Look! Two posts in a week! Do you think this means I'm getting my blog post mojo back, or do you think this means I'll disappear again for the next two weeks? It's anybody's guess...
I will definitely be disappearing for the weekend, as I'm off on one of my language trips, starting with the lovely long drive through the Mojave tomorrow morning at 5:30, to Tehachapi. I'll spend the weekend at a language camp, working on learning verbs and lots and lots of verbal endings. Think verbal thoughts for me, if you please.
As I mentioned in my last post (and thank you for the woodworking compliments; I appreciated all of them, and I am happy to report that the sanded-away bits of my hands are starting to grow more skin -- hooray for the human body!), I have been spinning and knitting this last week. Last night I cast off the scarf that I've been working on for a friend's birthday. She doesn't read the blog, so I can show you the in-progress shot I took (and I'll show blocking shots once I have those).
That's a Pear and Trellis scarf (I can't remember the yarn, complete details next time; all I know is that it's a new yarn over at Yarning For You, and that the only way I could justify buying both of the skeins I fell in love with was to agree to myself that I'd give one of them away). I was worried that the colors would be too busy with the pattern, but I think that once it's blocked, it's going to be all right -- the strong vertical lines of the pattern will help to clean things up.
I've also been spinning. I think I mentioned that I'm working on my long-draw technique, and I practiced with all of the fiber from the class I took in Ohio, ending up with this skein (plus the ones I showed before):
That's a three-ply, with one ply of merino, one of something that I think I recall is Cormo, and one of a camel/silk blend. They were all fun to spin, but I have to say that I adored the Merino -- mmmm..... It's still not even, but it's getting better, and, as I tell the girls, practice makes perfect, right? So I cast about my fiber stash, trying to find something that might work spun up this way, and my eye fell upon the 16 oz of stunningness that is a bump of BFL from Briar Rose.
I decided that it's just silly to keep saving things for when I get "good enough", and I set to it.
I am loving the way this is spinning up. That bobbin is now completely full, and I'm on to another one. I need to decide whether this will be a three-ply (which results in a more even yarn), or a two-ply (which results in more yarn). But I have time to think about it as I spin. As I spent all day yesterday getting the girls' back-to-school shopping done and taking them to a movie, I think I deserve a little time at the wheel this morning, don't you?