The one in which we could have burned the house down

or… Spinning is hard starting with attaching the belt to the wheel!

The belt I ordered for my spinning wheel came yesterday. It’s basically a long clear elastic cord which you melt the tips of to press together to make a loop. You see where the house was in danger right? After I combed the kitchen looking for matches I called my mom (who lives next door remember) to ask for her lighter. Of course she wasn’t home. Then I remembered we had a box of matches in our old apartment that we bought with a grill at some point. Did the matches survive the move? I looked in a few more places and found them. It’s important that you know these are fireplace matches, meaning they are about 10 inches long and wooden. Again I’m sure you have a better understanding of the post title. I requested some assistance from the hubby. He struck a match and promptly dropped it on the kitchen floor… lit. Lucky for me he has fast reflexes so no real harm was done, well except for my nerves =). We managed to attach the first cord with relative ease, the second one not so much. That one resulted in a slightly burned hand (mine) tender fingertips (his) and melted plastic drips (the wheel). All three survived with superficial wounds and all limbs in tact =)

Oh and spinning. It.Is.Hard.

Don't tell my sister

that I finished something else before her sweater =)
Tribeca Mini Shawl

All that remains

Tribeca mini shawl
Pattern: Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl
Yarn: Manos Del Uruguay, every single bit of 2 skeins, color 110
Needles: size 10 Denise, size K crochet hook for top edge

I finished this in two days! I made this shawl before, pre-blog, with the same yarn on smaller needles and always wished I had used larger ones. I didn’t finish the second skein then because I lost my place in the pattern and didn’t understand the pattern (or knitting) enough to find it. I was so anxious to see how far the two skeins would go this time that I could not stop knitting. I even soaked and blocked it the same night that I finished.

She would kill me for this too:Sock #1
Shhhh!

Today is my birthday…..

happy birthday to me!
SCHIPPERTJE SPINNING WHEEL
Or what happens when I shop when I’m sad. After the tough couple of weeks I was having (script contest, no sales at BIM and a personal problem that was not for the blog) I bid on this wheel thinking I had no chance of winning. Well I was wrong. It arrived from the Netherlands yesterday(broken). It’s not as sexy as new wheel but thanks to some damage during shipping (and forgotten belts???)the price was most definitely right! I can’t wait to really try it out. Even my kids and husband think it pretty cool. See you next time with some hand spun.

Socktoberfest!


G’s log cabin socks
Originally uploaded by Lulu C.

I have been promising him (the hubby) socks for longer than I should admit in writing. I can see why there are so many of these socks around the web, I’m really enjoying this pattern. I knit that much over several hours during the last two days. I may have started late in the month but I have socktoberfest fever.

Ms. Marigold cest fini

I think this may be the worst couple of weeks I’ve had since the Wonder Twins stay in the hospital. But as things have started to look up I will not dwell on that. This past Saturday I participated in another craft market, ArtMart 1225 (I won’t link because it seems like someone is messing with their site). This is where the good times started to roll if you will. I made several sales, had great table neighbors, saw a friend, and… FROZE my ass off. Mother Nature was not alerted to my change of fortune and continued to exact revenge on me for some slight against her that I cannot recall. I was still shivering 2 hours after I got home, even in my hand knit socks. (I think they were good luck Del!) But it was worth it. I was really ready to hang up my entrepreneurial hat if things didn’t go well. Maybe the universe responds to near hysteria and desperation =)

Anyway enough about that, we have finished knitting to discuss. Apparently hiding your UFO’s from yourself makes you realize how close to completion they were. While cleaning out the projects I keep in the basket near my spot on the couch I discovered Ms. Marigold was about a ball of yarn away from being done. I dragged her out knit on the neckline ribbing, worked a round of single crochet on the armholes and proceeded to knit until the yarn ran out.

Ms. Marigold
Ms. Marigold

Yarn: Knitpicks Shine Worsted, 6 or so skeins
Needles: Denise size 5’s and knitpicks size 3 for ribbing on neckline only.
Hook: Size G for armhole finishing.
Loved: Ooh yeah!

It could stand to be a little longer but I like my vests a little on the short side. If I ever dig out the tangled half a skein of this yarn that I have someplace I’ll add the ruffles on the sleeves but in the meantime she’s a keeper!

The good, bad and ugly

The good:
Spin Out – Look out hubby, kiddies, and small apartment you may soon be living with a spinning wheel.Spin into a new hobby

Thanks to Cara and Spider Jenny for their help forming a new addiction.

Lots of new fabric to play with, and the fun had making shiny new things.
Little people tote bags Burp cloth, Zoo life

The season premiers of Dexter and Bones, and new to us shows like Brotherhood.

Old things (my grandma’s sewing machine) that work when the new ones act up.

The Bad:
Not making it to the quarter finalists of the contest I entered.

New things (my sewing machine) that refuse to work properly.

Mosquito bites in October.

Mother natures continuing vendetta against me.
(I’m back at BIM Saturday selling hats and scarfs on an 85 degree October day)

My order from Joann hasn’t arrived with the supplies I need to finish some new items.

The Ugly:
My mood.