Oops! Time flew again…   14 comments

A week slips by…

There was knitting:

seabreeze-seathwaite-finished

Cut that yarn chicken game pretty close – what you see is what was left of the big skein.  I do have a mini skein I am saving for another project, so it would not have been the end of the earth if I needed a bit more, but I am glad I didn’t.  This is the merino/cashmere I spun up a few weeks ago. The pattern is Seathwaite from the Fringe Association, and I love it.  The variegated colors don’t hide the cables as much in real life as they do in this photo, and it fits me perfectly.  The yarn softened up with knitting, who knew?  And I am sure it will even more with washing and wearing.

And spinning:

broad-bill-finished

I finished the Broadbill plied with black, got two skeins, total weight about 5.75 ounces, yardage is just over 350.  The second skein seems to be a bit more like fingering weight than the first, but what amazed me was how much black I had left over!  I first spun two ounces, and plied it with the first two ounces of Broadbill.  I had a lot of black left over (according to my scale the first skein weight 2.625 ounces, which means I only used .625 of the black!) so I just joined the next ounce or so with the leftovers until I filled a bobbin, and plied the second two ounces of Broadbill.  I had a decent amount left on the bobbin (this time, the finished yarn weight about 3.125 ounces, which means I used 1.125 ounces of the black), and I had about an ounce unspun, so I changed my mind about chain plying the leftovers, and just started spinning the remaining ounce on a new bobbin.  I plied those together last night, and got about 70 yards of a nice THIN yarn.  I also chain plied the last bit and got about 15 yards of that. I plied this black stuff a lot tighter than any I have done yet, because I think I am under-plying, in general.  This was almost kinky, but when I washed it, it settle down a  bit. The end result is that I have a nice amount of the broadbill yarn with which to make a hat and hopefully some mitts, and I have a good amount of black to use with it, or with which to do something else entirely.  I am building a collection of mini-skeins, unintentionally – I can’t quite fit 4 oz of plied yarn onto a bobbin, no matter how hard I work at it.  So, I am collecting mini-skeins for a future project – odd scarf?  Crazy quilt afghan?  Who knows.

Last night I started spinning the 1 ounce of BFL roving I dyed a few weeks ago – I love the colors, reminds me of Monet’s paintings.  And I love how differently it is coming out, compared to skeins of yarn I dyed at the same time.  It is really teaching my what I can do with colors and spinning, and how to tell how things will come out.  Colors blend more when they are dyed before spinning.  There is purple on this bobbin that was NOT there on the roving.  🙂 It is also letting me spin VERY skinny!!! And pretty evenly!!!

So, my week!

Friday, A had the day off and I took a half day off. It was hideously hot – close to 90 at our house! Rarely does it get that hot there, thanks to ocean breezes wafting up the river.  And about 110 percent humidity.  We need scuba gear to breathe. So naturally, we did all errands. First up was PO, bottle return, dump, and we stopped for take-out “lupper”.  We made the mistake of going home to eat, and neither of us had the oomph to go back out to the grocery store.  🙂  I went for a swim, and floated around until I felt quite human.  After that, we decided we WOULD go to the grocery store, and were pleasantly surprised at how few people were there – need to remember supper time on Friday is the time to go in summer!  It was annoying, however, that I nearly froze in the store, having gotten quite cool in the pool, adding AC to that had me shivering before we left. A was not, and so wanted to stay in the coolness as long as possible.  She thought I was crazy.  🙂

Saturday I spent 8 hours at the shop in Bucksport.  It was a hot and humid day, and the “AC” there is a window that opens onto the water, a door that opens to the street and several fans.  It was inadequate.  But I didn’t have to move very often, so that was good.  Customers were steady in the morning, and sparse in the afternoon, but I still had 19 sales, and that was a good thing!  Sonja took lots of things to the Celtic Festival, hers, mine and others, and I think had a decent day. Sunday was the second day for her at the festival, though I didn’t cover the shop, her daughters did.  It POURED rain all morning, I haven’t heard yet how everyone did.

I do know that on Saturday she sold one of my bracelets, so that was nice to hear.

Sunday A and I spent inside puttering and looking out side thinking and often saying “Really? Still pouring?” There were things I wanted to do outside like grass clipping and gardening and clearing the tangle of large things where the lilacs are trying to grow swim as much as I wanted as often as I wanted that just didn’t happen.

I got some pool time in after work Saturday, and late Sunday when it stopped storming and the sun went behind the trees.  This whole avoid-the-sun thing tends to drive me nuts. When it is hot out, I either can’t use the pool or yard, or go out so covered up I might as well stay inside.

