What a busy weekend! On Friday, I got a package from my secret pal from the yarn stash swap - Jenny from Stash and Burn (Thanks, Jenny!) - she was wayyyy generous in the awesome yarns she sent -
I got 2 skeins (yes, people, TWO!) of Lisa Souza - I think almost 1000 yards of a gorgeous dark eggplant yarn - then, the thing from her stash she hated - it needs no more introduction than the red in the photo... She also sent some pretty muted tomato colored yarn that's just like the other Lisa Souza, a pretty hand made book, a card (love the bunny!) and a cool little patons pattern book for mens patterns (which has a nice simple half zip sweater in it that I like). The swap was pretty successful, and I definately learned a little about organizing them with this first one... I also finished my self striping socks last week - I didn't think I'd be able to make them, but here they are! The only problems I have (which can be fixed next go around) are that I didn't get the two socks quite the same length (I think they're around 1/2" different in length) and I don't know how to kitchener stich or graft the toes... I tried to follow the tutorial, but when I was doing this, it was late and I was anxious to just get DONE - so I winged it. It's not horrible, but I don't think they'd win any competition for best first socks. I love them; and they're done. I have tackled socks. Hooray.
I wanted to take home the angora bunnies! I loved them - so cute (and big!) soft and fluffy - and nameless... these 2 were $50 each - and I wanted more than anything to take them home. I learned that they get plucked (yes, plucked) every 3 weeks or so - and that if they're not plucked, they groom themselves (like a cat) and get hairballs but they can't digest hair - so it's not a good thing to put off. If I were on a farm, or if I were really in love with spinning at this point in my life, I'd be more apt to dive into angora bunny fur harvesting - for now, I'll just admire them and pet them every chance I get...
Wormspit - They were very informative and explained that these icky looking silkworms (which are very sweet and gentle) grow up, and spin a coccoon, then transform into beautiful moths (butterflies?)
Terri told me that lots of kids (including her and her husband when they were in Kindergarten) did some sort of experiment with these worms to learn about the metamorphosis - I didn't do this as a kid in Indiana/Kentucky - probably because these critters didn't live thre - but now, I'm in California, so things are different. I was entralled with how tiny the silk thread is, and how complicated the process is to get it into thread, even before it's woven or knitted into fabric - it's an amazing world we live in.
A beautiful shawl out of greens that had lots of knitted "Leaves" in it