How does summer vaporize so fast? The daylily world categorizes cultivars as early, mid, late, and very late. We are almost through mid, and cracking into late blooming cultivars. Can the Red Sox really still be 7.5 games up at the end of July? The Yankees have lapped the Toronto Blue Jays. We of the Red Sox nation can uncomfortably feel them breathing on our necks. But then, it wouldn't be summer in Boston any other way.
Slogging through a wool/mohair/hemp blend for the Straker vest has not been a sweaty task. The back is done. The color variation where the new ball was joined is not quite as obvious in real life. Did it bother me? Temporarily. Would it bother the recipient muggle? It is what it is. (I've been saying that a great deal while knitting this vest in this yarn.) I'm alternating skeins on the front, which is now four inches along. This WIP is clearly stating that it needs to be done. I thought because of the sleeveless nature of the garment, that it would be quick to knock off the queue. Deluded much? Not anymore.
This Ackers Acres Angora bunnyblend (wool/angora) came from SPA 2006. I tried a ripply Barbara Walker pattern. That was frogged last week after 8 or so inches, with a resulting remarkable lightening of psychic weight in the Etherknitter queue. It is now restarted in the Arrowhead pattern that came with the yarn.
Spinning has actually been sweatier than knitting. I'm playing with a cashmere/silk sample (The Fold, 2006) that demands laceweight and dry palms. Just holding the yarn is warm enough to screw up the predrafted feathers that result. There is no talcum powder in the house. (There was an observational study years ago that linked talcum powder with ovarian cancer. ) So the spinning report here relies on the last two yarns that leaped off the bobbins.
100% tussah silk, colorway 'Plenty' from Abby, and merino 70%/silk 30% Ashland Bay (blue) from The Fold, 2005.
Many spinners gradually turn away from Ashland Bay fiber when "Oooooh! Nice colorway!" is replaced by fascination with more exotic fiber choices. I did too, until I pulled this from the stash for a less mindful spin. My fiber snobbery was trumped by superb prep and beautiful color blending. Chibi for scale in both pictures.
Abby's silk is simply wonderful. I'm planning two ply for both these bobbins, and will do that soon.
My life with Mr. Etherknitter expands into a 12'x12' space in the summer months. We live on the porch. Dinner relaxes into later evening. I put multiple hours into the deck plantings, all in containers, each year. This year was all about yellows/reds/oranges/purples in flower and foliage.
Last year, we had our first hummingbirds. They came for the salvias. In typical Pavlovian fashion, this year I purchased six different salvias. Can you anticipate which color the hummers like best?