200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Monday, November 16, 2009
This Was Sunday
On Sunday morning I said that I'd spin this romney wool in the washing machine and then set it outside in the sun to dry. Here it is. In the sun. Yeah. (Sunday was a little wierd, alternating sunny and foggy.) I don't think it really felted, but I think it did felt a little bit. Is there such a thing as 'partially felting?' Anyway - I think it will be usable, but next time I do this, I'm going to spin at a slower speed. I'm curious how much of the 6 original pounds are left and how much was oil and grease. I decided to save the other fleece washing for spring, in favor of getting done the next item you'll see.
Bales of hay, and plastic on the windward side of the house! You can see that the foundation of the house is rock, which means that the wind comes up the hill and then blows right through the underpart of the house. A few months ago, blog reader Cindy (at least I think it was you!) suggested plastic and straw bales to hold the plastic down. (One lesson: next time I haul hay in this truck, I don't think I'll set them on end like this. Everything was OK and I did manage to fit 10 bales in there, but I was pretty nervous driving the 25 miles back home.)
Below is the finished project. Plastic hanging from just below the windows anchored by hay bales. We'll see how that works. You may also notice the wooden dowels holding up the windows. It's basic, but it works - and you might not believe that last winter these windows fell down (as in open) several times. Believe it! I also put a bale in front of that door just outside the right edge of this picture. That was an incredible source of wind in the house last winter.
Then, after being productive and completing that task, I took to the knitting. I've arranged this little project shown below so that it looks a little like a surrender flag. The pattern I chose has a 6-row repeat with ks and ps in the same row and a cable knit c4b and c4f in row 5. I guess it's not difficult once you know how to knit, but it might not have been the best starter project to do with chunky, uneven yarn.
For all you knitting afficianados out there, here's the gobbeldygook:
RW 1: Sl 1, p1, k4, p1, est seed st pattern - k,p,k,p x 6 sts, then p1, k4, p1, k1.
RW 2: Sl 1, k1, p4, k1, seed st x 6 sts, k1, p4, k2. RW 3: as RW 1
Part of the reason it was a bad idea to start with this is that I have no idea what the stitches are supposed to look like, and the yarn adds lots of unpredictable bumps. PLUS, and this is a big one - I stopped after 3 rows on the second repeat without noting which row I was on and then tried to pick it up the next day. Big mistake! I knitted a few rows twice and had to pull it out, twice, before I finally got it right. This little uneven, lumpy thing is probably going to be my favorite knitted thing, ever, because it was the first.
I remember the first thing I ever sewed. It was a t-shirt dress made with shirting and I gave it to my mom. I think she actually wore it. Once.