Me, right now

I first saw this meme on Anne's blog, but at that time, my camera was at the opposite end of the room (siiiigh… how lazy!), but then I saw it again on Rosie's blog – so here you go!

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Here are the instructions, so that you can join in, too:
1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
2. Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture.
5. Add it to the Pool.

Well-trained

I've been asked not to post the actual photographic proof of the deed-in-action, but J seems to be remarkably well-trained.  In the time it's taken me to spin up one batt from my lovely new drum carder:

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J has carded up 20 more.  TWENTY.  Yikes.

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That's 13 of them, hiding my dining table.

At about 400m of heavyweight lace singles from one batt, that would be equivalent to about two sweaters' worth of two-ply yarn at a thickness roughly equivalent to Rowan Felted Tweed.

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Half a fleece fitted into this bag originally.  Into it, not overflowing, and this picture represents two thirds of one half of what was originally in this bag.  Can you believe that J wanted to help so that 'it would take up less space in the garage'?

Oh.  Apparently, carded fleece lives in *my* room.

This would be wool from one of my three free fleeces (the fleece I christened 'Rod' to be precise.  As in Rod, Jane and Freddy.  Yeah, I know.)  And it's about half of the fleece that I deemed 'worth keeping'.

I've spun up some of this stuff as singles previously, with the rather grandiose idea of weaving with it, so my singles are over- rather than under-spun, and not too thin, so as not to snap when used as warp.  Spun wool definitely takes up less space than carded; the one batt I managed to spin up this weekend takes up rather less than half a bobbin:

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Good grief, **July**??

I am becoming *such* a lax knitter, as well as an unreliable blogger.  I started Untithey in *July*, for heavens sake.

OK, there has been a brief excursion into the world of socks since then, plus some sewing and some dyeing and some camping, but I'm still shocked.

As of today, however, she is blocking:

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Now I'm planning on knitting Hana Jason's Gathered Pullover from Interweave Knits 2007 (Ravelry link), in Rowan Felted Tweed.  I've already swatched, and now all I have to do is decide on the negative-ease fit or the positive-ease fit…

Positive, I think.  This is a drapey sweater, and I don't think I want to have it clinging to any extra belly-rolls.

Rhaglan fair 2008

Just back from an extra-long weekend in Wales.  Camping.

Fortunately, after the last fortnight of hideous weather, the gods smiled on us and the sun came out (after a couple of false starts), and we had a couple of days of really nice weather.

It was my first camping event with the SCA, in my 'new' tent, shared with Kay.  We had the most wonderful time, and it seems quite odd to be back indoors now, not to mention clean.  A few photos:

The tent goes up!

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The period encampment viewed from above:

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The other side of the period encampent:

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The floor of the great tower:

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A young page:

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Sadly, I didn't get a chance to photograph the site cat, who smugly watched the idiots setting up tents in rather more wind than was good for them, then proceeded to visit each tent in turn, coincidentally usually at meal times, and was usually given a good cuddle for her cheekiness.

I got to try archery, which was a heck of a lot of fun, and as usual, there just wasn't enough time to meet people, do stuff, just chill.  More SCA event, that's what I say!

Spinning – Lorna’s Laces and a reference card

OK, a quick update on spinning!

I have a ridiculous quantity of Lorna's Laces roving that I bought several years ago at a very good price – something like 20oz of each of three colours.  Here's the palest of the lot – I think the colour name is 'Georgetown':

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(Note: the photography books are not mine.  If they were, my photographs would probably be better.)

Jut over 4oz have now become 285m of 3-ply, coming in at around 12wpi.  If I keep going at that rate, I can expect to end up with about 1350m of roughly aran-weight yarn – easily enough for a sweater!  But I have a long way to go…

So how will I stay consistent?  Easy:

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Weavers sample, knitters swatch and spinners… sample.  I'm not sure that there's a different name for it.  And, with my samples, I make reference cards.

At the far right of the card is a bit of roving pre-drafted to the thickness required to make the singles for this yarn – which are shown next to the pre-drafted roving.  This helps me keep my singles consistent, when I don't necessarily spin all that much in one sitting, and quite often go for weeks between spinning sessions.

At the left of the card are a few turns of the finished yarn – in this case, a 3-ply from three different bobbins, just straight plying, nothing fancy.  This helps me keep the ply twist right (assuming I got the singles twist right, that is – that bit's a little harder for me to keep consistent…) – and there are some really brief notes on the fibre and the finished yarn, too.  This little card just fits neatly on my wheel, just under the flyer, and allows me quick and easy reference as I spin, just at a glance, to make sure I'm still on the right track.

And below it? A tiny little mini-swatch.  Which looks fab and suggests that this yarn may knit up to the same gauge as RYC silk aran, which, coincidentally, is exactly what I was aiming for.

No photos as yet of the actual skein I made – you'll just have to believe me.  And use your imagination.  😉

Hello… autumn?

OK, so what happened to summer?  I know I started a new job, but really.

I have been knitting and spinning.  Weaving, no.   Sewing?   Not since the Dress of Doom.  And blogging, not at all.  But I've really missed it, so I hope I'm back again now, with a vengance.

See y'all soon…

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