Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spinning the Eff Outta This Shit!

I... am feeling very productive. I have two finished skeins, and three drying. I'm about to sit down and spin some more. What the heck, eh? Hopefully I will have a chance to head down to Plan B tomorrow after classes, with some yarns for the cubby. If I can have six on hand, I will be pleased.

I even got schoolwork done! What the heck, eh?

Wooden Bird

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thermophile Yarns is launching!

So, as a follow up to my previous post....

We have the display cubby space! The only thing left I have to do is get some skeins done up and bring them to the shop, which, it turns out, is about a 5 minute walk from my house, so talk about convenient!

So, by the end of the week - at the latest - my handspun yarns will be available at the brick-and-mortar building of Plan B Halifax Merchant's Co-Op!  You can find them on facebook, too.

Right now, I have one skein of Jacob done and ready to go, a skein of BFL hand-dyed by Fleece Artist drying, shetland singles ready to be plied, and lots more fibre to play with. Today I picked up a small braid of BFL in really pretty greens from a local yarn shop, I'm thinking it is destined to be a singles yarn.

So, my plan for today and tomorrow is to alternate homework (I have a lot of it, and two assignments due on Monday and Tuesday) with spinning work, and try to get a good stock up so that I can have some stuff to bring to the shop by Tuesday at the latest.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Exciting Opportunities Await!

A friend of mine who crochets the cutest feotuses (feoti?) sent me a message yesterday.

Apparently, there is a merchant co-op here in town, only a few blocks from my home.  My friend was there yesterday and was talking to them about selling her little crocheted goodies, and she mentioned that I spin yarn, and they were very interested in having me on board, as well!

So - it looks like my friend and I are going to split a cubby in this place, it's only 30$/month, and split that's only 15, which is pretty damn good. With the spinning wheel, I should be able to produce at LEAST one skein of yarn a week, and if I power through a bit, I might be able to produce more to start with.

Speaking of which, last night I spun up half of a 4oz braid of BFL by Fleece Artist that a friend gave me as a gift last term.  I'm trying the fractal method, to see how that turns out.  I'll edit in a picture of the singles later on (I'm at work now) when I have a pic.

So! That's awesome! Hopefully I can make some sales! I have a tonne of fiber to get through, so I should have some stock for the next little while, :)

Wooden Bird

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Birthday/Christmas Awesome Finally Arrived!

All right, so I was supposed to write about this a week ago, but I've been ridiculously busy.

Something that looks a lot like this came to my door last Saturday!

This was my birthday/christmas present from my ex. (Yeah, yeah, I know. It's weird. Tell me about it). I don't have any proper pictures of it yet because the lighting in our living room is terrible, and also because I always forget to take pictures. But I've been spinning on it whenever I can, and I'm getting the hang of it! And holy cow, talk about upping production speed! I'll post pictures of some of the finished skeins when I get a chance.

Seriously, this was one of the best gifts ever. :-D

Wooden Bird

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Is Starting Off Not Terribly!

You might notice, I've taken down the panicky "I don't have a job anymore, please donate" button. I found out the day before getting back to Halifasx that I had 6 hours a week - not a lot, but hey, it's better than nothing. I figured it would be easier to make up the rest of what I needed a month, rather than everything that I needed a month... But wait! It gets better!