The most wonderful time of the year…

Sorry all, for the earworm.  And no, there are no jolly elves in red suits for this particular non-holiday.  It’s just the first full weekend in May, which means Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

The weather looks like it’s going to be …not so great.  Not like last year, anyway.  But that’s okay.  We’re not really going for yarn, just for shearling slippers (mine have given up the ghost after about three or four years of constant use and John, poor man doesn’t have any at all).  There may be a yarn purchase or two.  Maybe.  I’m not ruling it out, but I do have something of a yarn shop in my office/studio/cave of exploded projects, and I really don’t need any more.

Stop snickering, you in the back.  Do I have to turn this car around?

Anyway, time to go jump on John in a very annoying kid-on-Christmas-morning kind of way.


Somebody else came up with what would be the most perfect name in the world for me, if I were to ever open a yarn and fiber shop.

Probably best that they have it – I’ll probably never chase that rainbow anyway.  And it’s too good to not use.

Remember when…?

Remember when I learned to spin? (Seriously – it’s okay if you don’t.) I have spun lots of fiber since. I have had people try my wheel, I’ve tried different techniques, I’ve skeined and stored yards and yards of handspun. I’ve even given some away.

What I hadn’t done yet is knit with any of it. Daft? Yup.

That is, until this weekend. John had picked out some roving at Dancing Leaf Farm a while ago, and I had dutifully spun it up. I had even gone so far as to wind it, and it sat amongst my “regular” yarn for about a year. Finally, I found the pattern to knit up – something that would suit my still-pretty-beginner-spinner nobbly yarn. Anne Hanson’s “Paris-Roubaix” hat. It was even a perfect theme – John loves cycling, and I’ve watched many a Spring Classic.

This whole project has really made me cultivate “beginner’s mind.” For instance, thank goodness my nobbly handspun pretty well disguises the fact that I really didn’t know what I was doing for the crown decreases. Anyway, here it is.

Paris-Roubaix hat, out of handspun

Now we’ll see if John actually wears it…  it may need a bath with some conditioner to soften it.