I had a ton of fun spinning for Spinzilla 2017! I managed to spin 1.27 miles of yarn, this includes the singles and then the ‘ply credit’. I am very pleased with the yarn I managed to spin, though I am disappointed that I could not get my WooleeWinder working right for spinzilla.
However the creator and owner of the company promised he would look at my WooleeWinder and see if he could figure out what is making it rattle so badly. I just have to send my device to him, lol. Haven’t gotten around to that yet.
I cannot wait until I have these skeins washed and ready to work with. One of my greatest fears has been ‘ruining’ my handspun by knitting or crocheting or weaving the ‘wrong’ pattern with them. Now after almost 2 years of spinning…I’d better do something with my handspun pretty soon, lol. I have a 3 drawer plastic storage unit full of handspun yarn, and I love all of it!
Recently I took the dive and purchased the pattern for the beekeeper’s quilt, and just love how simple the hexipuffs are to create. I made 3 out of a self striping ball of commercial sock yarn, this brought about the delusion that I want to knit socks which is another problem on the horizon, then last night I took the plunge. I knit a Hexipuff out of my handspun. I love my little hexipuff and cannot wait to make more. While I’m not sure I”ll make the 300+ it takes to create a quilt, I do think that these hexipuff’s might become my new Granny Square. My new go-to, quick to finish, project.
TIP: I use the tip of my left index finger to push my needle through the yarn when knitting. The tip of the needle is a little bit pointed, but not enough to stab me…However…repeated pushing allowed my skin, probably dry, to split along the natural whorls in my fingertip. While it never bled, it did hurt a bit. I realized that I would have to use something to prevent this from happening, and thought of a thimble. Unfortunately I cannot feel anything through the thimble so that didn’t work. Then I thought of some of those stick on thimble things I had seen…it turns out they’re a little expensive. Fortunately during my search I turned up a tip, a Bandage. Just a simple bandage, can get about 30 for $1 at a dollar store, is enough padding to keep the needle from splitting my skin. YAY I Can Knit Again!