Sunday, July 29, 2007

My Big Surprise

It's a Lendrum Double Treadle. I got it from a girl in PA who has a small handspun and handyded yarn and roving business. She's moving cross country and she had an extra NEW wheel! I got a great deal on it, and it came with the fast flyer, the jumbo flyer, a lazy kate with 3 bobbins, and two big batts of wool! with free shipping! whoohoo!

I had to call Joe to pick it up from the leasing office where UPS left it. I said he could put it together if he wanted. I came home from work and he was sitting in front of it trying intently to get a huge handfull of wool to catch onto the lead string. I said "there's an orrofice hook if you.." "I KNOW!" he says haha he lost interest in it pretty quickly though. Shame really, him being a spinner could make him more interested in going to Sheep and Wool with me :P

I'm spinning up some pink and purple roving my mom gave me a while ago. It goes so fast! I love it! Doing it thik and thin so I can experiment a little and it'll still look OK. I think i'll ply it.
here's the wheel! sorry for the bad lighting.

The batts

I'm looking forward to August being a little more calm so i'll have time to spin!

Saturday, July 28, 2007


YAY! I found my July LJ Secret Pal package stuffed deep in my mailbox yesterday, full of wonderful stuff!
I had just come home from work and a gruelling workout, and ripped into this box of Pocky like I'd never seen food before haha I had to be careful not to get chocolate on my new yarn!
I got a lovely ball of Nashua Handknits "creative focus" in my favorite color of green, and a big beautiful skein of Southwest Trading Company's Soysilk! I've never knit with soysilk before so this should be fun!
Also included was a very nice little letter, and a chinese change purse that open when you press the ends together. Inside the little purse was a tiny bottle with the tiniest origami bird I've ever seen! My Secret Pal's sister made it for me! I'm totally amazed.
OH! and I almost forgot! She also made me a wonderful crocheted mini totoro! eeeeee! Cutest thing ever, and I love amigurumi!
Next time I think I'll do the $50! $30 doesn't go very far when you're trying to spoil someone ;)

The package

That mini change purse with the minibird!

And last but not least...

Subaru inspecting the Totoro

And a closeup to show the tail

Incase you're not familliar, THIS is a mini totoro! (circled in pink)