Checking the list

The first of Ball and Skein's spring show triad is this weekend's Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival.  

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Sometime before noon today I finished rewinding and labeling the yarn for this show. It's boxed and ready.  I've got to figure out a few things for the display. Signs need to be printed.  An unfinished sample is waiting next to my chair.  Such a damp, raw day.  I can't think of a better excuse to sit with my knitting, some popcorn and beer and watch an afternoon movie.  Got to get it finished.


More than one kind of gold

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The warm weather brought the end of the sugar season.  From my uneducated point of view, it is a good thing.  From all accounts, this has been a record year.  My neighbors tell me that they've boiled twice as much as most years.  Liquid gold.  

Did you know you can freeze syrup?  I put three quarts in jars to freeze and one in the fridge.

We celebrated the spectacular weather with our first bike ride of the season yesterday, a bit over 11 miles on a combination of gravel and paved roads, followed by ice cream sundaes.  Lines were long at the creamee stand.  Popular this year (not with us) is the Vermonter, vanilla ice cream with maple syrup and bacon bits.   There is a certain appeal..... 


on my needles

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When I finished my Raglanify sweater, I immediately went looking through my stash for fiber to spin for another one.  It is coming along pretty well.  I have spun and plied about 750 yd. of 3 ply yarn.  That makes me about 2/3 of the way through the spinning part of the project.  In the meantime I needed another project on the needles.  

I don't know how I missed seeing this pattern, Batak by Stephen West, when it came out.  A member of my spinning guild showed a picture of it to me last weekend.  I've wanted to make a 'pleated' project for years.  Though slightly putsy, it is an easily memorized pattern and exactly what I was looking for.  Color, an interesting technique and a carry with project easy enough to knit while having a conversation.  What's not to like?


They're coming!

Or here!

Two weeks ago it was warm, the flowering tree buds were swelling and bugs were flying around. Then the temps fell and we got 11" of snow. That melted, temps stayed down. Any little hummers that arrived early must be finding it difficult. After seeing the map, I'm putting my feeders out. Just in case. it looks like they're a week or so ahead of last year  

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In case you've forgotten, the recipe is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. I make mine in a pint glass measuring cup by measuring 1/2 c of sugar, then filling the cup to the 16 oz line. Not accurate but easy and close enough.


Blending..

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Raglanify is in the home stretch.  I'm already working on the second sleeve.  After that, there is the neck, a very few ends to be dealt with and blocking.  Despite the weather and knowing that if these warm days continue, I may not wear it until next fall; I am already planning for another.   

Last week I began pulling various fibers, dyed and otherwise, out of my stash.  The one last color that I wanted, I was lucky to find at the Wayland Market.  It isn't a very soft wool, but I wasn't planning on using a lot of it.  It works well with all of the other very soft fibers that will be carded with it.

I love blending colors and fibers.  My carder does a great job if I keep each batch at about 1.75 oz. That meant a bit of math to keep the color of my sample.  Everything had to be weighed and each batch bagged for carding.  

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I'm not sure what breed the natural is in the top left corner.  It is very soft and the color I was looking for.  When I checked the tag that was in the bag, it only gave me a weight and the animal's name.  Oh well.  Pure wool.  Then there was a bag of various fibers, floor sweepings, sort of.  I know that there is a very, very little bit of silk and some alpaca and probably something else.  The darker burgundy red is a Border Leicester.  

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I've got another 9 or so ounces to card and a lovely big bag of these.  

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Weekending

a few things..


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Saturday,  we headed to Wayland.  I've wanted to see the Winter Market there since last winter's big January storm.  I wasn't disappointed.  We ate good food, saw fiber vendors and friends,  gorgeous plants and all sorts of other goodies.  So many colors and textures! 

I got some car knitting done on the trip there and back. Before I headed up to bed, the body of my Ocean Shetland raglan was finished.  I am very impressed with the 'Raglanify' app.  It couldn't be easier to knit a sweater that is customized to your own measurements. 

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Sunday wasn't quite so much fun,  The best I can say is that I finally finished emptying the bedroom. Only the bed remains. As soon as we get some strong back help, that'll be gone and we'll start sleeping on an air mattress for a month while Chris renovates and installs a new wood floor.

I'm going to miss Downton Abbey.  


Friday's Photo(s)

Where did the week go? It's hard to believe that one week ago we were in Freeport Maine setting up our booth for the NETA SPA weekend.  It was wonderful crazy busy fun. I've been playing catch up all week.  Most of my woods time has been backyard close.  Look what I found there!

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The cats were so anxious to get out, that we headed into the woods just as the rain stopped.  

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wet color