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Progress!!

No Photos yet, but I just wanted to share my progress with you!!

This morning I frogged 8 WIPS!!! I also re-arranged my WIPs so I can see what I really have left.

So, that’s a big deal.

Also, last night I finished and blocked my first shawl ever, wove in the ends on a second shawl, a sweater, and a blanket, and i’m really excited! I’m on a roll here – I’m really enjoying finishing up projects, because I have such a super huge list of things I want to make.

It’s actually really freeing to look at a project, realize you’re really not interested, not going to make it, and to just frog it!

My de-stash is going well too. I’ve given away over 8lbs of yarn, which means I’ve probably gotten rid of over 5,000 yds.

Destash totals (I only tally yardage once a project is 100% finished, including blocking and weaving in ends):

April 2015 (so far): -1,165 yds

YTD Yards Used: -9,371

YTD Yards bought: +4,000

Net Yds: -5,371 (woo hoo!!)

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Perspective

de-stash415

Today has been one of those uber busy, non-creative, mom is running errands type of days.

Little Bear had to go to the allergist (food allergies! yay!!..), which went amazingly well, I mailed out some de-stash yarn, which was a total plus (hooray for more space!!), and then had lunch with my mama… before going food shopping.

Plenty of normal everyday type stuff, but then I received an e-mail from a hospital I asked about making baby hats for, and was told that the need lapghans/small afghans for cancer patients, and those undergoing chemo treatments. It kind of puts things in perspective, when you realize that those who are stuck in the hospital with a prolonged illness would love to have the day I just had.  I’m tired, but they’re exhausted from fighting for their lives.

Guess my day was pretty good after all – I got to spend it with a happy, smiling Little Bear, and got to see my mama!

Tomorrow is surgery day, so I won’t be around tomorrow, and likely won’t be around for a couple days after that. Prayers are welcome (it’s just a minor hernia repair – nothing crazy!), as always.

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So.. I have a spindle and fiber.. How do you actually SPIN yarn?

There’s plenty of things in life that we know what they should look like in process, but just can’t quite execute ourselves. Have you ever tried to cut your own hair like the hairdresser when you were a kid? Exactly. You know what it looks like to get your hair cut, but you can’t do it.  Spinning isn’t like that. North American culture (for the most part) doesn’t use spinning, or even know about it beyond sleeping beauty pricking her finger – and even that’s on a wheel, not a drop spindle!

I got a comment on this post I wrote about making my own drop spindle, which for some reason didn’t show up on the site, so i’m not able to respond to it there. I’m sorry Katie, whoever you are, I hope you see this post!

-Katie asked: What did you do after you made it?  I mean to spin it and all.  I have never attempted this or even thought I could do it.

-Answer: I’m a super beginner when it comes to drop spindling, so I can’t necessarily tell you how i’ve perfected my technique, what to do, what not to do, all that. BUT! I can show you where i’m learning from!

The internet is fantastic, and i’ve found a number of excellent spinning videos, and i’d like to share a couple of them with you (and what i’ve learned from them).

Absolute favorite tutorial: Abby Franquemont, hands down. This video will help you with drafting, basic spinning, and understanding what in the world people are talking about in other videos when they explain spinning.

You have to be able to draft the fiber before you spin it

The Paradise Fibers Intro Tutorial – I really like this one for its details, and not making you feel silly!

Megan La Core – She also has an entire series on spinning

This isn’t so much a tutorial, as a fascinating video of a very experienced Navajo spinner/weaver. I find it extremely helpful to watch

people who are skilled at what i’m trying to learn, and to listen to their advice, because it stays in my head when i’m attempting to spin.

 

So here’s what i’ve learned so far:

-Spinning (at least the basics) isn’t the difficult part – consistent drafting is.

-Consistency takes practice – your first spinning isn’t actually going to come out looking like machine spun yarn.. because it’s not machine spun. Did you miss what my spinning looks like right now?

Image It looks like twisty wool. (I’ll post better pictures soon. Promise.)

