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_Purple Iris from our front yard._

Life has been a _RIDE_ lately. So, out of pure exhaustion, I’m going to attempt a sort of pictorial wrap-up, with more details to follow soon.

The last day of April we went and met up with a group of local spinners at the gracious Sherry’s house. It was a blast! We were able to try a Roberta electic spinner, and some double and single/double treadle spinning wheels. And what wonderful gifts from the hostess (made by her husband), sock blockers!:

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And then there is a Finished Object! It’s already been sent to “the recipient”:http://kamrynlily.com and should be received any day now, The Ribbed Eyelet Baby Hat:

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Gaining more confidence in my spinning, I tried out some of the silk/wool blend that I picked up at “Greencastle”:http://www.fleecefair.com from “Little Barn Fibers”:http://www.littlebarninc.com on both the wheel and the drop spindle and it is _WONDERFUL_ to spin!:

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The one pound of Finn roving from “Firefly Fields”:http://www.fireflyfields.com/ came in this package:

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And fluffed out to this huge pile:

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It’s wonderful, lofty stuff to spin, as you can see here:

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Continuing on the spinning front, here is my first real attempt at handspun angora:

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I did most of it a couple of weeks ago, and had to park and draft it, and had to be in just the right mood or it was frustrating. But I put the bobbin back on the wheel yesterday and tried it again and it was _much_ smoother, even actually ‘live’ spinning it. This is about 35 yards (not sure on the weight) – and I need about another 15 yards for the pattern I plan to attempt to knit it up into.

The baby bolero pieces are done, except for the collar and finishing:

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And last, but not least, I did cave in and start the “Yukon Leaves”:http://www.woolandwood.freewebspace.com/yukonleaves.htm socks with the gorgeous Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in Icehouse, that my “secret pal 5″:http://2monkeys.blogspot.com/ gifted to me, way back when.

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There may be some *exciting* news on the horizon for us – and it may have to do with fiber animals! More details on that, soon.