UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

February 26, 2010

Stitches 2010 market results

Filed under: fiber, yarn — Tags: , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 5:59 pm

Keep in mind that I needed absolutely nothing to add to my stash. This is purely buying stuff to be buying stuff. Normally I am terrible about buying myself things and I rarely believe in retail therapy, but this was extremely enjoyable.

I bought buttons. $6 worth which I will not post the picture of because they are banal and the picture is horrible.

I bought a skein of heavyweight Blue Moon Fiber Arts because I was there early enough to get one of the Raven colorways.  It is not like their stuff is a deal at Stitches, but I wanted it and have wanted it for years now. So I bought one.

I also bought fiber from Royale Hare and Lisa Souza and RedFish Dyeworks. The RedFish is amazing stuff, baby camel + tussah. It was ludicrous but I loved it. Lisa Souza has awesome prices. Royale Hare has better superwash than anyone else at the show and Romi makes me smile.

$28+t $16+t $53+t $38+t
From stitches 2010

I also bought my first stand-alone pattern. I fell absolutely in love with this double-layer wrap from Bijou Bison last year and they would not sell me the pattern unless I bought the yarn from them. This year they were happy to sell me the pattern by itself. $8.50

I also bought myself a swift from the Oregon Woodworker. I have wanted it for a long time and it was time. They are the nicest people, despite having a sign saying they do not work on Sunday (which usually signifies the kind of Christians who are intolerant of absolutely everyone else on Earth), they were extraordinarily kind. That was $73 with tax for the walnut wood version.

With the $7 entry fee ($8 – coupon + convenience fee for online tickets=$7) and lunch ($10)
$6+28+16+53+38+65+8.50
was about $250.

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February 7, 2010

I can spindle.

Filed under: spin — Tags: , — UndyedYarnpire @ 1:04 pm

There have been some spinning experiments.

I wheel plied spindled oatmeal BFL singles with remainder (gray, white, tan) singles and some under-plied yarn I had stored on TP tubes on a shelf to get a mottled gray effect.  It turned out wonderful since I am looking for more elephant yarn.

Last night I also did my first spindle-ply yarn. It came out really nice.

I do not enjoy it like I enjoy wheel spinning. There are some ergonomics issues that irritate me. Like there is no good place to grab the spindle to add spin once the stick is full of yarn (top whorl spindle). Also it is hard to unwind a spindle onto storage bobbins for plying. There needs to be a snap-on collar near the whorl and one for the other end and the whole thing should be sold with a rack like fancy wine rack inserts to function as a lazy kate for the spindle. My fancy spindle spins wonderfully and these issues do not dampen my adoration, but it is hard to imagine a time when all cloth was woven with spindled yarns.

I think I would like to have a bottom whorl spindle with a hook. (The whole half-hitch knot business seems stupid.) But I keep imagining it as having a huge open space so it would be easy to get my hand in to flick it into spinning. Obviously there would be the same problems once it had yarn on it but my imagination is stuck in its own reality.

There are some yarns I have not shared pictures of. I am really thrilled with the “Calico Cat” yarn, and have been browsing for plush animal patterns because that is what I want to make from it.

The mottled green yarn that looks like the very beginnings of fall colors looks to be wanting to be a lace triangle. I am hoping it will be large enough to go over the head so I can call it after something from Robin Hood.

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Things did not end well with my volunteer knitting teacher gig. For once it was not ill-handled on my part, and I felt like a grown-up when I kept my even keel and quietly realized I would never have said that.

There are several positives about this. I will have more time and less fiber-related frustration. I was not the person leaving someone in the lurch so I burned no bridges. And my perspectives about knitting were refreshed if not expanded.

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I am still wavering on attending Stitches. I feel obligated since it is so close and so many people cannot go due to distance. But I am also thinking that I bought almost nothing last year, and I still have fiber from 2008’s Stitches West that I have not spun (I was saving it until I got better enough to be worthy.) I would like a companion with whom to attend. I can drive and I do not need you to kick in for gas money. I am really terrible at buying stuff, so if you are concerned about going because you might spend too much money we would balance each other. The email address at the side (if you are not reading this via feed) is valid, or send a Rav PM. I am in Oakland and would prefer to go on Friday but would make an exception.

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