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I live in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY.  I have a husband who is a masters rower and a daughter obsessed with all things Japanese.  I'm a knitter and a spinner!  When I spin too much yarn I list it on my Etsy shop www.saratogaspinning.etsy.com.
My husband is also a master metalsmith and creates wonderful wrought iron wine racks displayed at www.oldworldwinerackdesigns.com.

I am a volunteer for the AFS student exchange program.  http://www.afs.org/
 
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hush Hush Handspun Hootenanny Questionnaire

1. How long have you been spinning? What skill level do you consider yourself?

I've been spinning for about a year and a half and would consider myself intermediate.

2. What kinds of yarn do you create (singles/2-ply/3-ply/art yarn)?

I usually create 2-ply or singles yarn.

3. What do you spin with (spindle/wheel/both)?

Just my wheel - A Louet 75

4. What are your favorite fibers to spin with? Anything you don't like?

I love to spin Merino and Romney. I'm not so hot on silk and tencel, but I probably just need more practice. I'm also very allergic to Angora bunnies, so that's off my list.

5. Who are your favorite crack dealers fiber sources (etsy or otherwise)?

Spunky Eclectic, Hello Yarn

6. What kind of fiber do you want to try?

I should really try some silk blends.

7. Is there any techniques you would like to learn?

Navaho plying

8. Do you dye fiber? If not, would you like to learn?

I'm not really interested in dying right now. That may change!

9. Do you have fiber prep tools (and like to use them) or would you prefer ready to spin fiber?

I usually prefer ready to spin although I do have a pair of small combs that I have used with mohair locks.

10. What do you do with your handspun? What projects have you completed?

Socks, socks and more socks, scarves, hats, felted bags

11. Are you in need of any spinning gadgets (WPI Gauge, threading hook, etc)?

Not really.

12. What colors "fall into your shopping basket"? Any colors you just can't stand?

I love bright colors! Anything will do!

13. What is on your wheel/spindle right now?

Mohair locks

14. What other crafts/hobbies do you have?

Knitting

15. Other than crafts, what are you passionate about?

I love to read and I love to bake when I have the time.

16. Do you have an online wishlist?

No

17. Is there anything that you collect?

Not besides yarn and fiber!

18. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What magazine subscriptions do you have?

I'd love to get Cat Bordhi's new pathways sock book. I have subscriptions to Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting and Spin.

19. When is your birthday?

October 30

20. What book or movie character do you most resemble in personality?

Hmmmm. I'll have to think about this. Check back for any update!

21. What is the climate like where you live around this time (need to know for careful shipments of anything meltable)?

It's summer.

22. Tell us one weird fact about yourself!

I broke my left ring finger this year and now it veers off to the left of center.

Favorites
favorite painting/picture(link): I'll have to think about this one too.

Candy: Anything chocolate - dark is good!

Food: Italian and Thai

Drink: Jack Daniels Manhattan

Movie(s): Pirates of the Caribbean, Local Hero, Waking Ned Devine

TV Show(s): Lost, Rome, The Tudors, Dr. Who

Book(s): The Lymond series by Dorothy Dunnet

Guilty Pleasure(s): chocolate chip cookies

Sunday, June 22, 2008

What Have I Been Up To?

The weather has been fine - warm and summer like - even though we've been through a few storms . . . So I've been knitting!

Here's a little hat designed by Jen. It's so cute and easy! It's destined for a former co-worker who has moved away who has a baby due at the end of the summer! Hope she likes it!



Here's the May offering from the Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club. I love love love the colors!

And here's the completed Smoke Ring - I'm very pleased with the way this turned out!

And here's the beginning of the Print O' The Wave Shawl. I'm enjoying the pattern!



I'll be back this weekend with my Questionnaire for the Hush Hush Handspun Hootenany Swap!