Fixing a Spindle

My workhorse spindle (it’s a Greensleeves Bare Bones or Bare Bonesie, I can’t remember) is showing signs of wear. It has a hook on the top, and the hook has been loose lately, turning around when I try to load or unload wool on it.  I recently emptied  the spindle by actually finishing a spinning project, and just in time too, because with a small bit of pressure I was able to do this:

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I went to my best source of fibery info – Ravelry – and found this old thread.  Following the suggestions there, I bought some Gorilla Glue and fixed my spindle!  Feeling so accomplished.

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I’m already spinning a new batch of singles on this trusty spindle.  I’ve joined both a stash reduction group and a “spin X skeins of yarn in 2013” group (for me, X = 12) in Ravelry.

Non-Emergency Knitting

When I count my blessings, I include my partner’s delight in my hobbies.  He doesn’t do anything crafty himself, but he loves that I do, and he’s interested enough that I’m secretly worried that one day I’ll come home and find him casting on with my best sock yarn hehehe.

A couple years ago I knit him a hat for Christmas.  It’s one of his prized possessions, he wears it every day in the winter, and the first winter he had it, he annoyed all our colleagues by showing it off and saying how awesome it was that I made it for him. (Like I said, counting my blessing with this one.)

the beloved hat, when it was new and shiny

I used Cascade 220 and by now, after two winters of hard use, it’s a bit pilly and I told my man that it was time for me to knit him a new hat.  He told me I could go ahead and do so, but he would still wear the original so he didn’t see a point in my effort. Ok, that’s one thing off my to-do list I suppose.

So, you can imagine how much he freaked out when he lost his hat last week. Besides the emotional trauma, it was quite cold for Cincinnati and we walk about 1.3 miles to work each day.

As soon as we were sure that the hat was indeed lost, I entered Emergency Knitting Mode and got to work on a replacement with bulky yarn I had in the stash, using the same pattern as the original.  I put things on the back burner that probably should have been on the dinner table already to make progress – it’s a brioche pattern, so even this bulky knit was slow going.

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And then of course, he found his hat slipped behind some furniture at work where it didn’t really make sense for a hat to be.

Now there’s this half-knit hat lying around, that I don’t love enough to finish but don’t hate enough to frog. Now that it’s not Emergency Knitting, I don’t have any passion for this project at all. What to do?

Handspun cowl

I have knit with yarn I made myself!

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This is my first time knitting with handspun so forgive me if I am a bit excited.

I added way too much twist to the fiber as I was spinning it, apparently, so the beautiful silk and merino blend feels a bit like packing twine.  But nevermind,  I’ve still been wearing this thing constantly since I weaved in the ends. I only take it off to sleep. Was I this excited when I learned to knit? I can’t remember.

The pattern is a simple chevron tube, available free here. Details about this project on my ravelry page.

Woo hoo!