Weekend Whirls

…spinning. At least, mine was. I spent most of Saturday and part of Sunday finishing up two hanks of roving that had been sitting in my ‘half done’ pile for way too long.

First up, I turned this:

Handpainted BFL

4oz of BFL from a vendor at Rhinebeck (Jazz ate the band so I have no idea who or what color it actually is – Kelly bought the other hank so she might be able to help…?)

Into this:

Rhinebeck BFL

268 yds of Navajo plied fingering weight.

Then I turned this:

oops I don’t have a ‘before’ photo…sorry!

The June 2007 Spunky Club offering of 4oz of BFL in ‘Tulips’ into:

Spunky Club - Tulips

190 yds of center-pull ball plied sport weight.

Regarding the center-pull ball way of plying, I found a new use for my Will Taylor lazy kate – since it has upright posts for the bobbins, it worked perfectly for my center-pull ball. I popped the ball right on one of those posts and voila! No need to get all tangled up in the ball while plying (until I reached the end and the ball wasn’t heavy enough to stay put on its own).

I also realized that I hadn’t put up all of my handspun into my Ravelry account so I dug up photos of this:

BFL - Rose Garden

4.4oz of BFL ‘Rose Garden’ bought on Ebay and spun into 618 yds of two-ply lace weight. This was completed October 30, 2006.

As usual, I don’t have a plan for any of these so they go into the basket! ;o)

Also, for those (like me) who are missing their weekly dose of Austen now that the series has ended on PBS, Jane Austen Today has a survival guide for you. ;o)

…Christmas is coming.

Remember this?

Merino/Silk 'Cranberry Bog'

Well, now it looks like this:

Merino /Silk

Fiber: 4oz of Merino/Silk found at Rhinebeck 2007

Navajo plied to 274 yards of DK-ish weight (RR has decided this is the heaviest yarn I’ve ever spun)

As soon as it’s dry, it will magically and instantaneously assume the form of an Xmess gift. ;o)

The timing of this project was perfect since last week Cynthia and I decided to get together for some Holiday spinning at a Starbucks in Avon, CT (about halfway between us). We freaked out the muggles for a few hours and she learned to Navajo ply. It was a great day – and she was doing a great job with the plying, too, considering we were sitting in what was possibly the busiest Starbucks on the East Coast.

Taking over Starbucks - Next, the World!

I’ll leave it up to her to post pictures of her yarn (especially since I didn’t take any photos of it). ;o)

First let me say one thing. YAY SOX!!!!

Okay I’m done.

Last Monday, RR had a day off so we decided to take a short day trip to Vermont for apples, possibly some wine and to see the views:

No Parking

Scenic

Impala

I know, more autumn color, are you guys sick of it yet? …moving on.

I also wanted to share a photo from the Fire Department’s Steak Dinner that took place last Sunday:

Hotties at the Steak Dinner ;o)

(the guy on the Left is RR) …finally, I did a bit of spinning this weekend:

Spinning !

That’s it for now! Hope you all had a great weekend!

I may have neglected to mention that I am a member of the Spunky Club – every month I get a package from Amy with a lovely new colorway. So far I have received three packages and this weekend I finally finished the first one:

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I can’t remember what kind of fiber this is and can’t find the card that came with it (I suck, I know…sorry) however I do remember that the colorway is ‘Strawberry Fields’ and I managed to get about 300 yds of sport-ish weight 2-ply yarn out of the 4oz. Ain’t it purty? ;o)

I also finished another pair of socks but there is absolutely no sunshine here today so no photos of those yet.

In other really cool news, Jessie (who is very much a Rockin’ Girl Blogger) has named lil ole me as a

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It has taken me a couple of days but I managed to whittle down five RGB’s out of the 300+ blogs on my Bloglines. Here they are in no particular order:

Cynthia gets me. Really, really gets me. ;o) Now if only she would post more often…hehe

Sandy – how could I not list a fellow Brian Regan fan? I won at the staring at the sun game!!! *grin*

Bev – Rockin’ girl, rockin’ hubby (who KNITS, people – and has his own stash!), rockin’ dog and sends a mean postcard…what more can I say? I just wish she still lived in NYC so we could hang together more often :o(

Scout is totally fearless. She’s built up a successful company from nothing and is willing to IM me first thing in the morning with bookkeeping questions before I’ve finished my first cuppa. See what I mean? Fearless.

Last but definitely not least we have Carole.  Another fellow knitblogger who ‘gets’ me.  The one thing we have in common that not many other knitbloggers have is hoopskirts and time travel.  We’ve both experienced Civil War Reenacting and not only lived to tell about it but enjoyed it ;o)

Trust me, this was not an easy list.  There are so many amazing bloggers out there it was very difficult for me to pick only five.  :o(

My Birthday was a very special one this year. Dobby wrote a great post (thank you all for your wonderful Birthday wishes!) and RR decided to surprise me with a trip to NYC for the day to pick out and buy a new camera. Yep, a new camera! I’m so psyched! I’ve been wanting to upgrade my photography equipment and as soon as I said ‘DSLR’ to RR he reminded me that he has wanted to purchase such a thing since last year. I guess I just wasn’t ready to hear it yet ;o) (Camera was a gift from both RR and my ‘rents – thanks to all! Oh and we went with the Pentax because it has shake reduction (something the Rebel doesn’t have) and all our lenses fit this camera which means I don’t have to go out and buy a new zoom lens)

So today has been spent taking pictures with the new toy. Puppy still doesn’t like to stay still – and she jumps every time she hears the shutter go ‘clickety’.

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My new STR order came in on Saturday – just in time for my Birthday!

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From front to back that’s Foo Foo, a 2nd skein of Firebird, Space Dust, Calico and Minestone. Individual photos are in my Flickr Stash Set if you’re curious.

Finally, I’ve been spinning a bit this weekend with my other new toy – in addition to Amelia, that is:

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That’s right, I got me a Wooly Winder! W00t! The fiber there is Superwash Merino in Blue Suede Shoes from Crown Mountain Farms. I’ve spun up about 2oz – 6 more to go! (I kept this picture at a larger resolution – go ahead and click…the detail is so. cool.)
On a ‘Muggle Scaring’ note – Jess (aka FreckleGirl) mentioned on her blog that Ravelry was mentioned on Tech Crunch. If you are in the mood to do a shout-out for knitter power head on over to this post and say hello. ;o) Just be sure to take a couple of deep breaths before hitting the ‘submit’ key on a narsty comment – some of the non-knitter comments are a little infuriating.

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