the kindness of bloggers
This arrived in the mail yesterday - into my grubby little mitts - I squealed. Kris from Bockstark Knits (see her ravelry stash here) and I struck a deal, though I must say - she was clearly on the short end. She agreed to spin me 8oz of Crown Mountain Farms, I merely had to throw in a second roving for her. I know people, it sounds too good to be true. She spun up nearly 900 yards of fingering weight We are The Champions for little old me (I've renamed it Bockstark is THE Champion). Words can't really express my gratitude. Really, I am humbled.
She also sent me this - pigeonroof studios BFL and some FatCatKnits Merino Tencel - and some "crap" roving, that made me giggle - good practice stuff. But seriously, the generosity...wow.
My visions of handspun started really heating up when I saw the trade that Bockstark and Micki of a thing for string (ravelry stash here) made awhile back - it seems to me, as I followed the documented fiber trail, that it was that handspun from Micki that truly got Kris started spinning and spinning. I have rabidly followed both of these spinners blogs - watching from the sidelines. I even won a skein of coveted handspun from Micki's blog contest - the stars were lining up!
Then as soon as I sent the roving to Germany for my own trade I started firing e-mails back back and forth with Bockstark about spinning, how could I get started? My ideas of waiting to take a class and look at wheels at the Sheep and Wool in September quickly fell by the wayside - I got my Lendrum and have spun up some pathetic beginnings - I have hope however, with Kris' encouragment that one day - I might be able to gift her some handspun in return - it is a lofty goal, I know.
Other pretty handspun I have admired, well actually, that has me all in a lather... (some ravelry links) - SourCherries' entire stash, Krista of Pigeonroof Studios, Carrie of Funky Carolina, my favorite skein from Through the Loops, everything from UptheMudCreek, Gherkin's stash - and this folks, is merely the tip of the iceberg...