Monday, November 29, 2010

Brrrr Monday

It feels cold enough to snow here in the desert. Tonight they are calling for a hard freeze.  I was none too happy when I poked my toes out from under my warm goose-down comforter this morning.  My eyes bolted open to see where indeed I was. When checking my I-Google I noticed at 9:30am here we were 1 degree warmer than back up north in Rochester, NY at 11:30am there.  It's now 11:30am here and now we are 1 degree colder than it is back home in the northeast.  This is not what we moved here for.  Brrrrr!!

It snowed up on Mount Lemmon yesterday.  All the yokels drove up the mountain to see the first snow. While I was watching the news, I thought wouldn't it be funny if they all got stuck up there. Sometimes, I have a bit of an evil sense of humor. They say it snows down here in the valley once a decade, surely hope this is not the year for that.


This is the view standing out on the sidewalk in front of my complex, back in toasty warm September.  If I would go out there now, they are capped with snow, Mt. Lemmon is one those mountains.  But, I'm not going out there. Love you all, I do, but I'm not going to freeze my backside for a picture.  It will warm up soon and the snow should still be up there, I'll get a picture then.

From Knitting Kitties

I finished plying the alpaca/silk late last night.  The white silk really fades the pink of the alpaca, so I will probably give it a soak in some light pink dye. It's soo petable soft.  I was thinking depending on the yardage maybe a light sweater, but that could be because it's soo cold right now.

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While I was searching for the yarn to dye for my sons gifts, I found this BFL I had dyed awhile back. No sooner did I finish plying, when I started up the spinning again.  I'm going to run out of fiber to spin soon if I don't find a job.  Then I'll have the money to buy lots of fiber but not much time to spin it.  Such is life.

From Knitting Kitties

D must have gotten sick of turkey pretty quick.  While he was watching his Bears win the game yesterday, he made homemade minestrone soup and focaccia bread. Then he pulled out the little tree and put it up.

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Now, onto the contest.  It starts with a quiz.  As you remember I spun this Shetland into lace weight last month.  However, I didn't get the yardage I was hoping for.  I popped it on the scale and it weighs 6.4 ounces.  Guess how many yards I ended up with.

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The one closest to the answer will win this lovely skein of handspun Bluefaced Leicester.  I spun this a few years ago when I was practicing to spin laceweight, however I got a light two-ply fingering weight.  It's dyed a  pretty variegated dusty rose and pink and it's 522 yards of incredibly squooshy, petable soft.  This is open to everyone, internationally.  I will pick the winner on Thursday, December 2nd at 11:00pm Mountain time US. Which is the time we are on now, since AZ doesn't play with changing time.  Please leave information on how to contact you, e-mail, blog address, ravelry name.  If there is a tie, I will have to use that random generator thingie.

Good luck to all of you.


melbatoast68 said...

Brrr is right. It's gotten downright chilly here too. They say we could get as low as 30 degrees tonight. Ugh! I'm going to make a wild yet somewhat educated guess on your lace weight yarn and say 1715 yards. The prize would be perfect to make something for my sister as she is a pink freak! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving - sounds like you did. Glad you're feeling better too!

CraftyCripple said...

Oh that's a tough one. We don't do oz in the UK. I shall guess at 1823 yards. Lovely giveaway. Whoever wins is going to be VERY happy. I hope it's me!

elephantJuice said...

Beautiful handspun! The alpaca silk sounds delicious.

What a fantastic view you have too! Lucky thing :)

I'm guessing about 2000 yards for the laceweight :)

Cookie said...

Oh goodness! Too cold! I hope it doesn't stick around for your sake. It was 28F in Sacramento at 8 this morning. I don't want to know what it was out here in the burbs. Has me thinking about knitting gloves because scraping ice sucks without them.

Lovely spinning! I'm guessing 1200 yards!


Anonymous said...

What a great giveway, beautiful yarn!!!
I'm guessing 1340 yards!
I never win anything so I'm probably miles out!!
Vivienne x

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I'm going to take a wild guess of 1345 yards!

I can't wait to see what you do with that alpaca - so pretty!

Marushka C. said...

Your yarns are always so beautiful. How can I not give a contest to win some a try? I'll guess wildly - 1600 yards.

Dina said...

I couldn't even begin to guess so not even gonna try. Did a little drop spindle spinning over the holiday. I'm slowly getting the hang of it. And loving it!!!!

by Teresa said...

I'm going to guess 487 yards. :-) Would love to try your spun wool!!

Hugs from Teresa

Dainty Loops said...

I suppose it all depends on your point of view, but here in Miami it still hits 90 degrees and I'm sooooo READY for some cold weather so I can put some of the scarves I've made to use!

Those yarns look absolutely delicious!!!!!

Nilla said...

Oh, I didn't have a clue but I did some research to be able to give it a go. My wild guess will be 1800 yards. Probably all wrong, but now at least I have tried. And cold you say, here in Sweden we had 1 15,5 degrees Celsius last night (about 4F). That´s cold! :)

Nilla said...

Haha! I made that one look a bit weird, I'm afraid. Not 115, but -15,5 C.

Rose said...

I'm taking a wild guess that you got 800 yards plied :).

I love all the pinks you're spinning! It's funny, I spin pink like crazy though I rarely wear it. And that pink and blue dyed roving looks like a sunrise to me, a mellow spring sunrise :).

Marla said...

Hi Denise,

just found your blog- love all the kitties and bunnies! And yarnwork!

Hmmm I'd guess about I'd guess about 425 yards, just estimating. I'd love that yarn but may not be close enough.

Love to all the furry critters for me!

Anonymous said...

I'm never very good at guestimating but I'll plump for 1218 yds.