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I got this great little "do-it-like-its-colonial-times" spinning kit with a drop spindle while I was on vay-cay in rural PA. I spun the wool in the kit that same night, and ordered some more a week or so ago. Heres some photos of what Ive been spinning.

This is the skein of yellow and orange two ply yarn I made. Its about 17 yards long. Image 1 shows the skein, image two is my skein and drop spindle. Image three is my freshly wound ball of yarn, post soaking to "set" the twist.

This is some blue roving that I spun today into single ply yarn. Image 1 shows the roving separated out into pieces. Each one is about 12". Image 2 shows my work station. Notice my ingenious use of a candlestick holder. Image 3 shows the yarn partially spun and on the spindle (pretending to be a candlestick) and the last image shows the full amount of roving spun and on the spindle.

Lots of Projects! YAY!

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Dear friends and family,

Im starting this blog to catalogue some of the many projects Im working on, knitting and otherwise. Here are some current and recent projects:

These little booties I made from scrap yarn. Its Manos de Uruguay wool, in a deep purplish brown with a light pinkish beige trim. I knit these in about 3 days, mostly on the bus to and from Philly. The pattern comes out of the Debbie Bliss Baby Knits book. They are HUGE. 4 1/2 inches. Much too large to fit a 3-6 month child. Debbie Bliss, you are crazy, but its ok, they will be given to Lou, my baby bro.
The last image shows the ribbing under the fold.

The next project I would like to share is the hat Im working on.

Im not sure what brand the yarn is, Silky Wool maybe? Its a wool and silk blend, and was pretty inexpensive. About 175 yards for $7.95. Got it in Philly. The pattern comes out of Vogue Knitting's Fall issue. It has an error in the first line which I figured out once I was about 2 inches in. *sigh* So I started over. I also used a two needle cast on here because it gives a much tighter finish. When you start a hat from the crown instead of the brim this becomes important. The last image shows the underside of the hat, where the yarn is carried up to the next level.

And last but not least, the faux roll-top desk I bought this past weekend at the Fort Greene Flea.

It needs to be cleaned, sanded, primed, painted and braced. The legs are a bit wobbly. When I start work on it, I will look to see if I can find info on the manufacturer. The sides are made of panels of wood rather than solid pieced so I will paint it rather than stain it to cover some of that, I also want to get some decorative bolts for the sides where the hinges show.