Thursday, March 08, 2007

Why yes, Julie, I do have Big Balls...


Yeah baby! Tuesday afternoon, the postman delivered my fabulous package from Spunky Eclectic. My yarn and pattern for Amy's Everyday Chunky Cardigan (otherwise known as the Big Ball Sweater), custom dyed in her Red Maple colorway. I cast on that night! I was hoping to catch up to Gina and Julie, who got their yarn and patterns at SPA and are alos knitting them right now, but trying to catch Julie is obviously futile. This is where I am today...
...one sleeve down, and one begun. This should be a pretty quick knit tho and I really want to get it done NOW so I can wear it before the warm weather arrives. The pictures do the color no justice, and as I progress I'll try to get a better picture outside, but I warn you -- I am a wimp. I hate being out in the cold!
In other fiber news, I will have a few FO's to post tomorrow. Nothing earthshattering, unless you consider the fact THEY ARE DONE to be earthshattering, which I do. I also could not resist the lure of the roving sent by my pal (which, incidentally, EVERYONE who sees it ooohs and aaaahhs over), so I did some pre-drafting on Sunday while awaiting some friends and sat down to the wheel. A few passes over the bobbin and suddenly ka-chunk! The footman connector broke. Damnnit! I have ordered a replacement from the Woolery but no spinning until then. And of course I have the bug something terrible, esp. after going to the Daughters of Liberty spinning and knitting get together Saturday in Hampstead, sponsored by my spinning group, the Island Pond Spinners. (Other folks in attendance were Cheryl, Terry, Julia (I was so thrilled to meet these last two lovely ladies for the firt time),Joanne, Martha, and a whole host of NETA members.) I didn't bring my wheel, opting to knit instead, but everytime I do this all I want to do is go home and spin, spin, spin! So, I wait...
Not much else to report, other than a wonderful family trip to the SEE Science Museum in Manchester, NH with my good friend and her girls. If you are ever in the area, this is well worth the stop with youngins (Lora was there on Saturday and says the same!). If you get there before May, you can even see the special exhibit of robotic dinosaurs. Very fun.


Rachel trying out the momentum chair...

Jacob on -- what else -- a computer...

Genna getting a shock...

Mikayla going for a moonwalk...

and Marion doing what Marion does...

and all the kids putting on a puppet show...

But where is the fiber connection? You know there had to be one! Manchester was once a very busy mill city, and home to the Amoskeag Cotton Mill. The SEE Science Center has an enormous Lego replica of the area and the mills, including this...
Lego cotton carders and roving processing machines!


You knew I'd find some connection!

5 comments:

Julie said...

Your big balls are very pretty! It really is a fast knit; you'll be wearing it before you know it.

The Science museum looks like a lot of fun; the kids are obviously enjoying themselves.

Kendra said...

But I want to know who's got the biggest balls of them all...sorry a little 80's humor ;) Can't wait to see pics of mre FO's and I think I need more Sereknity yarn!!!

Amanda1 said...

I guess you NEED big balls to knit a sweater like that! ha ha...

The color looks beautiful! Hope we get to see your progress on Wed. At least with your wheel being broken it forces you to knit.

Nichole said...

I'm LOVING the spunky color you picked for your big balls!

Weaver said...

I just got some of that big ball yarn from Spunky too (almost solid Strawberry and Joshua Tree). Now my husband keeps walking around muttering "the biggest pair you've ever seen, dingle-berry!" (from Clerks) I figure as long as he is giggling, I should be ordering more ;)

Sorry to hear of the wheel troubles. Here's to the part arriving extra fast!!!