Tuesdays are for . . . you know!

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I’ve been a busy little plying bee this week . . . and I saved up a bunch of spinning pictures to show ya!

I plied the red singles that I showed off last week . . . it didn’t turn out too badly!
plying still needs work, but is getting easier!

I also split a hank of corriedale roving (colorway called pine) and spun it up and plied it . . . even better!

this skein was perfectly balanced! yay!

There was a teeny tiny bit of one bobbin left over, so I navajo plied that little bit just for some practice.

Navajo plying, in my opinion, is hard. But I love the results — for some reason I’m able to get a more balanced 3-ply than I am a 2-ply.

And of course, I couldn’t keep from spinning up some of the merino that was in my sampler pack . . . I spent about an hour or more predrafting to try and get smaller singles.
this electric blue color refuses to photograph in focus!

So then I Navajo plied the whole whack, and came up with some pretty cool yarn!
Ta-da! Spinning Tuesday!

In other news, I had my first-ever physical therapy appointment today (for my stupid back, which is thrown out at the drop of a DPN) . . . it went really well! My therapist is super-nice, and I have hopes that going twice a week will really help. A highlight: at the end of the visit, Physical Therapist Michelle used an ultrasound machine on my back muscles, and I cracked her up by asking, “Is it a boy, or a girl?”. Hee.

No real news with respect to the kitties, except that as of 5pm today, they seem to be AWOL! Hub’s theory is that the mama cat decided that they are ready to experience “real” food and may have moved them closer to the food source (one of the neighbors down the street puts out food for them, we think). In any case, we haven’t seen them at all. So Hub sprayed the yard with some really noxious stuff (to kill the fleas), and we are going to see what tomorrow brings.

I wasn’t kidding

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When I said it was time to cast on for another sock!

Believe it or not, it’s my first time knitting Koigu, and seriously, y’all, it’s like buttah. And I’m also using my ebony DPNs for the first time . . . the combination is so lovely that it’s making me a little woozy. Seriously. (as in “seriously spoiled” . . . I have a feeling that the scratchy Lion Brand sock yarn in my stash will never see the light of day now!)

Also, why are the letters starting to wear off of only the “S” and “E” keys on my keyboard?

do I really use these two keys that much more often than the others?

No progress on the feral kitties; thanks to everyone so far who has asked/commented. We kind of took tonight off from trying to catch them, but will likely get back on track with it tomorrow. We did dust the deck yesterday with diatomaceous earth, which is supposed to kill the fleas on contact, and this afternoon I noticed zillions of tiny white dusty kitten pawprints all over the deck! So cute.

Actual knitting! Really!!

So, just to prove that it’s not “all spinning all the time” here at Skittermagoo now that I have a wheel, I have some finished socks!

These have been in the works for quite a while now; for some reason I had a hard time motivating myself to work on them. It wasn’t the yarn, ’cause I love the way it transitioned from one color to the next . . . not to mention that in general I lurrrrve the Trekking. I’m still not sure what was holding me up. In any case, a finished pair of socks means one thing: time to cast on another sock!

In other news, Hub and I have been trying to humanely trap the feral mother cat and her five feral kittens who have set up house under our backyard deck . . . this morning we set up the trap with sardine bait, and momcat went in, had a snack, and came out without tripping the switch. Hub checked the trap, and was able to trip it, and set it up again. Again, the kitty went in, ate, and came out without tripping it. So, at least she’s not scared of the trap!! We’re going to try again later, and hopefully position the bait closer to the little plate that trips the spring — hopefully that is the problem, and not that she is some sort of magic weightless cat.

Have I also mentioned how much I love the new version of Moveable Type? With very few exceptions, it has caught the comment [email protected] that had been vexing me before the upgrade.