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March, 2009

March 30, 2009

Various Knitterly Things

Well, knitting and spinning, actually.  Recently, I attended a workshop offered by the spin guild.  The instructor was Patsy Zawistoski and the topic was spinning American "luxury" fibers.  I learned a lot and reinforced quite a bit of knowledge, most important being that I really love spinning alpaca.  We learned about the various fibers, best ways to prep and spin them.  My sample sheet:

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Some small, individual sample skeins:

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Huacaya alpaca

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and Suri alpaca, both very soft.

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Buffalo down.  Not very soft, really!  There is extremely soft Buffalo down available, which is very expensive.  The coarser hairs are removed, leaving the soft, fluffy down.  This sample is the complete fiber carded so it's a bit scratchy.  It was very nice to spin, though, and would make a nice outer sweater, not next-to-skin.

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This sample is not from the workshop but was given to me by a friend.  It's Gotland wool, native to New Zealand.  Gotland wool was used to weave the cloaks worn by the Fellowship in the Lord of the Rings movies.  It's not very soft, either but has a beautiful sheen to it and I love spinning it. 

Yesterday, some of my Sunday knitting group took a field trip to the city.  Franklin Habit was signing his book, It Itches at Knitty City

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Franklin read two essays from his book, chatted a bit and then signed books for the assembled group.  We had a wonderful time

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knitting and spinning away, of course.

Lastly, here's a work in progress.

Sweater for Liz's grandson

A baby sweater for my cousin's grandson.  Cute!  It looks like blue and gray but the gray is actually a nice olive green.

March is drawing to a close and, although spring is here, it's starting to feel warmer a little at a time.  I have lots to keep me busy, crafting, Lorelai, teaching ASL class two nights a week.  That's my life at the moment.

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March 18, 2009

Purls of Wisdom

"Like drawing, painting, or writing, knitting is a creative act, and as such is frequently regarded as a frivolous or silly way to spend time. Much of humanity thinks that satisfying the human urge to create is not really importantócertainly not as important as real jobs or efforts, like banking or wiring electricity. All of us would do well to remember that the decline of arts and creativity in a civilization (as well as the decline of support for those things) has historically indicated the beginning of the epic fall of that culture. Remember that creativity and art define civilizations . . . and then pass me that scarf Iím working on. Iím saving us all." - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

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March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's the wearing of the green day, even though the Honigs had the corned beef and cabbage dinner last Saturday evening.  Tonight's menu is chicken but I'll still be wearing my green and, if I get moving, I can make another soda bread, at least.

So, let me see.  What's new.  Hmm.  Some pictures of the lovely Lorelai.

 Lorelai's crown

 Princess Lorelai

Including a video:

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Aww, cute!

I finished the morning surf scarf.

 Morning surf scarf

 Morning surf scarf

and made a cardigan on the knitting machine.

 finished knit cardigan

I knit a hat, scarf and mittens from handspun.

 finished scarf

 Handspun romney

I know there was something else I was going to say but...I'm having a senior moment, apparently.

Until next time, when my memory returns...

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