Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Fat fingers cannot explain it.
However, now that I have polished up the last post, let me just say--I typed that at 11:30, Sunday evening, with Hubby talking to me the whole while.
The defense rests.
Monday, July 26, 2010
And no, I'm not quite sure how that happened. I was winding away in my skeinwinder and all of a sudden I had this mess and I have no idea how. I did finally have to cut off the batch already wound, and spent the next couple hours untangling this.
So---While I did ply everything on bobbins that I had at the beginning of the tour, and I spun an extra 4 ounces of hand-paint and at least another 28 ounces of the brown/white blend for the two pound total. But, I still had 3 bobbins left to ply when this happened.
Close but no cigar.
And here is the Tour total. The shiny white is what I plied, along with the pink/green in the foreground, after spinning half of that. And the brown/white. Notice the handwound ball in the front of the brown/white? That was what I had to untangle. And there was nearly a full bobbin of my Lorna's Lace Red Rover, that is tucked away in my Joy for guild tomorrow. That was also spun during the tour.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
The bag of roving still looks nearly as full as when I started spinning. I may get a good amount of yarn out of this bag yet. Maybe a sweater! Or at least a vest.
I have been getting pictures, but to busy spinning to take the time to post them.
Hey--I can only do so much!
Monday, July 12, 2010
After the plying I showed that I finished last week, I dug out a bag of roving that has been calling my name.
I plopped it on the scale and determined I had about 2 and a half pounds or so. It is a blend of brown shetland surrounded with white lambs wool that was given to me by a friend after she bought it at the 4H fair a couple years ago.
I rather like the way it spins up. It has a tweedy appearance.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Hubby was waiting for dry weather after we got our new culvert so he could get in and out of the driveway better with the haybine. The week before the Fourth of July we managed to get all the hay baled. The first two fields were rained on, but just after cut, so they were still okay.
Then from Monday on it was nice and dry so by Wednesday, our neighbor came by and whipped his big baler around the hay fields. You can see the bale in the background from the first field.
Here Randy is just getting started with the rolled hay in the foreground. We had 108 bales this year, over twenty more than last year.
Once the metal posts and chains are removed, the wood is pushed to the ground. Ready for Hubby to start cutting it up.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This is the Spunky Club November 2008 that I finished spinning on Saturday and Sunday. The bobbin standing up was spun last year and the one lying down is the one I spun this past weekend.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Here is my newest little snuggle-bug meeting Auntie. Isn't he a cutie? Sound asleep.
I didn't get pictures of my plying because I was busy snapping pictures of people and food. (Will post them later.) We had a great turn out for our Spin Guild Holiday Edition. Several Monday workers made it and most of our regulars. Mary can be forgiven for not bringing baby pictures, as she spent the previous night sleeping in a Colorado airport, trying to get home.
We even got to tour the Old Farm Girl's store. Got to see the new wheels she has in--the Louet Victoria is so CUTE! Also found a book I had been meaning to get for some time. And ditto on some purple Corridale roving.
Now I can't wait for my loom--I have some funky fibers just waiting for a try-out.
Monday, July 5, 2010
I believe this is my third running of this challenge. The first two times I spun and plied pile of shetland. THis year I will be plying already spun fiber, as well as finishing 2 bobbins of some Spunky Clup shetland, and some icelanding. I have the first bobbin of each that have been done for at least a year, and have finished the second bobbin of the shetland over my Saturday and Sunday sprints.
Luckily, today Spin Guild is having a holiday session--4 hours instead of just 2, and hopefully some of our members who can't usually come will be able to make it. I am considering bringing my Louet wheel for a change and all the full bobbins and plying up a storm.
I also need to consider what I start next for my home spinning, for the rest of the Tour.
I do have several bags that would go well with the shetland for when I start the sweater with that. I have great plans for an entirely handspun sweater. So far I have very light grey, medium gray and a couple skeins of black shetland.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
But I tried it on Gertrude as soon as I finished binding off. I found a different bind off, a yarn over bind off that is nice and stretchy for a top edge. It looks a little small, but there is about 2 inches of border that will be added along each side.
Well that is how much more I have to go. This border is knit on sideways and I have 3 repeats done here.
Only eleventy thousand yet to go.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I probably should ply up the last of my Leicester, I have several bobbins of that to go. Maybe I could pack my Louet in the car and work on that for a few weeks. Heck, the Tour is just three weeks.
Maybe I will plan on plying that, and then finishing about a half pound of Icelandic and a half pound of my Spunky club roving I started about a year ago, and put away for the Tour then. I can use the Traditional to spin them at home. Or........I do have a few bags of wool scattered around the wool room. Must decide.
Since the Tour starts tomorrow, I better decide quick.
I have, after this picture was taken, finished the last leaf repeat and am on the top garter border.
Next up, cast off along the top and then start the lace edging that runs down the side, around the tip and up the other side. And then the dreaded the crochet picot along the top.
But progress is being made. Once this is finished, I hope to hit the marl yoke cardi next and finish that. I will need to make a decision on the button band for that soon.