This is DD - that is the scarf that she requested. It is finished and apparently long enough for her to wear. It is my first knit from something that I spun project and I love it. It is quite soft and squishy. In the upcoming weeks there will be some Interesting Images on the blog. At least once a week I will have a guest photographer - Kelsie. She has discovered that she likes to take the camera with her on walks. Last summer she spent a lot of time taking pictures of mushrooms, now it is interesting shapes, signs, etc around our home town. So tomorrow will be the first installment of INTERESTING IMAGES by Kelsie. Look for them and if you like them, please do comment as I am sure that Kelsie would love to hear what you think.
On Saturday I was fortunate enough to go to the Conn. Sheep and Wool festival, the first of the season. Julie and Lucia and I headed out at 7 a.m and arrived promptly at 9 a.m. (had to stop for coffee, thanks Julie) where Julie and I made a beeline to the Red Barn where there were going to be demos of skirting of fleeces (apparently something I need to learn PDQ) and to look at the fleeces that the locals had for sale. They were still setting up, but we got a good look around and asked about the demo and were told it would be later in the day. SO we went looking for other stuff - my we did find it. First some sheep, dogs and lots of running and whistling. This little guy was looking kinda happy that he was done running away from the dogs so he smiled for the camera. Here are some other things we got to see and touch. Conn S&W I had a great time and hope to be able to go back next year.
Several people have heard the story of the 37 fleeces in my garage so I thought that I would provide photographic proof of said fleeces. If you look very closely in this photo you can see some fleece escaping from the bag. We have robins again this year and I think she used some to line her next. There is more than enough to go around.
A while ago I told you all that I got a wheel (Winnie) and that I had gone spinning with Julie to the Westford Spinners, well we went again last Tuesday. It was lots of fun and I started spinning the roving that my DD picked out - a shade called Pink Lemonade - that she would like me to make her a scarf with. So now that the madness of the Silly Sock Swap is over, Winnie was calling me. Last night I sat and spun up the rest of 4oz of roving into two bobbins. I think it came out much more evenly then before. Also, by spinning longer sections at a time, my joins are fewer and there for less messy. Let me know what you think. Oh ya, the basket is my keeper of all things spinning. It came with Winnie and has my lazy Kate, and extra bobbins in it. (It also works to keep my fiber fiends (the cats) out of my roving).
Last night was the big reveal at Julie's house for the sock swap that our little knitting group had. Boy was it fun. We had Carrie and Madame Purl on the phones, we opened our gifts according to birthday and we had some yummy burgers, rice, broccoli salad and homemade marshmellow smoores. I got great green socks from Madame Purl that fit perfectly. She also included some lovely roving in a beautiful gray and some chocolate and other goodies. Thank you Mme. everything was great! Check out the other ladies goodies here.
Friends, Family and Food. These are all the ingrediants of a great Easter Sunday. This Easter we spent the day with Mary's family. Her parents, her sister Jeannie and her family (the wonderful hosts) her sister Betty and her husband and boys joined us for dessert. A great meal and fun and laughter was had by all.
Check out more photos in my Easter set here Easter.
Winnie (my wheel) and I did some bonding this week. First we (Mary came too and knit on her sock) went to the Westford Spinning group on Tuesday with Julie and Lynne and I spun some of my shetland which I love and then this weekend we spun some South African Top which I bought on Ebay. It is shorter length fiber than the Shetland but has about the same softness to it. I got 88 yards this time because I was able to spin it a little be thinner. Many less bumps. Julie was kind enough to show me how to ply so next time I will try it myself.
I have finally finished the chemo cap that I was knitting for a friend at work. Unfortunately she has been out due to some complications but I am cooking her dinner for Monday and will include the cap in the care package. This weekend is going to be about really working hard on my silly socks and deciding what to purchase at SPA next weekend. I want to get a couple of things for my pal and also look around to purchase something for one of my PIF people. I already have the yarn that I am going to use for my S-I-L's PIF piece, now I just need to find the right pattern. Something lacy I think. Have a great weekend!
In anticipation of getting my invitation to Ravelry, I have created my Flickr account and will spend the next few days uploading some pictures. My Flickr name is Debbi62 which I hope I will be able to use on Ravelry as well.
Work is going well, the commute is not as bad as I had expected, of course I leave at 6:30 every day but that is ok, my body is adjusting.
Yesterday I had an interesting comment on my post about Knitters vs People who Knit. Now those of you who know me, know that I am not a snob, I do not only work with natural fibers, knit with handmade needles, or live a life within a box..... Apparently someone that read my blog post took offense and posted on their Myspace account. Several people chimed in giving their opinions, most blasting me for what they felt was snobbery, elitism, and plain rudeness. Now I know that EVERYONE is entitled to their own opinion, for goodness sake that is what started this in the first place, but please people, give me a break. I suppose though I should be glad that it started some kind of dialog even if it is sooooooooooooo left of center as to be hanging off the edge of the world. As a friend commented to me "Just remember if you are interested in dyeing yarn for money, all publicity is good publicity". As for the person that I apparently offended, I am glad to see that you decided that you might go back and re-read the post, and look at the book by the Yarn Harlot. If any of you lurkers would like to look at the MySpace forum here is the link MySpace/Knitter VS People who Knit. Please feel free to leave a comment there if you already have a my space account, but PLEASE do not do it to avenge me. I am ok with all of the discussion that has gone on about this..... in fact I am kinda amused. Who would have thought that lil ole me would cause a bit of a stir......
Have a great night, I am going to wind some yarn.