Wednesday, March 23, 2011

No Exit

This is what I woke up to on Sunday.
One of the trunks of a live oak lost its footing and fell across the driveway blocking the exit.  I had to get my car out so we went out in the rain and cut up enough of it to allow a car to pass.  We finished cutting it up on Monday when the sun made a guest appearance, and had it all burned by the end of the day.
It is rainy and windy again today!  We are having a BIG outdoor party here on April 16 and it would be nice to be able to clean up outside and get some plants in.  The amount of sticky clay mud out there is just depressing.

On the fiber side of life, I have been knitting and spinning.  I finally finished spinning a large bag of wool from Rovings.  I bought it at SOAR several years ago (let's give a loose definition to 'several').  Rovings is the vendor that has a long line of crazed people clutching large bags of dyed roving that blends from one color into the next in lovely colorways.  It doesn't seem to take very long until she is sold out.  Having observed these lines at several SOARs I decided to join the crowd and bought 2 big bags of the fluff.  It is a frenzy with people grabbing for bags that seem to have colors they like, then bolting for the line to pay.  Now that I have spun one of the bags, I can't begin to understand the allure.  The colors are wonderful, but the actual wool is crap.  It seems to be a woolen preparation and had LOTS of neps from 2nd cuts or weak fleece or whatever. There was hardly any vegetable matter though.  I guess I will make a blanket or something with these skeins.  I have another bag of the stuff and hope the wool is in better shape.  I have seen stuff other people have bought from Rovings and it was lovely Polworth.  Mine must have come from the back of the toolshed. This is half of the yarn.  The other half is drying near the woodstove.

I haven't made much progress on my list of UFOs.  What I have done is knit 2 shawls that have gone to new homes. This is one of them.

I am knitting on 2 more shawls, have joined a cowl KAL and also a pair-of-socks-a-month group.  I also knit a fuschia and felted it, bit the felting went poorly.  It resembles a fuschia but definitely needs more felting.

I also have been getting use of the mittens I made in January.

 Life here in the slow lane is good.  I picked up 3 books on CD at the library yesterday and since it is blustery and rainy I get to spend the day indoors doing what I love.