Birthday Randoms

I have had nothing but the best intentions to update this blog recently. Unfortunately, none of them made it here.

With apologies to the Yarn Harlot for borrowing her technique, here is a little of what I've been up to the past month or so:

1. It's my birthday

It was going great! until I fell down a few stairs while leaving work (yes, I'm a klutz but to be fair, my shoes were really fabulous AND it was raining). I landed on my hand while trying to break my fall and I'm not sure that I'll be knitting for the next few days, and spinning is definitely out of the question.

2. Yes, I said spinning!

My hubs got me a lovely, gorgeous Ladybug spinning wheel by Schact from the nice people at Shuttleworks in Calgary for our 5th wedding anniversary:

She doesn't have a name yet, but I'm open to suggestions!

3. The wheel spins like a dream and I decided to dig into some of the fibre that I'd been stashing. So I've been turning this:

New Zealand merino (80%) and silk (20%) in the colourway Pomegranate from Ashford fibres into this:

It has been unbelievable to spin with so far!

4. I started a new project that I won't be talking about here. Sorry! (it's for Christmas, what more can I say?!)

5. If I started a new project it means that I have finally finished THIS:

I still need to blog about the finishing and the wrap up of the project, but more on that another day.

This definitely doesn't look like much

but I assure you, it's spinning. Note to self, need to take better pics for my blog...

Today was the first day of the spinning class that I signed up for before Christmas. I know a few gals through my LYS who are avid spinners, and of course with the various knitting reading that I do I've come across the idea of spinning. I can't say though, that I had much interest in it until I read Amy Singer's review for the new Schact Ladybug spinning wheel on Knitty.

Amy has that rare gift of infusing writing with excitement through the passion for what she's writing about and I was as captivated by her review of the spinning wheel as she was by her test drive of it. That, and if you click on the link to the review, the design of the spinning wheel is what really gets me. I love the modernity of it, the colour, and how fun it is in it's overall design. A lovely, modern twist on a traditional craft. Of course, once I saw the pictures and read how smooth and new-spinner-friendly it was, I thought it was high time I looked around to see if there was a learn to spin class to satisfy my curiosity.

Enter Lettuce Knit, a fabulous LYS down in the uber funky Kensington Market in Toronto. They were indeed offering a class, by the inimitable Denny, and even better, with only three spaces for a terrific learning experience. At this point, I'd like to point out that Denny has the patience of a saint, especially as my spinning did not seem to be much more than a lot of bunching and over-twisting. Hopefully a cocktail later will help me to relax (Denny seemed to think that might help).

In any event, it was fun, and we've been sent home with a spinning wheel each (mine is the single treadle Ashford) and some homework, so hopefully things will improve with practice. Fingers crossed, at any rate!