d is for the dark side, calling… calling….

deb teaches lisa to spin!

Pay no attention to that hunk of thick in front of my pinch… I had not pinched for a sec, and well, you know what happens, the whole next 10 feet was twisted!


I spun for all of maybe 8 minutes? Deb says ‘this is wrong, nobody should spin like that the first time.  I hate you’. Well, you know what will happen? When I do get a wheel, my spinning will totally suck. Or maybe not. I can totally see how this can become an obsessive thing.  We told her it was because she is such a great teacher, the wheel must be kind to beginners, and it was easy fiber.  Because her next victim student also spun well! 

I resisted.

I have too much yarn.

But I got a bit more.

The photo is doing this no justice. In my defense, it is for a 16 year old, whose birthday party I was going to that evening. It’ll be fingerless mitts for her, very turquoise/denim/blue, not ‘my’ colors, but they are beautiful. From Friends Folly Farm (I learned the spinners call her Pogo, though I don’t know why!). She has the most wonderful yarn, and fiber, for spinning, which I am not ready to do, yet.

The work in progress, given as a ninja gift (still on the needles) to said 16 year old was this,
chamomitts chamomittlace
she got them finished tonight. I pointed out the lacy (therefore girly?) eyelet on the cuff. I realized that these are somewhat camo colored. So her fists will be hidden as she smacks somebody (she’s a second degree tae kwon do black belt). Yarn from Amy… I got it out of her sale bin at the Fiber Frolic in June. That was one skein of chubby sock yarn, with quite a lot left over. Again, more or less the piano mitts… I like the eyelets and I like the way she does the thumb gusset. I typically do the gusset on the first needle, but this pattern does half of it on the first needle and the other half on the last.

d is also for dog, silly, snowy, boy dog

19 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

    *sigh* I eventually WILL be the only non-spinning knitblogger. Silly doggy!

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 9:46 pm

    I’m trying to be there with Chris – no room for a wheel, and no need for more yarn. But everyone tells me spinning’s way more relaxing than knitting!

    I just know I don’t need another addiction.

    Lovely handspun, cool camo mitts!

    PS: I don’t know why I put the gusset between needles in the pattern – as a reaction to Norwegian-style mittens, maybe. Or perhaps I just liked to see it growing out the side as I knit, since I came up with this recipe myself, even though others have also unvented something very similar. But you’ll be happy to know that, as I am writing up the Raven Feather Mitts right now, at this very moment, that due to the pattern, I am putting the gusset on one needle! See how smart you are?

    That was one Damp Doggy when he got back inside, I bet.

  3. 3

    Mel said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

    Pogo’s last name is Pogorelic. She doesn’t like her first name, so I shan’t use it.

  4. 4

    kmkat said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 12:22 am

    I am not a spinner, nor do I play on on the net, but even I can tell that is most definitely NOT typical newbie-spun yarn. Lovely work.

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    Julie said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 6:16 am

    I predict it will not be long before you title a post “Lisa Buys a Wheel”!

    Nice mitts.

  6. 6

    Dave Daniels said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 6:22 am

    One word: Bwahahahahahaha.

  7. 7

    Ellen said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 7:20 am

    Welcome to the Dark Side! Spinning is soooooo relaxing. I did it for three hours straight last night. I’m spinning up some roving I got from Pogo and Marcia. BTW – I’m going to expand my shop area into my kitchen/office space at some point this summer, so maybe there will be more room for people to hang out with their wheels…

  8. 8

    olga said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 10:27 am

    I believe there is a twelve step program on Revelry to get addictive personalitys(like you) off crack and back to normal society, please! for the love of all that is holy- get help!

  9. 9

    juju said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 10:27 am

    Hehehe! I didn’t think it would take you long to get hooked! The yarn looks lovely and I love the colors.

  10. 10

    mia said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    Just so you know.. spinning isn’t about the yarn OR the thick or the thin…

    it’s all about the COLORS!!!! Spin on!

  11. 11

    Sara said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

    Now why in the world did I not see you this weekend??

    You’ll have a wheel in no time, you know… *sly grin* It’s a slippery slope, that spinning.

  12. 12

    mollybee said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

    I LOVE Silly Snow Dog! Snow Dog Angels rock!

  13. 13

    Carole said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

    It was great to meet you in person, Lisa. Looks like you made some good purchases!

  14. 14

    b said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    Well, if you’re a natural, you probably have to get a wheel then :) I like the tough-girly mitts. I have a couple of friends who would like those.

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    brenda said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    I fell down last year at SPA and had purchased a wheel by April. Watch out! It was great meeting you and we’ll see you next year with your wheel.

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    keri said,

    February 27, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    Hee – welcome to the dark side – you’ll love it! =)

  17. 17

    Dana said,

    February 28, 2008 @ 7:36 am

    Beautiful work! I cannot believe you are a newbie spinner… I am very much afraid of the spinning wheel. I imagine that my home would fall into complete disarray if I picked up yet another obsessive hobby… especially since I am already addicted to yarn!

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    Kate said,

    February 28, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

    Natural born spinner, you must of course have a spinning wheel. I haven’t been spinning anything those last weeks, too much knitting. But on Saturday our spinninggroup has a meeting, I think I will be spinning then.
    Beautiful colours on those mittens.

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    Jennifer said,

    February 29, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    Another knitter gets the spinning bug!! I just know I’m going to succumb to the urge one day, and I don’t need another hobby!

    That’s a great hat!!!

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