Anything worth doing is worth doing in a cold sweat!
Much work has been accomplished Chez Sheep, as one might surmise by my conspicuous absence from the blogosphere, despite NaBloPoMo. Yes, I faithfully promised. Yes, I utterly failed. That being said, I actually have done some knitterly things!
Work has been, well, WORK! But, again, the benefits of being on call is at least some knitting time. And what does knitting time mean? It means progress!!! Specifically, progress on the Kauni Cardi!
Yes, the body is finished! Yes, you do see small little stitches in pretty golden thread! (I felt that my very first steek deserved some special touches!)
Off we (my Cardi and me) went to my new knitting group.... They had promised to provide me with photo help and moral support for the cutting of my knitting....
They said that I turned really pale. I thought they were kidding, until I saw this picture.
Rather "flu"ish, I'd say. I don't think I took a breath the entire time I was cutting!
But the end result was positively majik!
I couldn't believe it!
(By the way, you will note that I am wearing my "I Swatched Ravelry" shirt! I heart it! Thanks Jess!)
Now that I can breathe again, I'll give you the short version of life here.
Our fiber group (the one we spun with at the Archaeological Fair) has solidified, and we are officially named "Interwoven". (I wasn't really pleased with this, as it is too much like "Interweave", but I was outvoted.) I particularly wanted S.W.A.T (Spun, Warped and Twisted)! We may be somewhat unique, as we are officially under the auspices of the County extension office (yes, the people who deal with Ag Ed!) And because we are associated with the County Extension office, we are also associated with Texas A&M. (My little Longhorn is groaning! Rest assured that I will have no qualms about rooting for Texas in the game on Friday, however!) The plan is to study and provide community education about the fiber arts. Now THAT is very cool! And the diverse areas of expertise represented by these women and man (yep, the husband of one of us!) is AWESOME! Some of these women have llama, alpaca and CASHMERE GOATS!!!!! Now, if you can imagine anyone confessing to a room full of fiber addicts that she has about a hundred POUNDS of cashmere fiber to be processed, and NO ONE HYPERVENTILATED (except me!)!!!! And, if we play our cards right, we will have access to some fiber from prize winning sheep, goats, llama, alpaca (and maybe somewhere, a vicuna???) from the Ag Ed departments of our and neighboring counties! WHEEEE! I'll teach anyone anything that I know for a crack at some fiber! I've already learned so much from our spinners! I'm actually making something from my first handspun, which I will post later so prying little eyes can't peek at it! (Can you spell "Christmas knitting?") And our "guy" member is incredible. He picked up drop spindling in about 10 minutes. When he started having trouble with the bottom whorl spindle, I brought him a top whorl to try. The next Tuesday, he shows up with his own top whorl spindle, made from 2 CD's, a dowel, hook, grommet and washer! Grommet and washer, you say? Yep...that makes it a convertible spindle....top or bottom whorl! He was discussing dissecting a bicycle to make his wife a ten-speed spinning wheel! We heart him lots, too! All in all, a very interesting group!
More posting this weekend, I think! I'm on call for most of the weekend, but...