April 27, 2007
WE NEED TO START LOBBYING

for Shaun the Sheep to be shown on American t.v. This series of short cartoons would greatly benefit all knitters and dyers. Particularly Wendy !
I'm not going to leave this up for ages as I suspect it may effect my bandwidth ! I need someone computer savy to say if it would or not...

Anyway, this appeals to the artist in me. I particularly like the ewe with the curlers in her top knot !

{I've removed the film to save my bandwidth ! Here's the Shaun the Sheep website.]

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April 24, 2007
I FINISHED THESE A MONTH AGO.

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I really need to find some energy somewhere, just to catch up with cleaning, tidying, knitting and blogging. Dare I hope for some spinning too ? I really miss it. Maybe if I open the door into the garden, park myself in the spring scented breeze, sneeze a bit as the air is thick with tree pollen, and lose myself in the hypnotic rythmn of the treadle and the focus on the fibre and thread.
I might get distracted by the fact that it's been a year since I did any real work in the garden, it's a mess and my knees aren't up to it. I may have to give in and pay someone to weed and prune.
I feel so tired, all the time, that I feel wretched. Would I be too much of a pathetic hypochondriac if I self diagnosed post viral fatigue ? Maybe stress factors into it ? After all, I continue my carreer as an insomniac !
Anyway, the last time I managed a good block of wheel time I spun up some of Liz's fabulous Romney wool/mohair blend. I love spinning this, long draw, just pulling against the not too strong draw of the wheel to even out bumps, them swooping a good arm's length of yarn onto the bobbin. Straight from the bag. No pre-drafting. I consciously aimed for aran weight. A long way from my lace-weight comfort zone.
I love the yarn. Not merino soft, but comfortable for me. Extremely warm, the knitted fabric soon gains a lovely mohair halo as the yarn is handled.
I sent a hank to my Spin to Knit swap pal Rachel. She knitted some fab mitts shown here.
I decided to knit myself a pair of Fetching mitts. These will be fabulously warm next winter.
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I decided to tidy up the less than perfect looking cuff with some i-cord.
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The edge looks so much neater now.
The reamaining ball of yarn will, at his request, be mittens for Oliver, for next winter. I might manage that !
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I spun this yarn and knitted these mitts as part of Margene's fabulous Twisted Knitters spin and knit along. There was some really beautiful work produced, and I really enjoyed participating, if only in a small way.
I'm satisying my current urge to spin with some gorgeous angora/silk/merino blend from The Woolen Rabbit, that I bought last year. I've just bought a few ounces more ! It's a joy to spin. Again no pre-drafting. I'm just enjoying the meditative process right now, whilst challenging myself to spindle spin enough to make a nice lace scarf. Eventually.
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Been too tired to do more than sit next to knitting bag, thinking about how I want to knit more ! Don't worry about Folly. She has not been cast aside. It has just felt easier to pick up a sock to knit on.
I've also ripped an almost completed pair of socks, but need a bit more energy to tell you why ! That, and protect myself from the howls of outrage when I say how much I dislike a very popular sock pattern. :0)
How boring it would be if we all liked the same stuff.

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