Friday, February 13, 2009

Bee's back view and spinning demo

On February 12th, Michael allowed me to show the Bee to this young lady who was visiting from out of state (Dorayme on Ravelry) and as you can see, they bonded. She spun on the Bee and compared it to the SpinOlution Mach 1 and also a Schacht Matchless. In the end, the Bee was the perfect fit for her and she did pre-order one. The SpinOlution Bee comes out officially on March 1st so none are shipping until then. The wheel I got to use for a demo did not have the on-board bobbin storage/lazy Kate installed yet but those will be included when actual wheels are delivered. Unraveled, my favorite knitting shop, in Monrovia, CA was gracious enough to lend their store for this demo. Thanks Christine! We had a wonderful afternoon spinning and playing with wool and cotton.

Additionally, in the course of spending my afternoon there, I acquired beaucoup amounts of Maggi's Knits linen/cotton blend - what a wonderful yarn, where has it been all my life? It is delightful to knit and creates a lovely fabric. I ended up getting several colors with an interesting design in mind to take advantage of the drapey loveliness that is linen. Then, as FayLynn (the usual instructor) was sick, I ended up staying to help out with the Thursday evening drop-in class. Afterwards, my husband and I went to dinner at Chang's (our favorite Thai restaurant)and then went on home. After checking emails and filling PDF pattern orders, I fell asleep at about 1 o'clock in the morning. So, needless to say, I am dragging my sorry self around today but that's what happens when having too much fun at my age. It doesn't stop me from doing it but it just takes longer to recover!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Professional photos - what a thrill!

Just recently, Dave Gentzsch from Ozark Handspun had some professional photos done by Joyce Eveler of Jefferson City MO. He sent me a few of my own designs and I am thrilled. What a difference it makes in how a garment looks, amazing! I thought I would share some here.

All this week, I have been working on some new designs and having fun experimenting with carding fiber batts and hand-dyeing some rovings also. Additionally, PDF patterns are in the works for several new things and will be up soon. It always seems to take me a little longer than I anticipate as I get distracted by new ideas and go on a side trip experimenting.

According to Punxsutawney Phil of Groundhog Day fame who did see his shadow on February 2nd, we have six more weeks of winter. Judging from the cold temperatures (55-60 in the day and 40 at night) and impending rain today, I believe it. Of course, friends in other parts of the United States have much more extreme conditions to deal with but I still find myself pulling on warm socks and a cozy sweater and a pair of mitts. I find myself yearning for Spring and have an idea for a crocheted shawl in mind that I want to get started on soon.

Today, I have a nice pot of homemade beef vegetable soup simmering on the stove, filling the house with a tempting aroma. Maybe, I will pull out my antique cast iron pan and make some cornbread to go with the soup. There is nothing like it on a cold and rainy day!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Guild meeting and Butterflies

Our fiber guild meets once a month at a charter school in Los Angeles. One of things that caught my eye was this glorious wall of butterflies made by students. They also decorated chairs in a very folk art style and one even had wings made using real feathers. I just had to share these. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Also, today, I got photos of the new traveling spinning wheel made by SpinOlution called Bee. She is an incredible little wheel that folds up to a size that will fit under an airline seat. Amazing! It has the same open orifice set-up as the Mach 1 (her big brother)and is a delight to spin on.

If you have any questions about the wheel, just contact me. I can make layaway arrangements for you if you want to pre-order this wheel. She will be available for shipping on March 1st. I am so excited about this one and am in line so I can have one of my very own!