Friday, October 24, 2008

a real brown

Tommorow is Harvest Days/Fiber Festival in Cannonsburg (murfreesboro, tn) I will be there and am quiet excited to say that I am going to be picking up an Angora buck and Doe. It has been some years since I had fluffy rabbits and it will be great to have somebunny to love again (groan!)
Am going to answer the comments to the last posts in this post.

Lea-Ann, yes, I am done with the collar, and am now on a hunt for a similar fingering weight yarn to do the body of the sweater. (enter, Knitting Today, perhaps? lol) The trouble is, I am looking for a "real" brown. A rich, chocolatey cocoa brown. Not the greyed-out brown that many of the yarn companies call "cocoa". Brown is a "step color" left out, neglected...I can find a few lovely browns in worsted weight, but not in this light weight...any leads?

Hi Dianne! no the leaf edging is just a generic leaf edging..not exactly sure where it came from, but there are many variations..I just love all knitted leaf motifs..would be fun to gather several and put them all into one garment. If you are on Ravelry, and search "leaf" you will be amazed at the leaves in scarves, leaves in socks, etc. Most of the instructions originate from the early 1900's ladies publications, or from Barbara Walkers treasuries (of which I own none, now, but really lust to own all of them) or from Nicky Epsteins various embellishment books. Are you on Ravelry? my name there is Cadymay, if you are.

And in reply to the dear anonymouses (what is the plural for anonymous?)
The spindolyn shaft experiment was a dud. It was a rubber sheath (that sounds kinky) to improve handling and twirl, and although the concept worked well, gravity bit me in the butt... it made too much weight to the center and decreased spin longevity, so, back to the drawing board.
No, at this time, I only make the spindolyns in one wood and with one finish. I have to keep things kinda simple for myself at this time, because I go back and forth to Mom's, and she doesnt have internet, so when I get back, I have to scramble to catch up, and then I get mixed up easily. (ok, Lea Ann, I know you are laughing, I have always gotten mixed up easily, but you have to admit, I do sometimes have my moments of clarity! lol)

And about Mom. Thank you to all who have sent well wishes her way. She is in a lot of pain, which is hard to watch. She is not a complainer, and so kind, intelligent and gracious. I try and imagine what she is going through, and I only know one thing...I believe I would be a whiner. I just am not that strong and unselfish. Maybe they just don't make em like they used to, but she is an inspiration.

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