Early this week the little gems arrived and I think you'll agree, these are so special they were worth the wait.
Spring is a fickle season here. Snow and cold one day, and hot, dry and sunny the next. Really it is a bunch of little micro seasons before we get to the long hot and dry summer. So those perfect days should be spent outside. This past week it was time to do a little traveling with the Sidekick, all the way from the back studio to the front deck. And all you spinners reading this, what do you think of Schacht's newest wheel the Flatiron? I like it.
The hummingbirds are coming back. I saw a Rufous male later in the day loading up at the feeder.
The next day I got my trusty stead out for the first ride of the season. He'll be 20 at the end of May, Dandy will be 21. And as always, he is a point and ride kind of guy. No lunging, no prep, brush and go. Oh he may rubber neck a bit at newly downed trees, be a little sticky and heavy in the bridle and a bit slow on the cues, but he is always calm and safe and I so appreciate that in him. Our first ride and we had a two goat tag team.
Fun! Not! What a pain they were. Cooper had to keep pushing them back behind him.
In front they slow the whole works down. They were mighty tired and panting too. Good thing this was pretty much a walk only ride. The few bits of trotting and that few strides of a canter took their toll on Ben and Jerry!
Maybe next time they will do the sensible thing and stay with the left behind horse and his little pile of hay.
A bit of sewing. I cut out a Mississippi Ave top from the cotton ombre fabric.
Frankly I made poor use of the effect, but I've never worked with it before and it was an inexpensive lesson should I ever run into some in a fancier fiber. I still have a deep purple piece. This one will be fun with jeans and is cool and comfortable.
A bit of weaving. This the darker turquoise.
The big warp for the bath towels is measured out. I need to clear Nora and because this calls for so many heddles, I'm doing what I should have done from the start. Changing her all over to inserted eye because I just don't want to mix flat steel and inserted eye together. A smaller warp is being measured for the Fiona the Pup. Not a birch bark one. I just couldn't bring myself to do another natural warp this minute but this one is close in a very pale yellow.
The Gem comes home on Saturday. I'm looking at a false satin warp for him. Maybe a Christmas runner. That leaves Nick the big Mac free.....
I'll be in town a lot these next few days and the weather is changing back to cool and wet. Yes, more rain please!
Parting shot: The resident senior, Smoochie at 15.