I was recently solicited to sell my stuff at a local clothing/gift store [I was very flattered, since I didn't plan on trying to sell my stuff for a while...but apparently there's demand!]
my problem is yarn: the price of yarn I'd get through my lys is obvious marked up so they'll make a profit..but this causes me to have to mark up my prices even more [and that's not counting what the store will have to mark up in order to make a profit]. I spin, but not enough to create the kinds of yarns I want to knit things to sell with [not yet, anyway. crossing my fingers for the day!]
I can get yarns from ebay, obviously, for slightly cheaper than the lys after shipping, but I'm curious what those of you who knit to sell do...plus, I'd hate to go to the lys and just "scope out" the yarns I want and then buy online. such nice ladies in there and they've been tremendously helpful.
so for Christmas my amazing parents are getting me an amazing gift that is making me squeal whenever I think of it: a maple, single treadle Lendrum folding wheel...the seller is throwing in all sorts of amazing goodies too, yay!
However, I realized I know like, nothing, zero, zilch about spinning wheels. I live in southern Louisiana and have not been able to find any spinners or folks who know much about fibers/wheels that live close by...[sheep farming is not a big hobby down here in the swamp. ]
I would love some recommendations on books to get me acquainted with my new best friend...like, what the heck is a maiden? or a flyer? without a visual guide this see-it-believe-it-girl is lost. a website with lots of lovely explanations would be equally helpful! I've checked a few places but can't find much on castle style wheels.
Thanks for any help you're able to give! I can't wait to post new yarns from my toy....i'm already imagining how much it will travel, since it conveniently fits in a suitcase...
Maybe this could evolve into a knitter's block encouragement thread, I dunno...
I keep trying to start larger projects [sweaters, capes, etc.] and I just can't seem to push myself through them. I'm just so tired of making scarves and hats... And then I come hear and read about all you amazing folks who can churn out a garment in a matter of hours, and I just wonder why it isn't happening for me. I'm usually a very fast knitter for the length of time I've been doing it, but I'm kind of discouraged and annoyed with myself for not being able to finish things.
So for those of you who pushed your way through your first garments like I'm trying to do, any encouragement or wisdom you can offer on how to finish things? [or maybe some projects that will knit up quickly I can start with?]
[oh, and forgive so many topics..i'm just fulll of questions. :p]
thought about putting this in the dyeing forum, but it seems like there are more fiberheads 'round these parts, so i'll leave it here unless it technically needs to be somewhere else.
So, I've been dyeing with Koolaid. eventually, I will broaden my horizons, but, you know..baby steps. anyways, I had this beautiful, natural white, creamy-to-the-touch, completely soft and wonderful roving. After dyeing [my mordant? is that the word? was vinegar...maybe i used too much? i go kinda slap happy with it], it was a bit tougher, and really horrible compared to the smooth, silky loveliness of it's former life.
I'm currently wavering between it being the dye's fault, or maybe i felted it a little. it *was* maybe a bit hotter this time? maybe i prepped it wrong? i dunno.
when i spin it, it has little "balls" of fiber that were not there before, for sure. [they look kind of like when something starts pilling, the little "pills"]. the fiber is also not as soft to the touch. it felt tough, and less like some silky fiber, and more like some fiber from down under, if you know what i mean. [it was also crap to spin. ergh.]
any thoughts? i really don't want to do it again, and i'm sorta afraid of dyeing again because i have all this lovely, natural wool that i really don't want to turn into satanwool.
One of the things I've been wondering about recently is wheels and how they act on different surfaces [carpet, wood floor, ceramic tile, etc.], and more specifically, if they make more noise on these different surfaces?
I'm homeschooled, and my dad works nights, so he sleeps during the day [he's 50+ years old and has been doing this since he was 20...no clue how he does it]. so anyways, I'm curious as to whether or not a spinning wheel usually makes a good bit of noise [we have a very echoey house..if it would wake him up, i wanna know]. additionally, whether or not it makes less or more noise on carpet, wood, etc. [we have both surfaces in the floors of our house].
I'd want to spin while watching my school videos, meaning, while he's asleep, so know this info would be fabulous. so please post your experiences [mention the wheel you've got], how much noise it makes [maybe compare it to....a fan, or a blow dryer, or whatever.] etc., and i'd really appreciate it! thanks.
I'm going to be paying a visit to Michigan [the area around the lake. which is think is the more northern part. but my lack of geographical knowledge is staggering.]
I'm looking for a yarn or spinning shop in that area that someone could recommend? [most especially a fiber arts store. i have the hardest time finding those here in Louisiana and it would be great if someone knows of one.]
Okay, so with a title like that, this hat has lots to live up to... and believe me, it does.
the construction of it is mind numbingly simple. actually, the yarn is about 80% of what makes this hat so crazy.. [the other 20 is me. ]
I wish I could remember the brand of yarn I used....I'm pretty sure I've got another skein lying around. so anyways, I made a scarf for my cousin [very wide and long, just like I like my scarves. tres dramatic, no?] with this yarn in a blue/purple colorway, and it was fantasmic in every way. [i was sort of sad to give it up, but oh well.] I saw some of it for like, 1.50 a skein in the pink/yellow/dark pink/purpley colorway, and was like "heck, why not?" then i started thinking....hat? no hat? hmmm.
I finally [obviously] decided for making a hat. This was in the middle of a forensics [AKA speech and debate] tournament, therefore I was surrounded by people much like myself who admired the idea and encouraged it greatly. yays for support. anywho, here it is
[and yeah, that's me. ]
ackshun [< ain't my spellin' superb?] shot:
wearing the hat, making something else:
the boyface in this picture is my good friend Hudson, who willingly holds and unwinds my yarn. yay for nice boys.
so yeah. instructions on making are..well...
measure your head. cut that in half. gauge the stitches of the yarn [i used huuuuge needles] and then figure out how many stitches you need to go around plus one or two for binding up the sides. knit it up until there's a little loose on top when you attempt to fit it to your head with the knitting needle still in it [this is pathetic]. bind off, and sew up the sides with a yarn needle. [the squarey shape is intentional and awesome] the strings [mine reach to the floor untied when i'm standing] are just chain stitched [aka: crochet, for all you knitters] to give them a little more weight.
questions? comments? fried eyeballs from the crazyness?
Just a quick note to anyone coming to visit New Orleans: if you at all interested in knitting, crochet, needlepoint, or any other sort of needlework, you MUST visit the garden district needlework shop. I just spent about an hour drooling over the amazing selection of yarns, needlepoint accessories, needles, and all sorts of stuff. they've got an extremely helpful staff [one woman taught me to purl and knit in the round in the timespan of about five minutes]and for the quality that they have, the prices are by no means terrible. The website is www.gardendistrictneedlework.com. If you aren't a knitter but are interested in some AMAZING hand made scarves, shawls, sweaters, and other pieces, they've got a room off to the side dedicated to already completed things [which are all really amazing.] Anyways, lovely little place, pay it a visit!