Monthly Archives: January 2009

Lightly Dusted

The snow was just sticky enough to dust the top of the plume

The snow was just sticky enough to dust the top of the plume

The ornamental grass next door is fun to watch in the winter. It makes wonderful noise as the winds shift around the plumes. And the color is nice too.

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Fairy Dust

The snow acts likes fairy dust on red holly

The snow acts likes fairy dust on red holly

Distracting you from actual photographs of actual knitting. And there is actual knitting going on. Must remember to photograph the knitting this weekend.

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Ice Storm

Sorry. Ice storm today. Regular post tomorrow. But will give you a clue as to what I am doing.

shetland fiber

shetland fiber

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Winter White on Red

I love my neighbor’s Chinese holly bush. The colors lend themselves to photography so well. And the first snow of the season made the reds pop. I love my shot of this bush with rain on it but I think the snow shot is even better.

First snow on Chinese holly

First snow on Chinese holly

And if you are reading the blog in a blog reader, you might want to check out the new header. Yes, I did change it.

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Old Fence Post

The first snow was so nice and fluffy. You could actually see the snow crystals if you looked carefully. We ended up with about an 1-1/2 inches. I hope we get more soon. But not until I make a run to the grocery store for a major stock up. I need to remember that although fiber is good for your diet, the fiber I am buying is not edible but spinnable. I really do need to do a major grocery shopping trip to refill the pantry and freezer.

The first snowfall on an old fencepost

The first snowfall on an old fencepost

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Cold

Okay, the cold days are gone for e a few days. And the mid-Atlantic never got as cold as other parts of the country. I don’t mind the cold if I do not have to go outside and if there is snow on the ground to go with it. (I only have to shovel one sidewalk since the driveways and parking lot are done for me.)

The creek across from the Mannings

The creek across from the Mannings

There has been lots of spinning going on but I haven’t had a chance to photograph it yet. And there is actually knitting going too. I have broken down and started myself a sweater. I have started Acer by the wonderful Kirsten of Through the Loops. I am using Seacolors from the wonderful Nanney Kennedy. I bought the yarn to make a different sweater but it is perfectly suited to this pattern. The color I am using could best be described as old roses. It is a dark heathery pink. I would have a photo of the sweater so far but let’s just say that there is a good reason to read the pattern all the way through before starting it. So I had to frog what I had already knitted because I forgot to keep track of my increases. SO I had to frog the sweater and restart. But the sweater does knit up fast. Photos soon of this sweater.

ONe of the fviews from the Mannings

ONe of the fviews from the Mannings

And the date for the Homespun Yarn Party for 2009 has been announced. It will be Sunday March 15, 2009 at Savage Mill conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington DC. Be sure to check out the blog for details. I loved this last year and offered to help out this year.

And we finally received some snow here on Monday. It is funny but the snow stayed north of the DC area. And yes, of course, I was out in the snow taking pictures. It was too pretty to resist. So the photos this week will be from a quick to the Mannings on Sunday and of the first decent snow of the season.

The barn that is part of the Mannings

The barn that is part of the Mannings

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Tempting Yarns

Here are a few more of my recent hand spun yarns. The first one is a wonderful soft pink called Be Mine. The roving was a blend merino/seawool from Creatively Dyed. This is the yarn I was spinning when I had a little problem with my wheel. Well actually the end of the bobbin popped off for some reason. My local Schacht dealer called Schacht and replaced my bobbin. She not only replaced the bobbin but rewound the singles onto the new bobbin with a loss of less than two yards!!!

Pink handspun fingering weight

Pink handspun fingering weight

The glue that holds the bobbin together didn’t hold for some reason. Schacht said that it should have never made it out the door. It is rare for them to have a problem but it was promptly corrected. And my dealer went above and beyond by making sure my singles were saved. Yes, I could have saved money by buying my wheel from an online place, but I would not have had this customer service.

One of the first things I learned about buying roving to spin is that I like to buy at least 8 ounces or more.I bought 12 ounces of a roving called Candleberry right before Christmas and spun it up. It was my first attempt at trying to aim for fingering weight. The first 4 ounces ended up around a DK weight but I was shooting for a fingering weight. It is living with the wonderful Jess aka Bunnysquirrel now. It keeps whispering to her that it wants to be mittens. I ended up taking the remaining 8 ounces and spun them up and ended up with more of a sport weight. I have lots of this yarn now. The colors are lovely and the yarn has not been whispering to me yet.

A DK weight handspun

A DK weight handspun

I am currently spinning a lovely dark pink merino that I bought from Roxanne of Zen Yarn Garden. This yarn will definitely be fingering weight. I am thinking of trying to find a lighter shade of pink to spin up and use it to make this a three ply yarn. But it will be lovely as a two ply. And the colors as they spin up are reminding me of old roses so it is called Winter Roses. (I still have to spin the second half of this roving. I am still working on the first bobbin. It was a large bump of roving.)

Still spinning this one

Still spinning this one

And in actual knitting, I have finally broken down and started a sweater for myself. I still haven’t finished my nephew’s sweater but I want to start mine. I had bought yarn at Stitches East from Nanny Kennedy of Seacolors for a February Lady Sweater. But instead the yarn is becoming Acer. I will be ordering more of this yarn to make the February Lady Sweater and to have some sweater yarn in my stash soon.

And there may a pair of fingerless mitts on the needles as well. Stash yarn needs to be used up too.

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