And yarn diet justifications.

So, I am on a yarn diet. But I got a new wheel. And I am running out of fiber to spin. Someone told me that fiber doesn’t count as yarn. But that really defeats the purpose of a yarn diet. Plus, now that I am spinning, all my yarn wants have turned into fibery desires.

But we did establish, did we not, that I can spend money on fiber if it is not MY money. That being said, someone very close to me gave me a bit of cash to spend at Miss Violet’s stash sale. This way I am getting the best bang for my buck and yarn I am spinning when I am still a newbie. Also, once it is gone, it is gone, causing me to have no choice but to finish up current projects and/or knit with it, rather than just spinning more and more yarn and increasing my stash exponentially while not doing a thing with it.

Oh, and I can’t WAIT to show you my current spinning, it is the orange BFL I got when I got the wheel. It is going so much better! There isn’t a lot of it, I think it will be enough for socks and gloves for the Bug or something to that effect. Maybe gloves for me! Yes, I probably need gloves at some point.

Anyhow, on to the fibery infusion. My thought process in picking out fiber was thus:

Pick fibers which I have not yet worked with, therefore gaining experience.

Pick fibers in gently changing colorways, as I often get irritated with harsh color changes.

Pick fiber that got the most bang for my buck.

I did ok. I’ll post one a day to prolong the lovelies. Interspersed with spun fiber and knitting, this could get good!

First up, because I completely and utterly love the shininess factor to this one, is a 50% merino 50% tencel blend. I have heard that this might be hard to spin, the merino is a short fiber and the tencel is slippery. It will probably be the last one out of the batch spun up. The colors might be a bit more daring than I am accustomed to, but that is all part of the learning, and the fiber content was something I wanted to try.
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Crazy Making

So, we established that the swift arrived yesterday around lunchtime. I, of course, had to take it out and put it together for favorite coworker to see. We both admired it greatly. I then took it apart with the intention of taking it to knit night for show and tell.

I got to knit night, and showed and told. Everyone was duly impressed and one of the gals there wondered if Nick could rework her current swift. I picked up some fiber (more on that later) and came on home to receive the Bug and set up the swift so she and I could play with it. Get everything in the house, clear off the table and go to set up the swift. No hardware. I dump out everything in my bag. No hardware. I begin to panic, go through my fiber, my knitting, my purse, my pockets. No hardware. Now we know I had it at the Knit Night. And I could have sworn I put it in my bag. But I am doubting everything because I am tired and haven’t eaten yet and everything feels discombobulated. I post for the Knit Night gals to look for it if they get the chance. And then the Bug comes home. So we chat and play and she talks about the big “X” on the table.

Once the Bug goes to bed I once again start the search for the hardware. I am well aware that Nick is gonna give me a hard time about losing the hardware the first day. After all, this is why he gave me 2 sets! It quickly becomes apparent that the hardware is not going to be found and any more looking is crazy making. I own up to the fact that I will have to tell Nick that I have already lost the hardware, before I have even begun. Amidst all this, my cell phone dies. The keypad won’t work and the screen and keypad won’t light up. I can receive calls but I cannot answer them because the buttons don’t work. I swear they are programmed to break easily!

I email Nick and go to bed. Get a call from Nick on the home phone and we discuss a plan of attack for getting new hardware. He is going to specifically tell me what I need and I was told to go to the nearest Ace and bat my eyelashes at an employee. It seems like a decent plan. I think it will work. It appeases me enough to let me sleep. (In which I have anxiety dreams about snakes, but that is another story entirely!).

I got up this morning early. I thought I would have a go at looking for the hardware. I pick my knitting for the umpteenth time, shake it out, and imagine my surprise when the hardware falls out. GGRrrr. But of course I put my swift together right away! And took pictures. And a video which I will post tonight.

So here is the swift together and the yarn which I intend to ball laying on the swift.
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I then put the pegs in, stretching the hank well so that it doesn’t tangle as it unwinds.
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I then hook it up to the ball winder:
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and I am good to go! (erm, that is, AFTER I take the holding thread out of the yarn?!?! I guess it was too early and prior to coffee for me to think that one through!)

It is smooth as glass. Works perfectly, and quickly. Just wait till you see the video! It is truly a fantastic tool as well as being a work of art. All my crazy making was worth it for this moment!

Oh, Bug can’t wait to get home tonight to play with it! I brought her downstairs this morning and asked if she wanted to, but she decided that trains take precedence. Currently she is working on a track that runs all the way into my bedroom. But on the way to school I asked her if she wanted to have a PJ pizza party tonight. She said “YES! AND AND, I want to wind the yarn!”