Monday, February 05, 2007

Vacation Time


Well, soon anyway. Yes, next week, on Thaddeus' birthday, we will be on a plane to our annual vacation in Cancun.

Blog Vacation
Until then, I will continue to post knitting and spinning progress, right up until Tuesday, February 13th. At that point, I may try to find some internet cafe where I will post some irritating "wish you were here" type of blog entry...just to make you envious. But, I may not end up posting anything until I return on the 21st.

Current Knitting
I'm just about to start the neck shaping on the front of the dark tweek pullover. I keep debating on how deep or actually, how shallow I want to make the neck hole.



When in doubt, I usually try to go more shallow on a handknit pullover.

Current Reading
I just finished my latest novel, <i>Crazy In Alabama</i> by Mark Childress.



Overall, this was a thoroughly engrossing read, and I already miss reading about the two main characters. I wanted their stories to just keep going on and on. The writing is a little more careless than I usually prefer, but the storytelling abilities of the author more than make up for the lazy writing style.

I'm going to have to look into his other books.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Regarding the first hank of plied multi-colored Merino, Marilyn asks, "What's the wpi? Looks like a fingering weight, maybe almost sport."

Marilyn has a good eye when it comes to estimating yarn grist. The wraps per inch is about 16, and the yards per pound is about 1,460. That would put this yarn right in the range of a sport weight, based on Prairie Wool's handy FAQ sheet on yarn grist.

JacquieKnits asks, "Have you spun up that beautiful red sliver from New Zealand yet?"

Yes, the wool from James was spun up in no time. It turned out to be a lovely deep red yarn that I haven't decided what to use it for. My next spinning will be the beautiful superwash roving that Franklin sent me.

6 comments:

Cheryl :) said...

I LOVED CRAZY IN ALABAMA. I read it several years ago purely on the recommendation of the librarian who said "you'll love this one!" I do believe they've made a movie from it... Melanie Griffith is Lucille.

Anonymous said...

Loved, loved, loved that book. I read his others - none compared.

Carol

Barb B. said...

If you go the Prairie Wool website, click on the "Browse Photos" and take a look at Roberta's knitting, especially her lace that she dyes after knitting. I've seen it in real life, where it is twice as lovely. I wanna be her when I grow up.
Barb B.

FiberQat said...

Yes. Send us "Nyah nyah!" pictures from Cancun. They will brighten up the gray cold days.

Happy Birthday Thaddeus!

Geraldine said...

Have a great holiday.

Please let us know what you think of the superwash stuff. I have made a couple of garments out of it but I am still not sure that I like it. it behaves a bit differently from 'normal' wool I think. Anyway, having shorn the alpacas I am now waiting for my rovings and yarns to come back from the mill so I can make a start on that, so I doubt I will have time in the next few years to even look at any sheep wool.

anne marie in philly said...

have a nice vacation! and happy birthday to the handsome thaddeus!

will you have a guest blogger like last year?