Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I'm Spinning!

Recently I took a beginner top whorl drop spindle class at Article Pract taught by Kristine Vejar. Thank you Kristine! I had sooo much fun! I learned a great deal and Kristine is a great teacher. Here's a couple of pictures of my first attempts at spinning. I bit uneven and novelty yarn at best, LOL.

After the class I purchased some of Kristine's roving. The blend is camel and silk that is naturally dyed called Succulent. I think the name fits perfect! I am in love with it.

This is it spun.
I am working on a second batch so I can ply it. I am excited to see the finished yarn. I do believe I am hooked!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Been a while

I know it has been a while since I blogged. This spring and summer I have spent more time outside doing things like watching morning cloak catepillars do a walk about in my yard and...
Then watching for weeks until this happened...

Then there was 8th grade graduation......

and birthdays and a family reunion..........

My great uncle Hap with my nieces. He served in the Merchant Marines, was in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. While in the Merchant Marines(if I have this straight) his ship was distroyed and he survived a week in the ocean in a life raft. My grandfather was the oldest of 10 children and now 4 are left...

Then there was the visit to the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.

There were Begonias with flowers from 4'' across to the size of a small dinner plate. I want mine to be that big!

And of course butterflies!

Last but not least I have been knitting. I am making the Summer Sampler by BadCat Designs and I think it is most appropriate to show the Grand Spider Pattern. If you want to see my progress I have posted it on Raverly my ID is Dragonflybabe.I will try to be better about blogging, it is just so hard to get my head out of the clouds when it is summertime.