In Which Nothing Really Happens, But I Get A Lot Done

This is a post of “finally”s. I finally got around to taking a picture of the progress I’ve made on my cowl. It’s a good five inches long, and I’m coming up on the end of yarn ball number one. The question is whether to continue on and make it really big, or just have a second ball of navy mohair laying around for who knows what.

I thought about making a matching hat out of it. One of those things that are sort of like tams, only a bit more floppy and mushroom shaped. Possibly with the same lace pattern so it will match!

What with the cold weather lately I’ve been wearing my merino/oppossum tam a lot, and I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on it. Enough to make me wear it every time I stick my head out of the door. And it’s nice and warm, too. I don’t notice it when it’s on my head, but when I take it off I get colder.

Anyway, back the the finally-s. I finally got around to over-dyeing the two pairs of slipper socks. This was the second over-dye for the pair on the right, and the first for the pair on the left. I tried steaming the blue/yellow/red ones, and it seems to have worked pretty well. No crocking!

This afternoon I whipped (well, surged, actually) some large denim bags together to use for storing the lovely llama and alpaca wool I’ve been given this last year.
The fleeces were in plastic bags, and I seem to remember someone saying that keeping fiber in plastic isn’t the best for long-term storage, because moisture can get trapped in there, or something like that. Anyway, it gave me a chance to dig them all out and fondle them again. I’ve already got a fair sized portion of the black llama fiber de-guard haired and in this lovely bag. And why did I start with the black llama? Well, it was on the top of the pile, and I had ulterior motives . . .

A couple of nights ago I came to an important conclusion. If I had a large shawl or ruana I would definitely use it. It was downright freezing. I had to resort to draping a large, acrylic crocheted afghan about my shoulders. And I say that if you have an excuse to do that, you have more than a good reason to make something large and sumptuous. Something done in black llama. I even have some black sparkly stuff I could put in there too, but that might be a bit much. Ooh, maybe I could use the black llama, and then occasionally throw in some white for a marled look. I rather like that idea.

No! Not another project right now! I refuse. It was all I could do yesterday to add a bit more to the Willow sock yarn. The first bobbin full is done and reeled off, and it’s as gorgeous as ever.

Speaking of gorgeous, I did something yesterday that I’ve never done before. I placed a large fiber order – (Yes, I know I’ve done that before. Will you wait for the punch line?) – for Maiden Yarn on Etsy – (There. Satisfied? Yes, I know I’ve done that too. Wait a bit!) – and it had some luxury fibers in it. Such things as camel down, yak fiber, silk latte, and bamboo. I can hardly wait for it to get here so I can pet it . . . oh, I mean, transform it into various new products. It’s coming from Wisconsin, so it’ll take it a few days to get here. In the meantime I shall keep spinning away.

2 Responses to In Which Nothing Really Happens, But I Get A Lot Done
  1. Linda
    January 2, 2010 | 12:32 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the llama. The denim bag looks like a nice home for it right now!

  2. Lina
    January 4, 2010 | 1:48 pm

    Thanks so much for all your kind words of encouragment and comments–they mean a lot! I hope you have a lot of fun with the new fiber, and after test driving it, you’ll have to let me know what you think of them!

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