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Gifts

The gifts are flying off the needles right now. Most I can’t post about quite yet, but these two are gifts that were already given away the other week. I made both our midwives as a thank you for all they did in helping our family to have the homebirth of our dreams.

The first is the morning sun scarf from Spin Off Summer 2008:
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MAJOR scare before I gave this to her. Both our midwives were here for our final follow-up appointment. Midwife #1 was admiring Spinner’s longies, when Midwife #2 said she wished should could knit them, but she had developed a wool allergy and couldn’t wear or knit with it anymore!! Immediately I thought of her scarf sitting on the table in a gift bag….what do I do??? Yikes!! Then I remembered it was knit with Atacama Araucania… alpaca!!! I chanced it, gave it to her, and she loved it. She reported back later that she wore it all day and not and itch!

This was a quick knit. There is a similar free pattern on Ravelry if you’re interested.

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Next up, for my other midwife, is the Crown Mountain superwash merino I had shown you on the wheel a few weeks ago. I plied it up and it ended up being somewhere between a worsted and bulky weight; maybe a size 9 needle? It turned out lovely and pretty even. A few thick or thin sports here or there but mostly the same thickness. And the color was so nice. I wish it had been sunnier when I photographed it.

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Both of these women are such generous, amazing people. I couldn’t imagine going through another pregnancy and birth without them!

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A gift

I can’t wait to finish this up and give it to a very special recipient:
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Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino, “Crocodile Walk.”
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37.5

Weeks that is.  We’re hoping baby gives us at least one more week so Little Man can get through his first few days of kindergarten (which starts Thursday! Yes, I’m freaking out just a bit…..)

Normally I would be thinking w still had at least a week or more, but we had a false alarm Sunday night, with contractions five minutes apart all night long…enough to get the Skeptic to set up the birth tub and warrant a 3:30am call to our midwife. But they fizzled out late in the morning. However, baby has dropped and is definitely thinking about it. My contractions have picked up again tonight, on and off, so only baby really knows! 🙂

Anyway, now’s the time to take a guess! Boy or girl? Birthday? (Due date is 9/18 but both my boys were early by a week or so).

I may or may not post again until after the birth. Probably not, unless baby is fooling me and plans to hang around a few more weeks. I’ll leave you with the last soakers I made along with the last spinning I’ve done. A little more fiber before it’s all baby, all the time for awhile!

Picky Pants and Curly Purly soaker, made with yarn from Western Sky Knits:
Soakers
Spinner’s Web, Promethean:
Promethan, Spinners Web

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So no critters in the grass box (yet!). So far the table has also become a desk for his research. I’m digging having this little Scientist in the family.

Speaking of Little Man….. (I kind of like the Scientist, hmmm…..he’s been growing out of his nickname lately too since he’s so darn big!) Anyway, I was putting Knittykid down for his nap yesterday when all of a sudden I hear Little Man screaming at the top of his lungs, “Hey you, stop that!!! You stop that right now! STOOOOPP ITTTT!!!!”

Now this is a kid who’s known to freak out at construction workers for making too much noise, or yell at the landscapers next door because they were cutting down the vines, so I wasn’t too worried. But I did hightail it to the window to see what the offense was.

The offender? Some poor woman spraying weed killer all over the neighbors lawn. As I looked out she was nervously placing the Do not walk on the grass or you and you loved ones will suffer from all sorts of nasty diseases sign (yeah, I’m biased. I hate that junk, especially when it’s being sprayed ten feet from my kid). Apparently I’ve over educated Little Man on the evils of all non-organic lawn care. We had to have a little talk about it, explaining that yes, weed killer is bad for people, bad for the planet, but screaming at strangers will not help solve the problem and is generally considered bad manners.

So in Little Man’s honor, here is a link to our favorite organic lawn care stuff, just in case you are now wondering a bit more about it: Gardens Alive. Which reminds me, I need to place an order!

Since Fridays are technically supposed to be for spinning around here, I’ll show off my Spinner’s Web Rosa for you today. It’s closer to a bulky weight this time, but so lovely. I didn’t realize the pictures were so blurry when I took them, but you can still see the lovely oranges and purples blended in with the pink. I finished it up last week.
Spinner's Web "Rosa"

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Super Fast Shepherd’s Harvest

I need to be quick about this post tonight, so I’ll get right to the info!

As usual, Shepherd Harvest was a blast. The guys always take me there for Mother’s Day; you can’t beat that! The day was sunny but the wind was so cold, and for some reason it made me in a hurry to get through everything. A cold day I can handle, but a cold wind? Brrrrrr…..

