The weekend transfused new life into this crispy, tired Etherknitter. Some residual brain matter managed to regenerate into a facsimile of knitter's neural circuitry. Suddenly, I could knit again. The lace scarf attempts were frustrating, laughable. A six-stitch repeat, yes? How many times, in blind fatigue, did I forget to knit the first stitch before the pattern began? I am getting better and better at tinking lace.
Ackers Acres Angora Bunny Blend (40% angora, 60% merino wool) is transforming into their Arrowhead Lace scarf. I think it looks like DogPaw lace. (Was that name considered too unromantic, or already taken?) I plotted quietly to knit a scarf for a nurse I love. She nurtured me after foot surgery, Mr. Etherknitter during leg healing, and my friend after her lung biopsy. She likes magenta, in organic patterns, and has no clue why I was asking. It was even in my stash.
The Fiber Revival on August 18th was perfect. I know my body and my hands were there. Pictures have been posted on the internets to prove this theory. Barbara Clorite-Ventura provided much useful information on spinning for lace. High speed whorls now are useful for something other than wheel ornamentation.
Others have posted courtyard shots. I was amused by the impromptu dancer, who was clearly inspired by fiddle and recorder. It was a perfect touch to a perfect day. The recorder was often switched out for a bodhran. I LOVE percussion. My unfortunate self-consciousness prevented me from doing the dance that was in my soul.
The second picture is one of the most beautiful Peacock shawls I have encountered. She wore it with easy grace and quiet pride.
Two weeks carved out of my life. Gone. The slate needs to be cleared, so I have been....PLYING. I'm really happy with the results of WoolyBuns' Autumn Glow roving. I divided the spun yarn by weight (I was within 1% on each bobbin after spinning). Double ply off two bobbins, and only about three feet extra remained on one. I wish I could be that consistent on other roving. On the bobbin, and the unwashed skein:
477 yards, 2 ply, spun on Schacht, 2006, roving from NHS&W 2006, plyed 8/25/2007