Saturday, March 31, 2012

Handspun #2

I plied up my second attempt at spinning with pretty nice results. The is a wool and silk blend from Mountain Colors that has a really nice sheen to it in the right light. The colors are beautiful and the yarn is soft enough that I'm thinking of knitting a cowl with this. Now I just have to find the right pattern.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

To Spin a Yarn

Last year at Sheep Day in Waterloo, IL, fast becoming one of my favorite annual events, I purchased my first fiber and spindle with the intention of learning to spin. I made it through the first 8 oz of fiber pretty quickly but I never got around to the next step and ply it. Fortunately I received a Lazy Kate for Christmas and I've finally plied the singles and made "real" yarn.

I've now have four skeins that you can see get better as I went along so I am pretty happy with this for a first foray into spinning. Now, what to knit with this?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Favorite Time

I opened my door yesterday morning to one of my favorite sights; my tulips are blooming. Beautiful!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sheer Determination!

Sometimes you just can't help but admire a cat and his ability to sleep anywhere.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Right to Wear Arms

I've been spending some more time working on my sweater and I continue to love everything about it. I have decided to knit the sleeves in the round because I just don't feel the idea of seaming them. So far, so good.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bella at Rue Lafayette

I got Bella to pose for me.

Rue Lafayette

As I sit at Rue Lafayette in Lafayette Square, I can't help but admire how some people just have an "eye" when it comes to putting an eclectic group of items together in a beautiful way. I love the collection of individual and lovely items that all grouped together support a comfortable and cozy coffee shop environment. Of course it doesn't hurt that the owner's Boston Terrier Bella is the official mascot and greeter.

As for me, I'm working on a new garter rib sock with some Tofutsies from my stash. Not a bad way to spend the time while I wait for my car to be fixed.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring Forward Already?

I came outside this morning to a surprise visitor about a month earlier than usual. I guess I better spend some time cleaning up the garden beds this weekend since they've been neglected since Fall.