Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Vacation Continues

With some intentional spinning of a lovely silk and silk/merino blend, which will eventually become an Evelyn Clark Swallowtail shawl...

(that ended up being about 530 yards, 4 oz.)

and the finishing of my second shawl, Brandywine by Rosemary Hill.

I'm most of the way done through a third shawl (yes, I know, what's with the shawl kick? It's a newly discovered joy in lace knitting, that's what) and have a few more planned. Then there's the lace weave towels to finish, a bunch of spinning to do for my Master Spinner work... So much to do, so little time! Next week I'll be in Canada at Olds College for Olds Fibre Week, taking my Level 3 class. Starting with Level 3, there is a week-long in-class component to be done, and I'll be doing that as I'm finishing up Level 2. I have until February of 2011 to finish Level 2, and June 2011 to finish Level 3, so I'm not too terribly concerned about overlapping course work.

Summer vacation will have to come to a close sooner or later, I know, but until that situation has sorted itself out, I can certainly keep myself occupied!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summer Vacation

You know, I really don't remember my summer vacations being quite _this_ productive when I was a kid! In the last 2 weeks, I've:

taught myself to sew and made a skirt,

Spun up some alpaca, combed and spun some fabulous llama fiber in to both 2 and 3-ply yarns, spun a thin 3-ply mohair yarn, and taught myself navajo plying,

Got over half way through spinning up some lace weight to knit a little shawl called Citron,

Finished knitting my very first shawl, complete with lace edging and feline blocking assistance.

But wait, there's more, and the summer vacation isn't over yet! I've also been out kayaking a few times with my sweetie, cooked my first ever batch of paella, scoured half a cormo lamb's fleece, drove down to Santa Cruz for the heck of it to try out coffee from a reportedly excellent coffee roaster (Lulu's, for those of you interested).

Next on the list includes finishing up the yarn for Citron and knitting the shawl, finish warping the loom for some more lace weaving samples (place mats, tea towels, we'll see how they turn out), some more sea kayaking, Spinning Day at Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, and I'll finish out June with a week at Olds College for Fibre Week.