Handspun HeavenI've been sitting on some beautiful yarn for far too long, and it's time to share with you. Aside from spurning each other on towards Tomten glory, Adrian and I have been talking handspinning for the last few weeks. Since I've never knit with handspun before, can you think of a better way to start than with my very own stash of HelloYarn? Check out this eye candy:
4.5 oz/240 yds 'Pluot' 100% Corriedale Wool
1.9 oz/116 yds 'Hunkered' 100% South African Fine Wool
3.4 oz/190 yds 'Trodden' 100% Corriedale Wool
I feel absolutely gluttonous over here. I'm not used to such luxury! In considering all the possibilities, there is really only one project that deserves to be knit with these skeins. Wound and ready for ... yep you guessed it, more garter stitch. Will it ever stop?
I am happy to report that I am officially on vacation (thank the heavens!) and will be spending the next 10 days in Portland, Oregon, one of my very favorite places in the world. There will be Oregon Coast knitting and camping and a whole host of much needed relaxation. Don't you worry though, I've stored up plenty of blog fodder to power through. There is a wireless connection waiting for me there. (My dependency on the Internet is nothing short of shameful, but I'll own up to it).
Oh! And I also got one of these...
Hey. What did you expect in the face of all this beautiful handspun?
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That is some beautiful yarn, and it looks like you are on your way to making some of your own!
I highly recommend staying somewhere near Cannon Beach, OR (I live 80 m south of Portland) - Arch Cape is lovely. And Cannon Beach, while touristy, has some very good food and sometimes decent art. And! And! And! A VERY nice yarn shop (on 2nd, right in the main area). Go have some crab at Ecola and then buy some yarn - that is my ideal vacation. Enjoy!
oh lovely yarn for a lovely pattern. i mean both what comes out of knitting it but also the text in which elizabeth shows a great sense of humour and which started me on this bug. made one in noro silk garden and the rustic look makes any baby look like somebody coming back from woodstock. i called it the jimi jacket as i thought it looked like something suitable for the baby jimi hendrix never had to my knowledge. and everytime i read your blog i get my credit card ready for ordering new yarn... argh... but i do pull myself together. enjoy your holiday in portland. sounds like a blast. happy knitting.
woo hoo , a convert! Congrats on your latest 'hardware' acquisition - she's a beauty, as is all that divine handspun. Just wait til you knit it up - there is absolutely nothing as fabulous as handspun.
Ooooh! What a beautiful spindle - you WILL have a fabulous time spinning. There is something so wonderful about spinning, every inch of the yarn your fingers touch. Love Hello Yarns, enjoy, enjoy! Terry
Welcome to the world of spinning! I'm looking forward to the gorgeous photos of your handspun. There's a small group of us NYC spinners that meet every once in a while. If you have any questions, it's a good local resource. Go check out the Yahoo list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NYCSpinners/
I'm in awe of your incredible handspun yummyness!! Have a blast while you're here! :) I live about 30 mins east of Portland...where on the coast are youheaded? it's been moody and beautiful all weekend over at Seaside, you never know what you'll get on the Oregon coast!!
Well, if you're going to be in Oregon, you should take a trip to Eugene this weekend for Black Sheep Gathering, especially now that you've uh... succumbed.... to the dark side of spinning. It's the largest fiber festival on the west coast and there are beautiful things to be had everywhere.
Have a great time here in Portland! I see some people sent yarn shop suggestions... In addition to Mabel's, I would suggest the Yarn Garden and Molehill Farm. And if you like chocolate, go to Lake Oswego, and knit in Moonstruck Cafe while sipping an amazing hot chocolate. Unfortunately, I'll be holed up working in the hospital -- or I'd join you.
I'm a lurking Portlander, sadly blogless. But, I teach a class in Vancouver WA at Unraveled Yarns and have several students making EZ Saddle Shoulder Arans. They've all been inspired by yours and I send them to your blog for tutorials. If you're free Thursday night, 6:30-8:30, we'd love to have you pop in and knit with us. -Tracy in PDX
I third the suggestion of taking a detour to Eugene for the Black Sheep Gathering (6/22-6/24). So many wonderful fibers available (pygora, cashmere, silk, all sorts of wools, alpaca, llama, mohair). Now that you are initiated to spinning, I see some self-designed yarns in your future. In addition, you get to see and pet all the lovely animals that provide the fibers!
There really is something special about handspun, especially when combined with the comfort of garter stitch. I don't think I'll be able to hold out on spinning too much longer, especially after just finishing a handspun Zeebee. It's so squishy I want to wear it, even if it is 90 degrees outside!
Welcome to the club, I've got one of these too. :) It's somewhat inevitable, isn't it. (and I got a spinning wheel as well, but I will stick to the top-whorl spindle first for getting more practice. Jinx