Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Post Seventy-Eight: I Did it!

That's right. After a couple hours of playing with it, I managed to make my spindle make something recognizable as a yarn-type blob. Let's take a look, shall we?
That is what I started with: brown wool from a mystery sheep, found in my kit discussed in the post yesterday. I pre-drafted it a bit and went to it.

And ended up with this ^_^

This is the yarn on the spindle after plying it once.

And this is my cute little mess off the spindle. It looks better in person, trust me.

No, seriously. It does. I really should've waited until tomorrow, when my camera would be able to work, but I was so excited I just had to take pictures right away ^^.

Must do more. Tomorrow, though- my hands are tired. It's not a set of motions they're used to. Yet. But we are gonna practice, most definitely. And it will get better.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Post Seventy-Seven: Further Updates and Photos

WARNING: Intensely Image-heavy at the end bits. But there's an I Spy game if you wanna...

Ok, so I gave in to the excitement and the realization that I finished Jess's Yule gift (yeah...) and took some pictures. And decided to share some others so y'all (not that anyone reads this poor thing...maybe I should give 'er a facelift...) can see what I've been up to.

But first, the socks:
Yes, those are shingles behind them. My room has terrible lighting after 6 for my poor camera, but the roof outside my window works just fine.
No, the socks aren't blurry- the yarn just looks like that. It was Patons Cha Cha, in Vegas, if I remember correctly. Not a fan of fuzzy yarns, personally, but it was one of those things someone who tried crocheting and didn't like it felt the need to donate to me. Good news is that Jess likes fuzzy socks (and it's ok for me to post this, btw- she doesn't read here. Ever.), and that the yarn wasn't too terrible to knit up. Simple enough pattern, too. Tia Judy's "You're Putting Me On" socks, here. Same pattern I used for my first socks. It only took me this long (since December 10th...) because I put them down for a while at the heel of the second sock, where I just didn't feel like knitting for a bit. And then school got in the way. And her birthday passed...so, it's gonna be a combination Yule/Birthday/Grad present.

Also featured on my lovely roof/personal balcony is my new Drop Spindle kit:
And of course, the innards, right.

The instructions are hiding in the bottom, along with the wool wash sample in the left corner there.

It looks like I'm going to have an awful lot of fun with this ^_^ though I won't be surprised at all if I go through the full half pound there without producing anything I'd call yarn. I'll just work my way through the uglier bits first! The lighter brown has some teeny tiny sticky bits in it, so I guess that'll be first to die.

But of course, the star of the show, Cindy the Spindle:She's simple and homely, but she will do to learn on. I figure that once I get the hang of the whole making yarn bit, I'll reward myself with a pretty spindle. Or try a low-whorl, for variety. Or get a pretty low-whorl and kill two bids with one eBay. Hah! *ahem*...

Also, this is what I've been up to since you heard from me last. This was my room at the end of my second semester at MSU:

In other words, disaster. Some of the photos are faded-looking because my camera sucks at the whole lighting concept. The disaster has since been cleaned up, over the course of three entire days and four garbage bags of papers, clothes (which were donated, those that could be), and miscellaneous crap. The only thing I threw nothing away from was the stash.

But let's have some fun with this. How about a round of I Spy? Ok!
Find me:
And yes, all that crap really IS in there. Happy seeking!

Also, simply because my brother made them and I find them hilarious, and they star my kitty, here are some homemade Lolcats for your viewing pleasure:
Minions Hover Cat


Post Seventy-Six: Spindle!

The Mango is about to join the ranks of spinners worldwide. Friday I acquired a little Louet drop spindle kit with a little wooden top-whorl spindle and a half pound of wool roving in natural, medium-brown, and dark brown/black. Also instructions and a tiny little sample bottle of wool wash, which kinda spilled in the bottom of the box some time ago, but still has some left in it.

Anywho, I'll be getting started learning tomorrow, or tonight if I get ambitious. It was decided a while ago that my goal for the summer would be to learn to spin. So here I am. Here's hoping for passable yarn by August!

Also, since I've noticed a backlog of craft projects sitting around my room, I'm not starting any new ones until the whole queue I've got now is finished. With the exception of spinning practice, of course. So on this list I've got:
...yeah, so it's gonna be a while before Mango can take on anything new. Ah well. I've got enough to keep me busy.

I'm going to try my best to keep this better updated, honestly. There'll be pictures of the spindle as soon as I get some yarn(ish-looking things) on it.

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