Monday, May 4, 2009

I won sheep fur!

I've been really lax in blogging lately. Very unlike me.

In my defense, I've been spring cleaning. 

That means I tear through the house like a whirlwind, de-cluttering, filling garbage bags with clothes and boxes with books, which then get put into the back of my van to be driven around for weeks on end. This particular batch of stuff will be in the van until June 20th. I kid you not, that's my next trip off. I should take a picture of my car, to show you the full effect!

But look at what I found at the post office today...

Goodies from Extreme Spinning, won from Darcy's 2 yr Anniversary contest!


How adorable is that little spindle?? How awesome are the colors of that fur?? It's super-soft!
I've been playing with it all afternoon. And by playing, I don't mean using it in any fiber-related way, I just twirl it because I don't even know which end is the top.
Oh, and I did chase The Big Guy with it at one point.
He's home sick.
Why that involves following me around my very small kitchen is one of the great mysteries of my life. So, yeah, I chased him with a spindle.

If I never learn to spin, at least I will have found a use for my sweet little spindle.
But I really want to learn, so I will continue to hold out hope that maybe this year will be the year.

this makes me happy. I could sit and look at this for hours.
It has sparklies!
It looks like snow!

Now, I'm going to sit and pet my sheep fur, and wield twirl my spindle until my eyes close.


  1. Spinning in the Old Way by Pricilla Gibson-Roberts is an excellent book to learn from. That's how I taught myself to use a drop spindle. You'll LOVE it!

  2. Isn't amazing how we find holding wool or even skeins of yarn and find comfort in it? Maybe it's because the wool is so full of possibilities! I really miss my LYS because if I was having a stressful time, I could go in there and just sit with the yarns and I would come out a different person!

  3. Well....
    If you don't learn before then, when I show up this summer to visit my Mom, we'll just have to lure you off the Island (or me and mine onto the island) and I'll teach you how to use your wee spindle!
    I'm guessing you'll learn before then though. The internets have some amazing sites... with detailed lessons right there!

  4. I'm having such fun reading your blog. I would like to know a lot more about your life on the island but will limit myself to one question. How do you get yarn for your knitting? Do you have a good yarn shop you visit when you go off the island?

  5. The end with the hook is the top. And Spinning the Old Way is an excellent reference if you can get your hands on a copy.

  6. Ohhh look, something shiny!!!! :) I love sparkles. If that's not motivating enough for you to learn to spin, I don't know what would be!

  7. That is sheer beauty! Congrats...I may have to come over and pet that myself! -michelle

  8. congrats on your winnings, I spring clean the same way!!