Summertime Blues

June 29, 2010

I have been mainly spinning lately. This was more of the hand-dyed merino roving from Woolbearers in Mount Holly, NJ. It went from this:

to this:

to this:

This is one of the things that I love about spinning– going from this, to this, to this. The final “this,” of course, is knitting or weaving something out of the yarn. You never really know what you have until it is made up. Not sure what this blue is destined for, but the colors are lovely and summery. A shawl for an evening’s walk along the beach, perhaps?


The long-awaited Rivendell Socks

June 16, 2010

Okay, so I could have knitted several pairs of just regular ribbed socks in the 3 months it took to knit these. But this was the first time I ever worked with a charted pattern, so I was pleased that I was able to follow it as well as I did. Plus, I survived the tedious purl, purl, twisted rib knit overall pattern!

The design is lovely and well -balanced:

And the yarn, spun from hand-dyed merino roving from Woolbearers in Mt. Holly, NJ, was fabulous to knit with:

I love the colors! It is early spring and azaleas in bloom, and new leaves on the tree. The only change in the pattern I made was to tighten up the heel by one stitch on either side of the reduce. Overall, I was very happy with the results!


Catching up

June 6, 2010

Okay, I am far behind on my blog posts. One reason is this damnably slow computer which has just spent about 15 minutes loading the new post page!

I wanted to do something on the Day in Old New Castle. Except I can’t call it that, that event was cancelled, and another organization stepped in and hosted “Historic New Castle Day.” This is in New Castle, Delaware, it is supposed to be the longest-running annual house and is the oldest house and garden tour in the country. It is one of our favorite events to do the handspinning demonstration at every year.

New Castle has a gorgeous historic district, complete with this Episcopalian Church:

This year, the light dragoons put on quite a show all day long:

And, of course, this colonial gentleman was lurking around, emoting:

Hey, wait a minute! That’s no gentleman, that’s my husband!

We talked to tons of people. I was spinning a blend of Scottish Blackface and Cheviot, which I will eventually use to weave tweed cloth.

After the event, we paid our annual visit to the local colonial restaurent, Jessup’s Tavern, for dinner. Patrons are always amused to see us in Colonial garb. Afterwards, we walked in the Historic square area. Here is where I would open my knitting shop in an ideal world:

I always loved this building. The corner is actually two shops (one entrance is around the side) and the part to the left that originally was a house is now cut up into rental flats. If I win the lottery this week, it is the first thing I would buy!

And, as the sun sinks slowly into the west, we leave beautiful historic New Castle with John’s favorite picture that he took: