In Santa Clara, Ca! A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to go to Stitches West with my good friend Dana. We were a little overwhelmed at first but only because there was so much to see! Armed with our matching mini notebooks and our love of fiber, we went in.
Dana loved the trims and buttons booths and I was instantly drawn to any booth that had spinning fibers. We found new patterns, fibers, yarns and books to order for the store and my goodness, it’s exciting! I ended up pinched between buying a enormous braid of merino wool hand dyed with red, purple and blue and a beautiful skein of sproingy wool yarn in dark blue and greeny grey. I went with the yarn… 420 yards of gorgeous aran weight deliciousness! How could I resist? That’s right, I couldn’t 😉
I started spinning back in February after talking to my awesome new friend Heather. She let me try out her dreamy Lendrum wheel at our Thursday knitting/needlecraft group and I was hooked. That next weekend I convinced James that it would be in his best interest to accompany me to Stitches West in Santa Clara and the next day I ordered my own wheel from this truly delightful gentleman whom I spoke with at the conference. After waiting 3 days as anxiously as was possible without losing consciousness James helped (aka all by himself with me asking “can I screw that one in?”) assemble my new Ashford Kiwi (who has yet to be named) and a new love was born!
My first two yarns were a little wonky but I was hardly deterred from practicing thinner and thinner yarns. I keep getting better with each braid of wool I draft and I’m even going to try out a 3-ply pretty soon. I just have to finish my 3rd bobbin and have James make a triple-doweled shoebox for my lazy kate. He’s so handy!
Here’s my very first knit object from yarn I spun myself! Knitting it went so quickly, it was amazing. The Banana Yarn ended up being 116 yards and I knit it up on size 11 needles. I will post a pattern separately in a tutorial post later. It’s super easy.
I’m having a great time trying out new fibers. So far I’ve tried (all wool) falkland, corridale, ‘blended’ wools and superwash merino. I’m excited to try more exotic fibers like alpaca, soy, corn, or camel. Next I might try Guinea Wool from my piglet, Bumble! How does one shear a guinea pig?