I got a really bad cold last weekend and now I feel like I am struggling to catch up. Please bear with me while I do my best!
Last night I went over to my dad's house to wash fleece in his top loading washer. I bought him dinner as compinsation. Pictured at left is the "black" merino fleece that Connie and I bought at CWFF and split. I washed that fleece, "Joey" the 2.7lb cormo fleece, and the two half pound bags of white merino (named "Amigo" and "Kate") all of which were from CWFF. I wanted to get it all washed before the rainy season started and drying wool becomes near impossible. As you can see from the button on the left I have joined the Twisted Knitters Dye Spin Knit-along and I might dye some fleece for this -along. I haven't decided yet. I also have some BFL roving that I naturally dyed as an experiment to make semi-self striping socks. I may end up using this if I run low on time. Goodness knows I have plenty of dye roving in my house much of it dyed by me. Plus I have a natural dyes class coming up this weekend that I am assistant teaching at Deep Color . In fact Julia of Knitting History will be one of my students. There is no shortage of dyed roving at my house just a shortage of free time in which to work with it.
Speaking of students, one of my knitting students just gave birth to a baby girl. I made her a Mason - Dixon Kimono sweater and a burp cloth our of Mission 1824 cotton. She was very happy to receive something handmade. I can't wait to meet her daughter, named Margot, was born this past Friday by emergency C-section. They hit 40 weeks a week ago so Margot was plenty big but it appears she and mom got a virus that necessitated an emergency C-section. The good news is that both mom and daughter are doing great even if the birth wasn't what they had planned.
Here are the funky skeins of yarn that I spun recently and haven't shown because for one reason or another they haven't been in my possesion. Starting from the left is the one skein of non-funky yarn in the group. It is the oatmeal merino that showed in my previous post. Next to it is the yarn with the big, pink felted bobbles on it. The two green skeins were spun from a crazy batt that I threw a little bit of everything into and then plyed against a single that I spun from 3 colors of wool that I used in the batt. The red is a single plyed agaist a thread and then scrunched up to make a super coil yarn. The purple-ish yarn (that looks a bit like a hair ball) next is a mohair halo yarn. The purple yarn is Colonial wool 2-ply with copper jump rings and beads hand tied onto one of the plies. The red single next has some super slubs on it and last but not least is stripped our silk fabric spun with with wool. Not sure what I am going to do with most of these yarns but they were fun to make. I might make a whole series of hats that have stripes of these funky yarns. I'll have to think about it some more.
In a week I leave for New York. I am going to the city first to visit friends from college and high school and then heading up to Rhinebeck. I'm very excited. As you have more than likely guessed by the button on the left I am participating in Rhinebeck Bingo. I am a square. I've noticed around that many are noting what they are going to where. Frankly I have no clue. I still have to block my hand spun Polwarth sweater but depending on the weather that may be too warm to wear. I apologize that I can't give any clues as to what I will be wearing but my hair is past my waist and I will be wearing my "I'm a square" button. Hope that helps and I am looking forward to meeting people!