Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Mail Call! And Spinning...

I put in a fairly big order on Saturday night, and I've been checking the tracking information every 10 minutes since Monday.  The split my order into 3 shipments, but the majority of what I ordered (5 books) came together, and I got my notification that they had arrived this morning.  

I had them sent to a post office in Point Roberts, Washington so I could get faster shipping times and cheaper rates.  The only problem, so I thought, was that they post office closes at 5pm, and I only finish work at 4pm.  It's a 30 minute drive without factoring rush hour traffic or border waits.  

I made great time and only waited about 2 minutes at the border.  

So far, the new additions to my library are:

  • Things I Learned From Knitting (Whether I Wanted To or Not by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot.
  • Harmony Guide: Basic Crochet Stitches
  • Start Spinning by Maggie Casey
  • In Sheep's Clothing: A Handspinner's Guide to Wool by Nola Fournier and Jane Fournier
  • The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning
The Alden Amos book is published by Interweave Press (so you know it'll be quality).  It's almost 500 pages and looks remarkably like a textbook.  I'm most excited about this one.

I can't wait to crack these babies open!

I also made a small (read: LARGE) purchase at my knitting group last Sunday.  Yummy Yarns was there with a huge bag of handpainted roving, and I think I bought almost half of it.

This is 130 grams of BFL ---

Which turned into this---

It's 3 ply dk-ish weight sock yarn. I'm not sure exactly what the yardage is like yet, but I'm pretty sure 130 grams should get me a pair of socks.  

I'm extremely interested in acquiring more quality spinning books, so if you have any recommendations, don't be shy.

I'll be in the tub with a book if you need me...


chrissie said...

Wow, you have lots on your reading list! Which one will you read first? I am going to pick up the Yarn Harlot's book tonight, since she will be in town this weekend.

lexa said...

Nice books! Love the new handspun. Will make gorgeous socks.

YummyYarn said...

The yarn is spectacular! I haven't tried a 3-ply with the handpainted roving yet, but now you have me inspired to do it.

yoel said...

That yarn is so spring-y and fresh and beautiful!

Ilix said...

YAY books and awesome yarn!! I think we are going to try to head in to Van to see some yarn shops this weekend.... Can't wait to see some of your hang outs!