Startitis Update.

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Well, I did succumb, but seem to have fought it off. I got my handspun Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief done.


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As well as PurlyMan's Craftsy.com knit along. Thanks Frank.


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Let's not forget, I got Toad in the Creek done too, though you can't tell by this picture. I need to get something better now that it's blocked.


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But then I stalled out on finishing up started items. Not because I fell back in to the startitis, for it does seem to be over though not due to any heroic recovery on my part. Rather due to spring being here and I've been to busy in the yard dealing with new growth. Some of this growth is as hoped for, and some such as dandelions and the encroaching wild ginger are looked upon with dread and a grit toothed steel jaw of determination as I yank them by their roots.

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The clematis are up, the onion flowers adn getting ready to burst and the new trees are showing signs they weathered their first winter well. And of course, that means we're busy with all the things spring entails. Including spay and neuter clinics.


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New foster dogs regarding lots of work with rehabilitating them for successful adoption.


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And cleaning up the mess that these kids can create in a house surrounded by a "spring filled" yard.


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Really, how much cottonwood detritus can one dog coat track onto my floors? The answer? When you're as fluffy as Tucker, it may not be quantified.

Regardless to the fact that I've been barely knitting which means my Autumn Leaves Stole will not be done in time to go to the retreat, I have been doing some spinning. Not much mind you, but I got this done.


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It was my first real try at long draw and I think it's okay in the end. Frigg'n brilliant compared to my very first spun items when I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Considering I still had never done this technique, it's a usable and fairly consistent yarn (170yds DK woolen style), though my shoulder complained and I doubt this will be a regular spinning style for me. I'm getting old and my poor body reminds me of how hard I was on it in my youth.


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My shoulder decided to remind me of a kayaking accident that almost killed me. It sucks when life in general reminds you that you're more fragile than you think, but to be reminded of such moments doesn't help either.

But with all that said, and the dreadful heat that has descended upon us here so early and is most likely a portent of a long, dry, blistering summer I am glad to be free of the wind whipping "winter" of Wyoming. ANd I have friends that are close enough to let me use their ass as a pillow.


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Can you say the same?

Comments

Thomasknits's picture

What type of fiber is that

What type of fiber is that that you spun long-draw? And what preparation? Rolags, from the fold, etc?

Looks gorgeous. I tried some long-draw, but couldn't get the hang of it because I was trying it on a longer staple fiber, with a commercial preparation (I tried making it into pretend rolags, but alas still not grabby enough).

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It was a Romney mix of a

It was a Romney mix of a commercial prep.

Nehkhasi's picture

Brass and Steam Kerchief,

Brass and Steam Kerchief, Toad in Creek, Doggies cute, especially the little white one, Newly spun yarn.... All Beautiful! :-)

AKQGuy's picture

Tank was adorable and such a

Tank was adorable and such a trooper about getting neutered. If I could have as many dogs as I wanted both he and a little guy named Aussie would have come home with me. Alas, I am not a hoarder, thankfully.

As for the projects I had a hand in making, thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

Nehkhasi's picture

:-)

:-)

KenInMaine's picture

Thanks for sharing your

Thanks for sharing your recent activities with us. The pics are great...I especially like the "Toad in the Creek." Beautiful colorful choice!

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Thank you. That is actually a

Thank you. That is actually a pattern I "Re-created" when I had seen it and didn't know the name of it to try to find on Ravelry. The yarn is a wonderful two ply from Gypsy Wool in Boulder called Kona.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great bit of posting, Q.

Great bit of posting, Q. Love the yarn you spun up with long draw. It's an interesting technique but it's been so long since I spun on a wheel that I can't remember if I used that all the time or something similar to my draw for drop spindles. Thanks for sharing photos of the kids, too.

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Thanks Joe. Hope the rest of

Thanks Joe. Hope the rest of knit night was fun last night after I hit the road.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

We had a good time but it

We had a good time but it didn't have the same flair once you left. Oh well, makes us appreciate your input all the more when you can stay. Hope you had a nice evening at home with the family.