Friday, February 17, 2012

My Return to Planet Earth

I can't believe it. It's been almost six weeks since my last confession, uh, blog post! It seems like a million years since I've touched base, but it's gone by in a nanosecond. What happened to all those days in between? Well, for one thing, we've had unusual winter weather. In January, temps were in the 40s and even 50s with lots and lots of fog and some beautiful mornings with hoar frost.
During my blogging blackout, I've been spinning a flurry of custom orders. A little bit of everything from bulky weight alpaca to a nylon blend. Currently, I've been spinning some fantastic Jacobs sheep roving for a customer. Now, I am not a fan of "barber pole" yarns at all. You know, yarns with one light ply and one dark play. It's just too stark looking for my taste. So, when a customer asked me to spin some for her recently, truth be told, I almost didn't do it.  Of course, I loved that a customer not only asked for some custom spinning, but basically designed the yarn herself. How could I say "no" to that!?
Good-bye my lovely ragg yarn. I will miss you, good friend!
Because she selected a natural gray for the light ply and a natural brown/black for the dark play, it turned out to be more of a ragg-type yarn. And, oh my! I ended up loving this yarn. It's too bad I have to mail it out today. I'd like to look and touch it a little bit longer. I even have the perfect project in mind for this yarn. Me. Mine. Boo hoo!

When I am not spinning, I am obsessing over t-shirt yarn a rather unhealthy way. I've even taken a few projects to bed with me. Just one more stitch, I swear!

I asked my husband what he thought of the hot pads (below). He said: "They're great. If you like those colors." That was almost the right answer.

In non-related fiber matters, I've been watching my baby chicks grow by leaps and bounds. Remember those cute little faces?
Well, they are about 4 1/2 months old now and huge! However, they haven't grasped the concept of FREE RANGE yet. We like to pasture raise our chickens, but the girls seem to prefer socializing with the humans and dogs.
Giving new meaning to backyard chickens!
So that's my life in a nutshell! I know you think I spend my days frolicking in the pasture with the sheep and my nights knitting by the woodstove with one (or two) glasses of wine. When in reality, I'm dodging little chicken "gems" left behind on the deck and awaiting the arrival of more feathered friends next month!


  1. Glad you're back to earth. I have to work tomorrow but if I get out early enough I plan to stop by the winter market in IC. Maybe I'll see you there.

  2. The ragg yarn is really really nice! And I didn't know you could get nylon fibers to hand spin (but what I don't know about spinning...)

    Ellie (who just woke up) and I like the container with the flowers!