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Holy spinning wheel, Batman! It's Tour de Fleece time! I've been spinning away on my Kromski Sonata, spinning this fiber:

I joined Teams Kool Kromski, KP and Rookie, and I have spun for at least a little while each day since the TdF started on Saturday. This is the fiber I dyed last year with Koolaid and black food coloring, and I have some natural white and chocolate brown to go with it. I finished spinning the 4 oz. of blue and Navajo plied it.

Now I'm working on the orange, and it's almost done. I plan on making a cardigan with a pattern around the yoke using all the colors, and finishing the sleeves and body in brown.

In addition to spinning, I've been knitting a lace garter for my DD for her wedding. I'll try to post photos next week. I also plan on making a bonnet to go with the gown I made for Daphne for her blessing, which will be right after the wedding. Just got new photos, so here's one for those of you who like to see babies:

I'm continuing to work on the second sock I'm making with the sock blank I dyed with Koolaid and neon blue food coloring. I'm doing toe-up, and I've reached the gusset. It looks a lot like the first one. I'll post photos of the pair when I have the second one done.

We went hiking Saturday, and the weather was nice. Sunny, but not too warm.

Today was my Vintage Stitchers group. Some photos of the quilts people were making can be seen on my blog over at Quilt With Us on Connecting Threads at: http://quiltwithus.connectingthreads.com/profiles/blogs/no-time-to-...

What's on my iPad: I'm currently listening to the Padcast Podcast, which is fascinating! I've decided to start presenting my "app of the week," to let you know what I've loaded onto my iPad for fun or for useful purposes. Of course I had to load Vogue Knitting. It's actually for the iPhone, so that doesn't count, but I'm on the lookout for knitting or quilting apps for the iPad. Vogue Knitting works nicely, although the orientation is limited to portrait. It's nice to be able to have a stitch dictionary and how-to instructions I can carry with me, though! OK, so that didn't count, so here it is, my app of the week:

This app is called "Pocket Pond." I have the free version, but I'm really interested in the upgrade, which includes frogs. The free version is already fun, though. It has water, koi, dragonflies and water lilies. You can dip your hand in the water, scare the fish and swat the dragonflies, which then fall into the water and are eaten by fish. If you're mean, you can scare the fish. I like to run it while I knit, spin or quilt. It's nice to hear the birds singing and watch the fish. Very relaxing. It's also good entertainment for older babies and toddlers. They can splash in the water without getting wet! I've used it with one of each so far. Can't wait to show Daphne, although she will still be a little young when I see her again.

That's it for this week. Stay tuned for more knitting and spinning news!

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Comment by cherylbwaters on July 12, 2010 at 1:08pm
Lena, as I read your list, I wanted to burst into song: "And a Partridge in a Pear Tree!" Be glad you can't hear me sing!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 12, 2010 at 6:41am
I'm gonna have to knit some of those beer bottle animals... they are just too cute!
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on July 12, 2010 at 6:35am
Well, I did not count the bins and bags beside the couch - they are not exactly artfully arranged!!
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on July 12, 2010 at 6:34am
...looking around and seeing four hanks among the plant on the window sills (two hanks a friend has spun, one fluffy ball of bling, one hank of Tosh): seven knitted toys peeking out the windows (three beer-bottle animals, two ducks, one blue-bird and a bunny), two bowls with yarn (one with three hanks my ds bought in Ireland for me on the high counter, one with pretty left-overs on the side board)...
♥L for whom it takes over four gallons to water them...the plants...
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 12, 2010 at 6:32am
Lena, For $565 you could buy yourself a nice spinning wheel...
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 12, 2010 at 4:40am
Lena, I love how your mind works! I remember laughing about your yarn storage ideas. That was fun!
Comment by cherylbwaters on July 11, 2010 at 10:19pm
So men think playing golf is being productive? Spinning and knitting are both productive.

Lena, I love it: "or creative ways to make our loved ones' lives not as comfortable...". And yes, that is a great way to save money — spending the savings on more yarn! LOL. At least you can create lots more FOs with it.
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on July 11, 2010 at 9:49pm
Speaking of saving money, check this out: Kathryn Alexander Designs. A sock kit for $82 and an entrelac pullover kit for $330. That is for the yarn and the pattern! NOT the finished product.

...KnitPicks looks better and better every day...48 balls (out of 57 colour choices) of WotA is $95ish and I would get two sweaters out of it..10 balls of Stroll is about $35 and I could make 4 pairs of knee-highs...

sooo: if I buy 48 balls of WotA I have actually saved $565?...so that means I can spend at least another $565 on yarn (being the amount I saved), right?...
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 11, 2010 at 9:23pm
Saving $$$ is always good.. more yarn and fiber for ME.
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on July 11, 2010 at 9:16pm
Yeah, and, just like fly-tying, look at all the money we save by making it ourselves!!!
♥L falling off my chair laughing...

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