Sunday, April 05, 2009

Book Signing Party for Karida Collin's "Pints and Purls"

After some afternoon knitting, Blogless Debbie and I went to a book signing party for Karida Collins and Libby Bruce's new book Pints and Purls yesterday at A Tangled Skein. The party was fun and food good, and the crowd and staff welcoming as usual.

I didn't meet Libby, but Karida was there with books and yarn.

Karida and co.

Karida's Yarn

Cici and Chelette were there too.

Chelette and CiCi

I didn't get a photo, but Cici has a very serious SLR camera I now covet. Just when I've become accustomed to taking photos with my slim touch screen phone. It's a Samsung Omnia and its camera has 5 megapixels that takes photos almost as good as my Canon PowerShot digital.

Isn't this a good idea? Just sell your yarn out of the shipping boxes when you have overstock!

ATS Sale Boxes

I couldn't resist some roving and yarn.

Karida's dyes and sells her yarn and roving under the name Neighborhood Fiber Co.

Neighborhood Fiber Co. Penthouse Silk Lace

Penthouse Silk Lace, 100 percent silk, 1100 yds.

Neighborhood Fiber Co. Merino Silk Roving

Merino Silk Roving, 80 percent merino, 20 percent silk, 4 oz.

I couldn't resist the turquoise and brown in this roving from Sheep Spin.

Sheep Yarn Shop Company

4oz. 100 percent merino wool

I don't know how the Sheep Spin will spin. In my very limited experience, Corriedale has been the easiest for me to spin consistently and evenly. The Sheep Spin doesn't pre-draft easily, i.e. it has more resistance than other roving I've spun. Is that actually the benefit of pre-drafting? So that I don't have to pull too hard while I'm spinning? It doesn't have much sheen, so I'm curious about how it will look knit up. Priscilla plies some of her yarn with Habu stainless steel; learning that has sparked my imagination! So if this looks too dull after spinning, I can ply it with something that will pick it up a bit. (My apologies to more experienced spinners out there - I haven't learned the lingo yet.) Anyway, color drove my purchasing choices as usual.

Must remember to ask Anne, my spinning teacher, how to measure how many yards I've spun and plied.

Debbie Cook

Blogless Debbie


  1. Ooooh you got to meet the sisters!! :oD

    Looks like you really had a nice time there! Never heard of the book but might check it out now!

    Happy Spinning too!

  2. Ava - great photos! To measure your yarn, there are several methods. The most common is to wind it on a Niddy Noddy. Measure the length of the Niddy Noddy (often 18") then multiply by four. (that would be 2 yards) Then count the strands in your skeins and multiply by 2. I can tell you more at next sit and knit or sit and spin. Great first handspun by the way!

  3. Hey there!

    This shop sounds like the place to be! Your shot of the shop's interior is mind boggling––all that yarn, made me start to shake,LOL.

    I'm happy you're spinning! Be patient, it's like learning a new dance. Yes, pre-drafting is necessary for some fibers. Get it down to close to the size of the finished yarn you want, that may make spinning the Corriedale easier.

  4. Great photos of course. It was a nice turnout. I am so happy for scored some beautiful roving.

  5. That place looks like fun. I'll have to stop by there the next time I come. Are you planning to read the book. I haven't heard about it but I'd be interested in a review.

  6. Looks like a great event. Can't wait to get back to ATS and the Knit2gethers.

  7. Hmm...."Prints and Purls"....I'll keep my eye out for this book.

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