HHHH wrap up.

I meant to post about this last week, but I did not because life got in the way, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Jen was my HHHH swap pal and I received my package from her the Tuesday afternoon of my last post. She sent a some lovely 2ply hand-spun. About 400 yards (in 2 skeins) of a targhee/rambouillette/merino blend that is just so very soft. I wasted no time in casting on for a cowl as my easy travel knitting.

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My package also contained a couple of ounces of Rambouilette dyed by Jen, and some Optim from Chameleon Colorworks (the blue on the right), that up until this swap, I’d never even heard of before. A quick check with google says that Optim is apparently a fine brushed merino, that is supposed to spin up super soft.

I also got a nice card, some mints, a soap, and a cute little set of lamb figurines that are at in my cube at work.

And now, on to the life that is happening. It would seem we are moving soon, and honestly we couldn’t be happier about it. It’s actually closer to work for both of us. (Which, when you consider we both drive about 5 miles each way now, it’s rather impressive.) And it’s wonderful. So much more space. A little fenced in back yard for Daisy, a deck off the kitchen for Bri, and an entire floor for my crafts. Ok.. I have share with the laundry area and a guest bed, but still.. Space for crafting! And entire little room just for craft storage. I. am. so. pleased.

The other part that excites me is that we’ll have a computer room all on it’s own. Which means the bedroom will just be for sleeping, which makes for a much more peaceful rest for both of us. So we’ll spend September packing up all non-vitals and going through all our crap, and moving like crazy the month of October as well as taking vacation. So my scarce posting shall probably be even more scarce for a bit, but hopefully when the dust settles I’ll have some good photos to share. :D

Lots.

This was the view from my office today.

the view

I worked from home, because the key people I normally need to be able to interact with were either out of the state or out of the country. And I have to say, it was a really nice, and productive day.

In between client issues, I made soap.

soap in the oven

I took photos of my ongoing projects, and some recent spinning. (Where I attempted to do the wrap and roll technique until I was sick of it and then Navajo plied the rest.)

Baby Surprise Jacket
Loop Batt, Coils and Navajo

And I packed up my HHHH swap box to be mailed out tomorrow. I hope my pal enjoys her package.

Swap Goodies

Oh, and yesterday I got an order of new books.

Books!

And I love the aprons and potholders in these books. Now I just have to pick the first ones to make.

Spun

These days, I often forget I have a blog. Can you tell? In fact…. I managed to fail to notice that I received my 500th comment recently, when I had made a mental note that it was coming up and to pay attention to it because I wanted to do something special for that person. Well, it’s late, and I don’t have much fan-fare to go with it, but…..

Kris of Bockstark Knits (or Spins…) was my 500th commenter AND it was her first time commenting when she did it. I haven’t finished making my lil something something that I planned on giving to the 500th commenter yet, but it’s coming, so expect an email from me in the near future asking for your snail mail.

….So I finished spinning my HHHH yarn. It was lovely fun. I just kinda relaxed and ended up working on my long draw and woolenish style of spinning. I freely admit that most of the time I spin almost totally worsted, but I have been thinking about trying to put a little more woolen style into things when I can, and it seems my hands are catching up with my brain on this one.

The fiber was from Creatively Dyed’s etsy shop. 4oz 50/50 Merino/Bamboo. About 173 yards of Navajo plied. It reminds me of Sweet Tarts now that it’s done. I am almost sad to be sending this off because I am curious as to how it will knit up. But send it off I will, as soon as I finish up gathering together the rest of the package. I even made a project card for my pal so she can try to recreate the same thing I did to have more yardage if she wishes.

And now I’ll stop with the typey typey and just leave you with some photos.

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4061|400
4065|400
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Ordered.

I have ordered the fibers for the HHHH spinning thingy.   I have a plan!  My plan is to have 2 4 oz. batts of the same fiber.  I’ll spin my 4 ozs and then send the matching 4 ozs to my downstream pal, so she can try to spin to match for having more yarn if she wishes, or do something entirely different and have it match color-wise.    I read that my pal has trouble with Navajo Plying, and since that’s my favorite method, I figured I could do that and then supply a project card with the details of how I spun it if she wants to try and match.

