I know it seems like I went AWOL but I was still here, doing fibery things and lurking at my favorite blogs. I got almost the right color for my Orangey-Red spinning project and cast on for February Lady. Twice. My gauge was fine, but after I knit the yolk and had the three button holes in they looked way too close to each other. They should be 2.5 in apart, it was more like 1.5 in apart in my first version. The second is going better. See?
My aunt came over a couple weeks ago for a refresher course on how to spin, she picked it up right away. My mother even tried but so far has not been bitten by the bug even though she did get yarn on the bobbin. Don't worry, I'm still working on her. We also did a little dyeing as neither of them had ever tried it. I kept hearing "no, no, you do it, I don't want to mess up your wool" when I was trying to get my aunt to squirt pink dye on some Rambouillet roving while I was squirting purple dye on it. "Silly lady, if it sucks I'll just over-dye it!" Then she let loose and hose the wool with pink dye. And it doesn't suck, see:
I have a confession to make- I have been cheating on you guys. I've been lured into a different hobby. There's websites, online ordering, overnight delivery, and forums where other cultists share where to get the good stuff. I can't stop, I've taken out every book on the subject from the library and even watched lot's of YouTube and DVD videos about this new hobby. It's hot, you have to check it out. Everybody's doing, why not you too?
What is it? Chickens! Seriously, raising backyard chickens is a rising hobby similar to gardening, just, well, different. If you are interested you have to check out www.backyardchickens.com and you will find the answer to all your questions. I've got 6 (for now) chicks on order for pickup the day after Easter from a hatchery in Iowa (going to be down that a way for Easter anyway) and I'm here to tell you, this new adventure is addictive as anything in the Fiber world.
Anyway, I'm not abandoning Fiber, just expanding my horizons. Spreading my wings. Get it? I crack myself up. Seriously, can't stop. :-)