Tuesday, July 25, 2006
My vacation buy ...
and another shot because I love it so much!
It is Custom Millspun Yarn; 40% Maine Angora 60% American Soft Wool from Acker's Acres Angoras, New Gloucester Maine.
On a funny note, I think I have mentioned this is my first hand spun, hand dyed yarn purchase (meaning the first thing I have purchased not from Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann Fabrics) and I told the shop owner that becuase I was so excited to buy it ... and as I'm walking out she says "Now don't forget to wind it in a ball before you start to use it" and I say "Oh yes! Of course!" But I was thinking ... thank you for saying that. I wouldn't have done that. I would have tried to just start knitting, gotten a bit of the way in it and remembered to do it and then have had a tangled mess to untangle and wind up. Thank goodness for sweet shop owners who want to help out ;-)
On a non-knitting note:
My first quilt project coming along. this is a placemat for my granny. Eventually it will have 5 siblings to match (although I only originally planned on have 4 total, granny mentioned her table seats 6, so 6 it will be!). I am quilting "in the ditch" (I just like to say that and slip it in as often as I can cause I'm a nerd like that ;-) )Anyway, it's going well. My stitches aren't the tiniest, nor are they the most perfect, but I'm getting the hang of it and at this stage in the game, that's all my trying to do! So yes, I'm quilting by hand. The piecing was probably 70% by hand, but I did do some of it on the machine. I will piece the others completely by machine but continue to hand quilt.
close-up of a square