I think I may have a problem…with online shopping…..too much…..or….

Hi there, yesterday was a happy mail day but today is an even HAPPIER mail day! I’m so happy and excited about what the mailman brought today that I started getting a bad conscience! Could it be that I spend too much time and money shopping online? After all I do have my very OWN online knitting shop with quite an extensive stock at home. So why do I still need to buy from others???? Good question! I think the answer to that question is: You can NEVER have too much yarn! (or related tools, fibre, books, accessories…. you get the picture!)

So now its show off time! And maybe one of you will get inspired to do a little shopping online as well (hi hi…this is the shopping fairy thats speaking here)

First of, like I told you yesterday I recently enrolled in a spindling class on Craftsy and after watching a few classes I went online and bought some supported spindles. I bought 2 tibetan and 2 russian style spindles. One of each from 2 different shops. So I got one set delivered yesterday along with a lap bowl www.knittinginfrance.com

And today I got the other two! The first set is sort of classic elegance I feel and this second set is more fun and full of colour. This second set comes from the USA, a shop called Woodturnerva and his work is gorgeous and the spindles are BEAUTIFUL!

supported spindles from Woodturnerva on Etsy - www.knittinginfrance.com

Supported spindles from Woodturnerva on Etsy

The Russian spindle is the multi colored one and the Tibetan spindle is the pink and black. Beautiful work don’t you think? Now I just need to find some serious alone time to work on my skills as I plan to take my spindles with me on holiday this summer. Do you spindle? If so any and all tips and tricks are more than welcome 🙂

So this was the first happy package of the day. Now on to the second! So a few days ago I was browsing Facebook and came across a post from Jaala Spiro of Knitcircus. She was having a SALE the next day. I did think: hm, better NOT check that out tomorrow as I really don’t need any more yarn and plus I have this huge to knit list and promised myself I’d get it done before casting on for any more socks etc. But hey, who can stay serious and strong in front of a Knitcircus sale? Unfortunately, or not, I’m not one of those folks. So came the big day and off I went browsing! At the end of my daydreaming, shopping session I found myself with 3 items in my cart! And now they have arrived!

huge yarn cake from Knitcircus - www.knittinginfrance.com

Sand Castle gradient yarn by Knitcircus

Knitcircus gradient yarn - www.knittinginfrance.com

Eat, Pray, Knit and Watermelon gradient yarns from Knitcircus

So do you like?????? The first picture of the big brown and blue yarn cake is 150gr  so lots of yardage there ( 600yds), the colourway is Sand Castle. I’m thinking this one needs to be a shawl. The other two are  regular size 100gr cakes with 400yds. The one on the left is Eat, Pray, Knit and the one on the right is Watermelon. I love watermelon socks so I might knit this yarn first. I’m thinking for the Watermelon, a simple pattern to let the colours really be the centerpiece of the socks. However, as this is just one regular size yarn cake, I wont be able to knit them 2 in 1 or if I do, one sock will be mostly green and the other mostly red but then I guess, even if I knit them one at a time that’s how they will be anyway. Do you think maybe I should use this for something other than socks? To let the gradient dyeing show? I hadn’t thought of this. In her yarn club I receive 2 yarn cakes and that is why I’m able to do 2 identical gradient socks. Hm, guess I need to think this a little bit.

But for the shawl thing, do you have any suggestions?  Maybe the Come What May shawl by Susan B Anderson that she designed specifically for Knitcircus gradient yarn. Here’s a picture of that

Come What may shawl by Susan B Anderson - www.knittinginfrance.com

Come What May shawl by Susan B Anderson especially designed for Knitcircus gradient yarns

They say that 430 yards are needed which means that the smaller cakes are out of the picture and if I use the large one, I will have some left overs for a small pair of socks maybe unless I’m able to make the shawl bigger. This could be an idea I think. You can buy a kit from Knitcircus (pattern+yarn+beads/or no beads) or the pattern alone on Ravelry.

Now on to the last happy mail day item! This is a magazine that is published for people in the yarn industry and it is super interesting as i can read interviews with interesting people, get information about the industry, get inspiration and so for so definitely a good read for me.

my favorite magazine - www.knittinginfrance.com I love this issue’s front picture.

Well that’s about all for today. I’m off to work on my guest post for Sarah Inskeeps blog and to browse Ravelry for inspiration for my new yarn. Youpi:)

Until next time, take care

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More on guest blogging and a happy mail day

Hi there, I just wanted to say how happy I am with the post Sarah wrote for my blog as a guest blogger and I hope you too enjoyed reading about her journey knitting this perfect lace dress. I think that guest blogging can be a way to enrich my blog and the reading experience for those that enjoy reading my blog. Now in exchange for Sarahs post on my blog, I’m going to be writing one for her blog and that is really exciting. I do hope that if you are interested in sharing here on the blog, that you have the courage to reach out and send me a proposition by email – I promise I’m a kind soul so you will be welcomed! And if you do not have a blog yourself that’s fine. The idea behind this sharing is really just that, sharing a common passion with like minded people. So if you are interested in participating in this experiment/project, do contact me:)

Today I received a wonderful package by mail. I recently enrolled in a spindle class on Craftsy.com and saw the instructor do supported spindling and I thought that could be great for me. I’m not used to spindling, I mostly spin on my wheel but I do have drop spindles and from time to time I try my hand at them. To begin with I used to drop them all the time and thus quickly understood where their name comes from 🙂 Now I’m better at actually using them and don’t drop them so much any more.

Last year while doing the Unwind Brighton show I bought a couple of drop spindles from my friend Louise of Spin City UK – she makes super cute resin whorl spindles. They are super light and a joy to work with and that’s what I’ve been using lately to work on my spindling.

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Here’s a picture of the two supported spindles and lap bowl I received today. One is a Russian support spindle and the other a Tibetan support spindle. The lap bowl makes spinning while seated comfortable as you keep the bowl between your legs and can then spin comfortably. As you will see I have tried the Tibetan spindle out already. I looked up some videos on YouTube and went ahead. I was able to spin some using a sort of “park and draft” method for supported spindling so I have a few meters of yarn already! I used a hand dyed roving I made a while ago. I think I can really enjoy spinning this way and I definitely want to get the hang of this before going on vacation this summer. I need to spin every day if possible and I can’t take my wheel with me so if I can get the hang of this, that would be so great. So here’s the picture

www.knittinginfrance.com  I bought those from Kerry Spindles in the UK. You can check out his Etsy shop here

As for this weekend, even though it was a 3 day weekend for me, somehow I did not get much done. I guess there are days like this when you just need to relax and not stress about getting an X number of things done. So I did knit a bit and mostly on my first baby blanket which is coming along nicely. I’ll be showing you pictures this week. I also went ahead and knit a second pair of miniature sock earrings! I really love those. My husbands thinks this is a waste of time and that no one will buy something like this. I totally disagree so we’ll soon see who’s right I guess:)

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I’ll be updating the Etsy shop later today and will be adding more of my mini emergency crochet hooks. I saw this somewhere and have made a bunch of those and I just realised that I had sold out! So I went ahead and made some more and now I just need some time to put those up for sale in the Etsy shop These mini hooks can be used just as decoration on your project bag for example or you can use them to pick up dropped stitches for example which is the main intended use for those. Due to their size they will easily fit into your accessories pouch. Here are some pictures:

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Well, this is all for today. I’m currently working on a number of topics for the coming days. So hopefully you’ll continue to follow my blog and enjoy reading about my adventures.

So until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting