It is so exciting to learn new things.
I am finding that spinning my own yarn, then knitting with hand-spun, I am am learning so much.
Thanks to wonderful talented friends, I am learning how to overtwist less. That may not be grammatically correct, but it is how I feel about my spinning.
After spinning some Polwarth recently I learned that it was under spun. BUT when knitting discovered that it was a fabulous fabric. So, maybe under spun is not so bad.
|Cloudlover -Polwarth TopHaunted Vineyard|
Polwarth/Silk is AMAZING to spin. Woolgatherings opened a club with a single type of fiber and I jumped on the Polwarth/Silk. I absolutely love it. I must admit a total weakness for Woolgatherings. The February club (regular club) arrived and it is also AMAZING
January - Single Fiber
February - Merino
The Knitters Guild received an inquiry looking for someone to make stocking hats for a local hockey coach. They were playing a special game and had special jersey's ordered and wanted matching hats.
I responded to the inquiry and had so much fun. He had PMS colors for the Jersey, so I went to a print store to see the PMS colors. Then I wen to a paint store to find paint chips to match. Then I took the paint chips to several LYS to find the right yarn. Then create the hat to match the Jersey.
So much fun.
On a recent visit to Boulder, I met some great people at a wonderful LYS. I walked in the store Mew Mew's Yarn Shop right at closing time. She was so nice, said take your time we are getting ready for a knit in. They were getting ready for an upcoming class of a dog sweater. It was too perfect for my little diva girl. I was able to purchase the pattern and supplies even though I will not be able to make the class. Great customer service. They use the cutest bags that support a wonderful cause.
Do you have favorite needles?
I have learned that for lace my favorite needles are definitely the ChiaGoo Red Lace (CRL). I was recently working on some lace and switched between the CRL and the Knit Picks Stainless (KP) which I do like for lace and was surprised at the difference. I really like the hole on the KP interchangeable which is great for lifelines, but the tip and the join on the CRL were so much better. When I realized that I didn't have a long enough cable and would need to switch to my KP needles, I ran to the LYS for a new needle.