You are quite good at keeping a secret. I don’t know if you put her up to it, but for weeks Erica of DesigKnit has had a surprise up her sleeve. Inspired by the picture of Argus and Io that I posted to our blog a while back, she did a special dye of some beautiful Polwarth — it’s called Fair Winds Peacock. And it was waiting for me when we arrived at the farm last week. As I told her, you could hear my “SQUEE!” all the way in the next county. These pictures are taken with some of Argus’ molted tail feathers…amazing how accurately she hit the colors. In the last picture I did some photo-editing to super-saturate the colors just for fun. I tell you, no super-saturation needed — it is a stunning braid of fiber and I’m so looking forward to spinning it. Thank you, Erica!! XOXOXO!!!
I’ve got to get the BFL finished first though. I thought I might spin a bit of the Polwarth to try it out this weekend, but I find I’m compulsively monogamous when it comes to this spinning thing. I’m a little over half way through the braid I bought at Sock Summit, so although it must wait, the Polwarth won’t wait TOO long. I love the little mongolian yurts that come off of the turkish spindles. At least that’s what they look like to me. This one is about 24 grams of single ply. The picture of the 2-ply is about 250 yards or so.
I don’t think I put up any pictures of the finished Sweater from Down Under, did I? Here it is and I’m very pleased with it. Despite the little pook of belly sticking out, the vertical celtic cabling has a pretty nice slimming effect. And it has a comfortable sweatshirt feel to it so is going to get a lot of wear, of that I’m certain. I feel “handsome” with it on — very warm too, so the wearing will wait till this fall or winter.
I took the dogs hiking about the property this weekend and as always we found some interesting things. Here is a delicate little flower growing by it’s lonesome in the corn. It looked like morning glory to me, but it was mid-afternoon, so must just be a relative. And here is corn that has been shucked and eaten while still on the stalk. I’m almost certain it was deer…you can see where there has been some serious tramping in the areas where this corn on a stick buffet has gone.
As we rounded the corner to come back up the driveway I got a full view of the farmhouse. I had to catch my breath. There is not doubt that we have many, many good times ahead of us here. Makes me realize that I’m really about ready to make a transition. By this time next year I hope I can finish up my work with the Navy and make myself into a full time farmer and designer. Happy thoughts.
Happy thoughts to you for the coming week! Love, Jan