Complimentary

Hello all!

I finished some yarn, and I am quite excited about it. It’s the 50/50 merino/silk from BMFA that I’ve been working on for awhile. I ended up with 340 yards of 2 ply yarn.

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It really is a lovely rich color, and the silk is so heavy it just shines.

You may remember that this was a different base of the same dyed fiber I already spun, in black BFL.

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So, now I have a grand total of 680 yards of two complimentary yarns, and I am eager to figure out what to do with it all!

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I don’t think I can lose in this case though. It’s beautiful!

South Dakota Spinning

Yesterday I mentioned the Nahant scarf I got started on in South Dakota. Now we’ll discuss the reason I didn’t start it sooner! I got busy with some of my flower shop inferno by dyeabolical. I’d started this awhile back, but didn’t manage to get very far. I think it was the tail end of Tour de Fleece.

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But, somehow it was a nice comfortable project to work on during the car ride, and I got two bobbins full. I’ve got about a third of the fiber left to spin, and if I’d just sit down with it, I feel confident it would get done soon!

Coasters

The other day I made some easy crocheted coasters. As it turns out, they were a hot item. Mr. Ink’s brother wanted a set, so I asked him to trust me on yarn choices, and whipped him up a set of 8 coasters.

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I am not sure what the yarn was, but it was something that had long color changes, and it looked to be a single ply about sport weight. These turned out nice, I like how they aren’t all matching, but coordinate beautifully.

We all know I am not much of a crocheter, but I will admit that I’ve been seeing a number of crochet projects around the blogosphere that have appealed to me, so brushing up on my skills with a simple project is absolutely in order.

Plying

We are headed out camping this weekend. It should be a lovely relaxing time with a few friends. Last weekend was manic, this weekend should be the opposite. We try to get in at least one camping trip per year, usually quite a bit earlier in the year, but we’ve fallen behind this year.

Mr. Ink originally thought he’d only want to camp one night. I decided both nights were better for Miss Bug and me, and prepared for that. But, as it turns out, now that we are insisting on 2 nights, Mr. Ink has decided that is a good idea as well.

Last evening I decided to get some plying done in between menu prep for the trip and gathering gear. I find that if I sit down at the wheel when I can no longer think of anything else to write on my list, I’ll soon think of another thing that needs to go on the list.

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And so, there was a good deal of thinking and plying. Very effective in getting both planning and yarn completed.

This is the BMFA merino/silk blend that I’ve been working on for awhile. It’s really quite lovely, and so shiny. I can’t wait to see it done and side by side it’s black BFL counterpart!

Regularly Scheduled

Despite our family upset, I do have some nice things to show off. While we were headed to South Dakota, I wound some of Marja’s handspun yarn into a ball. I had intended to start knitting it immediately, but then got caught up in driving and decided to wait.

On Saturday evening, after the bike ride, I pulled out the yarn and cast on. I am knitting another Nahant scarf, which will go back to Marja in return for some of her handspun yarn for me.

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I am using size 5 needles I believe, the yarn is lightweight, made from Inglenook batts. It has fabulous little pops of colors here and there, very tweedy. This scarf won’t have huge color changes like my last nahant, but I think it will end up looking quite elegant instead. And, as is usual for me, this is just the kind of lace knitting that I adore. Simple, almost like knitting stockinette. Very repetitive, and exactly what I need right now.

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We headed to Mitchell, South Dakota last weekend for the annual Tour de Corn bike ride. Just over 20 dear friends rented a hunting lodge to spend the weekend together hanging out, riding bikes, enjoying the festivities, and eating. So much eating.

We loaded up the car with bikes and gear, and this guy:

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Yep, he was in for yet another road trip, and didn’t seem too disappointed. In fact, he really enjoyed the time with new people. He SAGed on Saturday during the bike ride, enjoyed popcorn chicken at lunch, and spent the evening getting scritches from many new friends.

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Things get silly at the lodge every year. I am an observer, but many of my friends are quite extroverted, loud, goofy, and fun.

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We just sat in the corner and laughed at all their antics:

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Mitchell is a windy windy city, with wide open spaces which makes the biking quite difficult. We encounter these 20-30 mph sustained winds every time we go up there. But, rather than grind us down, it makes us help each other out, and appreciate the tailwind when we can. Here’s a bunch of us at 35 miles into a 50 mile ride.

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Saturday evening brought so much food. When this group gets together, each person brings enough food for 8 people. The amount of food is always completely astounding. I can’t even begin to tell you how much food was available. And after 50 windy miles by bike, no one felt too guilty about consuming their fill.

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Coco Dog had a great time wandering around under the long lodge table looking for scraps and scritches. I’d say we all had a fabulous weekend.

As it turns out, this was our last weekend with the old dog, succumbing to an autoimmune disease, he passed away early Monday morning. So rather than share more crafting pictures, I leave you with a few photos of the soul we are missing so much.

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Light on playfulness and heavy on loyalty and companionship, full of goodness and a generous splash of weird. Our home and hearts are emptier without your funny muskrat face.

Like Christmas

Seems fitting that I recently finished up two Christmas Stockings since this past weekend was the day I look forward to all year as if it were Christmas.

All year I wait for the open house of my favorite motorbike shop. The shop is in the middle of nowhere, but they always have a great turnout. There’s a bike show, demo rides, free lunch, and the shop itself is always fun with it’s back room of vintage bikes all packed in side by side. Just so much to see!

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I am really unsure of what would happen if it were bad weather on that particular date. I’d be crazy disappointed. This year, Mr. Ink and I went to the open house with a very good friend of ours who we bike with regularly. We started the day off with breakfast at Denny’s in town, and then began a nice long and scenic ride out to Marne, Iowa. We got there pretty early, which is necessary to get all the demo riding in that we wanted. I rode a Triumph Thruxton and a Royal Enfield Continental GT. The Thruxton rode like a Triumph does, absolutely flawlessly. But, it does not match my desire for a smaller bike. The R.E. matched my needs and was a ton of fun, but not worth the price in my opinion. However, the R.E. did give me the biggest giggles during demo rides, as it has a fabulous little backfire pop on deceleration.

We saw some amazing bikes at the show as well, I fell in love with this vintage Ducati. Great colors, fabulous styling, I thought it was quite wonderful.

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Mr. Ink took pictures of this BSA, which was also lovely but I feel he may have a specific reason for his pictures, and I failed to ask.

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All around great day, and we had amazing weather as well. On the ride home, I was riding the vintage Yamaha which is my current favorite to ride, and I realized it already had almost everything I wanted in a bike. It’s nice to demo other bikes, but really fun when you realize you also don’t necessarily want a change very badly. We stopped at a local winery on the way home and chatted over our experiences, had a snack, and discussed a route home.

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These two, truly two of my favorite people. :)

Once home, Miss Bug got home from her dad’s house, and Mr. Ink decided what we really should do is bring out the slip n slide.

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And that’s how our weekend ended. Two adults and one kid running, jumping, and splashing in the water. It was one amazing and relaxing day. A top 5 of the year!

And what do I have on my needles? I guess I should mention. A sock for Miss Bug. I can no longer remember the yarn brand or type, the ball bands are long gone. But, it’s sock yarn, and  it’s thin, so even with the regular 64 stitches, on smaller needles these are quite small. This is great, since Miss Bug has long but slender feet. I’ve made her a short row heel this time in hopes that she’ll appreciate it. She can be highly picky about socks.

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After work lunch today I’ll need to try them on her to see how much farther I need to knit. Shouldn’t be too far!I might even do a short row toe and a long kitchener rather than a typical toe, we’ll see how that goes.