Enablers all! Hehe. My eye is on a Patrick Green Fancicard, which is even more expensive than the Fricke/Strauch I had been looking at. My reasoning: I'd prefer to buy one carder that will last me a good long while. I'm afraid that if I got a Louet I will want to upgrade too soon. I'd like to card in silk with merino, cashmere, alpaca, yak... and the Fancicard is supposedly very good at handling the exotics. Gotta save those pennies. I might be picking up some part time programming work, though. And my birthday is around the corner (2 weeks!) so if I have any discipline (not likely) I might be able to put a few bucks towards one.
The sun is out today (yay!!!) so I took a few pictures.
At the spin-in last week I spun my sunfires blue faced leicester:
The plan is to navajo ply and possibly make socks.
Progress on Honeymoon Cami is slow because I can't knit while spinning:
I added a few inches at The Fabric Place Knit Club last night.
Last night I also wanted to start the Flower Basket Shawl with this:
but forgot to wind it before leaving home. Doh. It's Hand Maiden silk/seacell, and it has a lovely soft hand with nice shine. I bought it (and a coupla other goodies) half off at a yarn store closing sale a few weeks ago. Skeined up it looks like:
I love seeing the transformation from skein to ball to knitted item in handpainted yarns.
The beginnings of FBS:
I'm hoping that this one skein will be enough (~550 yards) but I think a shawlette would be fine, too.
Off to a wedding!