Thursday, January 17, 2008

Happy New Year!! (Isn't that cliche???)

As I sit here with a kitty kat in my lap......I'm thinking the new year has definitely been good so far.

I've been spending way TOO much time on Ravelry. The forums are great and I've made a lot of new friends. It's also helped me improve my spindles. Based on comments/observations by others on Ravelry, I've now changed a couple of things about my spindles to make them even better.

All my spindles now will have a hand bent swan style hook on them. (see pic)
Although my spindles spun great before, the new hook makes them spin even smoother!! Thanks to Kri on Ravelry for that tip.

Also, I'm now going to offer to notch the whorls on the customer's request. I'm not going to do it as a matter of course, because I think the un-notched circle of the stone looks quite beautiful and the spindle can easily be used without the notch. But for those of you who really want a notch, you've got it.

I "discovered" a great fiber!! Bamboo!!! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! I bought some batts from Loop! and spun them up with one ply as bamboo and the other spun firestar. (see pic)

I am now addicted to it.
I have posted some new batts
in my shop with this awesome fiber.

FUTURE TOPIC: The case for the bottom whorl spindle!!!