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Spring Forward

It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to knit socks – I forgot how much I enjoy the tiny stitches on the tiny needles…



The pattern is Spring Forward from the new Knitty. I thought the pattern would be great in a subtle overdye colorway, so I pulled out a skein of Tea Leaves and off I went! The colorway is very unusual, its basically a pale rose color overdyed with a light olive. I think these socks will go with everything when cooler weather hits, don’t you think? I’ll have more of this colorway and lots of other overdyes in my first Saturday, June 21st store update.

Now, for the second sock!

Ver-mont

We spent a long weekend up in Vermont relaxing and hanging out with some wonderful friends. We had lots of fabulous food, beautiful weather and time to actually knit! I was hoping to have the first Spring Forward sock finished for today, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. All I have left to do is the toe – so, so close!

I waited and waited; hoping the peonies would bloom during our stay in Vermont. They didn’t – but the buds are just about as pretty too.

My Spinning Story

Okay, back to the spinning! So, the quicky story is basically this: I bought some handspun sock yarn from Julie on Ravelry and decided I just had to learn. I had heard about Iron Horse Farm in Sherborn, MA from another friend, and called them up. A week later I had a rented wheel and my very first private lesson with Debbie. Seriously people, I don’t have time to teach myself these days, but Debbie, she can do the trick in under an hour! She is just so sweet and was so easy to learn from. Plus, her and her husband own and operate the cutest little farm there is – and, get this, they have the best fresh eggs! If you are around the Boston area, I highly recommend stopping by (they are about 30 minutes west of Boston).

As promised, here are some pictures of my first handspun –

The first skein pictured is what I learned on. I am not sure how knittable it is; it will probably just live in the closet with my first knitting project. They can become friends :) I was playing with the twist, thickness, tension, etc. which is why it is so, all over the place, crazy looking. I still love it! I used 4 oz. of merino top in sage from Iron Horse Farm.

Below is my first real handspun. I had become a bit more comfortable with tension and technique and tried to produce an even, single strand. I’ve already noticed how I tend towards spinning very thin single plys. This makes sense to me, since I love knitting with thinner yarns. I used 4 oz. of merino top in a marbled ivy green colorway from Iron Horse Farm. I think that this skein is about 166 meters of sport/dk weight yarn.

This final handspun was started and finished in just a few hours. After a week of spinning up single plys, I went back to Debbie for a quick lesson in plying. I bought this crazy soft polwarth/angora roving in the cotton candy colorway and just knew it wanted to be something fun and chunky. This is about 66 meters of bulky weight yarn.

The whole process I’ve gone through these past two weeks is just so very cool in my mind. I just love learning new things, and was so happy I had the chance to meet and learn from Debbie. One of my favorite aspects of spinning so far, is the attempt to keep an even strand. Debbie insisted that I stop spinning every once in a while, and pull some yarn back off the bobbin. By doing this, you can let it twist on itself and see how tight and thick your spin is. I took Debbie’s suggestion to heart and created this very cool spinning “diary” for myself. Here are my swatches from my first 3 handspun skeins:

What’s next you ask? I’m going to head back to the farm sometime soon to learn how to navajo ply – I can’t wait!

Changes

A week and a half ago I learned how to spin – something I never ever thought I would do. Never say never, right?

I’ve since become a spinning machine; its that familiar taste of the unknown, the feeling of not knowing whether you are totally screwing something up, or creating something fabulous. There is no right or wrong way to spin just like knitting; but I am quickly learning that with spinning each to their own. No ones spins the same finished product – which makes it all the more comforting to me. I’m making something different and unique; the feeling that we all should be feeling each and every day. How cool would the world be then?!

I’m currently spinning up some handdyed BFL roving from Yummy Yarn. I’m so amazed at how different the colors look on the roving, and how they look spun up. Spinning blends the colors in just the most amazing way..

There’s more to come tomorrow! I’ll show you my first few finished handspun skeins, and will tell you about the coolest little farm there is….

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog! It was time for a change after more than three years on Blogger. Hopefully this site will be fabulous for my friends, family, the online knitting community and my Sunshine Yarns customers. Please make sure you update your Knitting Sunshine links and your RSS feeds – big thanks!

I’ve been slowly learning my way around WordPress these past few weeks; and am starting to love all the new abilities I now have. Please let me know if you find anything weird or if you have any questions, okay?

I have lots of new things to update you on this week, horray!