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Need a Vacation…

March 29, 2007

from my vacation….

Yesterday Tony, the girls, and I got back from our mini vacation.  It was fun, but Tony and I both decided we really need a vacation away from the kids.  My parents watched the girls for a few hours two nights.  One night we drove around the coast and ate candy.  The funniest thing was when we drove down by the Headlands and it rained so hard on us we thought the ocean was blowing in.  It was like driving through a car wash.  We were so crazy (or sugar high.)  It was fun.

The second night we went to the movies and saw 300.  It is an excellent flick.  I am normally not a fighting movie type gal, but this was really good and who can complain about the period costumes?

My dad hooked me up with a local woman who has a llama farm.  She gave me 4 bag full of fiber for free.  The fiber is the first sheering off of their baby llamas, so it is really, really soft.  It is dirty, though so I am contemplating if I should wash it or just try to pick out the matter and spin it and then wash it.  I only have 2 small hand carders, so I don’t really know if I wash it if I can card it out real well.  I put an ad on craigslist for a drum carder, but I doubt that will pan out.  This really was a highlight of our trip.  I was told I can get more in July from them, as that is when they do their annual shearing.

Most of the time the weather was rainy or windy.  Sometimes we saw sun.  The nicest day was yesterday, the day we left….of course.  Every time I leave I get really depressed.  In fact, this trip, I started to get depressed about 3 days before we left.  I really want to live there, not just for the beauty of the place or the outdoor things to do, but for so many reasons.  The reality is that it is so darn expensive to live there and nothing for Tony to do.

I guess I just need to finish school and then we will decide what is best for our family.  Summer school….here I come!  (Yes, I did promise I would never do summer school…but I am…)

Here are some photos from our trip:

Fondue night:

Sleeping Beauties:

We wanted to go on a hike on the Headlands, but it was so cold that this is as far as we got…one picture, and then turned around and got back in the car.

You can’t tell from this picture, but the birds were doing some funny flying things.  They would periodically lift up their feet and then just hover in the air…they weren’t really flying anywhere.  It was funny.  They were just playing in the wind.

We drove to a private Redwood park on accident…long story is we were driving to find a bathroom and one really long windy road to a town that doesn’t existed made us end up in Leggett, home of the drive through tree.   So, we do what any tourist would do and pay the $5 so we could drive through the tree.

On the way back to my parent’s house we saw signs for Elk crossing and wouldn’t you know…saw a huge herd of elk.

Road Sweeping:

Car pics:

Colorful buildings in Willits:

We saw lots of animals, including goats, sheep, turkeys, raccoons, frogs,  alpacas, llamas, cows, horses, elk, deer, etc.

Lots of windy roads…thank goodness for children’s Dramamine.   Unfortunately we have to give them drugs or they throw up all over the car.

We had a really nice time…wish we were still there:

On the way home I stopped at Dharma Trading Company.   I told Tony I had no idea they sold yarn there.  I thought it was only dyeing supplies and blanks.  I thought maybe it would be “blank yarn,” you know, to dye.  However, the store has all yarn, from Noro to you name it.  They also have a large selection of knitting magazines and other knitting and weaving supplies.  I bought some silk roving and some acid dyes.

I did drop into my favorite yarn store in Mendo and I bought some Bearfoot sock yarn.   In a fall colorway called Goldrush.

Usually when we come back from a vacation we are broke, happy, and relaxed.   Well…we were all of that, but then this morning the kids went on a sneaky spree and got into all sorts of stuff in the house that made Tony get really stressed out.  Good thing he only works today and tomorrow and then gets the weekend off.

Did I mention we need a vacation from our vacation?  I think the next vacation me and Tony are going to drive up to Mendo, drop the girls off with grandma and grandpa and then drive home and rest for the week….Yeah, I like that idea A LOT!  I do miss sleeping in my own bed.  🙂

On the crafting front, I have finished several things for my kitchen swap partner.  I am so excited about it…I can’t share what I have done, but I will only give one hint that when I got the idea, I thought….”Elementary, My dear Watson.”

I am almost done with my dad’s sweater.  I am decreasing for the sleeve caps right now and then will do the collar and finishing.  I am also almost done with one sock.  I am getting closer to the toe.

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Spinning

March 11, 2007

Deneen sent me this roving for Christmas…

I mentioned it a few months back.  I finally have started to spin it.  There are some things I like and dislike about it.

I spun it using the fast flyer head on my Lendrum and was getting a really nice yarn.  I haven’t tried the fast flyer before and am happy I am able to spin something other than a thick/thin yarn.  While it might not all be one thickness, it is closer to the sock yarn that I am hoping to one day be able to spin.

I really love the colors of this roving.  It is absolutely gorgeous spinning up.

I think the fiber is a good one for beginner’s also.  It is a dorset cross roving.  It isn’t the softest, but it is sort of “sticky” and the fibers don’t break easily, so it is good for beginners.

What I don’t like about this roving is that there was a lot of vegetative matter in it.

I don’t know if you can see it in this picture.  The greenish roving that is blended in there had the most stuff.   I am use to seeing debris in yarn and roving, but this seemed like a lot.  The purplish roving has some fuzzballs and it seems like every time I try to get purple into my yarn, it fuzzes or balls up in the yarn and then I have to pull it off.  This may be my technique or the roving, I am too inexperienced to really know.

Those are just minor details and I think the roving is spinning into some really nice wool yarn.  I was able to sping about 2 1/2 ozs of the 8 ozs I have.