Monday, September 10, 2007

Spinning Kit

My mini-spinning kit is almost complete!

While at the Estes Park Wool Market I ordered a custom made nostepinde. It arrived this week and works really well. Here's a picture of my kit with the miniature spindle, portable mini-niddy noddy, and the new mini-nostepinde.









The box is my next obsession. While it works really well, a diaper wipes box somehow lacks the presence needed to accompany such beautiful tools.

My Fiber Pursuits

My current creative pursuits have been in fiber. Ever since our trip to Maine in May where I bought some alpaca fiber I have been doing a lot of spinning, crocheting, and even knitting. I bought more fiber at the Estes Park Wool Market and have been keeping busy spinning what I've accumulated. When we went to Breckenridge for a family reunion, I took up knitting. It eluded me for most of my life, but something that was said in one of the yarn shops I went to made it click. The other thing that helped is a great book I found. It has good explanations and easy projects that any grown woman would love to wear.

So here are some of the things I've been working on:

This is a bag made of handspun alpaca and silk with shell beads that I made up as I went along. So it took several months. I made the strap using my lucet to make two straps that I then twisted together.
I made a hat for my husband from some camel yarn we found and a pair of crocheted socks while we were in Maine.
I spun some black alpaca, brown camel, and white silk, plied them together and combined that with some handspun white cashmere to make my husband another hat.

I found some really nice blue alpaca yarn and decided to make my Dad a hat for his birthday. Shhh! Don't tell. I gave him an alpaca sweater last year and he really likes how warm it is compared to other fibers. So I thought he might like the hat for puttsin' around in the garage or camping.
Right now I'm in the middle of another hat from the same pattern. I'm knitting it from 2 handspun yarns. The white fuzzy one is alpaca and the yellower one is a combination of silk and soy. The finished look reminds me of corn flour.