Thursday, May 1, 2008

I Have Been Knitting and Spinning My Heart Out!

I have finished my Rolling Thunder beaded socks and I have them on!! I love the happy red and orange colors in this hand dyed yarn from PineStar Studios! And the merino wool yarn is so scrumptiously soft it is like wearing warm clouds on my feet!

Here is a detail of the frosted black glass beads I had to pre-thread on the yarn. I don't really like the pre-threading method, next time I will stick with my crochet hook method to apply beads. The pattern is from I bought the most gorgeous hand painted Corriedale rovings to spin from the Portland Fiber and Weaving Gallery. Here are the yarns I spun from them: in the center is a skein of singles, on top is a large skein of 2-ply, and on the bottom is a small sample skein where I tried plying the single with a metallic sewing thread. The photo does not do justice to the vibrant colors.
The plain white Corriedale wool was my first handspun yarn in 10 years. It is pretty thick and thin, but hey, some people like it that way! It is a 2-ply yarn which I plan to hand dye myself when I get enough equipment. I have been dreaming of color combinations I would like to try.
Have you ever wondered what your name means? I did, so I took this quiz. Funny, my mother always said it meant "beloved". The quiz reveals all, it really means headstrong, rebellious, stubborn obsessive perfectionist! I'll bet she would have picked another name if she had known!

What Darlene Means
You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

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