Feb 18, 2007

Another New Toy

First things first. Signups for Sock Madness lasted all through the weekend but they're finally over and our roster is complete. I am excited and relieved more than words can express.

New ToyBecause of the ongoing Sock Madness signups, I was pretty much glued to my computer all weekend. Thankfully, my newest toy arrived on Friday. It's a Dell Inspiron 1505 and so far I'm loving it. At the very least it's enabling me to blog on the couch and that's a very good thing. It may need a name though. I'll have to think on it.

I did tear myself away from the computer a little bit this weekend and most of my distractions were fiber-related. Charlotte and I spent a little quality time. Every time I sit down with Charlotte, it makes me so happy. The spinning gets better and makes a little more sense. This weekend we spun up the rest of the purple & white coopworth and plied it too. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it. I'll know better after it dries and I start knitting it up. There's about 133 yards in the skein so I think I'll try to make a hat with it. That should work.

Romney DyeingI did a little dyeing this weekend. Some of it is secret stuff that I'll share at a later date. This isn't a secret though - it's Romney that I dyed with more of my Cushings acid dyes. I'm not usually into yellow but it was really calling me. I'm also really excited to try all the different fiber I can so I dyed the romney rather than more coopworth. After it dryed I really didn't like the feel of it and the colors had mellowed out a lot.

Pink Grapefruit RomneyI'm ok with the way the color looks now but the feel is kind of rough and unpleasant. Is romney always like that? We'll see how it spins up.


Carole Knits said...

My experience with Romney is that it's not super soft but it's still soft enough. And it's very easy to spin.

Melissa said...

I got the same laptop a few weeks ago and I love it. I really need to get one of those skins for it though. :)
Love the dye job, reminds me of Easter.

Carol said...

Maybe spring is calling to you, the colors are beautiful. Glad you like the Dell, I have the desktop, and was thinking about their laptop. Have fun with it! I only spent time organizing patterns to save time searching for them later. The patterns in the PC of course, were always in order. What did I do today? Yep, bought more patterns;-)

Teyani said...

yeah- romney is kinda rough. perhaps you can ply it with some angora, or silk?
most likely you'd like corriedale a little better. We used to use romney for our pencil roving, but we switched.
the dyeing look soft and sweet.