Saturday, February 23, 2008

relaxing with the ball-winder

The other day when I got home from the conference, there was not only wonderful home-made food waiting for me, but also some yarn. Yarn! I love the postal service. Here's what I got:


Four skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, which is their wonderful organically-grown cotton, dyed with brilliant color. These colors all have botanical names, but they remind me of popsicles.

I couldn't wait to sit down with them and wind them into balls. Yarn-winding is an incredibly relaxing activity for me.


After seven days of work travel, relaxing at home with the yarn-winder was such a treat. And now I have four pretty yarn-cakes to gaze at.


These are going to become a sweater for a sweet little girl who is about to come into our lives. Friends of ours are adopting, and she will be here this spring. Yay! This is a really exciting time for our friends, and the color scheme felt joyous and welcoming, just the way I feel about this new little person.
I'm making a super-bright version of Super-Natural Stripes. This will give me a chance to work out some of the sizing issues that I think I had during the design phase -- thanks to everyone who's been sending me such constructive feedback about the sweater.

The other thing I'm wanting to make right now is an Obama T-shirt. Since I took the Wardrobe Refashion pledge, I can't buy one, and I reeeeally reeeally want one. So I'm going to make my own. Actually, I've been kicking around the idea of an Obama T-shirt making contest, and a few folks have told me they might want to do it. Anyone else interested? It could be very fun! I'm thinking it may finally be time to break out the Bedazzler that's been collecting dust on my craft shelf for years. Time to sparkle!


  1. That's beautiful yarn f.pea. And, Yes, yes yes! Please organize the contest. I bet Mr. lp and I would both enter (I expect to beat him). Tshirt making rocks!

  2. the colors remind me of violet croci in spring :) they're going to be so lovely.

    yay for yarn and color therapy (i should post about mine soon...soon...)

  3. That's a lucky little girl who will have such a beautifully coloured sweater! I agree wtih adreamofeu about the crocus colours, just perfect for spring. :O) Being Canadian, I might not make an Obama tshirt, but I am very impressed with him! I'm rooting for him. samm

  4. Count me in on the Obama tshirt contest. My 12-year-old niece wanted one, so I bought one at the national headquarters, but they were out of adult sizes there and I heard they were out online too. So probably smarter to make your own anyway.

    Cute yarn colors, but looks like Chicago Bears colors to me! (I'm a Packer fan.)

  5. Ohh that yarn is beautiful! Makes my mouth water for something bright and fun to make! It will make a beautiful sweater!

  6. I cannot promise you that I would want to share with anyone my attempts at an Obama t-shirt creation, but I would try.... I cannot wait until next the Texas primary, I am so nervous about it.

  7. let's do it!! i have a bedazzler too that is sadly unused... let's glam it up :) xox

  8. I'm really enjoying your blog and appreciate the FridayFreebies. :)

    The yarn swift for winding your yarn at (I think it's called a swift) is great. I've got lots of yarn in my stash to wind into balls and am wondering where this winder can be purchased. It looks like fun!



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