Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Still Life With Yarn...And A Thirsty Bee

I needed a bit of yarn to test a new cast on and wanted something white so it would be easier to see what I was doing. Dark colors can be more difficult. I had a small project sitting on needles that I wasn't enjoying very much and knew I'd probably never finish, so I frogged it (rip it ;-) and hand wound a new ball.

As I wrapped my ramen noodle yarn around and around I was completely taken with the beauty that could be found in a simple ball of yarn.



And (heehee) I couldn't help thinking "Beat that, Michelle! I might not be able to wind on a Turkish spindle like you, but I can give you a run for your money winding a ball of curly yarn ;-D."








The un-knitted tail. I love fuzzy, hand spun yarn. Is it just me or can you look at this picture and feel it?



This bee picture may seem random and "one of these things is not like the others"...and it is. However, if I hadn't noticed the yarn and taken some pictures and liked the pictures and decided to go to the house and post them while I was thinking about it (and get a cup of coffee ;-), I would never have noticed this bee.

She was checking out my non-leaking water faucet by the back door. I feel pretty confident it doesn't leak a drop when it's turned off. Either she knew it would leak if I turned it on or else she knew from other hydrants around the neighborhood that the potential for water was there. My basil needed a drink, so I turned the knob, hoping it would leak just a tiny bit.

She found what she was looking for.

11 comments:

Jenny Glen said...

With my luck (and non love of bees) she would have stung me when I unknowingly turned on my water!

Michelle said...

Before I got the the second paragraph I was already thinking, "Now how did she wind such a perfect ball?" Ha! Shows me that your trouble with the Turkish spindle wind-on is ALL in your head! (-;

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

The lily pads on my koi pond are crowded with bees getting drinks this afternoon. This hot, dry wind makes me want to jump in there, too!

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

The yarn is scrumptious, and yes, I CAN feel it.

kim

Alice said...

The yarn ball looks neater than if it had been put through a ball winder. What an eye and hand you have with even the unraveled wool. Great touchable capture.

My bees are sipping from the rock you suggested we put in the water feeder so they would have a place to land. Splendid idea.

Michelle said...

Did you see Wanda Jenkins' post today? (http://fiberjoy.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/up-and-running/) This is why I wind on the way I do; eye candy!! But note what she says at the bottom; it really doesn't matter HOW you wind on. (-;

Ed said...

You do spin a good yarn..Great shots..:-)

Christine said...

Only you would stop to water a bee. I think that's why I like you.

flowerweaver said...

Lovely winding! I'm wondering what this drought is doing to the wild bees down here. Mine show up at the feeder about 4 pm each day after the orioles have had their fill all morning. I think the hummingbirds have flown to cooler lands.

Sarah said...

beautiful pictures, all of them! I found out one of our near neighbors is a spinner when I was home these past weeks. She showed me her yarns and spinning wheel and some of her work. She was making things to take to a Ram Sale to display and sell. I thought of you the whole time she was showing me her work.

Sheepmom said...

Love the squiggly yarn ball. It reminds me of pics of static electricity charges off a plasma ball. You got it so symmetrical! So kind to water the bee. I wonder if she could smell it through the joint in the fixture? Your bees are lucky to have you be their keeper!

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