Blog's Purpose

Welcome everyone! Glad you could stop in and take a look around. I'm hoping you will find several interesting things here. I decided to start a blog so I could share all the awesome information I've found or that's been sent to me about Fiber Arts. The internet has been a wonderful tool for me, I'm a Google fanatic as much as I am a Spinatic! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New passion - Spinning

I posted this on a different BLOG before I started Spinatic:

Okay, I received my first spinning kit in the mail Jan 29th, 2011 and I haven't stopped practicing since.  I love it!!  I wasn't too impressed with the drop spindle so I went on eBay and found this drop spindle which I like alot better and for under $10 w/free shipping I was sold.  Now you could make this yourself if you really wanted to, it's just a wooden car wheel and dowel from Hobby Lobby for about $5 but you'd have to sand it and slap some varnish on it too.  I'm one of those types that would rather have someone else do the work if they are already doing it and I reap the benefits as long as it doesn't cost me too much and them too much pain.  Yeah, I'm spoiled, I'll admit it. :)

Now that I'm totally in love with spinning yarn, I want to get really good at it as well as learn everything I can from the start of the process to the end.  This video was really good for a quick glance from a real pro using a Navajo spindle.  The whole process is just so fascinating to me.  My next spindle will be an Ann Grout spindle which is for short fiber like cotton or camel.  I want to spin cotton since I love to make dishcloths.  The spindle gets good reviews and fairly inexpensive I think, $26 + shipping.

Whenever my husband allows me, I want to purchase a spinning wheel.  Well, not just any spinning wheel, THE Kromski Fantasia spinning wheel. It will be awhile since he bought me Lily, my little Morkie, the newest member to the family.  She will be coming to live with us next weekend, I'm so excited.  She was born 1/1/11, how cool is that??? A new year's puppy!

I started a monthly fiber club from Gritty Knits, after all the research she has the best price and really nice product if you're interested.  Trust me, I searched for days trying to find one that wasn't too high priced and this one had really good comments.  She seems very sweet and responded right away to my request to join her club, even though it was too late for the month of February shipment, she went ahead and got it set up and shipped out so I could have some this month.

Okay, I think I've chatted enough for my first post on my blog, I hope you enjoyed reading it!!  I want to try to end each blog with a link to a free pattern I like or have done.  This link is for a really simple bag I found.  I made one (minus the knitting needles) and use it as my project bag that I carry with me EVERYWHERE.  I like to knit in the car on the way to and from work, it's an hour there and an hour back.  Thankfully my husband works at the same place and likes to drive. (probably just "hates my driving")  But doesn't matter I get to knit, crochet, or spin yarn which is way more enjoyable to me. Happy hobbies!!

PDF: Knitting Needle Knitting Bag

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