The walk was short but fruitful. Early afternoon brought a small window of calm in several days of blustery rainy weather. The winds had carried pears from the tree, scattering them among the leaves.
Past the cherry tree and through the gate to the pear tree which is just barely visible on the other side of the gate. It’s lost all of its leaves. The gravenstein apple tree tenaciously clings to its leaves.
Most of the pears aren’t quite ripe but they are in a drier place now.
The woven cloth is finished, washed, and dried. I haven’t started laying out a vest pattern. There’s another present that needs to be knit but first the yarn had to be spun. This is one of those projects that makes me happy to be working on. I only need 250 yards of yarn and it should be a fairly quick knit.
I split 2 ounces of merino roving lengthwise into two one ounce lengths which were then spun onto separate bobbins. My spinning must not have been as even as I’d wished; during the plying one bobbin ran out before the other. I took the remainder on the second bobbin and wound it around a Turkish spindle forming a center pull ball with the yarn going to the spinning wheel as the center pull, the tail unwinding from the outside of the ball. (It works either way.) My version of a nostepinne. Removing the shaft and arms I stuck my thumb through the center hole, attached the tail to the end of short single and began plying the rest of the yarn.
Worked like a charm.
The yarn has been soaked in hot water and is now drip drying.
Has it been over a week since the contest?! Ed needed to make a couple batches of spindles but I believe he’ll be getting a start on the prize needles tomorrow or Saturday. 🙂 Thanks to all who were such good sports.
We watched the grandkids Monday and then yesterday we had our daughter over for dinner and since Justin and Mandy were going to be in the neighborhood we invited them to join us. I’d planned to post Walk with me Wednesday but by the time they’d left amid the high winds and rains our internet connection was lost.