This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bad News, Good News

One of my favourite yarn stores, Mind's Eye Yarns, was having its 15th anniversary sale. I dropped in to buy some yarn, because one always needs more yarn. While I was there (here comes the bad news) I learnt that Cascade is going to discontinue their Pastaza yarn. I love Pastaza. It's half wool and half llama. It's warm, the colours are intense, and I really love it. They are discontinuing it, and expanding their Sitka yarn. Sitka is a lovely yarn, all warm and shimmery, but it is half again as much as Pastaza. I am vexed. I have to figure a way to buy all sorts of Pastaza before it disappears for good.

But bad news is tempered with good (here comes the good news). My name was entered into a drawing for an Ashford spinning wheel. I never gave it a second thought, because I never win anything. This afternoon I got a call from Mind's Eye. My name was drawn from the bowl and I am now the proud owner of a spinning wheel. The fact that I don't know how to use a spinning wheel (and can barely use a drop spindle) does not daunt me at all. Here I am, completely undaunted. La, la, la. Undaunted by the spinning wheel.

What the hell am I going to do with a spinning wheel?

Why, learn to spin, of course. Think of all the roving I can buy to add to my yarn collection! 

I'll post pictures when I get to see it. Because, you know, I have no clue what model I'm getting.

Can't wait!

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