Spinning Detour

My first try at spinning was with a drop spindle. I quickly moved on to spinning on a wheel. And, I never looked back...until now!

Two spinning wheels and three spindles later, I am logging some (too many) hours on spindle spinning. It doesn't mean that I am an expert but that I no longer have to be in-house to spin!

Some of the first small batch of yarn was put to good use with this Rebecca Danger mini monster. Despite it's small size, it was not fiddly to knit.

Body, eyes and wonky smile: Handspun yarn
Feet: O-Wool Legacy DK

Turtle Made Turkish Spindle

For less than $20 USD you can get a customized spindle. Check out the Etsy store, if any, for the happy colors of the spindles.

Spindles are a great, affordable way to get your feet wet on spinning. They come in all styles and prices. There is plenty of You Tube videos and information on Ravelry to learn from.

SSE (Summer Stash Enhancements)

It's been awhile since I confess my stash enhancements over here. Here are a few souvenirs from my latest trip to Nashville.

From the fantastic Craft South: Quince & Co. Puffin in Shell (left) and Gingerbread (right). The yarn is 100% American wool and comes in skeins of 113 yards. I would love to combine these two skeins in one project.

From my first visit to Haus of Yarn, this Danica Studio zipper pouch. It was super affordable and better yet, my purchase supported "Education without Borders".

Also from Haus of Yarn, this gorgeous Malabrigo Nube fiber in color Sabiduria (Spanish word for wisdom).

Finally, this Shawl pin.

I'm super happy with my purchases and with supporting brick and mortar yarn shops.

Spindrift...a gem!

I now understand all the rave about Helen Stewart's patterns. Spindrift was a joy to knit! The shawl is beautiful. Knitted in Malabrigo Sock provided for a great color and drape.

My mother has requested the same shawl in this gorgeous Lost City yarn. It is the first time that I knit a pattern twice, back to back. That should tell you something!

Hope you are enjoy your current projects. Have a great weekend!