Monthly Archives: May 2009

Shady Spot

A shady spot on a hot day in Shepherdstown WV

A shady spot on a hot day in Shepherdstown WV

This was taken on my photowalk this past Monday over in Shepherdstown, West Virgina. It is actually one of the outdoor dining rooms of the Blue Moon Cafe. I was there before they opened up for the day but they were gracious enough to allow me to come into the garden area to shot this shot. I do plan to go back and try out their menu soon. They have a separate menu for vegetarians which included many items that looked very tasty.

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Short Week

Short weeks like this one really throw me off. It is like everything is off because you had Monday off. But there has been tons going on. Last Saturday, I went and got a curly cut and headed down to DC afterwards. After I getting my hair cut, I headed downtown to Dupont Circle area to meet up with the lovely and talented Karida of Neighborhood Fibers to hand off some hand spuns and batts that I had created for her. She has non-spinning plans for the batts I created for her. And I am hoping that at least some of the yarn that was supposed to be for her mother ends up in her mom’s hands.

Karida Hard at Work

Sunday was the last spin in at Lauren‘s house until the little geekbaby is born. The crowd was larger than normal which meant twice as much fun. Among the celebrities there were Gryphon, Kate, Paula, and the wonderful Sarah. We were lucky and had all Three Fates in one spot. Sarah bought a large bag of assorted rovings she wanted to clear out of her fiber stash. I was not the only one who dove in. Everyone who wanted some ended up going home with some of them. And a few were turned into batts right than and there. While the rest spun and knit, I was helping Kim get over her fear of color and taught her to make spontaneous colorful batts. She ended up making two batts all on her own that will work with the two that I helped her create.

Spin In

On Monday I headed over to Shpeherdstown, West Virgina to meet a new member of my photo guild. We met at the Lost Dog Coffee Shop which is really a tea house. They have the best selection of teas anyway! We did a short photowalk around the university there. It was starting to get pretty hot so I wanted to keep it short. Plus the bugs were biting around the creek. And I have this thing about creeks and rivers, I seem to want to photograph them. Next time, I will start out earlier in the morning and wear something to help prevent a few of the bug bites.

This lovely creek runs thru Shepherdstown WV

This lovely creek runs thru Shepherdstown WV

Otherwise, I have been playing with a new to me wheel. I have borrowed Lauren’s Lendrum to use while I take a class from the wonderfully talented Jacey of Insubordiknit coming up in less than two weeks. There is a definite learning curve for me since I am used to the double drive tensioning system on my Matchless. I have never really spun in Scotch tension. So being able to try it out before committing to buying one is really nice.

And yes, I am still in love with my new curly cut.

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Watching

Watching

My four year old nephew left his friends watching over big brother’s computer while big brother was at school. And they are watching over your computer too.

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Debris

Debris

This is what you are likely to find on the kitchen counter up at my brother’s house with a teenage boy, a pre-teen girl, and a four year old. And almost all of it belongs to the oldest one.

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Blooming

This is what is blooming in the garden right now

This is what is blooming in the garden right now

Carrie always wants to know what is blooming in the garden.

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Genius is …

Genius is ....

Genius is a bend in the creek where bright water has gathered, and which mirrors the trees, the sky and the banks. It just does that because it is there and the scenery is there. Talent is a fine mirror with a silver frame, with the name of the owner engraved on the back. ~ Edgar Lee Masters

(Click on the photo to large to really appreciate this very serene spot by the brook.)

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First Hike

The trail I decied to try as my first hike after my ankle has healed

The trail I decied to try as my first hike after my ankle has healed

After spending Saturday at the lake, I decided early Sunday morning that I needed to head back up to the park and wander with my camera. It poured Saturday night so I knew everything would be all nice and green. My ankle which I broke back in late September has finally been declared healed by the second ortho so I am slowly working back towards taking hikes. And this trail called to me. I was smart and didn’t go all the way up to the top of the trail though. I went about two thirds of the way up before heading back down. Next time, I will summit!!!

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Exploring

This past Saturday was my photo guild picnic. There were only a few of us who braved the uncertain weather to head up to the lake at Cunningham Falls to have fun. I know the park is there but I always forget about it when I go exploring. Not anymore. Nature up in the mountains only 15 minutes from my house? I will be back up there. There is quite a bit to explore and find in my back yard this summer.

Tadpoles and water always bring out the child in everyone

Tadpoles and water always bring out the child in everyone

Like many of my photos, this one is best viewed large so click on it.

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Actual Knitting

This is supposed to be a knitting blog although you couldn’t tell that by the lack of photos lately of knitting projects. It has been all about spinning lately. But I have actually picked up a few UFOs and worked on them plus started two new projects. One of the new projects is out of hand spun but I haven’t photographed it yet.

Sweet Georgia pattern

Sweet Georgia pattern

The pattern is Cashsilk Fern by Felicia Lo aka Sweet Georgia. This yarn is a mystery to me. It is either a Scout yarn or one given to me by P. I found it in the stash already wound into a center pull ball with no tag. I just liked the colors. It seemed nice and spring like to me. Well green at least since spring here in the mid-Atlantic is very green this year. The second new project is the same pattern but out of hand spun. I like knitting with handspun!!!

Update on spinning for the month is not much being spun. I am taking it slow this month and practicing at spinning a finer yarn.

The March Spirit Trail fibre club

The March Spirit Trail fibre club

Already claimed by Karida

Already claimed by Karida

Spun from lovely top dyed by Cloudlover

Spun from lovely top dyed by Cloudlover

A collection of 6 differnt colors spun & plyed together

A collection of 6 differnt colors spun & plyed together

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Greens

It seems like all of the rain has produced tons of green in the garden including this Gerber daisy. Yes, this daisy has green petals but only it opens up all the way.

Greens

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