Saturday, February 04, 2006

This week I spun my first novelty yarn - I don't knit much with novelty, so it makes sense I don't spend much time spinning it either, but this fiber just begged to be flirty fun.

It was this Polwarth

And this silk two-ply

cabled together using one of Delphine's two handy-dandy on-board lazy kates

and I got this

Isn't it gorgeous? I still have more of this shade of blue silk, and then after that two ounces more of some deeper blues along with at least four ounces of polwarth spun, and maybe another 3 or 4 ounces to spin up.... Once I get those worked up I'll ply them on Fiona to remind her that I do still love her. It's more than enough for a really gorgeous cozy warm scarf, and I simply can't express to you how soft this stuff is. If we ever get winter around here it'll be really nice to have.

Plus, the fact that I'm working on something so perfect for cold snowy weather is a good way of preventing that weather from ever happening. Just like my mother (the teacher) often says - if you don't do your homework, it won't snow. By being prepared for icy weather, I'm not doing my homework.

Or something like that.


Today I drove down to southern Maryland and spent the day teaching a sock class to these wonderful ladies.

It was a lot of fun, and a terrific group of women. I'll teach another class next month, only toe-up that time. This is all taking place at this beautiful shop.

The shop is just the kind of place you'd like to go and sit and chat with friends, and I really wish I was closer!

I was bouncing around during class (and actually worked up a sweat!) and then was still pretty high-strung for the drive home, what with traffic and horror-movie-quality fog. Then I got home, kissed the boys, sat on the couch, and my legs swelled up and I'm thinking I may just sleep on the couch rather than have to walk all the way down the hall. It was like as soon as the pressure came off my body allowed itself to hurt. And I don't remember if I took my synthroid this morning (probably not as I'm feeling a little over-emotional along with the soreness, judging from the fact that I just cried at the end of Legally Blonde) but I just don't want to go into the other room to get it, so the boys are just going to have to deal with the tears at Miss Congeniality.....

But it's okay, because the pain is so worth the fun I had... and I still feel like I'm improving... so it's a plus....


Blogger Gina Black said...

Two more socks to add to the total. I finished them last week but just found the time to let you know. Unfortunately, they turned out a little big. I've just started another pair, this time I'm trying to do all the arithmetic to get them to be *my* size exactly. And so far so good, except that I kinda forgot about negative ease... One of these days I'll get it right!

I've bought so much sock yarn, I'll have plenty of opportunities. :)

12:35 AM  
Blogger Bobby said...

That yarn looks so luciously cuddly, I want to pet it!

Oh, I suppose you can add another sock to the sock tally. Just one though. The other is still in limbo.

I'm curious, how do you teach a sock class? Do you have them knit a teeny practice sock, or what? My lys has asked me to do a couple classes, and I really don't know how to teach how to knint something. I mean, you just follow the pattern, you know?

1:23 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I have a finished sock to report- a rib and cable from Fall 05 IK done in a yellow/orange/pink Koigu KPPPM but there are no blog pictures as it's half of a birthday surprise and another friend is knitting the mate.

The spinning looks gorgeous!

4:43 AM  
Blogger Bess said...

ACK! You need a keeper. Take your meds. right now! Up UP UP - go to that other room.

And congrats on the beautiful yarn and successful class. Love the painted window.

Just think - you were just across two rivers from me. I should have waved.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Mom said...

Like Bess said! Get those meds! Don't make me come over there!

I don't think the homework analogy is right here, somehow, though your logic is good. It's more like carrying an umbrella to prevent rain, right?


7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the yarn you spun! Pretty Pretty!
And that shop window is to die for :-) soooo Cute!
Hey! Why aren't you in that picture!?!

OK - Go take your meds - no matter what - no matter what- no matter what - no matter what :-P

Love you, Love you, Love you , Love you...
(and E&G)

8:08 AM  
Blogger sixmitts said...

Hi Amie,
We are sort of blog neighbors, b/c when I click on the "next" button on the Spinning ring, it takes me to your blog. I just spun my first novelty yarn too, but I used a rayon sewing thread. I've never spun silk before, but yours looks so cool. Fluffy and shiny! Great combo. Thanks for sharing.
PS I have to deal with thyroid stuff too. My dose was too small for about a month and I could barely move. Take those meds!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Dad said...

What a neat day! But ditto on the meds!!!!!


11:54 AM  
Blogger Sue Woo said...

Love that yarn oh my gosh. Spinning must be so much fun.

Your Mama says take your medicine. I think she's right!

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add two more socks for me. Well, they're not for me, but, you know..

7:27 PM  
Blogger Suegene said...

Hi, thanks for the spinning wheel ring activation, etc :-) Your yarn looks beautiful!

12:01 AM  
Blogger Ada said...

You're spinning looks fabulous.
2 pair of socks finished to add to the total.

4:38 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Hope you are feeling better. The yarn is gorgeous! I finished two socks to add to the total.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


She won a $45 professional brush set form Mary Kay!!!

Thanks for playing! It was fun!

Nancy K. from PA

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Patti said...

Add another pair of socks to the total for me.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

oh, pretty, pretty, pretty novelty yarn. Sorry you had the pain with the pleasure!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hey Amie - add another pair of socks to the total! I finished a pair for my oldest daughter. We'll hit 2000 before you know it!

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Your yarn came out gorgeous. It looks like it will make a very cozy scarf! Hope your feeling better.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Jensgalore said...

Love that yard! Soo beautiful.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I wasn't in the class, but I came in shopping that day. It really is a nice store! :) Ellen is wonderful!

12:02 PM  

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