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October 1, 2006

Secret Pal Booty

This is my first SP - and what fun it's been. Surprisingly. Fun to think about little things to send, to stalk a blog to discover something about my upstream pal, and to wait with delight for my downstream to find me. And boy did she - look at this bonanza of beautiful bounty:


Pretty boxes in boxes - and tissue paper that Bluefish the kitten has been diving in and out of all day, and a group shot of the entire haul - which included a yummy bag of Marrakesh Express coffee beans, notecards with my name, and a pretty jar filled with fiber - the Kid Sliver you see below.


And this still anonymous pal knitted me up this lovely basket - it's got structure, beadazzled corners, and a pretty fabric lining. Thank you! In the back of that photo you can see some yummy turquoise Wensleydale in South Seas. The photo on the top is some Spunky Eclectic BFL in Water Nymph - I want the job naming colroways. Below is the Sliver - man - too gorgeous for words, and two big braids of it in that little pot. There's also a bag of some dark teal stuff - looks deep and long-fibered.

Whoever you are, you've made my day, week, month - thank you, merci buckets, gracious and tank you beddy beddy much! Incredible! Read the previous post to find out why it will be a while before I spin lots of this - I'm saving it...

October 2, 2006

The Berries of Poke

It's begun - I'm competing with my backyard birds while beating off mosquitoes for the ripe purple pokeberries on three of the weeds growing in my yard. This will be my attempt to experience a full circle moment, wherein I dye yarn with the fruits of the yard as my hippie mother did in the early 70s. She managed this feat in her early thirties, while raising four children, running a house in the woods while salesman dad was away. I will have a huge advantage and luxury - I have only cats to herd. She recently sent me a bunch of her old dyed wool rescued from storage - labeled with things like pokeberries and goldenrod. Full circle indeed.

Can't wait! If the color turns out anything like the juice on my fingers it will be beautiful. If I can gather enough berries. The neighbor just decided, after a summer of wild growth on his property, to mow and trim. The pokeberry bush in his yard is no more.

I have about two cups of berries so far (frozen) - with the prospect of just another cup or so before it's too late. Wonder how much BFL roving I can color with it.....

October 9, 2006

Fiber Festapalooza

Or My Very First Fiber Festival. The Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia to be exact. DH, who is still more anxious for me to get a wheel than I am, drove us almost three hours each way through the nor'easter that sat over our area for two days before the Festival and continued through it. I haven't seen that kind of mud since the Grateful Dead concert I went to in the early 80s, but then we were TRYING to get as dirty as possible... Luckily I had my duck boots and good outerwear as did DH, so we slogged into the fields - he was much pickier about his route, I plunged in and got much muckier (and had more fun IMO).

The parking lot guy said only 30-40% of the vendors were there - at least there were some, and they must have waived the $5 entry fee because of that. We went through all the tents once, where despite the weather we were a hardy, happy bunch. Passed by the lamb sandwiches (!) to get fries which we ate while watching a dog run the sheep herding course. Do the same sheep get chased all day long? They must have been recently shorn, and it was a wet cold day, and it just didn't seem like they were having as much fun as the dogs.

Now it was time to buy - but really, it was so overwhelming, and there were sooo many choices - I'm glad I started small. I can't even imagine Rhinebeck - or how I'd survive it. You'd probably see me drift over your head in a cloud of fiber, or more likely, passed out from the sheer thrill and conquest of it all!

I scored lots of wool for my wheel when I get it, some alum for my pokeberry experiment, which, as fun as it sounds, will now be very small and will probably involve 2oz of silk/merino. Here's the loot:

On the top is 70/30 Merino Tencel - super silky, shiny, soft. Just above and below in close-up, some sort of wool batts (?). Spread out, it makes a 16 inch square of messy, chunky wool. I got two each of these two colorways and look forward to playing with them. DH picked out the camouflage colored one.

On the right above is some Llllllama - I just like to say it. My mother tells a story of going to a llama farm with dad, where she marched right up and kissed one on the lips (we're like that), and then saw the sign saying DANGER - STAY FAR AWAY FROM THE LLAMAS! Llllllama lama ding dong. Lllllama - say it with me. Below is two pounds of Corriedale Cross - not sure exactly what that means, but it's very soft and thick and chocolately - the photo doesn't show it richness. This will be my initiation to the wheel wool - I can just tell that it wants to help me learn to spin.

We did see wheels, mostly Louets, with a Kromski, Majacraft Rose, and finally a Lendrum. The sheep to shawl ladies, even though they had a lot of work to do, were very generous and entertained my very beginner questions about their wheels. I admit a fantasy of winning the woven shawl they'll produce. After coming home and agonizing some more about which wheel to buy, and almost pulling one of four choices out of a hat, I firmly declared that the Lendrum was my pick. With DH's credit card in hand, not wanting to make an anonymous order on the web last night, I am armed and ready to BUY IT AS SOON AS THE SHOP OPENS TODAY!!!

October 12, 2006

So much time, so little to do!

Wait - strike that - reverse it please!

I've been on a psychic cleaning binge, which means that I've been removing clutter and finishing things dying to be finished. I organized all my knitting magazines into one place, in chronological order by mag. I had a major "put it away" session this morning. Lo and behold, I think I've found my brain under all that mess! I get so full of life stuff sometimes I have to stop and dump and clear and sort and file to get going.

Long way of saying I've finished some knitting/spinning pictured below for your viewing pleasure:

Via Diagonale

Cascade 220, a little more than one ball each of tan and red

Tweaks: I cast on less stitches than the pattern, double-knit the handle for sturdiness, and felted the whole thing. It's a great, strong fabric - I see carrying spindles, etc. in it.

Felted Via Diagonale

In closeup:

Spinning, spinning, and more spinning on the drop spindles:

1/2 lb Corriedale roving, two plied:

That's all of it above - it's something like 480 yards. My plying skills are improving - here's some lovely merino, about 94 yards:

I sent the same amount of this roving to my SP - can't wait to see what PixelDiva spins up with hers.

Gratuitous kitten picture - Bluefish in action:

October 18, 2006

Who knew?

I'm not much of a frou frou type, and as such have never understood all the lovely, dangly, fancy stitch markers out there. I'm also big into functional as opposed to decorative, so I use the little plastic or rubber rings that I buy in packages at the yarn store often since they seem to like to wander once liberated from those packages.

I work with someone related to the creative brains of Zecca and was recently gifted a tin of her very lovely little markers. I've admired them for months, worn them on chains as pendants, and, finally, decided to use them knitting up some sample swatches. I am pleasantly surprised at how delightful they are to use - they sparkle and dangle and generally make me smile when I come upon them each row. Who knew?

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