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I’ve just noticed the place on the blog managment page where it tells me about how many pieces of spam have been caught,  and would I like to review them? It says it’s caught 12 pieces, but I didn’t  review them before the two week quarantine was up, so they are gone into the ether.  If you’ve sent a comment that never appeared, that is what happened –it was perceived by Askimet as spam, and I didn’t review it in time.  So, please comment again.  I’m adding “check spam filter” to my daily routine and promise to let no true comment go unposted!

Whey not?
I went down to Seattle today to meet Susan  for lunch — she’s a fellow member of  The Gunroom, and also a Whipstick Knitter. Having a little time to kill before our lunch,  I went over to Pike Place Market, and stopped at Beecher’s Cheese to replenish the larder a bit. It was the first time I’d been there when they were making cheese.   The blurry, through the window, picture above shows just a section of a vast oval vat, one of two that was being stirred to create curds. The hip young thing behind the counter asked me what is becoming The Usual Question: “Did you knit that purse?” She went on to explain that she’d just taught herself to knit, but hadn’t tried felting yet. I gave her a couple of tips and told her about Knitty, but she was already in the know.

Susan wielding sticks

I met Susan at Wild Ginger, and passed on some yarn for her to use in an ongoing charity project of hers, knitting wee blankets for kittens brought to animal shelters. Appropriately enough, we both ate with chopsticks, expertly wielded.

A quick return to Pike Place Market yielded some roasted fennel ravioli and a sourdough ficelle from DeLaurenti and South African Boerewors from Uli’s Famous Sausage, all of which should make a tasty dinner.  The harissa from Market Spice will be for another day.

My husband, Greg,  and I were invited to a wine tasting Saturday, a release party for the 2004 vintage from Nota Bene Cellars. Mingling with a roomful of strangers, chatting and sipping very good wine, I spotted a really cool felted purse on the arm of another lady. Eventually the flow of the room brought us together. “Did you make your purse?” I asked. “Why, yes, and did you make yours?” Since I was carrying this, of course the answer was yes.  Hers was from a pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting, a nifty little handbag with a very cute rolled edge — perhaps it was the Buttonhole Purse from the blog?  Anyway, after marveling about the wonders of the Internet and the ways people can connect, we went for a taste of the 2002 Syrah — great stuff.

On the rack

The dyed roving has rested overnight, been rinsed out, had the excess water squeezed out in a fluffy towel, and is now drying.  This could take couple of days.  The softly colored roving on the far right is the “clean-up” roving I mentioned yesterday.

Pink! and Green!

At last!  Weaving Works finally got more superwash merino roving in stock, so I pulled out the stock solutions and started dyeing the roving for the new baby sweater project. It’s going to be very colorful — this is just one colorway.  Using the cold pour method from The Twisted Sister’s Sock Book, I poured and puddled to my heart’s content.  Note the little blob of fleece in the upper right of the picture. [Hmm. After the Save process, not much of it shows. You’ll get a better look tomorrow.]  I’ve started using a small piece of  roving to clean up any drips and drops of color, and it’s a lovely way to both keep the work area clean and also get some very nice, softly colored roving.

 After making my nice little bundles of dyed roving-sprayed with vinegar-wrapped in clingwrap, it’s off to the dedicated dyepot for 20 minutes of steaming.  Then comes the hard part:

Let sleeping pots lie

For best results, you should  let the roving slowly come back to room temperature, which means letting it sit overnight. So be patient, already!