TNNA brief

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TNNA’s very first show in 2014 was in sunny San Diego. The Convention Center is located in the Historic Gaslamp District and it was a really good getaway weekend, full of knitting and chatting and shopping. Not much sleeping though.
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I hung out mostly at the Crafty Diversions booth.

Crafty Diversions Booth

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Anne was one of the designers I enjoyed working with as a sample knitter while I was in law school. A couple of her earlier works even has my pictures wearing her designs as I modeled for her too, as we live pretty close to each other in Orange County.

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When I first got there, the artist was still working on it, and I had no idea this was what she was doing. On Day 2 of the show, I finally saw the finished product and was blown away!

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This place, Lion Coffee, is a bit farther away from the Convention Center and Gaslamp District, but it was so worth it. I had to be up early for my 8 o’clock class and I didn’t know any coffee places that were open in the area. I Yelp’ed and this place came up. I got a large caramel macchiato, and an Acai Bowl, which is a delicious combination of strawberries, banana, granola, and blended frozen acai, finished with honey drizzeled all over. YUMMY~

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Shot during my Sunday morning class, “Joy of Finishing.” I was the only designer, the rest of the class were shop owners. I was a little bit disappointed as I didn’t really get to learn anything truly new. There were some tips I picked up, but the techniques themselves weren’t new to me.

By the way, the weather was really weird! You’d think: Hey, Sunny ACalifornia. But this was shot Sunday morning. It was cold and foggy.

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At least it cleared up the next day.
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I stayed at Omni Hotel and they brought me a glass of OJ and apple every morning!

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My room. I kind of really liked the room, and felt a little bit sad leaving it on Monday.

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I don’t have that many shots of the exhibit hall as this was my 3rd TNNA show and was more interested in talking to people than taking pictures of it :P

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So while hanging out with Anne in her booth, I learned to STEEK. I’ve always wanted to try it, and had seen a lot of tutorials on it but never really tried it in real life. Anne kindly took the time to explain the easiest way to do it and that’s the end result. Will I use it in my next design…??? PERHAPS.

Day 2 was very long. After the show, Anne, Stephanie (of Sunset Cat Designs), Pam (of Pam Powers Knits), and I went out for dinner/happy hour then dessert at this gelato place, Chocolat.

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All in all, it was a great show. I picked up some yarns and fibers from SweetGeorgia and Anzula, and needles from HiyaHiya, as well as some tools from other vendors.

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Day 7 of Tour de Fleece!

The first week of Tour de Fleece is over! !

I have more pics but here’s what I have on my phone right now.

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This one is the Ashland’s 100% merino. I’m spinning this on my Kiwi and just finished the 2nd bobbin.

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This one is on the borrowed Traditional wheel. The red dyed corriedale from Louet. See how much thinner this single is compared to the Kiwi single??? Amazing.

Unfortunately, lack of TLC has left this wheel a bit damaged. Right now, the bearing? part seems to be a little warped and it’s not holding the bobbin right. If I try to adjust, it drops the bobbin .. will need a lot of love and replacements if someone buys it.

Will update more pics soon!

YarnChefSpin merino bamboo

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I have better photos, I promise-!

But remeber what I was spinning few days ago? This is 2-ply light fingering weight yarn now. 50% merino and 50% bamboo. Looks very pretty and I’m really happy how it all came out.

Spinning definitely has its learning curve. I am becoming more and more comfortable with my Kiwi wheel and I have been thinking about buying a more expensive wheel but decided over last weekend to just stay with my wheel for a while.¬† I love the simplicity of this wheel. It’s all wood, looks very lovely, spins almost anything, and c’mon, how can you part with that little sweet kiwi bird on the treadle. :-D

Spinning resumed

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I look quite happy here on my Ashford Kiwi.

Since we moved into our new home, unpacking and re-organizing, ordering new furniture, 2 housewarming parties, etc took me away from spinning a bit.

Well yesterday, I got out my spinning wheel from my knitting studio (also a guest room and we will have our first guest tonight so I better get to cleaning when I get home!). It was 85 degrees in Irvine yesterday but our home gets a pretty good draft when we open all the windows. It was really really relaxing, and as you can see, Candy agrees!

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I think Candy really loves the sound of the wheel turning. I’m so afraid that the wheel might hurt her small 6.8 lb body but she prefers sitting really close to it and taking a long nap. I might have to build a case for the wheel!

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The fiber is now defunct Yarn Chef / Yarn Chef Spin and I got this when they had the g0ing-out-of-business sale. Well the website says that they might reopen in 2014 so HOPEFULLY they come back because I just LOVE the colors here!

Spun to knit Update – singles

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I’m currently working on Yarn Chef’s 60% Merino/40% Bamboo fiber right now. The colors are gorgeous and bamboo is really pleasant to spin. I’m going to make this a 2-ply lace weight yarn for a shawlette. Question: when your flyer only came with one set/side of hooks, is there any way I can wind the yarn onto the bobbin more evenly? I decided to not get a WW for my Kiwi and instead just save the money for a Matchless later. Perhaps I should get a sliding hook flyer that was made for Kiwi 2?

[SPAKAL] Part 2 – Plying

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Now the plying is done done done! A word comes to my mind: Glorious. It’s a perfect Morning Glory color. So bright. So cheerful. So purple.

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I skeined it and before washing, I had to take a picture. So please excuse all the kinks and pigtails. gah, still can’t get rid of them completely, although there are less. I’m still not complaining though; this is an immense improvement since the first spin to knit project. The twists are tighter, maybe too tight but it’s still better than loose twists. And the combed top that was dyed in different colors! It was more fun spinning this than other “natural” colored fiber.

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With the niddy noddy, I measured about 325 yards and it’s 120 gram skein. So I’m guessing this to be a sportweight yarn. It’s only 2-ply though. I’m not sure if I want to knit socks still or go for something less risky, like shawls. I think I want knit socks, it’s been a while since I knit a pair, but the yarn isn’t even enough. You can tell that while it’s mostly sportweight, there’s definitely thinner spots and thicker parts, even after plying.

Ah, decisions.. decisions…..