A Simply Wonderful Wednesday

I started yesterday here…

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On our little balcony with my Jensen Tina 2, my new flyer & hi-speed bobbin, and a basket of Three Waters Farm “Flying Home”, the June Top of the Month Club fiber. If you look really close, you can get just a tiny glimpse of Moose — Mr. Knitting Sarah and coffee and all our wonderful yard birds (including a visit from the resident Cooper’s Hawk) were also present making the morning complete.

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The fiber is indeed a beauty — it’s 100% Corriedale, so I broke it up into little uneven nests — probably 1-5 grams each and will eventually chain ply them. If it winds up light enough, I will make it into socks when the time comes.

From our little slice of heaven, we took a little hike, as we often do on Mr. Knitting Sarah’s days off.

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We went to one of my favorite trails. It’s quiet and wide open and it always holds surprises. I didn’t take many photos, but I did find this little bumblebee…

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With his pockets full of pollen. He was very busy and could not hold still for a good picture. He had too much too do! We also had the joy of witnessing not one, but two American Bitterns fly in opposing circles around us and — after waiting a while to see if they’d take off again from the tall marsh grasses — we learned that like a Great Blue Heron, they do indeed make a noise when the take off. It is quiet and understated, as it should be for sure a quiet and understated bird.

With the sun starting to beat down on us and a flock of 40 or so White Pelicans circling on the thermals overhead, the Common Yellowthroats and Sedge Wrens (or Marsh Wrens, I’m not 100% sure) sung us back toward the car. There was a flock of Cedar Waxwings nibbling berries along the way that I stopped to admire. Mr. Knitting Sarah was hot, though and he forged ahead, about 10 feet in front of me. Just as we were almost to the gate near the parking area there was a sudden explosion almost directly under Mr. Knitting Sarah’s feet. He jumped, a little freaked out as I shouted, “Woodcock!!!!!” and sure enough, it was a pair of American Woodcock. The bouncing and dancing and fist bumps that ensued were to celebrate this experience because I’ve been trying to see a Woodcock for roughly 15 years and I’ve just never been in the right place at the right time. Until yesterday. That’s what we call a “life bird” in the birding world and when you’ve traveled a bit and you’ve been birding for 15 years, seeing something brand new is worthy of a lot of bouncing, dancing, and fist bumps. Trust me. And I won’t lie, the fact that it also made Mr. Knitting Sarah jump was kind of fun, too.

Elated from a wonderful morning on the trail, we headed home and grabbed the kiddos to go see the latest Jurassic World movie and then home again where I did a little spinning. The night before, I’d worked up another set of rolags from Bumblebee Acres

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And while I wasn’t in the mood to ply this project just yet, I’m still really into this whole “freestyle supported long draw” thing, so I grabbed a couple batts from my stash to experiment with the technique with batts. This is one of them…

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Which looks like this unrolled…

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It’s a little lighter than it’s sibling, but close enough to still work together. In any case, I’ve been pulling them apart into more manageable batt-lets according to color…

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And spinning from them with my fast and loose supported long draw…

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It’s really vibrant. Originally I had thought I’d spin them both lightly and then chain ply them, but now I’m thinking I may make a 2-ply and play a little more with the colors. We shall see.

For good measure, I also put a couple rows into my Rainbow Warrior…

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I believe I’m one row away from Section 7, about to start Row 130 out of 158. Not that I’m counting.

I don’t know about you, but being around all this excitement and action has tuckered Moose out.

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I suppose that’s what a simply wonderful Wednesday, full of all of my favorite things can do!

14 thoughts on “A Simply Wonderful Wednesday

  1. Simply wonderful Wednesday full of favorite things is absolutely the best!!! Love seeing your projects grow, spinning of lovely yarn … topped off with such a sweet fur-baby … yes, wonderful

  2. What fun!!! Woodcocks are pretty funny birds. I have seen one! Had to send a photo to my friend the birder to learn what it was. 🙄

    Your yarn is lovely! So inspiring.

    Rainbow warrior!!! Looking great! I love the long gradient with this pattern.

    1. But you were paying attention and saw it & were curious! That’s awesome!

      I love the gradient, too! I’m super nervous I’m going to run short on yarn, but like anything else, I will just make it work if I do!

      1. It was be-bopping in my front yard, very funny, I knew it was something special!

        As for running out of yarn, we all had the same fear. A lifeline a few rows back works wonders, and this pattern is very kind to skipping out on a few rows. But don’t skip the picot bind off, it is SO worth it.

      2. I think I found a VERY SPECIAL yarn from a VERY SPECIAL someone to use when I run out of my gradient. I’ve been hoarding it – as I do all my special gifts – but I think it’s time to use it!

      3. Well, I didn’t end up needing it, BUT I’m on a mission to start using the gift yarns & fibers I’ve been hoarding. ❤️ It’s all too nice, I just love the potential BUT it’s time to use it!!

      4. I understand! I recently sorted out my “nest” the pile of baskets behind my chair. I found all sorts of lovely yarn I have made and never knit up. Time to stop buying other yarn and saving this yarn!

        I am glad you didn’t need it but hope you will use it sometime soon on something special.

  3. I nearly ran out of yarn on my rainbow warrior too, but made it, gratefully. I do really love the long gradient and your stitches are so nice and neat. If you run out of the gradient, I’ll bet you have a color in the range that you can sub in at the end – they way it’s evolving, no one would ever know. LOVE the woodcock story – especially the Mr. squealing. 😂 Congrats on the sighting! Sounds like a splendid day. You really do abuse poor Moose.

    1. Good idea! I probably can find something in my stash to sub in….

      And you are right, Moose has such a hard life! All that napping and then napping interrupted! The struggle is real.

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