We've really had yo-yo weather here lately. Cold most of last week, it was a beautiful, sunny and warm Saturday, so Jim and I took a long, long walk around our neighborhood. Of course, I had my camera with me.
Little flowers were blooming.
We saw two beautiful hawks circling over the field behind the Agnes Scott College campus. I was using my little point and shoot, so this was a very lucky shot.
We found a little path through a bit of forest in a residential neighborhood.
Then we stopped at the Oakhurst Community Garden to see what might be blooming and visit the chickens.
On the street just beyond the garden we found this beautiful plum tree in full bloom. The blossoms were swarming with bees.
And, of course, lots of daffodils were poking up here and there.
Unfortunately, as we were eating lunch at a nice pub in East Lake, the clouds rolled in and the temperature began to drop. Sunday was sunny, but cool, and this morning it was 19 degrees. I haven't been out yet to see how the flowers faired, but I would bet that they don't look quite this perky right now.
Back at home, I finished the fun fur hats. The one on the left is Paton ChaCha, and on the right is Lion Brand Fun Fur Prints. I thought I'd get one hats from each ball that I had, but the Lion Brand was only 57 yards, so it took about 1-1/2 to finish the hat.
I have to say, as much as I hate knitting with this yarn, I'm so happy to have had a chance to make these hats for such a good cause. It gave me such pleasure to think of a a whole group of kids running around in these fuzzy things! Kate says she's getting a ton of hats, but I bet she could use a ton and a half, so if you haven't knit a furry hat, go for it! It's really not that bad. <wink>
There was also spinning. I plied the gray "it might be Shetland." It was fun to compare this to a smaller amount that was spun and plied on a spindle, as that came out a lot finer. This is a bulky weight, and I have no idea yet what I'm going to knit with it, but I like how much softer it came out after plying.
I also plied the Mojave Merino, but I'm going to have to run it through again because there are quite a few areas that are almost unplied. But it was a good learning experience, and I don't regret having to do it again. The color is a bit darker and richer than the photo suggests.
Sunday was the spinning guild meeting. I got to hang with Claudia, Jen, and Allison (who I apologize to for calling Elizabeth - I know your name, I just had a brain fart!) which is always fun. I dug out some of the roving I bought at MS&W last year - a beautiful alpaca/silk blend - and spun almost all of the 4 ounces at the meeting. And finished it at home.
Yum. Mee. My plan is to ply it with 4 ounces of this, bought from the same vendor.
I don't think it will show up as a separate color, but it might provide a subtle color shift.
Now, I'm off to the movies, and then I'll come home and spin. Or knit. Or read. See, I really am getting better at branching out. Whadda 'ya know!