Saturday, June 23, 2007

Summertime Pursuits

As we've moved into summer I find precious little time to pursue solitary knitting in my basement lair. Even when it seems like everyone is happily engaged with their own stuff, I know from experience that it's only a matter of minutes until the situation changes and a crisis erupts. Maybe that's why I find that summer is spinning time for me. I sit on the screen porch and spin. I'm aware of activity inside the house and out in the yard. I can stop and start as needed without trying to find my place in a chart or a pattern repeat.

Here's the final portrait of the yarn I made from the Ashland Bay English Top I bought a couple weeks ago.

One pound of fiber turned into five skeins of yarn. I could probably make my mom or another smaller woman a sweater from it. I'm planning to make a simple vest for me. It'll make a nice extra layer in those weeks when the cold weather is coming, but before we get into the full-fledged frigid months of winter.

Earlier today I was out in the yard looking for things to point the camera at, and this Red Admiral landed right in front of me.

I guess he really wanted to be in the blog today.

9 comments:

Bezzie said...

Holy cow! He just landed there? Man, you've got all the butterfly luck!!!

Gorgeous spinning. I love those blues.

Becky in Iowa :O) said...

Wow!! The yarn is lovely. I'm so envious of anyone that gets to spin.

dale-harriet said...

Oh Elizabeth, how lovely! Iremember your saying "Do you spin...YET?" When I see your beautiful work I think either a) I really should take up spinning; or b) thank heavens there are wonderful spinners to make yarns for the likes of me!"

Zonda said...

Beautiful handspun! Love the butterfly photo! You always have amazing nature photos!

Batty said...

The blue yarn is amazing. The color has so much depth, I love it.

Magatha said...

Great photo catch! Very lucky. I've been trying to be in the same space time continuum with the hummingbirds in my yard, but haven't succeeded yet.

Beautiful spin!

Michelle said...

Great catch on the butterfly... I've never had luck with them..

Carol said...

You are such a great spinner. Gots to get my wheel out and blow off the dust....

Carina said...

What a perfect yarn for a vest. It'll match most anything, and it will be a perfect layer. Great!