Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hush-Hush Handspun Hootenanny Swap

Yes, I've joined another swap. The Hush-Hush Handspun Hootenanny swap. The last few I've been in have been awful - by that I mean that the people I spoiled were fantastic but I received nothing from my own spoilers. I'm hoping that this one will buck the trend! :-) Sign-ups close tomorrow, 30th June, so if you want to join - be quick!


1. How long have you been spinning? What skill level do you consider yourself?
Just over 3 years and would consider myself to be beginner/intermediate.

2. What kinds of yarn do you create (singles/2-ply/3-ply/art yarn)?
Almost anything except art yarn. I love to look at it and maybe one day will try it but I like to produce stuff I can use. (Yes I know some people use their art yarn!)

3. What do you spin with (spindle/wheel/both)?
Both – I have an Ashford Traveller and several spindles, my current favourite its my new Greensleeves ebony Vixen.

4. What are your favorite fibers to spin with? Anything you don't like?
Merino, BFL, Wensleydale, Silk.

5. Who are your favorite crack dealers fiber sources (etsy or otherwise)?
Spunky Eclectic, Lisa Souza, Fyberspates and the Yarn Yard

6. What kind of fiber do you want to try?
Tough one. If I have a US pal I think I would like to try some of the American breeds of sheep that we don’t get here in the UK.

7. Are there any techniques you would like to learn?
Hmmmmm… can’t think of anything at the moment.

8. Do you dye fiber? If not, would you like to learn?
Yes I dye some of my own fibre.

9. Do you have fiber prep tools (and like to use them) or would you prefer ready to spin fiber?
I have hand cards

10. What do you do with your handspun? What projects have you completed?
I knit and weave with it. I’ve finished hats, scarves, gloves and fingerless mitts. I have a scarf on the loom and a Seraphim shawl out of handspun in progress.

11. Are you in need of any spinning gadgets (WPI Gauge, threading hook, etc)?
I’d really like a WPI gauge.

12. What colors "fall into your shopping basket"? Any colors you just can't stand?
Mainly purples and greens but I also like pinks and blues.

13. What is on your wheel/spindle right now?
Spunky Eclectic March fibre ‘Mud Season’, ‘Wooden Rose’ and some pink/purple merino I dyed myself.

14. What other crafts/hobbies do you have?
I knit, weave and dye as well as spin.

15. Other than crafts, what are you passionate about?
Nothing really at the moment – my whole life is about fibre!

16. Do you have an online wishlist? and I have a few favourited sellers on Etsy.

17. Is there anything that you collect?
I have a small collection of teddy bears.

18. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What magazine subscriptions do you have?
I subscribe to Yarn Forward (a UK magazine), Interweave Knits and Spin Off. I tend to buy books etc when I want them so there isn’t really anything at the moment.

19. When is your birthday?
14th June

20. What book or movie character do you most resemble in personality?
Tough one… I think Hermione Granger – whenever I hear about something new I go straight to a book to find out more (I use the internet more than books these days though)

21. What is the climate like where you live around this time (need to know for careful shipments of anything meltable)?
It’s summer but it is Britain! It can get warm but is not really hot.

22. Tell us one weird fact about yourself!
I can write upside down.

favorite painting/picture(link):
Haywain’ by John Constable.


Thai or Italian and home-made ice cream

Coffee and home-made wine

The Lord of the Rings

TV Show(s):
I don’t watch TV

The Lord of the Rings

Guilty Pleasure(s):
Buying more fibre!

Friday, June 27, 2008


Well. I vanished for quite a while didn't I? It wasn't intentional but I have been rather busy with work stuff and have been spending too much of my free time on Ravelry. I've got a few things to show for my absence, mostly spinning, but I do have a finished object to show off.

This is my Forest Canopy Shawl.


I knit it from one skein of Posh Yarn Sophia 4ply in 'Squeal' on 5mm needles. To get it out of one skein I only did eight repeats of the body chart. It is large enough to wear as a triangular scarf which is what I wanted and will look fabulous with my black winter coat.


Details on Ravelry.

Next post will be all about spinning and my new spindle. :-)