-Watching experienced spinners (even when they’re not doing tutorials) is an awesome way to learn what spinning should look like.

 

Katie, I hope this helps, and that you saw this!

 

Anyone else have good spinning tips? Like I said, i’m still a super beginner! I can use all the help I can get!!

 

 

 

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NaKniSweMo2013

This year i’ve decided to participate in NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month) which is based of of NaNoWriMo (National Write a Novel Month).

In NaNoWriMo, you have to write a novel in one month that has at least 50,000 words in it.

In NaKniSweMo, you have to knit a sweater with at least 50,000 stitches in it…but here’s the challenge: there’s no such thing as automatic stitch count like there is automatic word count!!

So, I cast on a sweater on November 8th Isis Tailcoat Ravelry Link.

I’ll be attempting to take pictures of it and keep updating my progress on here as the month goes on, but it’s a black sweater, so pictures are a little difficult!

Total stitches knit as of right now: 10,301

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Regarding why Ruth should only make vests.. and perhaps small puffy things

I love handknit sweaters. Love. I find them fascinating to make, look at, and all around enjoy… at least that’s what I always tell myself when I cast one on!

The body goes well, and I love seeing the progress, which usually goes fairly quickly, and then I get to the sleeves.

Someone remind me why I knit sweaters again?

This is what it’s supposed to look like:

The wonderful Therapi Sweater by Stefanie Japel

Here is what it currently looks like:

Notice the difference?

No sleeves! (Or collar, but i’ll get to that)

Off to force myself to knit sleeves, when what I really want to do is make a million hexipuffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt

Like so:

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In which new options are explored

So I discovered that I didn’t like the old blogging platform I was using, so i’m going to attempt to move the majority of the previously posted knitting patterns, etc. over to this new site!

I’m still getting use to WordPress, so please pardon the empty pages and slight wonkiness of my page until I get things 100% up and running!

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10 Stitch Blanket

Hello, my name is Ruth, and I have a yarn problem.

I’ve known this for a while, but when I get stuck in Jo-Ann’s for about an hour and a half, that really confirms it to me- especially since I spent all of that time fondling yarn and deciding what lovely things I could make with it.

Long story short, I am beginning work on a new baby blanket for my SIL who is not due for a LONG while yet, in hopes that my start-itis may be overcome if I have 7 months to finish it.

Pictures to follow, but for now…

Check it out: Frankie Brown’s 10 Stitch Zig-Zag Blanket

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Mawwiage

Mawwiage is what bwings me hewe today.

wuv, twue wuv…

Anyway, I’m packing for the big move to Clint’s apartment, and i’ve decided to start with my books. Ha! Did I mention i’ve already moved a 3 foot bookcase full of them plus a couple of those plastic moving bins?  Anyway, now my bed is covered in plastic shopping bags full of books.  Did I mention I still haven’t made a dent in the mess which is my room?

Right.  So some of my books have also migrated to my mother’s bookshelves (because when I started double stacking them in my cases she took pity), so I now have to go bag them.  I’m definitely taking a picture when I have all of them together… I haven’t counted, but i’m sure I have upwards of a few hundred books, so this could be interesting.  Especially since Clint lives on the third floor.

I will get such a good wedding workout moving all these books!

(and yes, Clint will help me, but I’m not making him do it ALL!)

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Busy Life

Oh my goodness,

life has been terribly busy!

I recently completed my student teaching at a small Christian school not far from home, and have now moved on to teaching at a magnet school in the Philadelphia school district.

Quite different, let me tell you, but I can see the Lord’s work in both situations, preparing me for wherever he may have me in the future.

Wedding planning has been coming well, the countdown is currently at 36 days (ah!!)

 

Recently, i’ve been reading from Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook as well as his Morning and Evening and E.L. Cowman’s Streams in the Desert. I highly recommend them all, especially as they can be easily bookmarked and opened on your computer/smartphone each morning.

Off to search for a Mother of the Bride dress with my mom, and wedding shoes for me!

Wish me luck!