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I don't make resolutions. Most are of the unrealistic sort. I'd rather just make a list and try to plow through it. So I am going to repost my "to do" list at the top of my journal and strike them out as I get them done.

Projects Planned for 2010: cut because I care )
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Yesterday I finished a pouch made with the new stitch Mistress Sigrid taught me Friday evening. It makes an entirely different fabric than the first one she taught me which I believe was the Oslo stitch.

This stitch worked up incredibly faster that the socks are going because the stitches are larger. It also makes a thicker fabric. The drawstring is made with a simple 4 bow finger loop braid. The wool is Lambs Pride Worsted.

Here are some photos of the pouch and where I am with the socks -

More wooly goodness. )
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My shopping list for this years MDS&W (and yes, I MUST have a list to stick to so I don't bankrupt the family) was to purchase 1)only a little bit of yarn (accomplished) and 2)a drop spindle and some roving so I can attempt to make my own yarn for a nalbinding project.

I was not sure about this foray into spinning and while there were many many beautiful spindles to be had, I ended up getting lucky and picking one up for a song in the auction on Saturday. It's a topish whirl spindle that works nicely. Better to try it out on a more affordable spindle, find out if I like it, then move on to the shiny ones! :-)

After looking at all the vendors and not being too excited about the color choices in roving I found a booth in the main hall for Aboundingful Farms. They raise Icelandic Sheep in Palmyra, PA. Their roving was all natural colored and still smelled of lanolin. I love that smell and am always disappointed when yarn has it all processed out.

So I've been playing with spinning this afternoon. It's not going too badly for someone who has never done any meaningful spinning. I only wish I knew what hand spun Icelandic yarn should look like. Mine is a bit fuzzy. It's not smooth like the commercial yarn I'm used too. Is this a fuzzy wool? It's not unpleasant looking but I just just don't have a reference to know how badly or well I'm doing.

So for now I will continue to work on my tension and spin up the roving I have, then see if I can purchase more as I like the Icelandic colors very much.
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I did it!

I finished my first nalbinding project! It's not perfect or even competent but it has no holes and is useful.
Go me!

The pouch is 4.5" wide by 5.5" long. It is made from Lambs Pride Gold single ply yarn for the body and the draw string is a simple 3 string braid made from Jojoland 100% wool yarn. It is a UUOOUUOO sort of stitch. This made a nice dense and sturdy fabric that does not need to be felted.

Many thanks to Mistress Sigrid Briansdotter for getting me started last May at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. She sat patiently with me until I got the beginning stitches down.

Now back to my nalbinded socks that have moved on from the "toe yarmulke" stage to the "toe ski cap" stage, but are coming along between other projects.



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I think I finally have got the hang of it. Whew!

After consulting with Mistress Sigrid Briansdotter at the MDSW festival and having her offer very useful help, I am on my way to making things using nalbinding. She explained about increases and even offered me a better stitch that makes a denser fabric.

Now, I only know one stitch, and I only have been able to get to a piece that is 1" x 2.5" in size, but it actually looks like nalbinding and if I'm lucky I will have socks soon! I was even able to attach my second length of yarn by felting and it worked!

I need to work on my tensioning as it's uneven but I'm making real fabric! Now to start a second piece so that I can work the two at the same time and not end up with "One Sockitis".

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