In which I conquer the world

Just over a week ago, I joined in the Tour de Fleece. It was a bit of a whim, to be sure, but I also recognized it as the "kick in the butt" I needed to get started on my brand spanking new wheel/spindle/etc. Learning to spin seemed like a natural progression now that I've gotten comfortable knitting and getting in to SOAR this year sealed the deal.

If you scroll down, you'll see pictures of my first efforts with a spindle, followed by a somewhat lackluster attempt at the wheel. I've been getting more "serious" these past few days and I'm now feeling quite confident. Today I took that last step - plying.

The Internet is helpful in so many ways - YouTube videos, blogs, Ravelry - all these places had tips and tricks to help me ply my first yarn. In the end, I turned back to Maggie and just sat down and did it.

My skein has been wound, washed, rinsed and is now resting quietly in the bathroom. I expect it'll be dry in the morning. Pictures to follow.

Huh. Pretty cool.


Anonymous said...

Hi Diane,

Just wondering where you found the Dragon Skin Baby's Jacket, please? from Toronto, Ontario. THANKS!

blopeep said...

The Dragon Skin Baby Jacket is in the Holiday 2007 edition of Interweave Knits. Unfortunately, I believe that issue is sold out. There's also a listing on Ravelry - if you do a pattern search, you might be able to purchase it directly from the designer.