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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Not dead, just busy.
I know I have been a bit conspicuous by my absence from this world of cyberness, but at times I find I need to step away from the usual commitments and have some "time out". This does not necessarily mean I have been lying on the beach cocktail in hand, Though a bit of beach lying was involved and the odd glass of wine has passed my lips. I have put some creative energy into our extremely slow renovation. Some of you may remember the dry stone wall made in the last christmas holiday hiatus, well I have finally got to the paving of the flat part behind the wall and it is almost finished! Ignorance is bliss in these cases. "Paving can't be too hard she says". "They do it all in a half hour program on the telly". I have decided that every second brick in my design has been cut at least once. It is back breaking work. I shall show more pics once the whole lot is done but here are some of the process. Please excuse my rather large bum but it seems it was unavoidable.We also went for a lovely trip down the south coast camping to Dalmeny. Great range of things to do there. I can quite safely say that I was the only one spinning in the camp ground.There were some rather lovely rocks with the most amazing colours.Oh and we managed to catch some rather yummy fish, no thanks to the seals who kept stealing the best ones of our lines. They had this rather annoying habit of taking the fish and then popping up nearby with the said fish in flipper as if to taunt us. I guess it may be debatable as to who was stealing whos fish.
Posted by Pam de Groot at 5:33 PM
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It make me chuckle - the top photo of your paving is opposite the lovely curly swirl felt photo on the RHS of your blog and they are oh so similar in shape!
And what fabulous yarn you are spinning! Love the thick/thin cocoons and the colours - is it corespun? Have you got your jumbo flyer yet?
Got my jumbo flyer and I'm off to a flying start. The cocoons are added to a singles yarn but in a thin bit like it is core spun for that bit. The cresents are made in the plying.
I also admire the rocks in your pictures for their lovely colour and texture (if this is the English expression for what is seen on their surface?).
What a lot of work you're putting into the patio. We did two of these when we first moved into our house nearly 10 years ago and it was really hard work. And we didn't even come close to as fancy a pattern as yours. I hope you'll show it when it's all done. Lovely yarn, you've made. I finally got a hand spindle but haven't gotten around to tryin it yet.
Thanks Ruth and Ladka. Texture is just the right word. Ruth you must start on the spindle. I found that easiest at first as you have complete control. It really is the best for art yarns in a way as the is no orifice to have to fit your yarn through.
Seems I have missed some of your posts - your holidays are very joyfull-spinning on the campside, working like a real 'bouwvakker', seeing beautifull nature and maybe drinking some good wine...? Wish you lots more pleasure.
Nice you're back online, Pam! I love the colours of your yummy spun yarn!
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