Sunday, August 16, 2009

Want to see something scary? I was scared shitless. I know I'm swearing, but that's the only way to adequately express how I felt.

All crapy picture thoughts aside, this is a scary mess of wool.

Thank goodness it became this!

To be quite honest, the yarn it still scares me. Most of you who know me, know that these are not my colors. The red, yes, but the yellow and orange? I swear this stuff glows in the dark. I'm not quite sure what to do with it.

I did decide to swatch it - you can see it in the picture above. I really liked the fabric that was created with the US 3 needles. The US 1 created such dense fabric, I didn't much care for it. The US 5 needles would be great for a shawl, but as you can see, the yarn overs look a bit wonkey. I'd have to swatch again with only 5s and block the bejeebus out of it before entertaining an entire project.

In the end, I'm happy that I spun it - I have 579 yards of it, and it's lace to fingering weight.

School starts tomorrow. Mini-Me will be entering the 5th grade. I'm not pleased with the thought that I will have a child in Junior High School next year, but I'm putting off dealing with that anxiety until next year.

Until then, I'll be following the sun.

(Don't get fresh with me, you know what song I'm referring to!)

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm Meeellllting!!

Seriously kids, it's 103 degrees out there. According to some super-smart web site, we've got 35% humidity. I personally think super-smart web site is wrong. Oh! And hurricane season started a bit ago. Mother Nature - 1, Megan - 0.

I will say though, that Mother Nature was very good to me this weekend. I ran away from my lovely town and went to visit a dear family down at the beach. Many kisses and hugs to them. It was a great time - NO stress, good drinks, good people and good music. Wilmington, NC has a lovely 900 seat amphitheater. Sunday night, we went and listened to Donavon Frankenreiter and Gary Jules. I opted to linkey you to sites where you could listen. Both men are very talented. And I'm a sucker for acoustic guitar. Just sayin'.

It was a great venue - I now feel the need to stalk their concert line up. Oh yes, and I went to the beach. I did not knit. Nope, no sock knitting. I don't know what came over me. Some how, I managed to survive!

Here are some pretties for you to look at!

Top left is 6 oz of BFL "Sock Stripes" from Zarzuela. Upper right is my August-September SAL Fiber from All Spun Up.

Front and center is yarn that has been named "Deep Blue." Some where (I can't remember - you know my brain is no good) someone commented that it reminded them of ice burgs in the middle of the ocean. It was spun up from that batt (here's the old post) that I so carefully and methodically planned. Although I am tickled with the results, this was a long haul project. In order to make sure that my long areas of color matched, I weighed each bobbin at the end of each color, distributing the fluff for the next color so that I had about the same amount (in weight) on each bobbin. Just so happens I did a good job - I only had about 2 yards left on one bobbin. Woot!

I enjoyed spinning this up, even though it was a pain in the ass. Although I will admit, it is a monster that I created, it has completely motivated me to master n-plying.

I hope your Monday was a good one! I'm going to prepare myself for tonight's Weeds episode. I'm still hold on to the hope and the dream that Conrad will return.