Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yarn Along - With The Scarf, Stella, Comby And A Honey Bee

The weather's been gorgeous the last two days. So much so that Stella came over yesterday afternoon and we did some knitting sitting outside in the sun while I washed a couple fleeces!


There's just not much better than sitting in the sun, knitting, with Comby on your lap :-).


Except he's sort of in the way and look at those claws "making muffins" on Stella's knee :-o.


She brought a honey bee with her :-).  On warm days, bees will leave the hive and go out scouting for anything that might be out there (or maybe just to get the heck out of that dark, cooped up box they've been holed up in all winter ;-) and to "do their business".   They also give their hive a thorough cleaning, so it's not at all unusual to see dead bees in front of your hives on a warm winter day.  I was happy to hear her bees are alive and well!


The finished scarf.  To be considered "finished", just as, or even more so than in knitting, weaving is not finished until the material or item has been "fulled".  Fulled means soaked in warm water, with a little detergent (especially when a farmer weaves with white yarn ;-), sometimes agitated (a little or a lot depending on what it is, what it's woven from...), blocked out to dry and sometimes pressed with a careful iron.

Fulling fluffs the yarn up (blooms), stabilizes the material, evens out the "stitches" and softens the cloth.  It really makes a big difference (just as blocking in knitting does).  It did go a long way to helping me like the finished result better than my initial reaction.  While I'm sure not ready to add any Merino sheep to the flock, I did apologize for not loving it before ;-).


In most light, the scarf looks nearly white on white.  In reality it's actually a very light purplish gray and white.


And it really is pretty :-).

So, what am I reading/listening to this week?  Another Mrs. Murphy mystery.  Written by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie, her cat, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter are cats who help solve mysteries with Tucker, a Mighty Little Corgi (that's Tilly's favorite part :-).  They are mostly/somewhat farm based with horses, dogs, cats, a barn owl, barn possum, barn mice and interesting humans and situations. Very fun!

Joining in with Ginny...


36 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

Beautiful! You have been very busy.

Sandra Morris said...

I am envious of your outdoor knitting!! Beautiful scarf!!!!!

Jan baby said...

OMG! That is soooo beautiful! And it only took you a week! ; )

karen said...

so so so beautiful!!! I think that is my new favorite that you've made :)

LL Farm said...

Beautiful scarf!

Karen Battersby said...

I knew the scarf was going to be wonderful. It turned out even better than wonderful. And lucky Stella to have Comby supervise her knitting.

Heather said...

That scarf is beautiful!

I need orange said...

The snowflakes are gorgeous. Wow. It looks like magic to me. I love the way the pattern is not just on the surface, but is part and parcel of the scarf. Gorgeous. :-) Nice work!

Benita Story said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! I love the shot with the honey bee. Are you putting out your honey line for them to feed on?

Mary Ann said...

I am making a trip to the library today, and have not read a Mrs. Murphy (and Pewter) mystery in a long time... thanks for the reminder! That scarf is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!

sophy0075 said...

Your scarf is gorgeous. Almost lowers my resistance to the ordeal of warping a loom (but not quite ;). )

thecrazysheeplady said...

Stella's putting it out up at her house. I should put some down here, too. Thanks for the reminder!

thecrazysheeplady said...

They are fun aren't they :-).

thecrazysheeplady said...

It's really not that bad. I'm getting ready to re-warp it for a second scarf. No resistance at all to doing so :-).

Susan said...

That is the most unbelievably beautiful, intricate scarf! I am gob-smacked by your talent! I love the picture of Stella and Comby. There is nothing quite so warm as a cat on your lap - even if they DO get in the way of your knitting.

Alice said...

A stunning creation!! So happy to see Stella enjoying the day with you!!!! Happy happy happy!

Lisa Smith said...

Oh my goodness Sara, your scarf is amazing! Such a lovely, intricate pattern! The shot with the bee is especially charming. And oh, what I wouldn't give to be sitting and knitting with Comby in my lap! Such a sweet sight. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures.

MarmePurl said...

Yes, It really is petty.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

NICE job!! I thought I saw a bluish tint in one of your last pictures in the scarf. Photography is tricksey! Good for Stella being outside in the sun, knitting. I love to do that. Cats helping............argh

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

Oh my! Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!

Sandy said...

The scarf is just beeutiful! =o)

Andee said...

Seriously?!!!! That is amazing! I hope the bee didn't do it's business on the beautiful scarf!

Tewshooz said...

I have just started reading your blog for the last few weeks. I enjoy seeing the sheep and what goes on at your farm. I must say that your scarf it absolutely beautiful. I have just started to learn weaving and there is no way I could do something like that. Awesome. We have a few old ewes left nowadays and love reading about yours.

Auntie Reg said...

Stella has well trained bees! I think the scarf should be safe. Did you tell us already if you used your white wool and if so who's wool? Great to see the sunny day.

Michelle said...

Love the scarf. I think a friendly, fine-wooled little Shetland would make a better addition than a big ol' Merino anyway. ;-)

Marcy Doane said...

The scarf is gorgeous! It looks very intricate. Congratulations.

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

The scarf is beautiful! I also love Mrs Murphy's mysteries! Have not read one for a while.

KC said...

I love your scarf. It is absolutely stunning.
In case I haven't mentioned it before tell Stella I named my new puppy after her. I love her name and it seems to fit my little dog too. She is a bit of a character, something I imagine your Stella to be with her adventures with the bees and sheep;)

LannieK said...

Oh my, Sara ~ That scarf is the most beautiful! I am in awe. You will really enjoy it :-)

Far Side of Fifty said...

That scarf is beautiful!!! Fun to see Stella and Comby knitting:)

Spinners End Farm said...

That is a beautiful scarf Sara! I am so thankful for sunny days in winter; though they tend to be colder they sure uplift the spirits. My boxes from Ohio Valley that were refused showed up yesterday so i am thankful for that!

Vermont Grand View Farm said...

Ok, I am envious of your nice weather...and look! no snow! I won't see the ground for months yet. The scarf is gorgeous!!

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

The scarf is amazing and looks like it will be snuggle warm, your so very talented.

Natalie said...

Oh it is so so beautiful. My grandmother used to weave, and sadly it is not a skill I learned from her in time. I do, however, have several of the pieces she made throughout her life...none as intricate as yours. It's a real piece of art. Thank you for sharing it.

Sheepmom said...

What a great post! SO happy to see Stella out and about.... jealous of being able to sit out side to knit! With a great cat on her lap no less!! And the scarf.... beautifully done. I know a festival or two that should see that as an entry. hint, hint.

Maureen said...

Wowzers! That scarf is amazing! What a wonderful project - I can't imagine all the work... it is truly beautiful. And I love the photo of Stella knitting with Comby on her lap - yep, that's MY kind of relaxation!

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