Monday, February 13, 2006

All right, fine, I'm in....

So I decided to make a valient effort on Laura's aran sweater for the Harlot's Knitting Olympics. I may have mentioned this project before, but let me re-cap...when Laura moved to NH she had several raw sheep fleeces that she sent out to be made into roving. When they arrived I asked if I could play with a particularly nice gray romney and she said sure, "as long as you make something for me!" We decided a sweater was in order, one with fancy viking cables. I made a swatch in the form of a hat seen here with Asterix last year:

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So then I started the sweater and then had to rip it out because it was too big. Then I procrastinated for about a year.....So now I've started it again and am mostly done with the back. We'll see...

Also, I wanted to post a picture of my beautiful new drop spindle, made for me by one of our tour guides who is an excellend wood turner. It spins very, very well and for a long time. I managed to drop it and crack the shaft, but it seemed to glue nicely. The woods are curly maple, cherry, yellowheart and padouk:

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Friday, February 10, 2006

Warmer times ahead

After a run of spring-like weather, it's cold again today (but still not enough snow to do my animal tracking program this weekend). I do like winter but browsing through our photo files today, I found this picture which makes me want this weird snowless winter to be over:

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Toasty toes...

Here is one of each of my two most recent pairs of socks - both are from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Shurch. The one on the left is mossy-rock colored Koigu with mini-cable rib and the one on the right has 3 x 3 cables (with seed stitch in between) in Mountain Colors Bearfoot "flathead cherry" colorway:

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Yarn Kids...

My homeschool class with their KoolAid dyed yarn!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Field Trip!

Yesterday I went to Hancock Shaker Village in western Massachusetts. It was the first other Shaker Village I've been to. They are definitely not in full swing right now, but at least they do guided tours in the off season, whereas we are entirely closed. My tour guide gave me a behind-the-scenes tour of their Dwelling House which has sustained some pretty bad water damage in the attic - we are so lucky to have so many of our buildings restored! Overall the comparing and contrasting was many things were very similar to Canterbury, but they have some very differently designed buildings (the round barn - cool!). They are also a working farm - sheep, oxen, chickens, etc. so that gives it a whole different feeling. The gardens are a lot more prominent - you have to walk through them to get to the buildings, whereas ours are a ways out behind the village and many people never bother to visit them. Fun!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

My "new" wheel

I'm trying to be more consistent with postings, so I figured if I can at least post a picture every other day or so, that would be a step in the right direction.

To that end, this is my "new" wheel...It needs a lot of TLC (it doesn't actually work right now). The wheel rubs against the diagonal piece of wood, among other structural things, and it needs to be refinished.

Every spinner needs an historically accurate wheel for demonstrations...(and one for traveling, and one or two to lend to friends who are learning to spin, and one for everyday spinning...) Right?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Today's eggs...