Two Fridays ago, the Chickengoddess kidnapped me. Benignly, of course. Off we went to the wilds of Alpharetta to visit Only Ewe and Cotton Too, and our friend Katey, who works there. Now Katey is a fabulous designer and yarn dyer, but she also turned out to be one spiffy sales person. We hadn't been in the store two minutes, and she began enticing us with soft alpaca, beautiful hand-dyes, luscious roving, and all kinds of other fibery things. And believe me, for a little shop, there was a lot to tempt us! With a little help from Katey, who kept shoving yarn into my hands, I came home with these.
Sheep Shop hand-dyed. Really, really soft.
Paca-Peds alpaca sock yarn. Mmmmm, alpaca.
8 oz. of Coopworth roving.
And 8 oz. of roving from a type of sheep I hadn't heard of before. And which name I neglect to write down. Katie? Help!
The only thing I missed out on buying was some of Katey's beautiful sock yarn, but that was only because the stock was low and there wasn't a color that grabbed me. Which means Chickengoddess and I need to take another road trip. If you hadn't been to this shop, you really should pay a visit. But if you value your checkbook, maybe you'd better make sure Katey isn't there. (just kidding!)
I've had my Ashford Traveller wheel for about two years now. The poor thing hasn't gotten as much use as it deserves, and while it came with a Woo-Lee winder, I didn't take the time to put it on. I thought it would be better to learn to spin first, and figure out the gizmo later. Now that I have the Joy, the Traveller is going to be set up for plying, and the Woo-Lee winder is perfect for that, so on it went. Before plying, I thought it would be prudent to see how it worked, so I pulled out some roving and started spinning. Wow! What a great invention. Here's the result of my first try.
This was Corridale pencil roving that I bought at Knitch. Pencil roving is so much fun to spin with, especially for this beginner. I don't remember how much there was, but somewhere between 6 - 8 oz, all of which fit on the one bobbin. I don't have anything specific in mind for it, but plan to Navajo ply. Using the Woo-Lee winder, of course.
And here's my first bobbin spun on the Joy. Again, this is from pencil roving.
There is 2 oz on this bobbin, and I have another 2 oz hank of roving. Again, no idea what it will become, but it helped me begin to get used to the new wheel. I'm really glad I bought the Joy. It's so easy to use, and will be much better to take to spinning guild than the bigger Traveller.
I've been knitting, too, and will show my latest finished project in a day or so. I'm also working on a mystery project. This one is not for my cousin, but for a friend. Surprisingly, I'm actually knitting for others - something which should happen a lot more around here. I mean, really, how many more pairs of socks do I need????
One thing I'm not good at is planning ahead, but in this case, I've made an exception to that rule. I'm going to RHINEBECK!!! Yup, plane tickets, hotel room, and rental car all reserved and paid for. It's so exciting. Now, I just have to figure out what sweater I'm going to knit. After all, I can't show up without my Rhinbeck Sweater.