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Day of rest

Today, I rest.

I was roused out of bed earlier than I desired with the kid’s dog wanting to be let outside.  He apparently did not get locked in his cage last night, and though the grands were up, they ignored his barks.  I let the dogs out, fed and watered them, the barn cat, and the chickens and came back in to make a double batch of pancakes for breakfast and to freeze for grandson’s breakfast this week.  He ate a few bites of them and decided they didn’t taste like usual and refused to eat the rest on his plate and told me he wouldn’t eat them this week, so the chickens got an treat of 20+ pancakes, along with one of the two loaves of artisan sourdough bread that sat on the counter and molded rather than eaten.  A frustrating start to the day.

Jim took off on the BBH to Roanoke.  He was going to brunch and then a safety class with the HOG group, but it was so windy and cold this morning that he decided to skip the brunch, wait for it to warm some and the wind to die down then he rode in to get some lunch and go to the class.  As that is more than an hour each way and time spent there, he won’t be home til much, much later.

After he left, I retired to the loft and worked on a fingerless mitt pattern that I am in the process of designing.

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I really like the double cable that will be up the back of the hand.  The design work isn’t my problem. Writing up the pattern from my notes is always the part that troubles me. I need to work on presentation before I publish my patterns.  Perhaps, I should also be charging for them.

Last night I blended a couple more ounces of the Raspberry Romney with the Colonial Maroon Merino and the Eggplant Merino before I ran out of the Eggplant.  I ended up with 4.1 ounces of fluff to spin.

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That should be enough to make fingerless mitts or a hat for my shop.  I just need to get spinning.  I did spin a few ounces of the Hawk’s Nest blend yesterday and thought I had spun it all then found another bag.  I should finish that before I start something else.

Tonight, K makes dinner.  She volunteers on Saturday and Sunday when she isn’t working.  With both of them working more than an hour away, grand duty getting them off to school or preschool, or staying with them when they don’t feel well, getting them to Martial Arts one of the days of the week, and fixing dinner for the crew has been my week day job.  They went out for a family night last night, so I cooked for just Jim and me.  He got a special treat of lamb chops.  I bought them at the Farmers’ Market yesterday and we could have gone out to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants for what they cost.  I sure couldn’t afford to cook them for everyone. I don’t care for lamb, except their fleece to spin, but he enjoyed them.

The kids are off for lunch, I guess.  I fixed some leftovers and returned to my knitting chair to post and knit.  Perhaps a nap is in order while the house is quiet.

Fun with Food and Fiber

To keep the sourdough starter going, it has to be fed at least every couple of days.  The longer you go between feedings, the longer it takes to get going again.  In order to not have buckets of the stuff, you have to use it, discard about 80% before you feed it, or give it away.  Since I had to feed the starter left from making bread the other day, I decided to feed it a goodly amount and make muffins this morning.  The recipe that I used makes a product that is a cross between a scone and a muffin in texture, but sweet, crumbly and delicious.  It made a dozen and N and I ate 2 each right out of the oven this morning.

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This is what was left after we gobbled down breakfast.

Today was spinning group day.  Since it was beginning to drizzle with more significant storms due, I chose not to take my wheel, but just the drop spindle and some knitting.  I enjoyed visiting with the ladies, knitting some, listening to the various conversations, entering some of them, and spinning on my drop spindle.  Like kids in kindergarten, we often do show and tell and I took the two skeins that I have recently finished, one on the wheel and the other from the drop spindle.

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The top one is Merino from Hawk’s Nest and there was still a bit of the purple left after carding it with the blues and grays, and the bottom is Romney from a fiber club.  The ladies said I should blend some of them together, so this afternoon after getting home, I decided to play with my new to me Strauch Petit Drum Carder.

I took this

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and this

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and there was still some of this unspun

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and made these

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It is only a couple of ounces and I don’t know if I will spin it on the spindle or the wheel. There will only be enough yarn to use as an accent on something, maybe with the purple Merino blend above.

As I expand my fiber skills, I get more deeply hooked on the craft.  I have yet to work with locks or a whole fleece, nor have I more than toyed with dyeing, but I have a bag of Mohair locks to play with and am getting bolder with the idea of dyeing some fiber or yarn.