Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Rose is a rose is a rose.........

Next week is my birthday and I already got my present ! A Majacraft Rose spinning wheel. I'm so happy with her, she is spinning like a dream. I'm not yet, but with a lot of patience and practice I'm sure I will learn to make some nice yarns on her.




Don't let the picture fool you, it seems even but in reality it is not. There are parts in it when you pull it of the bobbin the yarn just falls apart. I need to put more twist in it so it seems, but everything is still very new for me. Next saturday is my next lesson and I'm sure I will learn a lot more then.

Not a lot of knitting has taken place the last few weeks, first I got the flu which left me with a very bad cough. I had several sleepless nights because of that, so I felt extremely tired and it somehow had a very bad effect on my back too. I couldn't stand up straight for several days. I looked like an old rasping woman . Really, I was so glad I finally felt better, but then...I fell of the stairs. Now don't laugh, it really did hurt ! A lot... Lots of bruises, a sore arm and a eh bum (which came in close contact with every step) But i'm fine now .

See, I even knit some more on the sock. The pattern is called something like "coffeebean" it's very simple but I can't handle anything complicated on a first sock.


Eldest daughter asked if I could make her boyfriend a scarf. Preferably black and something with a cable. The Reversible Cable Scarf was the most appealing pattern to me, because it has a pattern on both sides as the name already suggests. Very handy if you're male and don't care to take a look if the right side is on front.
I used Rowan Pure Wool Aran in black, on 5 mm needles.
The yarn knits up nice but the color was kind of depressing. The weather was also grey and dark and I wasn't feeling too well so I was really glad to have it finished. Just in time for him to wear with the spring weather we had over here the last couple of days haha. Well he can wear it next winter I guess and maybe winter will return for a few more days.

Can you see that there are 2 cables on one side and 3 on the other ?

I made myself a promise that only after I finished it I could cast on for Gust, Anne's new scarf pattern. The yarn is from Smatterings, a lovely alpaca/silk in the color "Atlantic". I also ordered another color, "The Blues". This is just what I needed to cheer me up !


And to cheer myself up even more I ordered something at The Woolen Rabbit too. Opulence merino/silk in "Moroccan Spice" and some yummy roving in "Tupelo Honey". Mmmm, georgeous.



15 comments:

Getting purly with it said...

Oh! You fell down the stairs! Not laughing at all at you, one of my fears is falling down stairs!

Happy you are feeling a bit better, Marianne.

Wow... a spinning wheel... To me that is something sacred...

Wat een mooie items brei je toch, Marianne!!

fiberjoy said...

Hurray you have a Rose! :-) Your spinning is fantastic, it's hard to believe that this is your first on the wheel.

Smatterings Blues is so cheerful and bright. I often stop by her site and gaze longingly at her yarns. Someday...

Sorry that you had the flu and then the nasty cough. And stairs can inflict terrible pain - no laughing matter.

Hannah said...

O, wat een prachtig cadeau: een mooi spinnewiel, geweldig!
Ik kan ook nog niet zo heel goed spinnen maar ik weet wel dat het vooral veel oefenen de beste manier is om gelijkmatig te leren spinnen.
Mooie sjaals en die sok: dat komt vast wel goed.

Sereknitty said...

We must have had the same strain of flu, because I couldn't stand up straight either! I was initially blaming it on having carried our grandson around for 2 days (although it was worth it! :)
Your knits look lovely and I'm excited to see your newest scarf completed ... you always choose such wonderful colours!

judy said...

You have gotten a lot of knitting done. Your spinning is lovely. Enjoy your new wheel.

Oiyi said...

Hope you are feeling better! It's a beautiful wheel.

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Miriam said...

OUCH! I hope you are feeling better after your fall.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting on my Flutter Scarf. I always like to see new commenters :)

I hope you enjoy both Flutter and Juno.

Life's a Stitch said...

I think you should get a commission from scarf designers. Your beautiful project photos must boost sales for them. I'm off to look at VLT.

Danielle said...

Very sorry to read about your flu and fall :( I'm so glad you're doing better, and all your knitting looks wonderful :) The color of your new scarf is really pretty and soft looking.

Btw, stairs and I don't mingle well together either. Unfortunately I have two flights of them to contend with in my house!

Congrats on your new wheel too!

Cheryl said...

Happy Belated Birthday! You will love that Rose, it's such a great wheel! Looks like you've been getting a lot of knitting done too, that Gust is really, really nice!

Romi said...

I'm so jealous of your rose! I will live vicariously through you. :) Happy birthday!

greta said...

I hope you enjoy your ROSE as much as I do...
she is a WONDERFUL wheel!
Feel better in time for your birthday!
Greta

Sereknitty said...

You are greatly missed! How are you doing? I look forward to your return to 'blog land'.

gettingpurlywithit said...

Marianne, hoop dat alles goed met je gaat..?

Ik mis je en kijk uit naar je volgende blog post!

Groetjes van Nancy uit Portland.