Now I just have to wait for it to get here and get it spun!

HHHH questionnaire.

Just when I thought I wouldn’t have a post this week due to long meetings downtown at work, HHHH puts out a questionnaire for me to answer. Serendipitous!

1. How long have you been spinning? What skill level do you consider yourself?
Over 2 years. Intermediate- Novelty/Art yarns are still a huge challenge for me, and I am often not sure what I’ll do with them when I am done.

2. What kinds of yarn do you create (singles/2-ply/3-ply/art yarn)?2 ply lace-fingering, and 3 ply sport for socks mostly.

3. What do you spin with (spindle/wheel/both)?
Mostly wheel now. I do keep my spindles and a bit of wool at work for really shitty days though.

4. What are your favorite fibers to spin with? Anything you don’t like?
My favorite right this very moment is bamboo. Merino/Tencel is always an “ooooh, shiny!” for me too. Really, anything.

5. Who are your favorite crack dealers fiber sources (etsy or otherwise)?
Etsy sometimes. Usually I just stock up at MSW, and then order other things during the year as they catch my eye. Most likely I will order from Creatively Dyed and The Ranch on Etsy next, and possibly Materials Whirled online. I really need to spin up what I have now before being tempted elsewhere however.

6. What kind of fiber do you want to try?
silk, but I already own some, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

7. Is there any techniques you would like to learn?
The wrap and roll technique that was in Spin Off recently.

8. Do you dye fiber? If not, would you like to learn?
I have done.

9. Do you have fiber prep tools (and like to use them) or would you prefer ready to spin fiber?
I have combs, but generally just use prepped fibers. The combs come in handy when something goes wrong with the prepped fiber however. (I once had some bfl age rather badly in my stash.)

10. What do you do with your handspun? What projects have you completed?
Give it away. Make socks or Lace. Pet it.

11. Are you in need of any spinning gadgets (WPI Gauge, threading hook, etc)?
not really, I don’t use the ones I have that often

12. What colors “fall into your shopping basket”? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I am a sucker for blues and watery type colorways. But I also end up with a lot of brown/green because those are colors that shmoo likes.

13. What is on your wheel/spindle right now?
Erm….some Bamboo from Loop

14. What other crafts/hobbies do you have?
Knitting, Soaping, Sewing

15. Other than crafts, what are you passionate about?
I play a lot of WoW, and listen to a lot of audiobooks.

16. Do you have an online wishlist?
Nope.

17. Is there anything that you collect?
Little turtle figurines.

18. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have subs to IK, SpinOff, and Piecework.

19. When is your birthday?
In Nov.

20. What book or movie character do you most resemble in personality?
No idea.

21. What is the climate like where you live around this time (need to know for careful shipments of anything meltable)?
Hot and humid.

22. Tell us one weird fact about yourself!
I always have painted toe-nails, but hardly ever will I paint my fingernails. And when I do, it’s with clear or a very very pale cream.

Favorites
favorite painting/picture(link):
Leighton’s Flaming June
Really, I have a strange fondness of all the Dutch and Englishmen who painted Greco-Roman scenes in the 1800s. But it all started with Leighton.

Candy:
Those mint 3 Musketeers

Food:
anything not fish or mushrooms really.

Drink:
Sweet Iced Tea.

Movie(s):
Hard to say…we don’t watch a ton of them.

TV Show(s):
House, CSI, Bones, L&O: CI

Book(s):
Stuff by Eddings, C.E. Murphy, Garth Nix, Maria V Snyder, Christopher Moore, Tamora Pierce, Lois McMaster Bujold. There’s more but that’s off the top of my head.

Guilty Pleasure(s): Those cheesy reality competition shows. You know, Bravo hosts a crap-ton of them. Project Runway, Top Chef, Shear Genius. Currently I watch the New Elle Woods one on Mtv too. That’s probably the one I feel guiltiest about.