Happy Birthday to Me

…Happy birthday to me.  Happy birthday, happy birthday.  Happy birthday to me.

Note that my birthday isn’t until Friday, but I wished for a niddy noddy and fibers, made it happen with a couple of Etsy purchases, and now both packages are here with me!

I did put some effort into creating my own niddy noddy, seeing as how they’re fairly straight-forward.  A lot of the tutorials found online use PVC piping.  Wouldn’t you know it though, Home Depot doesn’t carry the plastic T connectors that were needed…  Effort was also put into searching local shops, with the exception of  Yarns and Such.  Actually, I made a phone call during regular hours but the store was closed (holidays I imagine) and downloaded their online catalog without luck.  With that, I browsed Etsy until I came across theknitstore.  And there they were:

July 9, 2013 - Niddy Noddy and Spindle

Not only a niddy noddy, but also a drop spindle (it’s always good to have a spare) in the same listing.  Both are made of maple.  The nice feature about the niddy noddy is that it’s interchangeable with the other two rods (not shown in the picture) so it can measure 2 yards, 1 1/2 yards, or a 1 yard skein.  They are unfinished but at a total of US $23.95, shipping included, I won’t really complain.  Really, I’m just happy to have the niddy noddy so I can take care of one of my second spinning project, which has been sitting on its spindle for, I’d say, at least a year.

July 9, 2012 - Spun

The roving and (finished) spindle were gifted to me in a personal swap by a girl named Angelica, who happens to be the owner of ArachneFiberArts, another Etsy shop.  I then plied it with a KnitPicks yarn from my stash.  I can’t wait to turn this baby into a skein!  And then afterwards, I’m going to keep on spinning!

July 9, 2013 - Rovings (part 1)July 9, 2013 - Rovings (part 2)

Those are all superwash, except for two in the second image.  The top left is a tussah silk and the bottom one with the pink is an Icelandic roving.  I’m still very new to spinning and don’t really know much (/anything) about fibers so it’ll be exciting to see the distinction of all three types when it comes to drafting.  The whole lot was purchased from dyeingforcolour, located in Trenton, Ontario.  I’m not going to say how much money was spent but I will emphasize that knowing how to spin yarn is a valuable skill but I can’t learn unless I’m willing to invest

These are among some of the material things that will make this soon-to-be 31 year-old girl feel like a woman.  Ok, so there is one more thing that will be arriving later this week but I’m not saying anything more until it’s here.