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Happy Earth Day!

“How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.” —Jostein Gaarder

 

A friend put this on her Facebook page today.  I was so happy to see it.  It is one of my favorites and something that I try to remind myself everyday.  

Over the weekend Chris and I managed to take a little bit of time out of our schedule to have, what I like to call, 'a little adventure'.  We go somewhere and walk, bushwack, poke around.. whatever.  We look and we see.  If I'm particularly organized, we take a picnic.  And so, during a time when we should have had our noses to the grindstone getting ready for the spring show season, we did.  Here are a few pictures..

 

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How's that for a little adventure?

 

 


Spindling

 

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Last winter, when I was packing up my booth at the NETA SPA, I found a beautiful mini batt sitting brightly on my work table.  It was a sweet gift from Josette of Enchanted Knoll Farm.  I can't tell you how happy that thoughtful little gift made me.  I carried the batt around in my project bag for a few weeks before deciding how I would spin it.  

I decided to use my Modular Spindle (Ledbetter, of course) and make a single, spinning the colors in sequence.  As it was a very little batt, under an ounce, I spun two more cops of a beautifil soft BFL / Silk blend from my stash.  

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That spindle is very special to me.  Ken made it from my own spauted maple, cut and milled at home.  I've had that wood drying for over ten years.

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The three singles were wound together into a plying ball to keep the tension equal.  

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I love the way a plying ball looks..all the singles so orderly.

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It was a cold day.  The idea of sitting at my wheel in the sunny window was too good to pass up.  Wheel plied.. on my Dixon!

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It ended up to be 180 yds. of a 3 ply dk wt yarn.  Now, what to do with it?