Life has been so busy lately that I keep forgetting to write, or I assume people will be bored with all my Diane-centered chatter. Whatever, it's my blog!
First I should say that the Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games
went well, the dance I wrote looked great, and people really seemed to have a good time. There's a video on facebook, though I'm not sure if it's up on our fan page
yet. We start dance classes back on Monday the 27th, so if you're interested, give us a try! There will be lots of new students, and we are gearing up for our St. Andrew's ball and dinner in November.
That same day, Saturday, was Worldwide Spin in Public Day
, so I brought my drop spindle and cranked out some of the corriedale cross that was my very first handpainted roving. Needless to say, I'm so addicted. I also carded some of the fleece I'm working on, and now that I've made a few mods to my wheel (added some leather bushings to the crank shaft to keep the footman from moving when I treadle and wiggling the wheel, which causes the drive band to move around) it is much smoother to spin, though it doesn't keep its momentum as long. I will continue to play around with it. Need to take some pictures to share.
I got another order for a bonnet last week, which is perfect because I'm just about done with the ones for Mark & Margaret Lethbridge
(a pair of bagpipers who are giving me some publicity on their links page). Anyway, this necessitated a yarn order from Knit Picks
(I like using their yarns because it makes it easy to let people pick their own colors.), so I bought myself a new size 0 circular needle (couldn't justify getting 1s as well, since I have perfectly functional set of bamboo DPNs even if they are starting to get bent from use and the finish is a bit sticky requiring them to be periodically waxed... 0s will make better socks anyway, less of the dreaded waffle-foot) so I can finally try some of the patterns from my Toe-Up Two at a Time
book. I plan to use that lovely yarn I won a couple weeks ago and posted about here. I also bought some of their ridiculously cheap Peruvian Highland roving $2.69 for 3 ounces. There is a sale on Wilton's Icing Dyes at Joann Fabrics right now (1.49 for half an ounce), so I will get some of those to hand-paint the roving. I'm planning on making a fractal-spun two-ply for a pair of pretty winter knee socks. Maybe they'll be ready in time for winter 2011!
The visit from my grandma and her husband went really well. I always enjoy my grandma's stories and her ribald sense of humor, which shocks Arlen every time. Grandma told us about when they came to Idaho from Kansas when she was 8 or 9 and they got their first house with running water and electricity, and what a novelty that was. She was thrilled to be able to go to the bathroom indoors. Her husband, Jim, is a real interesting character, and I loved most watching Grandma's face as she listened to him B.S. on and on. Such a combination of affection and annoyance. Don't you just love family? Three days of their visit was plenty, but we were sad to see them go.
Anyway, life rolls on as usual. Today is the equinox, Arlen's built a Sukka in the yard, and we'll try to do something special to mark the day, I'm sure. Time to finish reaping the bounty of summer and to start pulling inward for the darker times of the year.