Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hush Hush Handspun Hootenanny Questionnaire

1. How long have you been spinning? What skill level do you consider yourself? Since the early 80’s. Intermediate/advanced

2. What kinds of yarn do you create (singles/2-ply/3-ply/art yarn)? 2 ply

3. What do you spin with (spindle/wheel/both)? Kromski Minstrel

4. What are your favorite fibers to spin with? Anything you don't like?
Blue Faced Leicester, Merino. I don’t like Mohair.

5. Who are your favorite fiber sources (etsy or otherwise)?
All Spun Up, Fat Cat Knits, The Fiber Denn. Squoosh and Copperpot Woolies

6. What kind of fiber do you want to try? Cormo, CVM and Bamboo

7. Is there any techniques you would like to learn?
I constantly strive for the best lace weight yardage

8. Do you dye fiber? If not, would you like to learn?
Yes, I’ve been dyeing since the early 80’s

9. Do you have fiber prep tools (and like to use them) or would you prefer ready to spin fiber?
I prefer ready to spin fiber

10. What do you do with your handspun? What projects have you completed?
I knit lace and socks. I am half done with two pair of socks

11. Are you in need of any spinning gadgets (WPI Gauge, threading hook, etc)? Yes, I would like a Spinner's Control Card & Yarn Gauge

12. What colors "fall into your shopping basket"? Any colors you just can't stand? I love greens, purples, rusts, browns, teals and blues - rich, earthy colors. I do not like bright primary and pastel colors.

13. What is on your wheel/spindle right now? Some BFL I bought on Etsy

14. What other crafts/hobbies do you have? Felting and Seed Bead Jewelry

15. Other than crafts, what are you passionate about? Birdwatching, Hiking and Photography

16. Do you have an online wishlist? Yes, on Etsy and The Loopy Ewe

17. Is there anything that you collect? Bird nests

18. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What magazine subscriptions do you have?
There aren’t any books right now. I subscribe to Spin-Off

19. When is your birthday?
September 9th

20. What book or movie character do you most resemble in personality?
I have no idea on this one.

21. What is the climate like where you live around this time (need to know for careful shipments of anything meltable)? Hot and humid

22. Tell us one weird fact about yourself! I love Nascar.

favorite painting/picture(link):
Ansel Adams

Lindt chocolate

Food: Seafood

Drink: Mojito

Movie(s): The Wizard of Oz

TV Show(s): CSI, Law and Order, The Closer, Saving Grace, Without a Trace

Book(s): Anything fiber-related

Guilty Pleasure(s): Fiber and chocolate

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thistle Toe-up Sock

Thistle Toe-up Sock, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

Here is the beginning of my toe-up sock, using the handspun posted below. I am in love with how it is knitting up! Stay tuned for the finished sock in another day or two.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Spinning yarn for socks

I purchased some Superwash Wool roving from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the Thistle colorway. My first 2 ounce skein of 2 ply yarn has 148 yards. So, I decided to use a toe-up sock pattern, due to not wanting to worry about running out of yarn.

Superwash Roving

Handpsun Yarn

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Blue Handspun - on wheel

Blue Handspun - on wheel, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

Here is my test sample of the blue dyed fleece. It's a little more difficult to spin than I expected, however a drum carder later on down the road will help in the preparation, versus using hand carders.