Hello! I hope you are having a good start to your week.
I had a great weekend, in part because we are “Trump-free” on weekends, which means we avoid all news. It makes Mondays hard as we get hit with it all at once, but we are strong and rested and can take it. Except when it is so grim as London’s news is. That is hard to take no matter the day. I just do not understand the darkness that is coming out of every crack these days.
My heart goes out to all who are impacted by the violence and hatred. Oh, and to anyone who was counting on us for sane, reasonable, responsible behavior on climate change. That man does not represent even half of this country, he just happens to think he is in charge.
It makes sharing all my fun pretties seem shallow, and perhaps it is. But I think we need soft pretty things in life and knitting and spinning bring me calmness, like meditating does to others. So I am going to try to distract you from news of the world and bring you to my happy place.
This weekend was not perfect, weather-wise. But as our local weather fool likes to say, it was not a complete washout, either. Saturday was gray and gloomy and sprinkly, except when the sun popped out in the middle of the day for ten or fifteen minutes at a time, then it was a bit warm and humid. But as that didn’t last very long, it wasn’t uncomfortable. And I got quite practiced at putting on the coat, taking off the coat, putting on the coat, etc.
As planned, I met up with some of the Whorls and Purls gang and we went off to the Maine Fiber Frolic, I packed (actually, emptied) my bags early, and found this when I got ready to leave:
Allie was all cuddled onto my day pack, as if I would take her to a fair. 🙂
I went with a decent amount of cash, knowing it would last if I was careful. And knowing I could easily spend ten times that amount without even thinking about it. We had a good plan – split up (or not) and wander the fair, coming back every hour to meet in front of the ice cream booth to make sure we were all good, talk about what was next. So I wandered the stalls and booths, scoping out what I wanted to buy. In the end, I was pretty pleased with the fact that I only got one ice cream at lunch, and this lovely assortment:
The burgundy is one of my favorite sock yarns, Caper Sock. It is dyed locally, in Blue Hill by String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn and is a merino cashmere blend. It makes the softest socks! I actually had this on my list (yup, I try to have a list when I head out, or it is too hard to choose). Next to it is the purple-blue of Linda’s Soft and Silky sock yarn – 50-50 merino and silk, hand dyed in Denmark Maine by Pine Star Studio. I bought a skein of this last year and knit a shawl for sale, which I loved and almost didn’t put up for sale, hoped it wouldn’t sell and of course it sold instantly. This one will be for me. And I would never dream of using this luxurious yarn for socks. It is just too elegant to go into my sneakers. And no, it was not on my list.
Then there are the beads. Last year I went with snips of yarns planned for shawls and came away with some beautiful beads. This year I wasn’t that organized, but I knew what yarn I was thinking about for knitting shawls . Next year I will do the snips thing, it was so much easier. All the beads are beautiful! What I managed to buy this year will be useful, and the gold beads are the same ones I am using in my beaded yarn, so I know I will like them (and I still haven’t knit the shawl they were originally intended for.) The purple MIGHT go with the lovely blue angora/silk I got at Webs last month, time will tell. And the big clear beads could show up anyplace! All from the Bead Biz, she is online, though I haven’t checked out her website in a long time, she says she has upgraded her photos and so I will check it out.
That’s it – the whole budget spent. I went home with 41 cents after I bought a late day lemonade (and of course, lunch!)
Fortunately (or unfortunately) I did not find THIS vendor until I had depleted my funds – but look at all the great fiber my friends got, for $2 an ounce! We spent a good chunk of the afternoon guiding people over to this booth for deals.
All of this fun, and I was home in time for supper, even after stopping at the grocery store on the way, to do the week’s shopping (I have to do some chores around the house, after all!)
A and stepdad tried to play golf, but it was raining, so they shot a bucket of balls at the driving range instead. Since she got home early, she cleaned the house. She is a keeper, for sure! So I came home to a sparkling house, the groceries were all bought and set for the week, and that left us free to relax on Sunday. Life is good!
We did go up to Brewer on Sunday for lunch with A’s sisters, niece, great niece, and great-nephew and their cousin Sunday, and we had a nice visit, got fun cards and presents, and were home in the afternoon – we didn’t even try to think of chores and errands we could do in “the big city” while we were there.
I gave the pool some more attention, and then settled in front of my wheel determined to finish this spin. And I did. I did not fuss when I came to a knot that could not be undone, I just cut the silk and called it good.
For two months (to the day) you have been patient with me as I worked from this
Just look at that silk shimmer and shine! And those beads glisten. 🙂 I got just under 600 yards of the beaded, and then I finished plying after the knot with no beads, and got about 130 yards of plain.
Plenty for a shawl, and then some!
It is all washed and hanging to dry (which it never will in this weather) and I now know why beaded yarn is so expensive to buy. This stuff takes forever to make. I am glad I did it and I don’t expect to do it again any time soon. At least not with this method. There is another way to do it, I wonder if it is faster? Hmmmm.
This week I will clean and oil the old wheel and carry her upstairs (where she will be my plying wheel), then prep some fiber to start a spin on the new wheel!!! I can hardly wait. But I won’t start a big spin for a few days, even though I have one in mind. I have some mini batts that I want to spin up so I get used to the new wheel without worrying about the quality of the yarn. I will also focus on my knitting, which has suffered the past few weeks as I worked so diligently on this yarn.
And there is a yard that
deserves demands attention. And the pool needs me to be brave and get IN it to scrub it. I’d really like the sun to be out when I do that, and the temperature of the air to be higher than that of the water. As the water is in the low 60’s that doesn’t seem too ridiculous a thought. Maybe next week?