So I finally got my precious DS lite yesterday, which I've been wanting since the hinge of my regular DS cracked when my husband dropped it. The first thing I did, after playing it for hours of course, was knit a sock for it! I made it from some Sugar (or Peaches, dunno) & Cream cotton that I had in the stash, cause I wanted something washable and non scratchy, but natural. The tension isn't wonderful, but I'm going to say that's cause I was using magic loop with a horrible, cheap circular that wanted to bend a certain way even after numerous boilings. Anyhow, I present the sock:
I've fallen in love with the book Mason-Dixon Knitting and started a Log Cabin blanket. Being addicted to KALs, and finding none for this book, I started a KAL for Log Cabin Knitting. If you're interested, check it out and join!
I've spun a couple of yarns this week, but this is my favorite. I've only plyed a few times, and this is the yarn that I've finally gotten the hang of it with. I've plyed more since then, and I'm happy to say they've turned out equally well.
So I've officially given up on being able to use spinning for what I actually want to spin. I want to spin 2-ply fingering weight blue face leicester for socks. Maybe it's me.. maybe it's my Babe wheel.. I don't know. I just know that I can't spin yarn that fine. I can spin some beautiful DK/worsted/bulky weight yarn. I can get it even if I want it.. or thick & thin if I want it, but I cannot for the life of me spin 2-ply sock weight.
I don't really knit with the other yarns that often, except for the occasional beanie. I sell some stuff on etsy. I really do enjoy spinning. Lately, however, I've been trying to ban myself from buying beautiful fiber until I can spin this undyed BFL into fingering weight, so I haven't been on such good terms with my wheel. I'm really considering forgetting about spinning sock yarn for awhile, and just buying lots of small quantities of beautiful fiber and spinning my troubles away.. just for the sake of spinning. Not because I want to knit with the yarn, or because I want a particular outcome.. just spinning and spinning and spinning and loving the wool. Afterwards, I would of course use, stash, donate, or sell the yarn.. but for now.. just spinning with no particular goal in mind sounds really freeing and fun.
Does anyone else ever just spin for the sake of spinning, or do most of you spin yarn for particular projects? Am I just crazy?
I didn't actually have a lot of the first yarn, so the rug isn't as large as the photos make it look. But since the garter stitch is so cushy, it feels great under my feet in the morning! (in front of the bathroom sink). I should probably also block it
I just snatched up a spinning wheel at an antique shop today for $150. I don't see a manufacturer's name or anything on it, so I'm not sure if it's handmade or manufactured. There are a couple of problems:
There are a few places in the wheel where the wood is like.. cracked out.
The wheel catches a little bit right here.
The leather that was holding this part together fell apart before I even got home, so I've got it temporarily tied with yarn, but I'll get a piece of leather soon. Is there any particular way I need to tie it?
Is there anything wrong here?
And a couple of full pictures so you guys can see if there is anything missing... ?