Tuesday, August 14, 2007

But oh, Valencia.

I have decided to name my new pet Valencia. She's sleek, smooth, and my current pride and joy. I sang in my head while she was assembled because I was too excited to even move away from the box to get my iPod, and what I most often sang was the Decemberists, specifically, O Valencia. It's a perfect name from my absolute favourite band; old-timey and modern all at once.


But who, or what, is Valencia?


Meet Valencia.


Valencia is my Louet S17 Kit wheel. I bought her from Hello Yarn, which is also where I bought my first spindle from a year and a half ago.

I put it together all by myself. I don't know how other wheels come, but this one was, like it says, a kit. Think of model cars. Yeah. Now, I'm basically retarded when it comes to putting things together, and I was a bit worried because Adrian said she'd forward me her own directions for putting it together, but I didn't have any problems. I was up and spinning in no time! So I spun this.


Fleece Artist Merino, two braids of it. It took me a week to spin one on a spindle! 2-ply, bigger than I wanted but remarkably even for my first wheel spun. And I just love this photo.


Why yes, I'd love to live in this lush valley of merino. Mm. It'll be up for sale on Etsy soon, if anyone's interested.

And in knitting news, because I do still knit, I started the Tyrolean stockings from the new Interweave Knits. I love them. They're Knit Picks Wool of the Andes that was formerly a Gryffindor house sweater.

Tyrolean Socks

And I finished the Betsy bag from Spin to Knit.


My favourite part is the side welts.


Though making them drove me nuts. It's basically a stockinette stripe that you have to gather together and backstitch and I kept thinking, there must be an easier way! Anyway, it's my own handspun alpaca for the flap, and the body is Manos Del Uruguay. I've said to myself on many occasions, "Why would you buy Manos just to felt it?!" and then I did, so I can't say that anymore.

Phew. Big update! And I'm SUPER excited about SPM here in Aurora next week! And in a basement no less! Last time was death. I'm going to work on my argyles so I can take them and be all LOOK, THE RARE ENDANGERED ARGYLE! I know they are, though. Even EZ called them obsolete back in the 70s, sadly.

Oh well. I'm nothing if not startlingly old-fashioned.