Wednesday, February 3, 2010

#34 of 365 - How I spent my Morning and Afternoon


First it was SnB at the Knitter's Kove. Val, Suzi, Deborah and others, sat, knitted and chatted. That's Deborah working away on the Lambspun cotton/wool in red and black shadow work for the Skull Illusion blanky she is making for her grandson and then that's Val after she finished buying some loverly Misti Alpaca yarn for a Fair Isle project she has in mind. I worked away on my Lacy Prairie Shawl in brown Fisherman's Wool. I also got another skein of the Andes in brown and amber to match the one that Erin had put in my Christmas Stocking. I also purchased the latest issue of Piecework's Historical Knitting. I always find something to love in this special issue.

Then after, it was watching Rebecca cake yarn with Erin and my winding station. She sure has got a lot of yarn! Like I should talk, LOL. THIS is the Rebecca of the reason I blog a photo a day...

If you don't know already, a winding station consists of a ball winder and a swift. With these two tools you can take a skein of yarn and turn it into a center pull cake of yarn that is so much easier to knit from. Many of you may remember sitting and holding a skein of yarn for your mother or your granny whilst she wound it into a ball to make knitting easier. This allows one person to do the job that normally takes two if you don't have the equipment. Erin and I have it for both general knitting usage and so that Erin can rewind her skeins after she dyes them.




The swift is the umbrella looking thing with the dark pink yarn on it and the ball winder is attached to the table in front of it. The cakes are the flat rounds of colour on the table in front of Rebecca.





Altho, this is not the best picture to see it in, I am wearing my Ishbel that I finished blocking yesterday. I think I am going to wear this little shawlette a lot as I LOVE IT! I knitted it from the Misty Moor colourway from Cherry Tree Hill. I pet it a lot as it's like "buttah". The photo below shows the lace pattern that edges it. Both the Ishbel and the Skull Illusion are from Ysolda Teague, that lovely Scottish knitwear designer we all love so well.

6 comments:

DancesWithPitBulls said...

Deborah is one cool grandma lol...hey so am I! Had a great time with your winding station. Stay safe this next week and tell Sheila and Anita I said hey

Leslie said...

It is kinda fun to wind yarn when you're not fighting a chair back or inattentive arms.

Will pass on your regards. Good spending time with you today.

Diana Troldahl said...

I adore wearing the little 98 yard shawlette i made. I need ot make at least three more so I can always have one on around the chilly house!

Leslie said...

What pattern did you use for the 98 yard? I've seen 198 but not one with that short of yardage.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I have not purchased a swift yet; but the ballwinder is amazing!!! I *reduced* my stash size by an amazing amount!!!
Which meant I bought more yarn....
I'm thinking a swift could get me in MORE trouble..... :)

XXOO!!
Anne

Feltmaker said...

Love the shawlette :)