Friday, January 2, 2009

Where has the Time Gone?

The last two weeks have flown by! I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I would have liked, but then again, what did I really expect. We had a wonderful Christmas and nearly a foot of snow. Much of the week before Christmas we were snowed in. The driveway became a sled run and my parents had to pick up the kids so we could attend all the Christmas family gatherings.
I did manage to finish all my projects for people outside our immediate family. Most of them I forgot to photograph before wrapping. I guess I was a little too afficiant this year. For the annual Cookie Exchange I made coffee cuffs with red and green ribbon and filled the cups with Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies. They turned out so fun I made more for co-workers, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors. I did have a few blue and silver left over so I was able to snap a picture this morning. I also spun and dyed several skeins of bamboo yarn for my sister-in-law and mother-in-law's birthdays (Sorry no picture).
My big birthday present was a new spinning wheel, a Mach 1 from Spinnolutions. I have been having a lot of fun playing with it. I think I have mastered the overspun, chunky yarn! I'm learning a lot playing with the bag of left over fibers I brought home from Art Fiber Fest.
The wine colored yarn I spun from bamboo fiber fill and dyed with Rit dye (it was the only dye available locally). I just love the colors. The blue yarn is a commercial Merino Silk blend I recieved as a gift. It is so soft and strechy. I just love to touch it. The natural color is some type of wool. I'm going have to kit the Kool-Aid aisle nex time to go to the market so I can do some dying!


StegArt said...

Woo hoo! A new spinning wheel! I find that the overspun, chunky yarns are the easiest to master too, and I have a lot of those in my stash.

Lori S-C said...

beautiful yarns!

Doreen K. said...

Wow, Love the yarns you have spun. The colors are gorgeous. I admire your talent.

tsduff said...

That "fat" uneven chunky wool yarn is my favorite. I love the post about where you dyed it... such gorgeous colors! I wish I knew how to spin - I enjoy goats and sheep and absolutely love the way the yarn looks. That wheel looks a bit intimidating to me, but it must be fun :)