Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Spinderella cut it up one time...

I've been so busy, but now I finally feel like I've got my life back -- at least for a while. I did have some time to play with my new wheel and fiber tonight, and you're getting treated to the first ever action shot of me spinning! It's rough going, but I feel like I'm figuring it out little by little, a bit more each time I use it. I was spinning the mixed navy blue wool that Vicki gave me last week. I know this is something I can eventually do well, I just have to keep at it -- and it's really not a chore, it's very relaxing, and I can see how much I'll love it once I get to point where I don't have to stop and start so much.

Also, even though I have previously proclaimed to hate socks, I decided to give them another go...and I'm liking it! I'm just doing a very very standard sock pattern, and turning the heel with the help of the Yarn Harlot's advice in her new book, Knitting Rules! (it has an EXCELLENT description of socks on page 136 -- kind of changed my sock-knitting life, as a matter of fact. Another good move on the guru's part -- she gave me the book!) But one of the most wonderful things about this particular pair of socks that I'm knitting, besides that they are being done with a new appreciation and understanding, is that I am using yarn hand dyed by my good friend the Yarnmonster, in her Avocado Fever colorway (is it uncool to link your own blog in your post? Ha!)!

Last thing -- and this is a pure rave -- I went to Columbus, OH last weekend (home of Susi's OSU Buckeyes, may they rest in peace for 2007) to see my friend Laura in the opera The Merry Widow. She played Valencienne, and was AWESOME, as expected. Beyond the opera, the highlight of our trip was dinner at Dragonfly with A Second Breakfast and her roommate, and our friends Emily & Brian. Dragonfly is a vegan restaurant, but I think you wouldn't know that if no one told you. The food was...was...orgasmic? No, no, that's not a strong enough word for the pleasure I felt when the first bite of braised trumpets SNAPPED in my mouth -- and no mushroom has ever done that to me before. The texture...taste...smell...oh my God, it was sensation heaven! The restaurant is very local, very natural, very unbelievable, and all the carnies with me left full and swore they'd be back. If you're ever in the general area of Columbus, like say in the same hemisphere, go here!!!

8 comments:

e's knitting and spinning blog said...

Your wheel is lovely!! You look like a pro:-) Thanks for the avocado fever colorway shot. The socks look fantastic and the colos are perfect! Way to go yarnmonster:-)

city girl said...

great looking sock! i've yet to try...maybe i'll pick up that book before i do. OHIO ROCKS!(especially Cleveland)

Phillipa Sara said...

You're looking like a pro on that wheel and love those socks

Vicki said...

Frog Pond's been rescheduled. Hope to see you there with your wheel. I want to see how that blue wool is spinning up! The socks look great! Isn't it nice to get something hand dyed specially for you?

PassionKNITly said...

that is a great looking sock!
I found that the yarn harlot's book made me wnat to continue knitting socks, that's when i re-picked up the mysteriously finished sock...beware, it's addictive!!!

Jessica said...

OMG, this is a very exciting post! You look so cute and spinnerly at your new wheel! Hooray! And hooray for avocado fever socks, as well--they're going to be so nice and yummy. Well, not as yummy as guacamole, but still....

schrodinger said...

Love the action shot, I found spinning rough at first, but practice will soon sort that out. Glad to see you are knitting socks with Jess's Avacado Fever yarn. :)

Jessamyn said...

I'm so impressed! You look like you're working that spinning wheel. Go on with your bad self.

BTW, I'm tagging you with a meme. Come on by and check it out.