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Knitting, spinning, pets, food and other thoughts


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Pretty is …

NOT necessarily as pretty does, to borrow an old saying, and therein lies a lesson. Don’t these chicken pot pies look nice?

And closer …

I made pot pies with the rest of the chicken from the soup, plus onions, shiitaki mushrooms, asparagus and a cream sauce. By putting the crust (frozen puff pastry, thawed before using and trimmed to fit) on top of already hot filling, the crust was supposed to get cooked through in the time given (and I even gave it a little extra time in the oven), but it didn’t work out that way. The top layer was nicely done, but the lower half of the pastry was soggy and practically raw. We each ate 1 for supper last night, but I took the pastry off the other 2 and baked it until it was done through. Lesson learned: Next time, I’ll bake the pastry separately and just set it on top of the pot pies when they’re served.

There has been spinning here – I’ve been working on the Dyeabolical BFL/silk blend and made progress, though there’s still more to go.

BFL/silk blend; Juniper.


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Friends & fibers …

As Cindy mentioned, after many emails and several tries (between schedule conflicts and her ailing car) we finally had the chance to get together last Saturday, and what a great day – we could barely stop talking long enough to eat! It was such fun, and I simply cannot wait to do it again πŸ™‚

If you haven’t checked out Cupcake Fiber Co’s goodies, you really should! I was lost when Joan put up some gorgeous blue/green fluff (ask Cindy – I’m magnetically attracted to blue/teal/green) and found this in my mailbox when I got home on Saturday. The packaging alone is so clever and the fluff inside is beautifully prepared and wonderful! (At least on my screen, the color in the first picture is more accurate.)

The box.

Blue-faced Leicester/nylon blend.

After several unsuccessful tries to find a particular color of Zauberball Crazy locally, I ordered from Webs, who had not only the one I wanted but another blue/green as well, so these also came on Saturday. I’ve no idea when I’ll be able to get these all spun/knit, but at least I won’t run out any time soon πŸ˜‰ The Zauberball colors will probably become shawls/stoles, the fluff hasn’t yet told me what it wants to be.

Zauberball Crazy #2133

Zauberball Crazy #2085


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Fiberish things

I finished binding off the Zauberball shawl (didn’t count the stitches, but it was a big number!) and blocked it yesterday. It’s been too windy for a photo shoot, but it sure felt nice around my shoulders!

Starting to bind off.

Also plied the BFL/tussah silk I got from Rachel at the fiber gathering back in February. No idea what it might become, but I love the colors.

Colorway: Jeanette.

I’ve been spinning the Juniper BFL/silk blend lately; there’s a lot of it, and I hope a sweater might eventually happen πŸ™‚ Amber has decided she likes the sheepskin on my spinning chair, so I’ve had some trouble getting to sit in it.

And since you never know when you might run out of fiber, I couldn’t resist this. It’s a bit out of my usual color range, but I can’t wait to play with it.

Merino/bamboo viscose; Blood Orange.


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Friends, food & fiber

We had a fiber get-together here today. Unfortunately several friends weren’t able to join us, as they had other commitments, but I hope they can come next time. We got to spend time visiting and catching up, the weather cooperated, there was knitting, spinning, tatting and sewing, plenty of food and lovely fiber – what a great day!


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Year of the Cicadas …

What’s currently coming out of the ground is a crop of 13-year cicadas, and they’re all over the place! Unfortunately Toby seems to think they’re snack food, and they don’t play nicely with his tummy, so I’m having to restrict his access to the yard for a little while.

1. Holes are about the size of a pencil.

2. Empty cicada shells.

3. Adult cicada.

The wild honeysuckle is in full bloom right now, as is the clump of mock orange bushes and both smell wonderful!

Honeysuckle.

Mock orange.

Rachel‘s been tempting me againβ€”I got a very full mailer from her the other day, and here’s what was in it:

Bluefaced Leicester/silk top; Juniper.

I can’t wait to start playing with it πŸ™‚


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I’ve got Mail!

I received a lovely package fromΒ  Margene at Zeneedle for commenting on her blog and I had help almost as soon as I opened it. The book is Twist & Knit by Miriam Felton (Margene was one of the sample knitters), and a bag of really yummy Cormo/Alpaca roving (70% cormo/30% alpaca) from Foxfire Fiber. I’ve already sampled a bit on one of my spindles, and discovered that I really need to put it where Amber can’t get to it πŸ˜‰ Thanks again, Margene!

The 2nd stalk on the amaryllis is blooming – it has another 4 buds on it. I’m really enjoying the bright color when the weather’s been not so nice.

And the snowdrops are getting a little taller, so spring must be on the way!


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Surprise!

There are a few plants under a light in the basement, and I’ve had a bad habit lately of forgetting that the poor things are down there. I was really surprised the other day when I went down for something else and found this (and there’s a 2nd bud stalk on it that’s just starting to show some color):

I mentioned that some stash enhancement happened on Saturday at the fiber gathering – here are the goodies I got from Rachel. The blues are the same colorway as the BFL top I’ve been spinning. She said Cindy & I picked the exact same BFL/silk top – I can’t wait to see what we each decide to do with it. πŸ™‚

Sock yarn

Blue-faced Leicester/tussah silk top

And the 2nd sock of my current pair is coming along nicely. I’d like to finish it so I can play with my new sock yarn, besides there seems to be a wearing-out epidemic happening in my sock supply!

Berroco Sock, color #1453.


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Winter Flock Gathering

Our very loosely organized (main membership requirement is enjoy fiberish activities and to show up for spin-ins/potlucks) group, Ozark Foothills Spinners had a get-together today, and had our usual fiber-y, foodie great time with fiber, food, friends, and oh, did I mention food πŸ˜‰

The get-together is a great antidote to the winter blahs – I was having so much fun, I only took a couple of photos, and Rachel (Dyeabolical) & I asked someone to take a photo of us spinning together. Some of her fiber and sock yarn may have come home with me, but that photo will have to wait for better light.