Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Wheel - Kromski Sonata

My new spinning wheel arrived last week.  Yummy!  It's a bit fussier than my Ashford Kiwi... but that's okay.  Big sister, Kiwi, has welcomed the new arrival with open arms.  Interesting that there are such personifications of the wheel parts... Mother-of-All, Maidens, Footmen, Lazy Kate  - I do think of the two wheels as people.  Linda wants to know... why do I like this spinning thing?  I'm not really sure.  I like the 'machine' aspect of the wheel - it's a technology born out of it's own beginnings of spinning rocks, hooked sticks and the drop spindle.  Spinning is such an ancient craft. I always wonder, "how did those guys figure this out?"   Spinning had to happen before any weaving, knitting, crocheting could ever have taken place.  I feel the ancient when spinning.  In 1796, flax growers in Ulster, Ireland were awarded spinning wheels as premiums for growing certain acreages of flax.  Several of the award-ees were named Clendennin, one of my ancestral names.... were these my forbearers?.... spinners?  Besides, a spinning wheel is the very stuff of FairyTales!

Bible Verse For a Virtuous Woman:
"She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands." Proverbs 31:13

Monday, May 30, 2011

4 Rows At A Time - How to Knit an Aran Sweater

Hoping that the "if you knit a sweater for your boyfriend, he will break up with you" curse does not apply to the girlfriend of one's son.... I'm knitting an Aran sweater for that girlfriend.  This kind of work is a Knitter's project.....all full of the complexities of texture and form.  This work, in 3-D, can be daunting; every row a challenge of eyes to chart to written word to hands to chart to hands (until the pattern takes form in the grey matter).  For me... I'm working 4 Rows At A Time.  Everyday, at least 4 rows must get worked (yes, a rule).  It helps me cope (don't get me wrong, I love moving this kind of mountain) - and coping is also necessary in the form of little tics on paper to mark each pattern within a pattern's progress.  So here is the beginning... The Pattern - Honeycomb Classic - starts on page 28 of the booklet in the photograph.  Will you be inspired?


Bible Verse For Tonight.
"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps."  I Peter 2:21