|This is nothing compared to|
the first big snow storm this year!
|First big snow of the winter|
|Kent - big and heavy snow|
|Bellevue - before many of the roads were cleared|
So what does a knitter do on a snow day? Well this knitter decided to inventory her stash and log it on Ravelry. I logged over 50 in my stash inventory so far and still have so much more to go. I knew I had a lot of yarn, but I just didn't know how much until now. But this is good, because now I have a more accurate account of what is stuffed in the cubby holes of my yarn shelf. It is so frustrating when I buy hanks of yarn and then find out later that I had it in my stash all along, but just didn't know it. The other benefit of stashing on Ravelry is that you are connected to an inventory of others who have used the yarn for projects and you have access to those projects. So you can get ideas for your leftover stashed yarn. I love Ravelry!
What else have I been up to on my snow day? Well I've discovered a new skill I would like to try. After attending the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat last weekend and seeing all the hand-dyed roving, all the different types of fiber, spinning wheels, drop spindles and beautiful yarns that were created from hand-spinning, I've been scouring the web for an inexpensive spinning wheel for beginners. At the Madrona Marketplace, I got to watch a really cool drop spindle demonstration and as I roamed around and watched a few spinners creating some beautiful yarn from the hand-dyed roving they had for sale, I was excited! I wanted to do this, it looked like so much fun and the end product was so beautiful.
I know, I know, I don't need another hobby, but who can resist the beautiful designs that can be created from so many different fibers mixed together and dyed with such vibrant colors? Just walking around and seeing it all had me wanting to take up spinning. Of course I may have to start with drop spinning first just to see if I'll like it, and because its a inexpensive way to get started. After checking many websites that sell spinning wheels I realized I'm gonna have to cut down on the yarn shopping so I can save up money for a spinning wheel.
I found a pretty inexpensive one for beginners on Paradise Fibers called Babe's Fiber Garden which comes in single and double treadle (ah yes, new jargon to learn). This model received some pretty good reviews so
|My new Lendrum|