Monday, April 12, 2010

A new toy



This, my friends, is my new (to me) Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. Purchased second-hand from a woman who received it for her high school graduation back in the 70's, it has only minor damage from being stored without use (for she barely used it) for so long. $25 worth of parts will have this baby looking brand new. Wheel, extra spindles, lazy kate, and two hand-carders... $200. Not sure what to do with the carders since I'm not into that... but we shall see. I'm totally excited! Got a long week of dyeing ahead of me, so I won't be too antsy about not being able to spin until my parts are delivered. Woo hoo!

I've been struggling with some sort of a bug this past week. One day had me completely incapacitated with dizziness, most days have had a sore throat with coughing, wheezing, sneezing, and achy muscles. I seem to be on the mend, though. Today I feel better than the other days, so it bodes well for the rest of my week. I had meant to put out a store update last week, but the sickness stopped me in my tracks. Gonna work my butt off this week to get it done.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shop Update


Small update at White Iris Yarns. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Finally finished!

My Ulmus, that is. Finished the knitting this afternoon, soaked, pinned, and blocked it. Now I'm just waiting for it to finish drying. It's absolutely beautiful.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

To: My WIPs

Dear WIPs,

I'm sorry that I have neglected you so much. Especially you, my sweet and precious Ulmus. It's been 3 weeks since I started you and you've only got 175 of the 335 stitches that your body needs. I apologize profusely for not only finishing a pair of socks, but also casting on and finishing another pair, casting on and getting 1/3 of the way through another, and knitting a toy in the last three weeks. I know that I probably seem so cold, just letting you lay there in front of my while I knit the others. I didn't even think about how that would make you feel, and I feel terrible for that. But I've worked on you today, haven't I? We've come several rows! I need you, my love. I need you and you know you need me. I complete you.

Or rather, I will. Eventually. I promise. I'm not one of those girls who just drops things when it seems rough. I'm going to love you and love you to completion.

Yours always,
Lydia

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Items

This weekend only, White Iris Yarns is offering free shipping on all orders in the US, 50% off shipping to Canada.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New RFOs + OTN + Shop News

Since my last showing, here are the projects I've finished:


Super Nova Toe-Up Monkeys


Mock Them Ankles (for Brit)


And a whole bunch of washcloths.

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Currently on the needles are a pair of stockinette socks (toe up with gusset heel a la Wendy Johnson) in my Jonathan colorway as well as my blanket that I started back in August and have finally started working on again. And the last thing I have OTN is an Ulmus. I'm doing this in Malabrigo sock, colorways Cordovan and Lettuce. It was a bit fiddly to get started, but the pattern is pretty intuitive once you do a couple repeats.

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White Iris Yarns is now shipping to Canada! And this weekend only (2/12-2/14) will be offering free shipping on all orders in the US, half-off shipping to Canada. I've been dyeing up a storm the last couple days and will have a bunch of new stuff in time for the sale.