Sunday, December 1, 2013

Spinning


Spinning. There are so many meanings to that one word, and right now I think I can relate to all of them at once. My head is spinning with thoughts that stir up my emotions and I have to reign myself in lest I let my mouth speak out of turn and thus create havoc in my life.

It is in times such as this that I need to slow down and settle in to a different kind of spinning. An activity that to me is as effortless as breathing. It is called handspinning. As I sit before my wheel, my bare feet resting gently on the treadles, my hands caressing soft bits of brightly colored wool, I can feel the tension start to ease. I move my feet slowly upon the treadles bringing the wheel to life. The soft whirring of the flyer and bobbin can be heard, like a secret whispered on the wind, speaking to me in a language only another spinner can understand. Like the rhythms of life I spoke of before, spinning has a rhythm all its own. It brings my body, mind and spirit into harmony. My body knows instinctively what to do from years of practice. The act of spinning has become as natural to me as breathing in and out all day. My feet move faster, slower, and then suddenly fall into pace with my hands as they draft and pull the wool while the flyer whirs and the bobbin spins adding twist and strength to the fibers creating a single spun yarn which then feeds onto the bobbin... filling it up more and more and more. I could sit and spin for hours on end. It is a rhythm of peace and calm.

Sometimes it is the act of spinning that holds the whirring of the world at bay and allows me to slow down and breathe for just a little while.A few moments in time where I can forget everything else that presses upon me from outside. If only I could snatch a few more moments of spinning each day......but alas.......I must take it as it comes...usually in the small hours of a sleepless night before the rest of the world is even awake.........I am already spinning. 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Frogging



Rippit! Rippit! Rippit! is frequently heard in knitting circles and the act of ripping out one's knitting to start over has become widely known as "frogging".

Although I experienced a recent episode of "frogging" with my own knitting last night, this morning has me contemplating "frogging" in an entirely different manner. Sometimes there are certain things, places, or even people in your life that cause you to drop stitches, so to speak, and otherwise make a mess of things. In order to get back on track it is sometimes necessary to remove those things, places or people from your life so you can pick up those dropped stitches and keep moving forward. In this particular instance, we can assume I am talking about a man. A man who for all intents and purposes is really no good for me. He calls me up out of the blue and suddenly I'm right back where I was months ago, emotions I was certain I had ripped back and "frogged" were really just dropped stitches, lingering in the fabric of my life waiting for me to  pick them up and deal with them.

Rippit! Rippit! Rippit!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rhythm of Life


There is a distinct ebb and flow in city life and I have settled into the rhythm with gentle ease. Traffic pulses past like a heartbeat forcing the flow and the air is alive with the sounds of automobiles on their way to destinations unknown.

Standing on the sidewalk bundled up in my hand knit wools I lean into the wind feeling its crisp kiss upon my face and breathe deeply of the vitality that surrounds me. I can't help but smile as I open my eyes and continue to walk casually along the city sidewalk, taking in the sights and sounds of my new dwelling place. Home is the word that wraps its arms around me and fills me with warmth. Home.

My little neighborhood is filled with wonders and I love exploring it every chance I get. My most favorite spot is a quaint little coffee house on Leonard street called the Story Cafe. It is warm and friendly with wonderful coffees, sweet treats, and homemade soups full of natures goodness. I come and sit at the shop sipping on cafe au laits, writing blog posts, knitting, or just conversing with friends. It too is Home to me, it is frequented by people I have come to know and love and just walking through their door sets my heart at ease, as if coming home from a long journey, it is the place where I can simply be at rest.

There are so many things that speak of home in my life. Knitting is another one of those things. Wherever I go I always have some sticks and string with me. If grown people could have security blankets I guess mine would be made of wool. I love the hand and texture of natural fibers. The soft fluffy smooshiness of a handspun or soft spun yarn as it flits through my fingers, my knitting sticks clicketty clacking  as I create one stitch after another. Its a rhythm I know so well. It speaks of softness and quiet, of  peace in the center of the city as if I am standing still while the elements of the world swirl around me in a constant whir of hurry. I am at rest wrapped in the rhythm of life.





Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TA-DA! Tuesday Handmade Giveaway!

TA-DA!

Tuesday Handmade Giveaway


This week's handmade giveaway is a single skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn in the colorway Light of Love which I have overdyed with red, orange, purple and garnet for a rich variegated yarn. 

I purchased this yarn during the 2012 local YarnQuest hosted by several yarn shops throughout Michigan. I originally thought I only had one skein of this yarn, but I actually had 2 skeins in my stash. 

During a trip to my LYS A Grand Skein on July 3rd, I happened to see a sample knit of the Rondelay shawl by Jennifer Dassau on display and once I read that it took a single skein of Malabrigo Sock and was created using short rows (one of my favorite techniques) I just knew I had to knit one. 

The next step was to dig up my skiens of Malabrigo Sock. The original color Light of Love which is a kettle dyed pink just didn't seem to be the right choice for this project. 

