May 19, 2011

Mascots be Damned

I was complaining about the constant rain we've been having and my friend said why did I think the mascots of the two big colleges in the Northwest are the Beavers and the Ducks? Indeed.

On my needles - the Romi Hill Taygete is almost to the lace, the second Lacy Mock Cable sock is too. Afterthought heels on the socks. They work for me and fit, and it's awesome to blow by the heel.

Truly not enough knitting time, nor enough picture taking time.

May 15, 2011

When You're Ready It Will Come

Things to learn:
Take the camera out of the car when setting off from the parking lot at a fiber festival; I know I want pictures of sheep.
Get pictures off my phone.
Keep the Ipod Touch close at hand, not buried in my bag.
Add a button to my blog, like a Ravelry button for instance.

Things to practice:
Uploading pictures before I start to blog (what pictures?)
Wearing my pretty shawls
Collecting URLs ahead of time so I can create links.

It will come with time, right? I want to be knitting and spinning and ever so slightly resent time spent doing other things, like looking up how to do these things, but that's me.

Speaking of trusting the process, I magically began to spin from the fold this morning and can't believe how much difference it makes with the merino-tencel fiber I'm spinning!! Amy King at www.spunkyeclectic.com told me I'd probably have success spinning it from the fold, but I wasn't willing to try it, never having done it.

Turns out it's like all the other things I've learned since March 2010 when I began knitting, there's a punctuated equilibrium to the knitting and spinning journey. You learn, you absorb, yu act on things when you're ready, and you leap forward to another level. Stay engaged and the rest takes care of itself.

NH Sheep & Wool festival in Contoocook NH yesterday! It was terrific, I loved seeing all the fiber, the animals, the devotees--all in one place. Priceless.

The working dogs were wonderful and caught my interest. Bought 3 new bobbins for my Lendrum DT from A Touch of Twist, a cleverdo-hickey for carrying a ball of yarn about with me while I walk and knit, some lovely beeswax based cream from BJ Chadwick - Bee Natural Hand Cream - divine feel and my hands are suddenly smoother, I swear. Also some lovely navy Cormo top and a Knitscene magazine containing a pattern I wanted.

In the spinner's hall I liked reading the judge's comments on the submissions - so informative!!

May 4, 2011

Contemplative...

I just read prairie piper's blog about her father's recent death and am thinking about my own father, missing him.

Started Taygete, am on about the 40th row... 76 is the halfway point on the striped section, then there's the lace and the picot edge.


Love the colors and pattern!

Socks are also coming along, and I spun more yarn for the Baktus in the Louet Northern Lights fiber.