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Ah, Summer is beckoning to me to get out of doors and enjoy the nature that took all spring to grow. The berry patches show off there abundance with pride.

What do I have in mind for these beauties? Well, tarts, of course!

Ripen, dammit, ripen!

MulberryRaspberry

I have never put these two together but I see now that my love for berries and my knit projects influence each other by way of color schemes. Just look here at my Arrowroot Shawl

Greyfell has approved of the new chair and demonstrates suggested lounging style.

My good friend, Ash, gifted us this chair. After hours of the cats trying to catapult from the surface with many failed attempts (thus causing it to be knocked completely off its base and to the floor spilling food dishes, etc.) drowsiness takes over and weary bones settle in for a long nap.

( and no nap is complete without a cuddly companion – Greyfell’s stuffed tabby cat )

Here I am this morning..after only 4.5 hours of sleep, knowing that I should at least catch another hour, but the coffee is strong and Ravelry is always on!

Why did I stay up so late?
Well to ply handspun yarn of course! This is called “Stormy Side” and after plying it with a sportweight wool blend from my stash, it still lives up to its name. I was impatient and took the yarn from the spindle to ply resulting in only 45 yards spun! BaH!

I haven’t done much handspun and this is my first that I can actually call a finished piece. I am hoping to have enough to make a pair of house socks. It is about a worsted weight but not bulky, on a size 6 to 8 needle it should work up nicely.

The pleasures of spinning my own yarn are endless. I feel as though I trully become attached/connected to the fiber and watch it grow into a beautiful stage. It is the same feeling a mother gets with a child. My hands protect and guide the fibers until they are strong enough to be their own.

This yarn is llama, wool, and maybe other ingredients..for I am not sure what my stash yarn was completely made of.

Oi indeed! I was so excited Friday evening when my friend Aimee dropped by with a huge surprise! A bag full of wool! I was so excited. Her daughter, Iva, made me some beautiful stitch markers as well. What an awesome birthday surprise!

The bag included some Merino Top, some dyed roving, corriedale batts, some more corriedale..and a skein of Knit Picks Merino Figering Weight (not pictured because already dyed and hanging out to dry). I am quite excited to be spinning again. I need to make some cheap spindles so I can spin.

Now for the dyepot series…

What does the Stormonacci have in store for me today? Well, let’s see..maybe an hours worth of knitting totally ripped away. It hurt to do this since I am notorious for stretching out projected knitting time to never finish an object (but of course it is all part of my brilliant logically structure plan to take over the WORLD!).

At first I noticed and remarked, “damn, I don’t think this is going to stay on my head.” Indeed I was disgruntled and perplexed by the realization and thought of many alternatives (such as building an elaborate machine to magically lengthen the stitches or to finish it up and call it a ‘boob cozy’ – both ideas irrational).

So on I go to knitting, counting, swearing, and hoping to not create mistakes that cannot be ignored.

I awoke to little nips and kneadings as the younger of the two cats, Greyfell, took up the habit of nursing / suckling. It started as cute cat paws on the backs of my legs but ended up as eager attempts to actually nurse my elbows. Greyfell is now at the age that Kefir began nursing “Panda” (which is a stuffed animal of mine that I would sleep with religiously). Greyfell has chosen a soft fuzzy blue blanket in which I sleep with instead of Panda. It must be my scent on these items. Ah, to study the regression habits of cats is an interesting hobby.

As far as knitting goes I have decided that the Fibonacci hat will be too short and need to rip back a few rows for adjustment. I have plenty of yarn and should use it to its full potential. The colorway has been a pleasure to work with as stormy blues always put me in a calm and relaxant state. And watching the fabric grow from thick to think and somewhere in between has added a bit of adventure to the mix.

I had a dream last night about miniature Koala that you could buy from the pet store, his name was Amor. And as a intriguing challenge I will attempt to knit a miniature Koala! Which will then be offered as a free pattern on here..and Ravelry. Stay tuned for details, rants, and pure adoration.

Now for the FO: Leaflings
Mountain Laurel Leaf Earrings

The weather changes on a whim from chilly rain to comfortable wind to miserable heat within twenty-four hours from each other. How is a knitter to make up their mind as to what project to toss into the All-Day-Bag? Should it be the chunky cotton shawl, the circular ribbed wool sweater, or a small project that can keep safe from moisture? This is where I the author plop down in my seat and sigh and throw my hands to the ceiling in distress! It has been such a ridiculous ordeal that I don’t have the desire to do anything but stare at the walls in hope that Reasoning would crawl back inside reclaiming her position. Bah! It is all out the door and no signs point to the return of such things.

For my birthday I “splurged” (in which I bought a slightly more costly wool than usual but nothing insane to break the bank) on some Cascades thick and thin yarn not knowing what exactly I was going to do with such a thing. One skein + logic n’ strategy = hat. Fibronacci numbers as an inspiration and began to write the pattern as I knitted along. So, here is the tale of my progess in rhyme.

On I cast the stitches there
In which the needles could hardly bare
From off the ends the wool did slide
Slip and slink from the left to right.

Quick I went now double fisted
To keep my stitches becoming twisted
Knit two, purl two a rib so snug
I clicked onward without a shrug

Thirteen, eight, five, three, two
One to one, now what to do?

In the Click

Rust Bunny Hops
5%teal

Miss March Matinee
25%teal

Callum's Kaftan
50%teal

Calico Rock Cardigan
60%teal

River Rapid Socks
50%teal

Felix Cardigan
15%teal

Finis

2010

Turn A Square Hat
Penta Slouch Hat


2 0 0 9

Handspun Everglade
A Dad Hat
Armadillo Hat
The Color of Moss Hat
Cobblestone Pullover
Scratchy Wool Hat
Liesl
Better Bucket Hat
One Day Beret
Riphraph Mitts I
London Ridge Beret
Meret (mystery beret)
Stock Sock I (CCWRYT)
Stock Sock II (NICD)

2 0 0 8

Apres-Ski Kerchief
Baby Raglan Sweater
eLoomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth
Koolhaas
Lace Ribbon Scarf(ette)
Mountain Laurel Leaf (earrings)
Lyra's Cap
Northwoods Lodge Mitts
Owlets
The Slump (Blue)
Soap Satchel
Snowden
Stella's Hat
Topknot Socks
Wood and Berry

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