Tuesday, January 23, 2007


OK, so I've been slacking. again. but this time it's totally legitimate, I swear! If you didn't know, I work for a weekly newspaper and this happens to be the month where we have two special sections back to back. Well, this week I get to prepare 75 ads and do photo editing which may not sound like a lot, but believe me it is! so I've been swamped and what has suffered? The knitting! and spinning, and the rest of my non-working life... oh well...February is sure to bring me plenty of R&R PLUS some time to actually use my spinning wheel :) And just in time...for a SUPERB secret pal package arrived a few weeks ago...

I actually thought to photograph the whole process :)

OOOOH! look at the brightly colored paper :)

Inside the first package was this...what is it?

A handmade magnetic chart keeper of course! This was put to use right away :)

What is this dreamy cloud-like stuff? It's silk to spin! Very luxe!

Next up some merino top fiber. YUM! It reminds me of a summer sunset :)

And of course the gratuitous close-up!

MMMMM...chocolatey :) A merino-mohair blend in delicious colors.

Can you see that shine? It's gorgeous!

And an overview shot including the cutest puppy kitten card yet! And I'm a tea lover to boot :) So THANK YOU secret pal :) You're doing a great job! I love being spoiled :)

And next time an actual knitting post! That is when I get a chance to breathe :)


Wednesday, January 03, 2007


So for Christmas my parents gave me some cash for a spinning wheel from Babe's Fiber Garden. Their motto is "Function Before Form for Affordability" and I like it. Here it is!

Ahh...the double treadle production wheel...*sigh*

I realize now, hindsight being 20/20, that I could have taken pictures of the whole process of opening the box and assembly, but I was just too anxious to get going I forgot about pics! So I took a few after the fun was done for the night...

A close up of the flyer...

And the bottom of the wheel...

Here is what else I got:
Comes with 6 bobbins, four built in Lazy Kates (you can see the holes drilled on the sides of the bottom), 1/4 lb. of Brown Sheep wool roving, oil bottle, and two niddy noddys, a sample which is a one yard skein, and a standard which makes a 1 2/3 yard skein.

The frame is made of PVC pipe, and the wheel is originally for a wheelchair and weighs about 8 pounds. It only took me a few minutes to assemble with only 2 screws. The instruction were a bit wonky, but I tend to take things a little too literally sometimes. Although it is a bit wobbly during spinning, when I put it on the carpet that solves that. I think my treadling is just a bit too powerful :) Definitely a worthy investment for my first wheel, and much more affordable too. Now to save my pennies for a joy ashford!

i'm an ass...

so after reviewing my blog today, I discovered I forgot to thank my Secret Pal! D'OH!

I received a small SP package right around Christmas...

A little graph paper book with a kitty knitting from a sheep!, Hand stamped mini note cards with the same sheep and a ewe hoo! underneath, Dark Chocolate peppermint bar YUM!, a mini turtle notebook, a kitty and puppy note, and minty chocolate balls! A wonderful mini package :)

A close up of the kitty knitting from a sheep :)

I've already put many items to good use, and my BF thanks you for the minty chocolate balls! I had to share with him since the are his favorites :)

Thanks again SP!!!