|Handspun, handknit scarf from River Oaks Lucy's lamb fleece and a big ball of handspun alpaca laceweight.|
Most of the family was there except for Dad and my youngest brother. My sister had chopped off her hair earlier in the week so she wore a secondhand store wig to cover it up. The wig didn't stay on real well and it became the object of much laughter and photo taking as the men had a blast trying it on and feeling 25 years younger with a full head of hair again.
I was glad I didn't have to hurry home to close up the chickens or feed the sheep. We worked on a puzzle and went to check out my brother's rental space that he's making into an art studio and gallery.
The space used to be the hardware store in our small town. Going back in there brought back so many memories! My earliest memory of that store was of the time I was about four or five years old, my younger brother was three or four. We were there with dad who was busy talking when we found some really cool cowboy hats. We just went back out to the station wagon (there were 8 kids in our family) and dad didn't even notice the cowboy hats when he came out. But Mom sure did when we got home! Back we went to return the hats and appologize to Mr. Fortin. That was 50 years ago.
Back to Thanksgiving, my younger brother of the cowboy hat caper was in Peru this past year and brought back 11 ounces of handspun lace weight alpaca singles and the wooden spindle in the photo above. I find it curious that there is no hook on the spindle, don't they need a hook on their spindles in Peru? It's got a nice weight to it, but I am all thumbs when it comes to spindle spinning even with the luxury of a hook attached.
Just imagine how big of a pi shawl I can make with 11 ounces of laceweight alpaca! I would say there's at least 1200 yards there.
My Black Friday shopping consisted of buying stamps while shipping out a hat and then heading to the "One More Time" store in search of a wig for my mannequin head. Seeing no wigs on display I asked the ladies at the counter and out came a box full of wigs and hair extensions. Low and behold, there was a Daniel Boone style fake fur raccoonskin hat I had made for my son when he was little! I made it the year that John Lennon was killed. I remember I was in the midst of sewing all kinds of clothes for Christmas that year when I heard the awful news. Anyway, I donated that hat years ago, and it was fun to see it again - maybe I should have bought it back. But I didn't, I bought two wigs for my mannequin instead. It really makes a difference now that she has hair -- I think my hats look more elegant on her without the hair...
The scarf in the photo above was finished yesterday morning. It's made from River Oaks Lucy's lamb fleece. Lucy is a grey katmoget (some would say black katmoget because she's not Ag grey). She lives with Garret now. Anyway, I handcombed some drumcarded batts of her lamb fleece and spun up about 1 3/4 ounces of it into a springy super soft yarn years ago. I've been waiting for the right project to use it on and I think I found it in this Easy Leaves Scarf pattern from www.krazyawesome.com/knitmonster . There was enough yarn to make this scarf about 45" long after blocking. I like all the variations in color that came from all the hand processing and the fact that Lucy retained a lot of color in her fleece. I'm glad to finally have a new handknit handspun scarf to replace the one I lost last winter.