Since then, I have been working.  Very sad way to spend time (still remembering that I am lucky to have the job, yes.)

Oh, Monday, I got a hot tip from WEBS that my yarn was at the PO, so I stopped and picked it up.  Not too terribly exciting, the Baby Ull is for baby hats to sell.  The blue is for Maine Blueberry hats (sold the blueberry baby hat this weekend!), the red is for red and white striped hats and booties (we have a famous red and white striped lighthouse) but I got a lot of white so I could do some dying to get the colors I wanted that they didn’t have.  Or to mess about with colors.  You choose.

baby-ull-for-web

I finally decided I needed to buy more lace weight yarn to knit the High Country Crescent shawl.(Or maybe the Biophilia?)  High Country has been on my list since I won the pattern, and I have loved Biophilia since I saw it the first time.  I felt like I needed some thing different than what I had in my lace weight stash.  I perused the Tosh selection for hours, thinking about what colors I wear, what color shawls I already have.  I decided I needed something fairly neutral, maybe a tonal gray?  Definitely not blue, aqua, teal.  I already have quite a few shawls, as well as a substantial stash ready to be knit in those colors. I finally chose Madeline Tosh Prairie in Cloud Dweller, which I recall is a soft, tonal gray, just like I planned. I resisted Worn Denim, and Spectrum, which I LOVE (I have socks in that one, how cool to have socks and shawl match?) and all the other luscious blues and greens.  Cousteau anyone?  Oh my.

So you can imagine my surprise when I opened the package to find this:

cloud-dweller

Just can’t stop buying those pretty blues.  🙂

One thing we did NOT do this weekend was watch the news.  Monday morning listening to the radio on the way to work was like getting sucker punched in the stomach over and over. Is the whole world going to hell?  Listening to the news all week as not changed my mind on this front. CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 9 when it is over and done with.

 

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14 responses to “Oops! Time flew again…

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  1. Glad you’re keeping cool. I like to get my errands out of the way ASAP on a hot day. That Dale Baby Ull is great to work with. I used some for a giraffe, stranded baby beanie I got to test knit four years ago.

  2. Lots of nice things happening in your part of the world–you’re so busy! And I agree the news has been rough this week . . . and yet I keep wanting to know what’s going on. The RNC has been so . . . dramatic.

  3. Such a lovely and busy week. 🙂 You sure know how to keep busy.
    Stay cool and enjoy when you can. Love the new yarns, such stunning colours. 🙂
    Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

  4. The hat! I had to take a second look once you said it was your handspun, I’d totally had it pegged for commercial yarn! It’s just lovely.

  5. Love love LOVE! that lace yarn. Love your spun yarn too. And glad you won at yarn chicken 🙂

  6. We could take some of your rain. Severe drought here. Lots of small brush fires. The grass just crackles when you walk on it. Even the weed that never die are wilting. Wow that MadTosh is not what I expected the colors to be. However, I must say they are lovely nonetheless.

    • We are still pretty dry, but not near drought as we were. The heat dome doesn’t quite reach us.

      The mad tosh is amazingly unlike what I thought it would be, and the gray has a tinge of pink to it, but you are right, it looks great!

  7. You have been quite busy! You can send the rains this way. We are still 3″ or so short our average rainfall. Really haven’t had much this summer and everything is showing it. Was glad for no rain this last weekend for our little day trip to Mary Maxim and the St. Clair River and Lake Huron. I saw my first lighthouse and was so geeked! I’ll bet your Red and White striped Lighthouse is a beauty. Now I want to get a book and travel to see all the lighthouses in Michigan. My hubby is not to thrilled about that. Oh well, baby steps 😉 Love the cabled hat. I bet it looks fabulous on you. The yarn you spun with the black is so pretty! Can’t wait to see that in the works. And I just LOVE the yarn you received in the mail. The colors are so pretty. I hope that you are able to do all that gardening and weeding and grass clipping that you weren’t able to 😉 (not really, not fun at all) Go swim…lots 🙂

    • lol – lighthouses are wonderful romantic, inspirational places. Imagine living in one for years? Lots of work to survive, but lots of crafting time as well. 🙂 I hope you do get to see all of the Michigan ones. Then expand to all the Great Lakes…. As for rainfall, we are still well shy of our totals, too – the summer stormy days have been very localized. Downpours happened not ten miles from us yesterday, we barely saw clouds. Odd summer. Yard chores are not getting done, I can’t explain it, lol. Swimming is happening. Spinning and knitting are happening. this is unrelated to lack of yard work, I am SURE. 🙂

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