Saturday, May 13, 2006

Hey, see my new toys....

I was working mid-way through the 2nd sleeve of my Scoup Du Jour this morning and thought I might be able to finish this off real soon... Then came Mr. Postman and I was completely distracted with my new toys.

First a niddy noddy by Kromski, it's mahogany in medium size and supposed to make 48" skeins. It does look small at the first glance so I took out the Joan & David's sweaters that I wanted to recycle to try them on the niddy. By the way... I got these 2 sweaters last winter at an outlet sale for merely HK$360, that is US$46 - yes only $46 for 2 sweaters worth of cashmere yarn!. The original retail price tag says they cost $1800 each so you can imagine me giggling when I checked them off at the till. It's a very silky soft cashmere/silk/wool blend, the original design is... ummm, think an over-sized stockinette cardi with a thin belt. Wish I had taken a photo of it for record, but I have already dismanted them before I remember. Anyway, with my new niddy - unravelling them is a breeze. Whew, see what I have accomplished in less that an hour... this is about 1200yard or 400g of DK yarn and I think I can finish the rest today.


Other than the niddy noddy, I also bought these yummy lavender merino top and an Ashford turkish drop spindle. The drop spindle is actually quite huge, much taller than my niddy. The shaft measures 16", whereas the niddy is only 12". I'm hoping to teach myself to handspin with these hand-spinning tutorials and this shall be my summer project. ;o)

4 comments:

Krista said...

Good luck with the spinning! That lavender color is incredible!

Mimi said...

Hi I am a new visitor, i've found you through Siow Chin's blog.
I would be thrilled to find that cashmere! That's a great source for yarn. ;)
www.mimiknit.blogspot.com

erin said...

That yarn looks really good and creamy. And so does that lavender fibre, let us know how you like spinning

joy said...

Hehe, can't wait to see that spinning stuff in person. That lavender looks so pretty!