Thank you again to everyone who has written me about Toby (or thought about it, but didn't know what to say). I am so touched. It helps to ease the pain. I have tried to respond as sincerely as your condolences. Somehow, everything I try to write in response sounds trite; so I end up with a simple "thank you". Thank you, so very much.
Much to show! Please pardon today's blurry-cam technology. I also have a couple of wonderful swap packages which I will give their own post. Here is some stash enhancement.
My January Spunky Club fiber! This month it is a wool blend in pink, tan, brown, and turquoise called Walk About. Yummy. I'm itching to spin it it up.
As a fiber snob, I started out as a Merino or BFL spinner only. Recently, I have come to love other fibers like Falklands, Romney, and my beloved Wensleydale. This wool blend is softer than I would have expected. The best part of broadening my fiber selection, is that almost every wool is easier to spin than slippery Merino (I still love you to pieces Merino).
More sock yarn from Jessie at A Piece Of Vermont. On the left is a 100% Merino called Abracadabra. So soft. On the right is another Real Vermonter mohair/wool yarn called Caramel. My oh my, it is stunning. I won't use the s word (subtle, because Jessie is under the false impression that subtle is inferior), let me say that it is rich and complex.
Speaking of fiber pimps, Jessie sent me this sample of her Real Vermonter roving (60% Romney/Corriedale, 40% Alpaca). What a lovely blend. It has the elasticity of wool with the softness (and I imagine the warmth) of alpaca. This sample was in a sandwich size zip-top bag. I fluffed it for your viewing pleasure.
It spins like a dream. I had no trouble getting nice even singles. I think I will need more (pimping successful) in a pale steel blue and gray colorway (hint, hint). I want to spin and knit a Scandinavian style hat for February's Project Spectrum.
Do I gush too much about my fiber and yarn purchases? I assure you that it is honest gushing. I am not being supplied free lovlies in exchange for my praise. Not, mind you, because I am too ethical to accept a bribe. I am available. And, I'm cheap. Just kidding. (maybe)
On Saturday I took my four completed Red Scarves to Article Pract (LYS).
From left to right: Bias Scarf, Scarf Around with sari silk, Cable Embrace, and Scarf Around in 3 colors. I hope they bring joy to the recipients.
Yes, I did start a couple more. No, I did not finish them all. I am thinking of them as a start on next year's crop.
I am very happy with the scarves and with how many people have used my patterns for the Red Scarf Project. Thank you all. If you have knit one of my patterns (for charity or otherwise), please send me a picture to add to the gallery.