Now is the prime of Summer past,
Farewell she soon must say;
But yet my gold you may behold
By every grassy way.
And what though Autumn comes apace,
And brings a shorter day?
Still stand I here, your eyes to cheer,
In gallant gold array.
Cecily Mary Baker,
A Deluxe Book of Flower Fairies
This evening as I was browsing thru this little book, I came upon this Summer flower fairy and it made me smile. Being highly allergic to ragwort (ragweed), I usually curse this summer weed, but reading this little poem, has given me a different perspective. Perhaps I will smile a bit as I am sneezing this year.
Experiments in Color continued....
Once I had decided that I preferred the more muted color blend of the rovings that I showed you last week, I thought as I had suggested, that I would toss in some pink to waken the rovings up a bit......
I have to say that I am much happier with this blend. Of course, it no longer can be called Morning Glory, as the pink has given it a whole new look, but I like it. It amazes me how much that little addition of pink has just made the roving go "Pop"! Fascinating......it is always fun to learn!. As I was looking at that little fairy book this evening, the cover of the book has all of the colors in this roving, so I have decided that this roving will be called "Pixie Dust"
This weekend I was scheduled to attend a dog show in Sturbridge, Ma. It is a show that I look forward to as it is one of the closest CKCSC,USA ones for me.........however, life had other plans for me and I had to return home after attending the board meeting on Friday. No fun dog showing for me.
As I was wandering around the house and pouting, I thought that I would take advantage of free time that I didn't think I would have and decided to work on some loose ends.
Project: Latvian Socks ~ Folk Solks
Yarn: Lorna Laces, sock weight yarn
Needles: Size 1
Started: A long time ago
I also took advantage of that time to do some spinning on something other than my rovings. This is a blend of ......you guessed it........angora and something else, that someone else prepared..LOL. I purchased this roving last month. The woman who I bought it from was not sure what type of wool was blended with the french angora.......something soft was all she said. It was fun to ponder what type of wool it might be, as I was spinning it. It has some spring to it, so perhaps it is one of the softer down breeds. Hmmm.....it is very soft, so maybe some Columbia or Ramboullet? But then, there the teeniest bit of a scratch, so perhaps it is Shetland........... Usually, spinning white roving bores me to tears, but playing the guessing game, has really made spinning this fun!
I have been working really hard at spinning thin, consistent singles and hoping to get a lace to fingering weight. I haven't taken the time to measure the wraps per inch yet, but I am really hopeful that this 2 ply skein may measure out to be a fingering weight.
This bobbin full gave me 300 yards and there is a lot more in the bag to continue with. I like the texture of this wool/angora blend very much. Even though it is a 30% angora blend, there is very little bloom and more body to it than if it had been blended with merino. Very different........but very nice.
I want to thank everyone who has commented and bid on the scarf that I put up on eBay for Oliver. There are only 3 more days to bid on this scarf.......lets do our best for Emma and Oliver. I will toss in a few extra goodies to the highest bidder. I have linked the wonderful button that Jean designed to the auction. The blogging community is such a kind group of people!!