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Snow Day Productivity

Now that we’ve emerged from our recent bout of crazy winter weather, it kind of feels like it was just a bad dream.
We’ve snapped back to our usual cool raininess, so that’s a relief, and I was able to make good woolly use of the couple of snow days I got due to inclement weather closures at work!

This little woven piece was inspired by Donna Schoonover’s Cotswold Lock Rug.I started a couple of years ago, but I hadn’t been back to the loom for a while. The unexpected time off and general icky-ness outside provided just the right impetus to get-er-done.

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The locks are from Griff, who I lost last spring, so the piece has kind of turned into a memorial of sorts. He had the most beautiful locks- long and crimpy with curly sunbleached tips. I think that I am going to turn it into a wall hanging, perhaps for my office.

I also got to work on spinning up some “Faux-berball”, my worsted-weight take on my favorite commercial yarn, Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy. I haven’t done much dyeing recently, and so didn’t have a lot of crazy colors poised and ready to participate in this project, so I decided to go with indigo and naturals.

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I tried to wind it into a cool little muffin like the original to show off the colors shifts, but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it by hand, so here is another shot to show the progression-

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It’s probably a little bit underspun, but it’s really nice and lofty. Should be fun to knit with.

This is February

It’s still winter outside.

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But inside, I’m thinking of Spring.

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It won’t be long until we’re pruning fruit trees

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Shearing sheep

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And planning this year’s garden

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(I sure hope April looks like that again this year!)

February is also prime spinning time.
I’m just about done working up blended batts into singles,

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and I’m playing with the idea of a faux-Zauberball type yarn, but in a worsted or aran weight.
Because, wouldn’t that be awesome?!

Just Because

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Zauberball.

I am powerless to resist Zauberball.

And you can never have too many cool socks.

So there you go.

Still not quite ready to resume Autumn’s End.
It was going fine, but I’m at that point where the body gets joined to the arms and the yoke shaping starts (in an overall lace pattern) And I don’t have enough available memory (or attention span) to process that right at the moment.

For now I’m content to watch the colors change as I K2 P1 over the next 7 inches of cuff.

Almost Expo Time!

Just a reminder that next Saturday is the WSU Country Living Expo in Stanwood.

So I have to get myself organized! Wool to play with, carders, combs, wheel(s)?, wheel first aid kit, etc etc.
I’ll have the subaru pretty well stuffed I think.

My one regret in signing up to do five sessions of classes is that I won’t have any time to go any other classes myself.
But it’s always fun to talk to folks about wool and get people started spinning, so it should be a great day.

In other news, I’ve expanded my Etsy offerings to include some yarn- selected groupings of coordinated shades both naturals and dyed/blended of about 5 ounces each. Enough for a hat, cowl or other small project.

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Have a great week!