That’s been my complaint regarding the easy to move about wheels, that they just aren’t worth the time.  You can take em with you, but you don’t feel like spinning on them when you get there, so you bring something else instead.   From what I remember, the feel of this is much like the Ladybug.  I do like that the flyer / bobbins/ whorls are all interchangeable with her big sister, my Matchless.  I’m sure I’ll write more about her in the future.

I’m taking stock of the current crop of wheels and noticed the herd has grown to a significant number.  I think it might be time to move some along.  But there’s a bit of a problem there.  Which one(s)?  The three that get the least amount of usage (with the exception of the Tina in the entry foyer that just looks good there) are the: (click links for pictures)

The Van Eaton is the only wheel that I can spin a thicker yarn on, and well, the chances of putting my hands on another one of these wonderful wheels anytime in the future is nil, considering the waiting list for this one!  I don’t think she’s moving.  The Reeves?  She’s a beautiful wheel and when I do use her, I use her happily.  See the replacement problem excuse above also for this one as well.  So if I should move one along, it would be the CPW.  Anyone interested?

Just because I was playing with the camera, I have this picture of Serendipity, where you can see her in all her funkiness.

Just look at that under-bite!  And the mess near her eyes.  One fugly, but adorable cat 🙂

Tags: Socks · Spinning

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurie // Jul 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    This use vs can never get it again conundrum is perplexing. Hard to say what to do about it.

  • 2 Sharon // Jul 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I still think it should be the Van Eaton…..but only if it comes to play with me. ;0) You have such a crazy wonderful assortment of wheels. I don’t think you should let any of them go. Great cat pic. Looks like she is sticking her tongue out at you. hahahah

  • 3 Harriet // Jul 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Thinking CPW. My birthday is the end of the summer….you may get an email from my husband.


  • 4 Tim // Jul 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    PM me regarding the CPW….

    Timknit at gmail dot com