I got my first payment from the shop and promptly went onto the lovely web and ordered some more yarn. Several colors (and loads of white for dying) of soft baby ull for little things, and some Madeleine Tosh Prairie for a shawl. Because I just can’t get enough lace shawl knitting. 🙂 I did save a bit for some wool purchases later this summer. I am set for a little while on that front, though. And I hope to have more income from the shop this summer, so I have been cruising the internet scoping things out.
This weekend I will actually be WORKING at the shop, because the wonderful Sonja has the big Celtic Festival in Belfast (Maine, not Ireland) to attend. In return for me covering the shop, she will take some of my product to the festival, and not charge me the commission for anything she sells there or that sells in the shop this week. So, it could be a big payday, or it could just be a favor. Time will tell. She was quick to suggest that I bring some knitting with me. She doesn’t know me well enough to know that I don’t need to be told that, lol.
That means that tomorrow evening I will head there after work to learn the ropes of her system. The shop has no AC – but it has a beautiful window onto the bay which opens, so I hope the breeze is coming up the river while I am there, to keep it cool. I suspect that window and the front door are all the “AC” the place has.
We are getting a few days of hot weather, I am so glad the pool is ready for me! I went in as soon as I got home from work, it felt really good. I can’t remember what it was like before pools came into my life, except that I hated the really hot weather and now I don’t mind it AS much.
There has been a bit of crafting happening – but things that take time – so the pictures aren’t too exciting. There is this hat:
made with my handspun! I am knitting it in the Seathwaite pattern which seems appropriate as the colorway is sea breeze. I am loving the stripes so far. Hope they work well with the cables. 🙂
Here is the Reyna Shawl I have been working on – it is my travel piece, so is slow going.
And here is a baby hat and matching booties – this will go to the store this week, hopefully be sold quickly!
The spinning I am working on is this lovely Romney braid in the color way Broad Bill. It is a bit of a challenge to me – first thing, it feels a little bit slippery, and while fluffy, I really have to watch the drafting or it breaks because it is too thin.
But I think I have that part figured out. The other thing is that the super Debbie at Purple Fleece suggested I chain ply it so the colors don’t muddy. But I was not feeling confident enough to do that after I had been spinning it for a bit, so I decided to spin up some of her solid black corriedale and ply it with that.
I really like how the first skein came out – the colors seem to pop (no photos of that yet.) And I was amazed that after spinning two ounces of each color and plying, I had a whole lot of the black leftover. That photo above is what’s leftover. That means I have been spinning it consistently thin! Very exciting to me. I will finish the colored spinning soon and then do all the black. What black I have left I will ply to make thin black yarn. Not sure what exactly I will do with it, but I will come up with something. Not that I like knitting with thin black yarn, but I will get over it. 🙂
Last weekend I got out some dyes and the book Mom gave me and messed about with mini skeins and a bit of leftover roving. The results are…interesting. And bright! But I got the idea. I was hurrying a bit because A bought strawberries to make jam, so needed the kitchen to be food safe. I think I will do more of it, and try more of the things mentioned in the book. And I can’t wait to see how the roving spins up. It is about an ounce, so it won’t make a whole lot, but it will be good practice and I will be able to see how the whole thing works together.
Lastly in the crafting world – it turns out I sold one of my little collages at the shop, so I am making a few more to bring over – they are nothing fancy, just made with bits and scraps and shells and sea glass, but they are fun to make, and I am pleased someone liked them. The prices are low, in part because I want to have things at different price points and in part because they take very little in the way of materials and thought to put together. But I don’t want to be making thousands of them, so this might be it for a while. First stage is to paint the little canvases… then go away for a day while they dry. Maybe these take more time than I thought. 🙂
Outdoors things are growing, whether I wanted them to or not. The garlic is doing REALLY well this year, very exciting! And the tomatoes survived the short drought and have blossoms. Carrots are slowly popping up, and the lettuce is re-thinking it’s decision to grow. Strawberries are coming slowly, a few a day, so they are just snacks to the gardener. Weeds and grasses are doing exceedingly well, and I will have to get out and weed whack in the next few weeks. So glad we have no lawn, but the straggly mess does look better when it gets cut. Daylilies here and there are blooming, and blackberries are taking over the world, but at least they are bearing fruit – which I might get before the birds do – or not. Birds are chowing down on bird seed, but I see the cherries are ripening on the trees, so I expect birds will switch over to those soon enough. We had a tiny baby deer and her mama and sister in the field the last few days, I wish she would eat what I want her to eat. 😦 At least since the baby came along, they have not come as close to the house in their grazing.
So that’s it in my world this week – not all about yarn, but it’s always there in the background, doncha know?