Thursday, June 3, 2021

Winnowing redux and other plans

 I saw a bee on the lavender this morning, first one on it, which tells me it's nearly ready to pick and share. Bees are great indicators of when blossoms are ready.

Several friends will dry their share to use on the linen shelf, one, a great cook,  is planning an ice cream experiment. A day or two more sunshine will bring up the scent into the flowers.

And our cool rainy spring has kept the pansies going much longer than usual

And driven up a lot of foliage



Indoors, Winnowing is happening again. After waiting long enough to be sure, I'm moving along some crewel and other yarns.

They'll do well at the thriftie, when I get there. I've used all I can of them, and they're good quality, so someone may be happy.

This is the result of receiving an email about a yarn sale, which caused my Inner Cheapskate, I mean Green Warrior Guarding the Earth, to say are you sure you need to buy? Check upstairs 

And I did, finding the Winnowing material, also this, 

Beautiful fine wool, which I'd forgotten about and is  just like the thing that I nearly bought and now don't need to. And some fine cotton that will go with it. 

I don't have a great track record of rendering skeins into usable balls, not having one of those machine things (swift?)  but my mom didn't have one either. 

She did usually have a kid, me, though, available as a yarn holder and steady waver-about to keep the rhythm going without snagging the yarn and annoying the knitter.

The Tunisian Mitered Square learning seems to have reignited my Square hunger, so the skirt can wait a little. The weather's stormy anyway, not exactly skirt weather. Anyway that's my story.

No, I don't know what I'll make. I'll make squares until I find out.


11 comments:

  1. Your forgotten wool is a beautiful shade of silvery blue. A neck scarf would show off that lovely color.
    Thank you for the tip about bees and flowers

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    1. It's a bit bluer than the picture, but still a nice gentle shade. Thanks for the scarf suggestion.

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  2. Yes, the color of the wool in the last picture is so beautiful.

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  3. And that's what art is all about- waiting for it to reveal itself.

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    1. Yes. Spot on. Letting it come, not getting behind to push!

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  4. "my Inner Cheapskate, I mean Green Warrior Guarding the Earth" -- hahahahaha, you clever wordsmith!

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    1. Thank you for enjoying this kind of thing! I feel seen :)

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  5. I was giggling over the Green Warrior name which, to my mind, should be made into a 'thing' for those who are caring for the environment as well as wanting to save money. Perhaps there should be a sign up to join?
    And, there's always the back of a chair to substitute for a kid holding the skein...

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  6. Before I owned a swift I used chairs with some frustration, and had better luck with an upside-down plastic laundry basket. The narrowing-toward-the-top diameter seemed to help me lift the yarn strand off without disrupting the whole hank. I don't use them often so my swift and a ballwinder are things that, if I ever give them away, I will never replace because of the cost - but when I need them I'm very glad to have them.

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  7. It's nice when winnowing produces treasures we'd forgotten about.

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    1. I hadn't even realized this was a hank. It was buried under a lot of tapestry stitching yarn on cards.

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