Thursday, December 17, 2009

What I've Been Doing

I'm very lucky to be working full time again. I'm even luckier that they are allowing me to do it all from home, not making the drive (about 80 miles one way) three times a week like I did before Mom came to live with me.

The blizzard we had a couple of weeks ago dropped about a foot of snow, and the high winds rearranged it into 2-4 foot drifts. It has been a struggle to get water to the animals. I am contemplating a move to California. (Only sort of kidding!)

In my spare time, I've been spinning, knitting and weaving on the peg loom. Spinning first.

The latest issue of Spin-Off described how to make beehive yarns, so I tried it. You take the thick-thin on the left, ply it with the overtwisted thin single in the middle, and with some plying manipulations end up with the beehive yarn on the right. Watch this space for a peg loomed scarf using all three, eventually.


Did someone mention a peg loom? Yep, here's another shawl woven on the peg loom. This is 100% wool.


A closer look at the weave. This one ended up about 14 inches wide by 5 feet long. It will go to a friend.



Rusty Nail is done! Everyone dance in the street. Joshua come home to the island, happiness be complete. Great, going to have to dig out that CD now. Oh yes, Rusty Nail! She ended up about 10 inches wide and about 10 feet long when I finished blocking her. My first attempt at lace. At least, the closest to lace I've gotten. I don't know if it even qualifies as lace. I would have liked to do another full repeat, but I ran out of yarn and not enough time to spin more up. This one is going to a friend's mom.




I don't really know how to wear a shawl that long, good thing I'm not keeping it!

I'll end with a pretty sunset. It was blowing tiny ice crystals around, I think that is what created the ray shooting up.










12 comments:

rilera said...

Good to hear from you, especially with your good news! Glad things are falling into place at work and at home. (((HUGS)))

Leslie said...

Wowser, been busy haven't you! Loverly yarn, shawl and scarf and view, thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

The job has to be a huge relief and wonderful way to focus right now. You have been in my thoughts. This year of firsts will be difficult in many ways for us. Love the peg loom shawl. So beachy looking. And, I love your yarn. Take care!

Cindy said...

The job has to be a huge relief and wonderful way to focus right now. You have been in my thoughts. This year of firsts will be difficult in many ways for us. Love the peg loom shawl. So beachy looking. And, I love your yarn. Take care!

Thistledog said...

Yes, I've been checking, hoping you hadn't succumbed to extreme cold. Good to hear you are working from home.

LOVE that rusty nail. Gosh that is pretty!

Julene said...

Oh, I'm so glad to "hear from you"! You've been in my thoughts, too! I haven't been brave enough to try the latest SO fancy-schmancy yarn, but that progression is so beautiful, you've inspired me! Hugs!

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

oooh beautiful yarn, shawl and lace (yes that is definitely lace!). Stay warm!

J said...

What a Blessing about the job. Luve the new projects. Your colors are always so wonderful
Take Care

Eyes to See said...

I don't know anything about the wool work you do, but I enjoy the illustrations and the jargon (rusty nail!) I like that one best; it is gorgeous! Glad you can stay at home and work; I'd like that arrangement! We commute 100+ miles a day during the week.

R.G.Sell said...

The beehive yarn is just fabulous and the shawls are be-yoot-i-ful. You are so talented!

I hope you have a very blessed Christmas- prayers for you from me!

Lily said...

I think you've incorporated flecks of that beautiful sunset in the rusty nail shawl! Just gorgeous x

Heather said...

In all your spare time ;) could you maybe post a tutorial on how to weave with a peg loom. I LOOOVE the looks of those shawls!