Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Finished! September 19, 2008

The baby girl blanket has finally been mailed off to it’s intended recipients along with a Photostamps giftcard for 20 stamps. I find that it’s a really popular gift for new parents as they seem to like to put the baby’s picture on pretty much everything! Of course I forgot to mail the card with the presents, but at least they are finally on their way.  I am pretty sure that they will be able to figure out who it is from from the return address.   Here’s the finished blanket.

Finished Baby Girl Blanket

Finished Baby Girl Blanket

I have now spun up 3 skeins each of some Corriedale wool and some Blue Faced Leicester wool.  I seem to do better with the Corriedale wool, but it could also be just that I have had more practice with it.  Hum. Anyway, here is a picture.  Sorry the quality is so poor, I took it in the bedroom at night with no flash (the flash was just to glaring off of the white yarn…).
Corriedale on the left, Blue Faced Leicester on the right

Corriedale on the left, Blue Faced Leicester on the right

Last night was the happy hook-up in Orlando.  We had a great time, even if we had to be sorta serious for a little bit while discussing the “holiday” party for this year.  We were trying to figure out a place to hold it this year.  It’s difficult since our group has gotten larger and all of us live in small houses or apartments.  It was as usual, a very fun time.  Of course, I had so much fun I forgot to take pictures, but that is ok as I got so much crap from Chris about the past photo of her that I am pretty sure that she would murder me if I put another “unacceptable” one up.  By the way, a major congratulations is in order for Chris as she got her American citizenship this past Monday!!!  It is always fun to be able to hold a conversation with brand new citizen!! 
I am currently working on my mystery project (which will not get pictured on here since the intended recipient may actually read this [I can hope, right?]) right now since it needs to be done by Christmas and it is rather large.  And sorta complex.  Alright, it’s a bloody, stinking, sadistic, pantyhose requiring, high heeled, pain in the ass of a project to work on.  I will be quite glad to be done with it is all I can say.  But it is pretty.
We had another bear in the yard yesterday evening.  It was the first one this year (that I know of) and it was a fairly little one.  Last year we had a momma and 2 little ones take up residence in the tree behind our house durning the daytime.  We left them alone (except to take pictures every once in a while [from a distance of course]) and they would rearrange our garbage weekly if there was anything of interest in it.
Da Bears!

Da Bears!

One of the things that I will miss greatly from Florida is the wildlife.  There are so many different birds, and LOTS of big birds, in this state.  I wish that I was more into bird watching.  But the variety of animals is amazing.  In the past 2 weeks, I’ve seen a bear, turkeys, deer, gopher tortoises, foxes, Sandhill Cranes, lots of hawks, kites, a migration of toads.  It’s pretty spectacular and if it wasn’t so fucking hot outside all the time I probably would see more wildlife!

 

I’ve put in a couple of pictures of the fabled alpaca yarn since it was finally dry enough to move out of the bathroom.  All the washing seems to have paid off as it doesn’t smell like a barnyard anymore!

The Finished Alpaca Yarn

The Finished Alpaca Yarn

Close-up of the Alpaca

Close-up of the Alpaca

 

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