The weekend was full of spinning, knitting and shopping. It was so nice to have the sun return and chase the chill away. The week to come will have perfect fall weather and yet, cool enough the snow may stay on the mountain peaks. The shopping we did included a new camera and the picture on the right is one Smith took of the mountain bowl that has a bit of snow in it all year long. You can see it in the photo above, but now we can bring it to you up close and personal (if you give it a click). Close-ups of knitting will be shown on this blog soon. The next couple of weeks will give me enough time to figure out how the camera works so it can bring home great pictures of Rhinebeck. We leave 4 weeks from tomorrow!
In preperation of Twisted Knitters Along (yes the blog is up!) I've spent the last couple of weeks spinning a beautiful Ashland Bay Amethyst Merino Top purchased at the GBFF. It really has been a heavenly fiber to spin and I filled two spindles with it. Saturday morning was spent plying a skein, 150 yds., on Lizzy. After winding the yarn onto a niddy noddy and giving the skein a bath, it was a humbling experience to hold the skein in my hands. I had spun this...with my two hands, and it really was nicely done. The job of spinning wasn't quick, but the point wasn't speed . The point was creation, making something useful and beautiful...with my hands. The skein ended up balanced, which made me wonder, "How could I make this beautiful, nicely balanced skein? Where did this skill come from? Could it really be that 3 months of practice has given me the needed knowledge to end up here?" The whole process fascinates and surprises me.
Blogless Karen has a post on the Twisted Knitters blog that shows the hand spun and knit socks she has created since learning to spin. When I brought up the idea for this dye, spin, knit along, she dyed up some fiber and created her latest pair. They really are wonderful so check out the blog and join us in some fun!