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Yarnalong: Knitting, spinning and reading

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I’ve been making slow progress on the two blankets that I’m knitting.

Knitting: Rib stitch blanket

Knitting: Rib stitch blanket

Surprisingly, this simple ribbed blanket has been given me the most issues since I keep making silly mistakes. Sighs… I’m taken a time out from that until I regain my senses.

Knitting: Tuck Stitch Blanket

Knitting: Tuck Stitch Blanket

I managed to squeeze a few rows of this tuck stitch blanket and am hoping to knock out a few more rows later today.

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Handspun yarn: Merino wool, Bamboo and Nylon (60/30/10)

Aren’t the colors lovely? Guess what, it’s my own handspun yarn! Yes… there are overspun and underspun places with this yarn, but you know what? I don’t care! I’m enjoying spinning and, in time, I know I’ll improve. Also, I had fun spinning every delightful inch of this little skein. This is the first yarn that I made, that I’m actually thinking of knitting into something “nice”. Of course the “nice” item will have to be a tiny project. After all, there’s not much to knit with! 😜😆

 

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I’m a new spinner!

 

Kromski Sonata

Kromski Sonata

 

Almost three weeks ago, I purchased my Kromski Sonata, which I’ve named Ruth, from the Woolery. Since last Thursdays private lesson at the CloverHill Yarn Shop, I’ve committed to spinning daily. I’m really thrilled with the improvements that I’m making. Before long, I’ll be knitting, weaving or crocheting with my own handspun yarn.

Repentance C. J. Miller

Repentance C. John Miller

What am I reading? Repentance by C. John Miller.

“Repentance begins at conversion but doesn’t stop there. It isn’t penance, self-effort or condemnation, but an ongoing attitude for daily living in Christ, says John Miller. In this new edition John’s widow, Rose Marie, adds an epilogue telling of John’s own journey of living out repentance on a daily basis.”

I’ve reread the first chapter a few times. It was recommended to me by a seminary graduate and I’m enjoying it immensely.

The Spinners Book of Yarn Design

The Spinners Book of Yarn Design

I’m also reading The Spinners Book of Yarn Design.
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I ordered the hardcover version and have been really enjoying reading through the book and looking at some of the projects.
This is my first time joining the Yarn Along, a weekly link up, hosted by Ginny. You can share what you’ve been knitting and reading.

10 Comments

  1. Yay for learning to spin!!! Your yarn is so fun and colorful!! Spinning has become an addiction for me and there is nothing better then knitting with your handspun!!! Your book on Repentance looks really good and I will need to check that out! Your blankets look like fun projects!!

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    ThreadLover Reply:

    Thanks! I’m enjoying it immensely. As many flaws as I see with my own handspun yarn, I still am thrilled with the yarn and I’m seeing progress daily.

    Repentance is a great book and my seminary friend was correct, it convicts me to change a bit more.
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  2. Yes! I love to hear about new spinners. You will be amazed at how your spinning looks a month from now if you practice for a little bit each day. My hand spun is my favorite yarn to work with. Enjoy your new craft!

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    ThreadLover Reply:

    I figure I will. I felt the same way when I learned weaving in 2013 and crochet in 2011. Knitting, sewing and embroidery are crafts that I’ve done since I was very young. Perhaps five or six.

    Yes, I’ve always adored handspun yarn and it has trumped machine spun yarn. I’m excited that soon, I’ll be knitting with my own handspun! Who knows… I might knit a little something with my own handspun yarn, this evening. We’ll see! ☺️
    ThreadLover recently posted…Spinning class: My two-hour private lesson was a success!

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  3. Oh that spinner! Beautiful just to look at.

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    ThreadLover Reply:

    Thank you. I really love my wheel and my little skein of handspun yarn. 😍
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  4. Love the colors in your yarn! And I was told that your first yarn you can never duplicate. Art yarn that is thick and thin has it’s own purpose and beauty! There is nothing like it!
    Your book looks wonderful. Sounds like something I would like.

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    ThreadLover Reply:

    I’ve heard that. I have a bin filled with some of my first yarns. I doused wool ball with cedar essential oil and placed them in the same bin. If any moths slip in the house, they will steer clear of my wool stash!

    Repentance is a wonderful read and came right on time. A true answer to prayer. I’m ordering the book, Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, that you’ve recommended on your lovely website.
    ThreadLover recently posted…Knitting Cables and rereading the Pride and Prejudice, illustrated version

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  5. Oh wow I love your spinning! I’m trying to get to grips with a drop spindle since I can’t afford a wheel right now, but it’s so much harder than a wheel! I love the tuck stitch, I haven’t come across it before.

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    ThreadLover Reply:

    I love it too, it’s fairly simple to create, but the end results are stunning!
    ThreadLover recently posted…Spinning Merino & silk combed top

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