Here's your Rural Kansas Saturday Sky with a Sunday delivery.
It was rainy and felt like Fall yesterday morning. And also this morning. The time inbetween was coolish and mostly sunny. Now the sun is out again and I wish it would just RAIN. And be chilly and cold. But no. I keep reminding myself - this is what Fall is supposed to be like! Not unbearably hot - not crazy teeth chattering cold - pleasant. Still sunny and warm. Making the leaves turn and fall and crunch. The weather is doing just as it should, and who am I to hurry things along just because I would like to be wearing hand knit socks??
So here's another Saturday Sky - I finally finished knitting it onto the spindle bag... and just below is the Evening Sun yarn as well. I love them both!
Here's the bag, nearly complete. I was thinking it's still too short for a spindle plus a bit of fiber or a sock project but when I put the spindle here.... looks like it's time to close this baby up!
What's that I'm spinning, you ask? Ohhhh. I've been doing a little experimenting with the hand carders and some various fibers I have accumulated. Some purchased, some gifted. Here is a blend of Ivy's black wool from Jan, some dyed fiber (unknown wool) also from Jan, and a few tufts of angora rabbit fiber that I purchased from Susie. I think it's a little too tight on the spindle to show much halo from the angora at this point but I have really been trying not to overtwist it so that the angora will have full fluffability when it's been plied and washed. This is still in the same "thin" size range I've been working on for sock yarn though I don't expect to use this for sock yarn. I think it'll be part of another project bag. I'm loving having smallish project bags around to grab and go. Isn't the tiny curl at the end of this lock of lamb's wool the sweetest thing??
Each lock of lamb's wool is so crimpy and cute and is brown at the tip. When it's carded and spun, however, it doesn't seem like that brown can be seen at all. Alone the lamb's wool looks quite fluffy and like a dark grayish charcoal color - not pure black. Adding the angora and sagey green wool really makes an interesting tweedy single. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this will look when it's plied and washed! The angora is coming out slightly neppy but I'm really okay with that, which surprises me. I'm really liking this heathery tweedy look.
The last step on my spindle bag will be to make a tie closure. I'm thinking of making a semi-thick longish I-cord to string through the holes and use sort of as straps if I want to put it over my shoulder. This can't be a flimsy cord and I'm thinking hard about what colors and fibers to use. Ultimately I figure the strap might felt a little with much handling. Every step of this spindle bag has been so fun and I'm really looking forward to using it a lot. It's definitely been all about the process. I don't really carry a purse at this point in my life but I do have a small wallet (with drivers license, credit card, baby teeth*) that I switch from bag to bag depending on where I'm going. I think this is just a touch too bright to carry into court but I'm definitely trying to think of something that might work. Of course I'm running out of time so it's possible I won't come up with anything at all. I've also decided that I probably won't be wearing Calliope to court either. The seasons have changed and it doesn't seem appropriate any more. I'm still thinking about it.
Court is 10 days away.
*Baby teeth: Yes, I'm a freak. And it frightens my children to look into my wallet for stamps or money and find baby teeth. hehe I used to keep them in my jewelry box... you know... when the tooth fairy had too much to carry and needed me to keep them for her?.... right. So anyway, I used to keep them in a tiny drawstring jewelry bag in my jewelry box but the kids found them and I didn't want them messing with them so I started keeping them in my wallet. And... uhh... they're still there? What do y'all.... er... What would you do with baby teeth if the Tooth Fairy needed some help?
OH! And yesterday really was an awesome day at our house for College Football!