A Girl's Gotta Knit

A blog about opening A Swell Yarn Shop, knitting and the rest of the stuff that makes life fun :)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Finished Yarn

Just had to share a picture of some yarn I finished!!! The one above is Blue Face Leicester and it feels sooooo goood! The one below is Merino and I love the poofy-ness of it.
I think with all the handspun that I have finished I better get crackin' on knitting some of it up!!
So many hobbies, so little time! :P

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Spinning on the brain

So maybe I need to change the blog title to A Girl's Gotta Spin because MAN! is spinning on the brain :)
I just spent my lunch break cruisin' around trying to find new cool things to spin into some yarn. Here is what I found today...can't wait until I get home to start playing with it all.
I need to post some pictures of the yarns I have finished in the last couple weeks. I am SSOOOOOOOOOOO loving the spinning wheel!

Monday, July 17, 2006

While trying to update the A Swell Yarn Shop website (http://www.aswellyarnshop.com/) I ran into a bit of a sna-foo and accidently and irriversibly deleted all of the major yarn brands, pictures, fiber information, pricing and inventory quantities.
After I finally caught my breath from the shock and realized that I now need to re-photograph and re-enter all of the yarn information, I thought to myself that now would be an excellent time to have a super huge yarn sale!
So I am announcing
Everything will be marked 30-40% off
Sunday, July 23, 12-4pm
Cash Only and all Sales Final
14100 SE 193rd St Renton, WA 98058
questions? e-mail
Feel free to tell every knitter you know about this sale, I have tons of Cascade 220, gorgeous Schaeffer yarns, a variety of Madil yarns, great colors of Fixation and Sierra, beautiful Bollicine yarns, fabulous DiVe yarns, and on and on and on.
This is a great oppurtunity to stock up on some great yarns at amazing prices!!! Hope to see you there!

Happy Knitting and Spinning!! ~Angela

Friday, July 14, 2006

What else can I add

Ok, so I am pretty much a novice when it comes to all things spinning, but I am sure having a ball!!! I don't know the low-down on the ratios, I don't know the names of the parts on the wheel, and I am not sure what good it does when I screw tight or loosen the leather strap. That said, I decided that working on the basics would have to wait and stepped right up to the plate and tried something a little more advanced.
BEADS!!! I spun beads into the yarn when I plied it and it looks pretty dang cool! Now the mind is going crazy with new ideas for other things to spin with the ply. After seeing a few ideas from that Handspun Revolutions book I am eager to try some nifty new stuff!! Stay tuned for more pictures :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I love craigslist. What a fun place to search for a whole lot of stuff you didn't know you needed.
The only bummer is all the posts about people giving away there dogs. And of course I torture myself and read each post and wish I could rescue them all. Well I saw this one and it really grabbed me. Some one rescued an abandoned doggy and is now trying to find a home for him. He sounds like a wonderful little guy, too.
My hope is someone here in the Seattle/King County area will see this post and might be in search of, or know someone in search of a new little friend...if so, he is waiting for you :)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Fireworks vs Spinning

OK, so the 4th of July has come and gone already. We live in a neighborhood where they have a HUGE block party and an amazing fireworks show. How amazing? Well, from 5pm on was small stuff and kid stuff. From 9:30pm until almost 12am the fireworks were huge and LOTS of them....my neck actually started getting stiff from looking up for so long. It was SO COOL!
Anyways, what suprises me, is I didn't even take any pictures of all that stuff...instead, I have pictures of the yarn I spun. Can you tell where my priorities are?! :P

This is some pencil roving I got from the knitting expo over a year ago. It's corriedale, so it's pretty scratchy, but excellent for the first time spinning yarn on the wheel!!!

This is 8 oz of merino I got from the Black Sheep Wool Gathering last summer. It is absolutely GORGEOUS. This picture does not do it justice!!!

Then I started this Blue Face Leicester that I got from this year's Knitting Expo. I didn't think it was going to be all that soft after it was spun....but oh my goodness does it feel velvety!!! I can't wait to see how this one finishes up!!!

And on the drop spindle is some Swell Roving called Tulsa.

I am having such a ball with this spinning stuff, I don't know when I will get around to knitting any of it ;)