Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Wonderful Wacky Wednesday

Despite the fact that it's been over a week since I posted again (whoops), today is a good day. My girls are home, which makes them very happy. Their school was closed due to illness. I guess yesterday, there were 12 teachers sick and over 100 students. Wow. Everyone stay home and get better, (and quit breathing your icky germs on each other) k?
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We are in another nasty weather pattern. Warm yesterday with rain, which transformed during the night to FREEZING temps, nasty winds, and blowing and drifting snow. The roads are a mess and there are tons of schools closed for weather too. NOT my favorite kind of weather, but I didn't have to go to work right? Bonus! (I would show you a picture, but it looks mostly the same as last time, but with blowing snow.)
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On to the goodies! Handspun! The real thing. Woot!

My own yarn. I did all the spinning myself. Can ya tell I am a little proud? This is before washing.

And here, on my spiffy new niddy noddy. (My kids think that word is so funny.)

Do these look okay? (Be kind.) If you think they're really horrible, don't tell me.

The first skein is 156 grams/about 410 yds. The smaller one is 74 grams/220 yds. I have no clue what I will make with them, but I am just geeked that I can make something with actual YARN that I made myself.
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I have been working on another pair of Thumbelina socks. These are for Cath, in her Monterey yarn. This stuff knits up beautifully. Fast too! Sometimes it's so fun to knit a fast pair. This sock only took two days, and a lot of that time I had major distractions. Parker was home sick, doing some spinning, charting a new pattern.....yeah, I've been a little busy.
Forgive me for trying them on Cath. They look so much better on a foot. I really didn't want to take it off. They're so soft! (How fast can you dye me some Vino in this yarn hehe?)
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I think these will be very comfortable. I hope she enjoys wearing them as much as I am enjoying knitting them for her. I am almost finished writing the pattern for these. It seems like I have been working on it forever. Oh well, that's how some of them go.
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Brodie has been enjoying having us home so much. With the kids sick and the weather forcing us to stay home more, he loves all the attention.....and nap time.

Yesterday he chose the vacuum hose. Dork.

18 comments:

Kniterella said...

I'm not an expert, but I think your yarn looks fabulous. The true test to me is - could you knit something with it? Yes! Great job.

Kat said...

Lisa - that yarn is just gorgeous!!! I love it!! Bring it next Tuesday to spinning!!!

shell said...

Lisa- your yarn turned out great - just remember -- its HAND SPUN not something machine made. Yours has life and texture - something the commercial stuff doesn't.
I think you are doing a fantastic job on it! Keep up the great spinning.

Maia said...

Your handspun looks lovely. Handspun is such a joy isn't it?

Brodie is so cute! And resourceful. The perfect dog bed as it involves something you use so it must be special.

BTW, I have had to emails to you bounce. I've double checked the email address. Maybe because I'm using my new email: maia AT tactilefiberarts DOT com?

kmckiernan said...

Your handspun is beautiful - so light and even, and the colorway is gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

Your handspun is gorgeous! It really looks good - very even and consistent, and I love the color!

Karen said...

Your handspun is just lovely! You got some really good yardage from it too. I can't wait to see what you decide to make with it. I love knitting with handspun!

Opal said...

Your yarn is gorgeous! And Brodie is a hoot curled up in that vacuum hose!

shell said...

Oh Lisa--- I just gave you an award, come see what it is on my blog!

sjmercure said...

The yarn is gorgeous and the dork comment is too funny!

Robbyn said...

Lisa - your yarn is pure-D gorgeous! I grant that I don't see a lot of homespun yarn but it looks great!

Sharon said...

I think the yarn is absolutely stunning! Well done!!

Julie said...

He may be a dork, but he's a damn cute dork!

Your handspun is GORGEOUS! Great job!

tiennie said...

That yarn is gorgeous! So is the sock.

AlisonH said...

Gorgeous yarn! And that puppy made me laugh out loud. I thought dogs were supposed to be afraid of vacuum cleaners...

Marguerite said...

Not an expert on handspun, but it looks wonderful to me. I could be very happy knitting something with that pretty yarn.

The picture of Brodie is priceless. Isn't it amazing the places they find to sleep?

My dogs would never select a vacuum hose, though. When I vacuum, they all run into the back bedroom and I kindly shut the door for them until I'm done.

My errands for the week are all done during this thaw period. Now it can snow some more. As long as the power stays on, I'm happy to sit home and knit.

Beth said...

It's fab and now I want to touch it. And those socks....!!!!

talullahsworld said...

I've been spinning for about 3 years now ( I am by no means an expert) and I am going to be completely honest about your hand spun....

Lisa, it looks soft, fluffy and fairly uniform! It doesn't look like you over spun the singles or when plying at all You've made some really beautiful yarn there and I know you will enjoy knitting with it!!!

Great job!