I’m back in one piece, tired, and starving the moment I wake up (damn jet lag)! I took a bunch of photos. Want to see?
I knit like a maniac on the way over, and then knit quite a bit on the beach on Inis MÃ³r, the largest of the Aran Islands, but woe is me, didn’t even pay attention to what I was doing, so at some point after that photo was taken, I cocked things up badly and there’s a lot of ripping for me to do.
Just so’s you know, I was allowed to attempt (I love it) to get needles on the plane coming back, but I didn’t chance it since bags are searched at least twice and no one at the first two stops could tell me if the third would allow the needles through. I don’t think they would have, as they searched through everything like maniacs, even digging into change purses and the like. The EU doesn’t seem to have a written policy on knitting needles like the TSA does (they’re allowed). The little dental floss container cut my yarn nicely, so thanks for that tip!
Back to work!
I’m all packed.
Customer-type people, in particular, please note that I’ll be away from the 5th through the 13th. I’m taking a real vacation for the first time in 6 years, which means no internet access. Boy, do I shudder to think about what my inbox will look like when I get back! I’ll start working on orders as soon as I return and wake up properly.
I’m shipping this today and tomorrow. I hope you all love it! It’s a new fiber, and delicious.
The chart (see above photo) is all worked out. I’ve drawn heavily from the “Red Palm” sweater in Poems of Color. “Red Palm” has the subtle color shifts I aspire to with this sweater, so hopefully the chart translates to my yarn well. We’ll see- I haven’t swatched the chart!
8 oz. of body yarn has been spun, also.
Handspun from Fantom Farm wool/alpaca mix roving.
approx. 175 yards/ just shy of 4 oz. each, worsted weight
This yarn is a medium softness with very slippery feel and gorgeous halo. This was a real pleasure to spin.
Spun from one of these. Two more to go, if necessary.
See you next week!
Picnik is an online photo editing tool and it rocks! If you don’t have software like Photoshop to edit photos with, this might be just the ticket for you. I’m mentioning this site because before I got Photoshop, I tried every free image editor I could find and they were all unsatisfactory. You can do a whole lot with Picnik, however. There’s a dashboard with the usual editing stuff, like exposure, color saturation, and cropping, then there’s a dashboard with fun stuff like vignetting, lomo-izing, etc. You can then save to your computer or upload directly to Flickr, Picassa, or Facebook.
I’m going to give it a bash while I’m on vacation and away from my awesome Photoshop.