 I had read in the pattern that the Rondelay was the perfect knit to show off hand dyed and variegated yarns. So the obvious option was to overdye the skein. I am super delighted with the final results.
While at A Grand Skein that day picking up needles for another project the shop purchased the Rondelay pattern thru Ravelry on my behalf and I purchased a pair of US 6 40" ChaioGoo Knit Red Lace needles for the project. 

It wasn't until I returned home later that day that I realized that not only did I have 2 skeins of Malabrigo Sock, but I also already had a pair of US 6 40" ChaioGoo needles in my stash. 

So this week one winner will receive a single skein of Light of Love overdyed Malabrigo Sock yarn as well as a pair of US 6 40" Knit Red Lace ChaioGoo circular needles. 

To enter the drawing simply leave a comment on this blog post. For additional entries you can follow me on Instagram, my username is Michiganspinning, and like my IG post for this giveaway so I can track your entries. And you can also LIKE my Facebook page for Michigan Spinning Company and comment on my post there for this giveaway. That's 3 chances to win! 

Entries for this giveaway will run until Saturday July 13th at midnight EST. Winners will be posted on Sunday July 14th. 

Here's a little peek at my Rondelay which I am knitting with one skein of the overdyed Light of Love  Malabrigo Sock Yarn.
Remember, you can still enter for last weeks 4th of July TA-DA! Tuesday Giveaway as well until Friday July 12th EST. Winners for that drawing will be announced on Saturday July 13th. 

Good Luck my friends!
Debi :-)

 

Friday, July 5, 2013

TA-DA! Tuesday Handmade Giveaway..... on Thursday :)

TA-DA! 

Tuesday Handmade Giveaway

I realize its not Tuesday anymore, but since this weeks giveaways were inspired by our Independence Day holiday it seems only fitting that the Handmade Giveaway debut today. 

Due to the late date entries will be accepted from now until July12th at 12 midnight EST. Just post a comment on this blog post to be entered into the drawing. If you follow me on Instagram where I am michiganspinning, or like our facebook page Michigan Spinning Company you will have extra chances to get your name in the drawing more than once thus increasing your odds of winning :) 2 winners will be drawn randomly and announced on Saturday July 13th. 

This weeks handmade items are winner's choice of a crochet hook roll up or a DPN roll up (needles and hooks not included). These roll ups were handmade using quality linen fabric and embellished with sari silk ribbons. They will feature a button and ribbon closure. (picture was taken prior to adding the closures)



The second part of the giveaway is a luscious Fiber blend inspired by the colors of the American Flag and is aptly named Lady Liberty. It is a blend of merino wool, tussah silk, tencel, flax (linen),  tussah silk noil, silk waste, and red and blue silk threads Each winner will receive a 1oz hand pulled roving

 (the sample skein was spun using the remnants left on the carder after pulling the rovings.)

Thanks for stopping by,  I hope you enjoy my weekly giveaways. As always I would love to see what you make with this lovely blend of fibers.

Debi :)



Sunday, June 30, 2013

TA-DA! Tuesday Winners!




TA-DA! Tuesday Winners for the Poppy themed Handmade Giveaway are 

Baamekniits
Cherith Jackson

CONGRATULATIONS! 
winners email me your info and I will ship your prizes out this week. 

DON'T FORGET....another TA-DA! Tuesday Handmade Giveaway will be unveiled this week!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TA-DA! Tuesday Handmade Giveaway!

Are you ready???.......Well here we go......

TA-DA!!! Tuesday

Handmade Giveaway

 First its a Poppy Needle Hug that all you sock knitters out there will enjoy. It is shown with needles a little shorter than 6 inches, but it does fit 6 inch needles in a snug little hug. I was browsing Pinterest looking for something to make with my handmade felt and came across this quick and easy needle hug pattern on the Chocolate Mints in a Jar blog. Well that was it! I knew I just had to make this......and here it is! I already have several more cut out and ready to stitch up and I will be making them in different sizes to fit longer needles. I noticed after making this that I only had 2 sets of DPNs that fit comfortably....the rest of my DPNs are at least 7 inches long. I will have to take a measure tape to them for the exact size........later :)

NEXT UP....................

Poppy Planet Punis
(this is not a full oz in the pic but winner will receive a full 1oz of punis)

1 oz of Poppy Planet Punis for spinning, knitting , or crochet dreams!!!! I am in love with poppies right now and these punis in particular. They are a blend of several shades of hand dyed merino wool, natural black welsh mountain, natural gray satin angora fiber, bamboo, silk noil, finn locks and sari silk threads in abundance. I want to spin these up myself.......but alas........I am sharing them instead.....arent you glad, otherwise this post would be a major tease!!Hahahaha!

Just leave me a comment on this post and you will be entered to win BOTH of these handmade beauties. Im not one for long drawn out affairs so entries will be open until Friday at midnight EST and then 2  BIG WINNERS will be randomly selected and announced Saturday Morning......YAY!! 

If you follow me on IG @michiganspinning or facebook Michigan Spinning Company page - see link above in sidebar....and check out more ways to enter! 

Good luck everyone! 

Debi :)