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High Fiber--Spring at Last! Not Kidding This Time!

The pups are enjoying their walks:

If they look a little scruffy, it's because they were due to go to the groomer today. Poodle fiber, spinners?

We certainly have had enough rain and snow to last us! The seasonal streams are flowing full force, and the snow is disappearing. There is none left in our yard. In fact, snow is so scarce, I saw a man removing snow from the short street that's closed every winter for snow storage. I don't know if he was stealing it or trying to get the road open!

Some things uncovered by the disappearance of the snow include these vole burrows:

I assume they construct them so they can get around under the snow without getting too cold. They probably live deeper in the ground, because these will disappear, leaving no trace. Or maybe the voles pack up the kids and head northward in their little trailers....

More rain last week brought us this:

We just happened to be on the road, coming back from Home Depot, when we spotted this. We had a perfect view of it because the land is fairly flat along this highway.

Spring has brought some excitement into the lives of the DGDs. DGD1 graduated from high school last Thursday. She's the second from the left. Off to college in the fall!

DGD2 is on vacation in Texas, as you probably know if you read last week's blog. She and her family went to Galveston, where she enjoyed the sun and wind.

They did a lot of walking, and her feet were sore. 

Daphne is trying to take after her DGM, who can put both feet in her mouth at once and keep talking. (You didn't know I was that limber, did you?) But Daphne has outstanding technique and will no doubt excel at it eventually.

Yes, it is spring at last! We have the wildflowers to prove it! Here's the Yellow Columbine.

Then we have Mule's Ear, which is prettier than the name:


DBIL's cardigan may be done in time for summer. I now have the left front done up to past attaching the pocket. Just a straight shot to the armhole.

Will spring continue? Will more wildflowers grace the mountains of Utah? What will the pups look like after their grooming appointment? Tune in next week to find out the answers to this, and maybe see more knitting, spinning and quilting.

What's on my needles: DBIL's cardi and a felted bag for my MacBook, and I'm working on my applique project again for a special quilt.
What's on my wheel: The Louet Olive Green Corriedale, bobbin #2. Getting fuller.

What's in my hoop: The languishing hand-pieced quilt.

What's on my iPad: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. 

What's on my iPod: Various podcasts, still including The Sweater Quest by Adrienne Martini, read by the author. 

What's my app of the week: Dean Koontz. (Yes, the famous author has an app!) I use it to find out when sequels are due to come out. That was how I learned that Frankenstein: The Dead Town was coming out. It's out now, and I downloaded it from Audible.

What's in my wine glass: Tapeña Tempranillo 2009, from Spain. (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla.)

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and MacBook working together, but no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by PickleSue on June 16, 2011 at 8:39am
I answered about the 9" circs in the other thread- that I have them and have used them... but I don't know if I could say I like them better or worse than DPN's.  They are just so DIFFERENT!  I like them differently, too.  They have the ease of a circular and magic loop, only they're easier- no sliding of the stitches to get them in the right place.  DPN's you have the disadvantages like Cheryl mentioned- easy to lose or not have the right ones with you.  9 inchers definitely don't have that problem.  But they're a little fussier to hang onto, etc.  I do like them, though.  I'm tempted to try the HiyaHiya metals just for the needle slickness.  As long as I'm not knitting lace socks, I don't hate not having super pointy tips.  Plus- when you knit with size ones- even blunt tips are sharp enough.  :)
Comment by Knit4Many on June 15, 2011 at 12:02pm

Looks like it was an exciting spring.


Comment by cherylbwaters on June 15, 2011 at 8:20am
Frances, I do have a 9" circ. I only have done about a third of a top down sock with it. It is okay but I think I would prefer DPNs or magic loop. My favorite method is magic loop because I tend to lose my DPNs or forget one at home. This way when I grab a sock as a KIP, I don't get frustrated because one DPN got left behind and I can't knit.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 14, 2011 at 7:28pm
I have to agree about the spinning... it's much more instinctive... more by feel than anything else. I will glance at what I'm doing if the feel isn't right... I did a skein today... some sample fiber I got last fall. I think it's a Corriedale/Lincoln blend, but not 100% sure.
Comment by Frances Tornese on June 14, 2011 at 7:15pm
It sure sounds like he knows you and the value of the relaxing nature of knitting.  The only thing that is more relaxing for me is spinning.  When I get going I don't have to think about it or even look at really.  It's meditative.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 14, 2011 at 7:11pm
I'm with you on the knitting at least some every day... if I don't, my nerves get on edge and I am NOT happy. There have been 2-3 days in a row where I am so busy with other things that HAVE to be done and I cannot knit at all... I will be so flustered I don't know what to do... my DH will say, "Why don't you go knit a bit? I think it will make you feel better." Does he know me or not? LOL
Comment by Frances Tornese on June 14, 2011 at 7:06pm

I love shawls! I am doing bobbin lace for a wedding garter right now and have to spend most of my time doing tha, but I dream of knitting. I still have to knit for at least a few minutes every day.   If someone said you CANNOT knit anymore I would be devastated.  I love it. 

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 14, 2011 at 6:57pm
Wow, You are on a roll as far as shawls are concerned.
Comment by angelkarhu on June 14, 2011 at 6:50pm
The sock I WAS working on is magicloop as I dont think it can be done with dpns or two circs or tiny circs. The construnction is very unusual. Its the Concentric sock pattern with Feleci Caprica. Darned docs. Infection isnt healed and there is very little pain but the hell with it I cant take no knitting anymore. I need to finish a test knit mitten by the 20th and I'm still on ribbing. If I'm up to it later I hope to block Wendy Johnsons mystery I finished the day before ER trip. Thats shawl #6 for the year! Only 5 more and 3 are in progress already. The other 2+ are picked out to do.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 14, 2011 at 6:42pm
No, I think this is a pretty new product... I have heard of them in the past 2 years for sure.

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