I hit the Spinner’s Web booth:
Spinner's web yellows
Spinner's Web browns
Spinner's Web greens

Handspun by Stephania:
Handspun by Stephania
Handspun by Stephania

River’s Edge Weaving Studio:
River's Edge Weaving studio

Hidden Valley Farm
Hidden Valley Farm

And of , a vendor I forgot. Do you recognize this fiber? (She had a bunch of huge bins, lots of stuff with handspun samples of each one.)
Mystery Vendor

And, Little Man making friends with a lamb. (Knittykid was hanging out in the backpack). This shepherd seemed to be the only friendly one in the barn. How is it that the vendors are so nice, but you head out to the animals and their people are so darn grumpy? Is it just me?
Little Man and the lamb

I didn’t buy any yarn this year…a first, I think. I was fiber focused!!!

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Spinning Friday

The flu has been officially kicked out of our house, thank goodness. The Skeptic got a little sick and the boys were amazingly flu-free. So I can actually bring you a real post today!

I present to you my Loop batt, all spun up and ready to go. Earth Goddess is the colorway.

Loop and the boys

Loop

I really struggle with getting a good picture taken while the boys are around. Knittybaby dumped a bag of chips all over the carpet while this second one was being taken. Not helpful when you’re trying to take an in-focus picture without the flash.

I’m pretty happy with how this yarn turned out. It’s about a heavy worsted for the most part, with the occasional thick spot. But better consistency than I’ve had before and the batt was fun to spin.

Tomorrow is March first, which starts a fun but busy two months for us. All  four of us will have our birthdays to celebrate, which means it will be contest time soon, so keep your eyes open!

Enjoy a wonderful weekend everyone. I’m getting in the mood for spring, so I’m looking forward to some warms temps here in Minnesota. Martha’s gardening issue has me inspired….

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Spinning Friday

Remember these?

Now they are these:
merino

heathered

No time to say more for today. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Spinning Saturday

So it was not in the cards last night to post. The Skeptic was at work, and I fell asleep with the boys and did not wake up until 10:30. By then it was all I could do to find my knitting and grab a cup of tea so that my night was not completely lost. I did finish up one mitered mitten (but I’m not thrilled with it) and caught up on Eastenders.

So what about spinning, then? The Loop batt still waits next to my wheel and the camera is in process of repair, so let’s talk spinning books this morning.

When I was going on my Christmas gift money spending spree, I came across a new spinning book, Creative Spinning.For only $10 I couldn’t pass it up, and I’d say it’s well worth the money.

The authors give good basic instructions on spinning. This is the sort of book that would have been helpful after I took my first spinning class. Just enough information to get you going, but not too much to complicate things (although I’m not sure it would be a good match for a beginner who is trying to teach themself, you might need more infomation). They also include a little section on spinning novelty yarns, plying to make diamond, boucle, marled, or other yarns.

While part one is helpful for beginners, part two is the best part of the book (although for more advanced spinners): thirty yarns to admire or spin yourself. The authors did a great job of presenting each one, showing the fibers, the yarn, and what it looks like when knit. There is a nice mix of fiber, everything from Wensleydale to bamboo. My only beef is that there is no resource page at the back. When I went to look for where they got all those beautiful fibers, there was not a word. That part was disappointing, but otherwise it’s a great book.

Other spinning books that I noticed coming out are:
Intertwined
A Fine Fleece

Start Spinning

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Spinning Friday

On my wheel today? Loop Earth Goddess. Take some time to enjoy all her photos, but beware, if you don’t spin yet, this could be the breaking point for you.

This is my first time spinning from a batt, and it’s taken some getting used to. But I love this fiber, soft, beautiful, with sparklies!!!! What’s not to love?

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Spinning Friday

Oh how I wish I had my camera. I’ve been busy spinning, like a bit of a madwoman actually, and I’ve got tons to show off. Parts have been ordered from Darn Toothy Sam* and we will soon see if the Skeptic will be able to add digital camera repair to his long list of “Stuff I Have Taught Myself How To Fix.” He’s a clever guy when it comes to anything with wires so I have high hopes.

On to spinning: I have spun this lovely merino

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into some pretty, citrus colored yarn that is again, bulky weight. But a smoother bulky. I’m getting there.

And this pretty heathered roving

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is now also a bulky weight yarn.

My consistency is getting better. Although the yarn is still a bulky weight, it isn’t super bulky and I don’t have so many think and thin places. And I have a plan.

Justify.

I adore this pattern. It’s perfect for all the four ounce hunks of fiber I’ve got that all seem to be in the same color range. (Don’t worry, the citrus is not going with the purple. I’ve got other plans for that).  I’ll be making one with purples and greens, although I’m not sure I’ll go with the mobius. I might just do a similar style shawl. I like the look of the mobius but I’m always afraid it might be annoying to wear, always falling down, you know? We’ll see.

We will be at below zero temps this weekend. I will be wearing all my wool. At once. Knitters live for this, right?

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