I learned to spin in June last year, and on July 2nd 2011 I wrote this post about spinning the above spiral of loveliness into yarn. You might remember that post if you have been visiting Raymond and me for a long time now!
Having a look at old photos is giving my low spinning-self-esteem a good boost I must tell you, I’ve been a bit down about my spinning lately and quite uninspired to do any because I stopped getting the results I want and started spinning breaky horrible yarn that made me cry and get quite pissed off at my spinning wheel. But seeing photos of my very first few skeins I can see that in fact my spinning is not getting worse which is a relief! Adjusting to a new wheel is like adjusting to a new partner and getting to know all their quirks and learning to live with the little things that bug you, yes, the relationship between spinster and wheel is most important and needs time to develop and to be nurtured like any good relationship.
This yarn has been sitting in my stash for seven months now, ‘maturing’ as my Mum says, waiting for the perfect project to come along. The other night I found said perfect project, rolled it into a ball and found what I hoped were the right sized needles. (they were, luckily)
I am in love with the book I showed you the other day, totally besotted with it. After knitting a few more Mischievous Mice, I decided it was time to try one of the Three Hungry Bears and wanted to make it in handspun. It took me the whole week, can you believe that I still haven’t cast on my February socks after all the sock hype of late? I’ve been finishing Mummy Bear, and today I sat outside with my knitting and far too many cups of coffee and finished her off.
I’ve never constructed a toy before, so this was quite a new experience! Mummy Bear is a ‘sitting bear’ which means that I sewed her legs on a bit funny, so she looks a bit wonky standing up. For my very first attempt I am quite pleased with her and KB thinks she is quite wonderful.
My favourite thing about knitting Mummy Bear was experiencing the joy that comes with knitting your very own yarn. I heart the colour variation and the way it stripes. She is a Slow Yarn Bear. Made from hand dyed fibre (not mine) spun with love and born from the knitting needles. Love it.
Raymond sends his love, he is too busy to appear in tonight’s post as he is outside kicking some poor cat out of the backyard. Thank you so much for popping in so regularly and sending some love and appreciation our way, it means a lot to us to hear from you.
Hope you’re happy!
Love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX