Sunday, June 30, 2013

June 2013

Seems like the month flew by .. now tomorrow is July.  Yesterday was the beginning of this year's Tour de Fleece, which for spinners coincides with the Tour de France.  Last year there was a big hullabaloo about using  the "Tour de ..." tag and they had to change the name.   They must have worked it out because it is back to what it was originally.  So, I've been spinning and it is during the tour that I start spinning out side on my porch and watch the world go by.  Quite fun.  Andy likes to go out with me.  I just tell him "let's go spinny" and he knows what to do. So that is where I am going.  

Here are a few recent pics.

Yesterdays spinning for TdF

            Flowers from my garden   

This is the fiber I am spinning.  It is a Merino/Silk

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bluebells and Jack, too.

Yesterday a group of my lady friends toured the Bluebells in the woods on Dawn Rogers' uncle's land.  There are millions of them in the piece of woods near Bloomfield.  We took a little path, crossed a little bridge over a creek, and there they were in full bloom.  Beautiful.

Just as we were leaving the woods it started to pour.  We were very fortunate, though it was a bit muddy in there.

Then off to the Rogers Farm Market for a delicious ice cream party  – what a treat.    Thanks, Dawn.

Blue bell close-up and little Jack in the Pulpit

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's been too long since I've been here.

I have been away too long.  I've forgotten how much fun it is to blog.  I have changed the name of my blog to CheshireWools.  This matches my Etsy name and my labeling.

My knitting projects have grown. I joined the Rochester Knitters Guild last year and with that have come new adventures and new friends.  I joined a group that meets at Wegmans in Canandaigua on Wednesday nite for a few hours.  We have a lite supper and then knit.  People often comment about how much fun knitters seem to have and they seem to enjoy our laughter.  

On Tuesdays we go to The Legacy Senior Living Facility in Victor NY to encourage all of the residents who are interested in knitting through their projects.  We just finished doing a lap quilt afghan with them.  We will present it to them next week to do with as they wish.  I think they will probably raffle it off among the residents with the proceeds going to pay for the yarn and the remainder to a charity.

This is the lap quilt being blocked.  Margaret did all the joining and the edging. They are going to love it.

In April I had fun with my friends  at the RKG Knitter's retreat at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake in the Fingerlakes Region of NYS.  
This is Dawn working on a knitted beaded bracelet.
This is Margaret.  A VERY accomplished kitter.
Marti is in front, Nina, our retreat organizer is in back being watchful. 
Judy is always energetic

The classes we took were great.  I am still working on knitted socks that have the most complicated instructions I have ever used ... The pattern is Fiesta socks designed by Lucy Neatby.  This is keeping me interested because of the complexity.  I get too bored when all I do is stockinette or ribbing stitches.  As you can see there are a lot of different stitches here. Fun.  I handspun and handdyed the wool. The yellow is a really springy 100% wool of Portugese Merino.  Very nice to work with and is a joy to knit.  It seems to be in short supply, so I am trying to get as much as I can.

Fiesta Socks from Lucy Neatby