Joyknits!

Knitting, spinning, pets, food and other thoughts


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A little of this, a little of that …

Saturday before last, some of our fiber group came to visit and eat and just spend some fun time together. Glen, who taught me to spin a lot of years ago, has a new lady friend – he brought her along, and we told him he’d brought the entertainment.

Toby and Lady.

Toby especially enjoyed the company. She doesn’t “do” steps yet so when he went down the 3 steps off the deck, she stood at the top and scolded him for leaving her behind πŸ˜‰

I’ve been playing in the garden a lot, and it’s coming along nicely. All the tomatoes and peppers are planted, the new asparagus (finally!) all came up, and the beans are looking good.

Double row of beans.

Beans (up close)

The bluebirds have been very busy lately – both parents have been making pretty constant food runs to the house at the end of the garden.

Going out for more …

I realized I forgot to show you the 2nd rose I ordered. Prairie Sunrise came with several buds on in and they almost all opened – in addition to the lovely color, it has a wonderful fragrance!

Prairie Sunrise rose.


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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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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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Spinning progress

I finished spinning the BFL “Evil Jeanius” singles recently (24 oz). I still haven’t plied it yet, but I want to look at Judith MacKenzie’s plying dvd before I get started.

Blue-faced Leicester singles

Meanwhile I could no longer resist the BFL/silk top I got from Rachel at the fiber gathering back in February, and have been having such a lovely time spinning it that there’s hardly any left. Still no idea what it’s going to turn into, but I’ll be sorry to see the end of it, though of course I do know where to get more πŸ˜‰

BFL/silk blend.

Almost gone.


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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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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.