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Friday, April 29, 2011

One More Week Remains ...

...Until Maryland Sheep and Wool! I'm so excited ...This will be my fourth time at the S&W. I hope to find a phang or Russian spindle, and some pretty stitch markers (need to have lots for all the WIPs), and a shawl pin or two. I have a few dozen plastic stitch markers, but just lately I've been wanting the prettier dangley ones that look like they could be earrings. So that is on my list.

And fiber. Lots of fiber. I have spun up everything from last year's S&W, except the camel, which is a bit tedious. I still have fiber, of course, because I'm an Etsy floozy, but it's not the same as walking into the gates at the fairgrounds, and making a beeline for my favorite vendor and fondling everything in sight.

So aside from gardening, what have I been doing? 

The spinning wheel kept giving me hurt looks every time I walked past her, so I finally sat down and indulged her.

There, satisfied? Some yeller merino. I liked the color better before I spun it up. I think it's a bit harsher yellow now that it's spun and plied, but I bought eight ounces of the stuff. I think it will be nice to knit with in December or January, when everything is so gray and yukky.

Here is a new WIP, the Wisteria Arbor Shawl from "Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders." Right now it just looks like a fish tail, I think.

The yarn is some of my favorite handspun, but I don't recall the details right now. I have three different shades of dark red from three different sources. I'm going to hopefully use it all up on this project. The pattern is meant to be lacy, so you're supposed to use a light weight yarn ... I don't know if I can fit 256 stitches of this heavy yarn on my needle! 

The perpetual bunting. I think we established on my last post that there is no way this is fitting that wee tiny child any time soon.

Yeah. Maybe next November, William. I do like how he's holding my hand in this photo. Isn't he adorable? I get to see him tonight, but another friend will be there and she'll probably hog him all night, because she hasn't seen him yet and I've seen him twice, when he was born, and when he was not quite two days old. He's very snuggly and he makes the cutest squeaking noises. And of course, stinky diapers, but I don't have to mess with that. Heh.

And finally ... a much anticipated event. The Falling of the Fence. Here it is in my front yard, in all it's dilapidated glory.

I don't think it had too many more years in it.

I was trying to wait to post till the new fence is up -- it's underway right now! But the yard is going to be a mess and I won't want a picture of that on my blog, no matter how nice the new fence. Maybe by next posting, I'll have the yard cleaned up and the garden in (finally). Then it will be picture-worthy.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday, everyone! Thanks, Andrea, for being such a great hostess!


  1. Spinning is just magic to me! It does seem you've had a busy week. Can't wait to see the new fence.

    Oh, and my stitch guide also says the Catherine's Wheel is for advanced crocheters, but I honestly don't think it's that difficult. I'd put it in the intermediate range.

  2. oooh, I agree, I like the roving yellow better than the yarn but I am sure you will find a way to knit it up into something beautiful. Maybe overdye it?

    The bunting is so huge compared to that sweet baby. I just love those little fingers.

    Enjoy the festival...one day I hope to go.

    happy fiber arts friday!

  3. Ohhh, you got me thinking about the Estes Park Wool Market which is in about 5 weeks. Yay, that makes me happy. :-)

    I like a good bright yellow... in small doses, it can be perfect.

  4. Have fun at Maryland Sheep & Wool, I'll make it there some day, it's on my list! Great projects as always!!!

  5. How fun! I wish I lived closer to MD so I could go to MDSW! I'll just have to make do with my local, much smaller, fiber fest! :)



  6. Great photos, I love the yellow, but I love most yellow things... I had a fence just like this that came down last year!

  7. You have been a busy gal! That bunting is gorgeous!! Have a great time at MS&W!

  8. I got to my spinning wheel this week too - actually had DUST on it, which is sort of awful.
    Looking forward to our upcoming sheep and wool festival (Shepherd's Harvest) - have fun at MDSW!


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