Yeah, not that impressive when it’s still on the needles and shown on a nine-year-old. But it serves as proof that I’m finally off and running on this project!
I also dusted off the spinning wheel and started making some yarn. This is an alpaca/wool blend I got from The Spinning Loft in Michigan (by mail – but wouldn’t it be great to visit there one day?). I believe it’s this: Louet Eastport Sliver in sea foam green. And for my knitting readers, “sliver” is pronounced with a long “i” – rhymes with MacGyver. I have neglected my wheel for too long and need to address my fiber stash! Last year, S1 got me a gift certificate for this shop, a nice generous one that was enough to buy a rare breeds sampler. But I ended up chickening out and not buying it, because the fiber required carding or combing and I don’t have those tools. Instead, I just bought a range of other things, including some breed-specific prepared fibers. All have been marinating in the fiber basket for far too long. I’m interested in taking Deb Robson’s Rare Wools workshop at MDSW 2012, but I won’t feel worthy unless I spin a fair bit of my stash before then. So, to the wheel!
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
West Friendship MD
May 3–6, 2012
A two-day workshop on "An In-Depth Look at Rare Wools." On Saturday and Sunday mornings, I’ll also be doing half-day walk-arounds in the barns! (The Sunday one will end in time for the Parade of Breeds, which I don’t want to miss, either!)
Here’s the link to Deb’s teaching schedule if you’re interested.
I’ve worked a bit more on Boy 1’s Crazy Brown Socks, but I’ll share those with you again next week.
I hope everyone had a great holiday. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? My “musts” include pumpkin pie, that horribly processed green bean casserole (just open cans and heat!), mashed potatoes and gravy, and a dab of cranberry sauce. I like the good sauce, but I also like the canned stuff I was raised on, ridges and all.