Saturday, February 14, 2009

It's an Honor just to be Nominated

And it is!

Cindy at Knitonepurltoo has nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger Award!

Yes, I'm all blushy!

Thanks, Cindy!

So here are some nominations from me, bloggers that I read that deserve more traffic:

Honey and Ollie


trek casts on

Sleepy Eyes Knitting

All of the above, and in fact all the blogs I read, get way more traffic than I do, so I feel weird about nominating them, since I'm such small fry. But great thanks, Cindy!

Today I'm going to Long Beach to meet the spinning group that I have something or other to do with the existence of, thanks to Diane who came to my house to learn to spindle. They probably all know more than I do! But, hey, an afternoon of grownups spinning together is not to be scoffed at at all. It's been a couple of weeks since I've had a moment to take a breath (see previous posts for proof). [Edited to add: We had a great time this afternoon! Thanks, again, Diane!]

Of course last night the Yarn Harlot started a total carding revolution by revealing that Judith McKenzie-McCuin cards her fiber SIDEWAYS and I had to try that out so the drum carder is on the kitchen table still. Had to do it!

I've been pretty frustrated by my attempts to prep and spin my gray fleece and I'm beginning to blame the fleece (or the shearer). It's full of, well, cr*p. But it might also be an element of using the same ziploc bag of washed fleece to try. I'm going to get the whole thing out and find a better section to mess with next week. Or just get out the nicer fleece and try that! I did end up with a somewhat nicer little batt, but most of the wool stuck to the big drum, what's the deal with that?

gray fleece roving'

Then I did some mohair locks that turned out to have quite a bit of VM which distributed itself throughout the batt. But the batt itself is lovely and fluffy. Will try again with the clean dyed locks I have somewhere...

mohair batt

Last batt was merino/silk from a LONG time ago that isn't really blended and that one is to die for! Wish I had more of it now.

merino silk batt

Last week I managed to jump ahead and did our second Cardalong exercise: Make a color cooler by blending it with an analogous color cooler than your original.

Here are my elements: exercise 2 elements

And here is the result:

exercise 2 batt

I started spinning it this afternoon but it's not finished yet. We had to clean up and go home.

So it turned out to be a very fibery couple of days. Thanks again, Cindy! And Diane! And everyone.



Blogger Heide said...

I love the resulting color of your carding experiment. Hope you had a great Valentine's Day!

10:41 PM  
Blogger SleepyEyes said...

You are awesome! Thank you so much for nominating me!

I love the two "before" colors of your fiber and the blended one even more. I can't wait to see how it comes out when you spin it. Lovely!

Also hope you had a super V-Day!!

3:18 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

hi, I'm Jerry from Tustin. What spinning group are you talking about in Long Beach? I spin with the OC Night Spinners, GLASG, The Tuesday yarn Lady spin group and sometimes the Riverspinners in Riverside but I'm interested in a new group that close.

7:12 PM  

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