Tina has felt the spring come as well. She is losing her winter coat, the first spots are in her rear end, all of the beautiful and thick winter skirt-fur (I don’t know if that is the right word, but that is how we call it) is soon gone. She has had a sore throat for a few days as well. No she has not caught flu, she has brought this by herself. I did warn her, but there are so many birds and squirrels to bark at that it is hard to know when to stop. As if this has not been enough work for a little dog, for some reason there have been many reindeer passing through our yard. Tina just barks at them, she knows she is not allowed to go after them. She’ll chase them further but she won’t go after. In the spring time it would be fatal to chase reindeer since many of them are having little ones soon. I have been spinning. I spun and plied the yak/merino blend and now am spinning BFL in colour way Jacob’s Coat from LizaKnit (the links don't seem to be working today, so here manually: http://www.lisaknit.com/fibers/bfleicester.html). I love the colour changes. My merino/yak was from Crown Mountain Farm (www.crownmountainfarms.com) and I have been going back to Crown Mountain site for over and over. I love to spin merino, because the fibres are long and there isn’t too much loose fibre flying around making me sneeze. If you love to spin beautiful multi-coloured tops, you have to see this site. The colours they have are absolutely gorgeous. And the yak/merino blend I spun was well-prepared as are LisaKnit tops too.
I like to spin thin yarn. Some of the handspun yarns I have used for shawls but I thought to try mittens with very fine gauge, I looked for needles 1,5 mm (US000 - I think) and will make a pair of mittens with this yak/merino blend. Mittens so thin are not very warm so I’ll make them double layer and for the undermitten I’ll use one of my older yarns.
This is a picture of the mitten under way.
And the stockings. Not very many of your guessed that I had picked indeed the Millicent and the
Rhiannon patterns. Since the stockings would be to my dancing daughter, and she has long legs, I think that even the thick Rhiannons would look good on her. And the winners are:
Could you please e-mail to me at lenealve at yahoo dot com so that I can send you your yarn!
Thank you all for playing along!
This next week I will knit these mittens whenever possible. And will try hard to resist the urge to order new wool, I should use up some of the old first. But this battle I think I have already lost.
I hope you all have a good week, have time to look around and feel the spring!
(There is still something funny going on with the blogger...)