Saturday, 24 July 2010

World Record Holder?

On 23rd August I am part of a team of 8 spinners and knitters who are attempting to break the worls record for fastest time from sheep to sweater! We have the world's fastest knitter (yes, really!) on the team, and some renowned spinners, and, um, me! So we're going to do it, right? ;0)

Problem is, magical means are not permitted. We are not even allowed to wash and comb the fleece! So, I had a lesson earlier this week with a good friend of mine from Bradford Guild who is an expert in long-draw technique, the fastest way to spin by far. See, even though I first learned spinning nearly 25 years ago now, my usual worsted technique is known as 'inch-worm'! Anyway, Freyalyn got me going well, and by the end of the session I was spinning yards in seconds rather than minutes!
Freyalyn spinning (with a spindle) with another friend at Woolfest 2 years ago (Freyalyn is the witch facing us in this picture, if she hasn't wandered off that is...):

In Swap News I can reveal that I have now received three separate owl deliveries in the last week for Wisty's kit!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Witches Wishes

Knit or crochet or both?
Both, and prefer knitting.

Brands you would like to try but don't have easy access to:
Anything KnitPicks!

Favorite fibers/least favorite fibers
Love any natural fibre

Favorite colors/least favorite colors
Love all greens, also like soft dark pinks (blue side of the range). Hate orangey pinks and pale browns.

Yarn weight preferences
I love laceweights (don't get a green one though as I have several already!)
Also like worsted weight as we can't easily get that in the UK.

Favorite projects
Small ones!

Favorite gadgets
Cute or funky tape measures and knitting gauges
Favorite designers
Me!!!!!! LOL!
Kieran Foley ('knitlab' on Ravelry)
Nicky Epstein

Salty or Sweet or...?

Tea or Coffee or...?

Fur and dust

Other things you like, i.e., buttons, pens, fabric, stitchmarkers, etc.
Anything crafty, so all of the above!

Currently Craving
A Debra's Garden gauge
A small project bag
Vintage style notebooks
Anything Potter!

Where you might have wish lists (Loopy Ewe, Amazon, Etsy)
Amazon (my email address should find it)
Etsy favourites (I'm Rumpelstiltskin on etsy)