The weaving that I mentioned in the last post is all pressed with pictures pending. I can’t wait to go through the shots and share them with you!
We are in a 4-day family break for Easter, and this is a short (yes, really – I know I can make it so) post.
Best wishes if you celebrate the season! The hydrangea has brightened the hall since Thursday afternoon as we managed through several pressures of the week.
Little did I know when rushing about preparing on Thursday that we had a beautiful surprise from my dear Mother-in-Law waiting at home.
The front bloom is faded now but the scent is still strong.
Many of our family’s additional needs surface in the holiday times. School was not exactly helping with T’s big project & other pressures. Luckily neither N nor I is a Blast the Cheery-weeries type. The learning curve is more about how to attune & build-in quiet successes by being fully present.
This Easter unfolded as quiet and meaningful even as we do still miss family, and others.
When in doubt we go out
By Saturday morning, a day trip was in order. We enjoyed a working sugar bush in all of its glory!
It was the last weekend of their open season, and the Conservation Area was busy with families and many dogs on leads.
During the long, chilly wait for our guided wagon ride, I got some spinning done on my Jenkins Lark spindle.
The fibre is Masham wool dyed as “Minerva” by Sheepy Time Knits for her 2018 Female Heroes club. The plying ball in the shell weighs 35 g, and is 2-stranded.
As soon as I opened the package it went on this spindle, February 12th. This is my post from 6+ years ago on my first & until now only spinning of dyed Masham top. This spin is just as lovely as I remember, and it has been a good project while watching T at his after-school activity. The Jenkins’ spindles always get loads of questions too.
Speaking of the red Masham yarn…. (yes, I can’t actually write a short post, bear with me):
… in January 2016, I used the yarn to knit Sue Blacker’s design for a Hot-Water Bottle Cover. The 4-ounce braid gave 134.5 yards of this 3-ply Masham, and I used a co-ordinating handspun yarn for the flap.
I have the seed of a thought that the Minerva Masham may be nice for small weaving but I am not bothered about end-use right now.
Back to our outing [focus!]
The wagon was drawn by 2 horses, and it was a very nice guided ride. The park has single-tapped 400 sugar maple trees this year. In a less stressed year they will tap up to 600 trees.
We also enjoyed the Raptor Show but my favourites of the animals were between this Nubian cross goat, and the Bison.
Sometimes you just need to silly run down a road to see about some Bison in a field? It was chilly, and that reminds me to share about an awesome spindle-spun hat that I made awhile back, and wear all the time.
The day trip really turned things around, and today included a new round of treats (those simple but effective Blizzard ads get us each spring).