Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spinning



Another beautiful Sunday afternoon! I worked a lot of tutoring hours this week, so it was great to kick back this weekend and relax a bit. I spent most of the weekend doing some sewing for me and going out for a coffee in the afternoon. For my usual Sunday jaunt, I wore my go-to grey skirt and a light pink sweater. The sweater was bought a couple years ago at an antique shop. I've seen an almost identical sweater pattern from the 1940s, but I think this sweater was handknit much later. The yarn seems to suggest maybe 80's/90s? Hard to say, but either way it was a steal for $6. 

Speaking of yarn, guess what I've been doing lately? No, not knitting. I'm working on getting my poor wrists fixed, but knitting is still off-limits for a while. Instead I've been making yarn with the spinning wheel my dad made me for Christmas. I have it perfectly adjusted now and it works like a dream. 

Isn't she pretty?

I have some merino/silk blend I'm spinning at the moment. It is the most beautiful mix of blues, purples, and silver. If you want to see the wheel in action, I took a few second video of me demonstrating it. The lighting and sound are a bit off in the video I'm afraid. It's really not that loud in person. 

video

I do love my little spinning wheel. I can't wait to make something from my homespun yarn.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

That's All.

13 comments:

  1. Lovely pink top Kate! And a beautiful bargain to boot. ❤
    Your spinning wheel looks fascinating; it seems like such a nice relaxing activity ~ great for tea drinking and keeping busy at the same time. :)

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Thanks! Yes, spinning is quite relaxing. I love hobbies that are both soothing and productive :)

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  2. Beautiful outfit! The sweater does look rather 40s - I have a few similar patterns in the collection I inherited from my great-grandma. I love spinning, too. It's so relaxing! Do you have plans for your finished yarn?

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    1. No plans yet. There's an easy scarf pattern I've made before that is great for showing off fancy yarn, so I may be boring and just make another one of those. I have some grey Shetland wool I'm spinning next which I'm hoping to make enough from to knit a sweater.

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  3. lovely look :)

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  4. Your top is very pretty, it does look like a vintage pattern. Makes a great outfit.

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  5. That is such a timelessly pretty pink sweater. I would have swooped down on it in a heartbeat, too. I tend to agree that it's most likely a bit more of a modern piece and would date it to somewhere in the 1975 to 1992 range (just an educated guess though - with classic styles like that, it can sometimes be tricky to peg down just precisely when they were created).

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Yeah, it's a hard one to date. The pattern is very 1940s but the yarn feels like an 80s/90s acrylic to me. If it was actually 1940s it would likely be real wool, and if it was from the 1970s/early 1980s I would expect the acrylic yarn to feel "nastier".

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  6. Your outfit is just perfect, I love it! And what a beautifully made spinning wheel. Your father is very talented. I imagine it must be a lot of fun spinning your own blends.

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  7. Great look! I think you would love our collection of vintage clothing :)
    Becky x

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