Friday, March 30, 2007

s'n'b

This week I went to my S'n'B in Brooklyn. This was a special one, as our friend Lisa was invited to come and give us a spinning demo. She brought both her wheel and a few drop spindles, plus some extra fiber for us to try spinning ourselves. I had been anticipating my first spinning attempt, definitely thinking I was going to be the most amazing spinner ever. That I would finally find my one God-given talent. Sadly, that was far from the case. My preconceived notion of how spinning works and how it ACTUALLY works were not aligned, and i couldn't get my head and hands to figure out exactly how to do the drafting portion.

In any case, it was a ton of fun, and there is some talk of us all taking a class over at Brooklyn General at some point. Which I think is a splendid idea because I haven't taken the trip out to Brooklyn to check out this store that I hear nothing but great things about.

Lisa also brought along some of her spun fibers that we could purchase. I got the two skeins below (called "Poodle Skirt") for mere pennies. Lovely stuff:


It's really nice for me to get to know some people into yarn and knitting. I don't have many personal relationships with other knitters, and it's nice to have some people to totally geek out about knitting with. We even knocked around the idea of travelling to Rheinback next fall!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

lather. rinse. repeat.

Remember this?

After looking at this from many angles, I came to the decision to frog everything up until this point and to re-do it in the smallest size. I toyed with the idea of doing a long section of ribbing at the bottom and letting the top part blouse out a bit, but decided that was a cop-out to what I really wanted this sweater to be. Which is like the one in the photo.

I've never frogged a project at this point before. I usually shut my eyes, keep knitting, and hope for the best. And more than once that has lead to finished projects that I'm less-than-thrilled with. I must say, it was rather liberating to get to that stage where there's no turning back.

This photo shows the current state of Glee. Hard to believe a whole sweater's-worth of yarn is sitting here in these two grapefruit-sized balls of yarn, right?