Sunday, August 30, 2009
Spinning and Other Stuff
Siobhan came home Friday and spent the night here, and then we went to Mom's and baked, knitted and spun. I got a nice drop whorl spindle at Wool and Co. in Geneva a few weeks ago. It is much nicer and easier to use than the smaller bottom whorl spindle I have. Since I had 8 ounces of merino that I had cleaned and carded I have been working on spinning that up. I have most of it done now. I also have 8 ounces of wool that Sio got me from a lady who raises sheep in Newfoundland. I carded just a bit and spun it up, too, and it's very nice. I might dye the merino, I haven't decided yet.
I finished the shawl I had been working on for the last couple of weeks and got Sio to model it for me. This was a really easy pattern from the Lion Brand site, and the yarn was a wool/mohair/acrylic blend called Rainbow Wool from yarn Bee that I got at Hobby Lobby. I really liked the pattern, although it got a little pricey since the wool was $6 a ball, and I needed 4. It actually could use another repeat of the pattern to make it a little longer but I bought all the yarn in that dye lot that Hobby lobby ahd and I don't know if they orderd more or if it will be the same dye lot.
I baked bread and Sio made toutons and a cake, and brought her laundry home to be done. She was going to drive her car back to school with her but decided to do it next week instead. It's really not far, just over 50 miles. There is a train to Elburn, too, and she could drive to the station; leave her car, and come home just for the day if she wanted to, or I could take the train out there. There is a yarn shop in downtown DeKalb that I haven't been to yet and it will be fun to go there. I do miss her, and it's nice to know she isn't very far away.