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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..











How's that for a little adventure?






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.  


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.



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

Plying ball

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


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!


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