Blogless Sandy has been enabling my spinning by giving me fiber. The mosaic shows 3 types of animal fiber...maybe a local sheep or just a mystery, some Corriedale, and some llama sheering from the zoo.
She also gave me some natural Wookiee colored cotton from Guatemala. The differed stages represented are bolls with seeds, cotton with seeds removed, combed cotton fiber and a small amount spun up on a Tahkli spindle. I'm not a very experienced spinner so the short staple is quite a challenge to spin. There is also the learning curve of using the Tahkli. I have some cards on order to give this a try.
Meanwhile my FO for Friday is Basketweave Vest (by Beatrice Smith). It still needs buttons and blocking, but the knitting is done, and the ends are all woven in. The discontinued Rowanspun DK was a pleasure to work with. It's not a very strong yarn, but I had no unplanned breakage along the way, and the resulting fabric is very light and elastic. A very nice yarn. I have 5 more skeins. Hmmmm?
I'm giving lace another chance and have cast on Adamas Shawl in Cascade Heritage. I hope the nylon in it does not hinder the blocking. See I'm thinking positive and I beginning with the end in mind:)
My new TV was installed so now I can knit again in my more comfortable chair. Unfortunately the amplifier decided to give up and suffers from "amp block". I will have to watch without the home theater until a replacement is found.
I need a mindless project to take to knit night. I know better then to take the lace and I want to ensure success!
I have not updated the shop for awhile. There is one new dp needle storage roll in Amy Butler Clematis Turquoise. The one bag I made was mad at me and the interfacing refused to fuse properly and the bottom seam decided to pucker. I just hate when that happens. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact this cold took a week to turn the corner, but I'm rethinking the design anyway.
I end this post with a photo of the inside of the state capitol building. I learned some things about it on the Architectural tour. It was finished the year I graduated from high school. It's design represents the Hawaiian Islands. There is a pool for the ocean, columns to represent the volcanic mountains and of course the blue sky.