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Friday, May 22, 2015

Raw wool

A friend of mine asked me the other day if I wanted some raw wool. I said "Sure!" expecting a handful. Was I ever surprised to find that it was an entire fleece!! Twenty pounds worth.

Wow! Where to start?? I joined a great group on Ravelry who have given me a lot of help on the way.

It's been such a learning experience along the way. I've already been thinking of spinning wheels. :-)

I received a surprise drop spindle as a RAK gift from Ravelry last month and while I had fun playing around with it, I've found a local teacher who is going to help me understand how to use it better. I've also been gifted several bags of fiber from generous ravelers. I feel so blessed to have "met" so many neat folks.

One thing I received this year was more pen pals than I can write fast enough back through the RAK group on Ravelry. Ex-family wanted me to think that "No one writes letters anymore", but my mailbox is filled each week by friends that prove otherwise. Thank you to all my pen pals that write me. I'm so thankful for each of you. And speaking of letters, I'll be writing each of you back soon!!

I will be posting more pics of the raw fleece to wool yarn transformation.
The first picture is straight out of the box. The second picture is after a cool water soak. More pics tomorrow hopefully.

I can see in the future how addicting this is going to be. I may just never buy commercial yarn again. :/

Knit picks needles

My dear sweet hubby ordered these needles for me a week or so ago, and they came in the mail yesterday.

I really like them. I was trying to decide between these and the bamboo hiya hiya needles. I was fortunate to be able to try them both out beforehand.

I actually thought I'd go with the latter set until I ordered a "try it set" from knit picks.  I was hooked! The needles took a bit of adjusting but in no time my needles were flying!

I was worried that my fingertips would feel the points, but since using them I haven't used my fingertips once to slide the yarn off. The yarn just slides right off!

I haven't knitted this way before but loving it. Lol.

I've got two projects going so far on them, but keeping it a secret as they are gifts.

Will post up pics when received.

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's hard to believe that there are only five days left of school. I hardly could believe it when hubby told me. Seems like just yesterday I was counting the months until summer would be here.

The garden is doing good. So far all the plants have transplanted well.

R.I.P. Missy 5/4/15

It is with sadness that I type these words.

Missy was attacked by a friend's Rottweiler while out on a walk with me.

Without going into details of that horrific night, we chose to put her to sleep when the vet told us her prognosis.

Missy will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Rest in peace, Missy.