…and now back to the spinning…

I may have neglected to mention that I am a member of the Spunky Club – every month I get a package from Amy with a lovely new colorway. So far I have received three packages and this weekend I finally finished the first one:

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I can’t remember what kind of fiber this is and can’t find the card that came with it (I suck, I know…sorry) however I do remember that the colorway is ‘Strawberry Fields’ and I managed to get about 300 yds of sport-ish weight 2-ply yarn out of the 4oz. Ain’t it purty? ;o)

I also finished another pair of socks but there is absolutely no sunshine here today so no photos of those yet.

In other really cool news, Jessie (who is very much a Rockin’ Girl Blogger) has named lil ole me as a

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It has taken me a couple of days but I managed to whittle down five RGB’s out of the 300+ blogs on my Bloglines. Here they are in no particular order:

Cynthia gets me. Really, really gets me. ;o) Now if only she would post more often…hehe

Sandy – how could I not list a fellow Brian Regan fan? I won at the staring at the sun game!!! *grin*

Bev – Rockin’ girl, rockin’ hubby (who KNITS, people – and has his own stash!), rockin’ dog and sends a mean postcard…what more can I say? I just wish she still lived in NYC so we could hang together more often :o(

Scout is totally fearless. She’s built up a successful company from nothing and is willing to IM me first thing in the morning with bookkeeping questions before I’ve finished my first cuppa. See what I mean? Fearless.

Last but definitely not least we have Carole.  Another fellow knitblogger who ‘gets’ me.  The one thing we have in common that not many other knitbloggers have is hoopskirts and time travel.  We’ve both experienced Civil War Reenacting and not only lived to tell about it but enjoyed it ;o)

Trust me, this was not an easy list.  There are so many amazing bloggers out there it was very difficult for me to pick only five.  :o(

Oh What a Day…

My Birthday was a very special one this year. Dobby wrote a great post (thank you all for your wonderful Birthday wishes!) and RR decided to surprise me with a trip to NYC for the day to pick out and buy a new camera. Yep, a new camera! I’m so psyched! I’ve been wanting to upgrade my photography equipment and as soon as I said ‘DSLR’ to RR he reminded me that he has wanted to purchase such a thing since last year. I guess I just wasn’t ready to hear it yet ;o) (Camera was a gift from both RR and my ‘rents – thanks to all! Oh and we went with the Pentax because it has shake reduction (something the Rebel doesn’t have) and all our lenses fit this camera which means I don’t have to go out and buy a new zoom lens)

So today has been spent taking pictures with the new toy. Puppy still doesn’t like to stay still – and she jumps every time she hears the shutter go ‘clickety’.

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My new STR order came in on Saturday – just in time for my Birthday!

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From front to back that’s Foo Foo, a 2nd skein of Firebird, Space Dust, Calico and Minestone. Individual photos are in my Flickr Stash Set if you’re curious.

Finally, I’ve been spinning a bit this weekend with my other new toy – in addition to Amelia, that is:

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That’s right, I got me a Wooly Winder! W00t! The fiber there is Superwash Merino in Blue Suede Shoes from Crown Mountain Farms. I’ve spun up about 2oz – 6 more to go! (I kept this picture at a larger resolution – go ahead and click…the detail is so. cool.)
On a ‘Muggle Scaring’ note – Jess (aka FreckleGirl) mentioned on her blog that Ravelry was mentioned on Tech Crunch. If you are in the mood to do a shout-out for knitter power head on over to this post and say hello. ;o) Just be sure to take a couple of deep breaths before hitting the ‘submit’ key on a narsty comment – some of the non-knitter comments are a little infuriating.

Progress…

I worked on two projects this weekend, one knitted and one spun. I didn’t finish either of them ;o)

I’m knitting another pair of socks (shocking, I know). These are from the 2006 STR club lineup:

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The colorway is ‘PeaseBlossom’ but instead of knitting the ‘Hippy Crunchy’ pattern that came with that colorway (don’t like it for several reasons), I am knitting the ‘Central Air’ pattern that was the ‘easy’ pattern included in the ‘Titania’ package which came the month following the ‘PeaseBlossom’ colorway. I’m liking it so far…  I’m dying to work on the newest kit that just came – the one with the Silk yarn – but I’m trying to complete the kits in order.  Not sure if I’ll stick with it…time will tell ;o)

The spinning project I am working on is the Lisa Souza BFL in “Emerald City”:

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I’m Navajo plying it and it’s coming along…slowly… I’m such a slow spinner sometimes, it’s so frustrating. I am liking how this is turning out so far – and I plied most of it while watching The Wizard of Oz last night. Fitting, isn’t it? It wasn’t even planned ;o)

Oh and I have a question for those who may know – when in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks will the freaking plying head be available for the Sonata? I’m not known for my patience and the ‘available soon’ has been up on the New Voyager site for MONTHS. SO frustrating.

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