We had a little visitor come in with the morning paper today. I guess that is one reason to not go to the internet-only version. I’m not sure it will sway me (the hard copy doesn’t do the funny scroll-overs on XKCD, after all), but we enjoyed our breakfast guest.
Wilson went off to work, and I worked from home. At least I did until I heard SQUEEAL-BANG!!! in front of the house. Two high schools students, rushing on an errand on their lunchbreak, ended up taking a dead end into the woods at the curve in the road. You can barely see their car in the photo, it got that deep into the trees. Thankfully, by the time I was out there they were out of the car and looked shaken up but otherwise OK. I called 911, brought one of them a jacket (it was chilly today and he was in short sleeves and was rattled, he needed a hug more than the jacket, but I don’t think that would have been accepted), and then got out of the way. I felt for the guys, but I hope their hard-but-not-horrible lesson will be a warning to the other students who come careeming around the bend. And I bet they are both better drivers from this day forward.
The afternoon brought the excitement of having my runner up’s copies of 1000 Fabulous Knit Hats delivered. It was a thrill to see my pattern in print in a real book! Annie’s commentary is great, and the book overall is a real inspiration of patterns. The winner, Harpa Jonsdottir of Iceland, designed an incredible felted and embroidered creation, Flowers, and has several other examples of her unique combination of techniques in the book. These hats look like they could be homes for fairies - absolutely enchanting. It is the hat in the lower right corner of the cover - do check it out.
Afternoon brought hard core spinning (taking breaks to finish laundry, do a little more work email even though I had the afternoon off, even a modicum of cooking). Look at what I have to play with - 3 fat bobbins of fine singles which will become 3ply yarn for a future sweater, about two weeks of spinning.
I have about twice as many batts of the same fleece remaining so I am feeling pretty good about quantity. The yarn will be about DK weight once it blooms in the washing. I am calling this my Selkie yarn - it should be obvious why.
And that about brings us to the end of our big day. Some of us were ready for a nap long ago.
P.S. Twin Cities readers - don’t miss your chance to take a class on photographing your textiles from the fabulous Gale Zucker of She Shoots Sheep Shots and Shear Spirit. The Yarnery is bringing her in the weekend of September 25th-26th. Alas, I will be in northern MN that weekend, so why don’t you sign up for the class and give Gale a hug for me? (Photos courtesy of Gale - note the happy workshop attendees, beautiful textiles given their due with great technique, and even the chance to visit a farm. Lamb not guaranteed, but I don’t think it is possible to spend time with Gale without having fun.)