It’s a boom-er, man
Saturday July 03rd 2010, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Knit,Spinning,Wildlife

Michelle made a dessert with the neighbors’ plums and some star fruit for the occasion.

Meantime, we had one of those afternoons where looking for a tool that hadn’t been used in over a year led to closet cleaning and the non sequitor of this discovery from the early days of my spinning, just waiting to be uncrumpled and admired out of its bag.  Briefly.

I’d splurged on the 50/50 angora/merino fiber at the now-missed Straw Into Gold in Berkeley and had carefully spun up the most luxurious fiber I’d tried yet on my wheel, not knowing that Michelle would prove allergic to it and that I would later be getting angora out of my house.  This was for her big sister.

And it’s…pretty big.  Angora has no sproing to it.  It might fit one of my sons.   But I was looking at it, going, wow. I did spin that fine back then. And really evenly, too, even though I was a rank beginner. Not bad!

Then I took it back out of the breathing space and zipped it back up, a little wistfully.

Meantime, we have two juvenile falcons perched for the night at either end of the louver in view.  They don’t always now, but they did come back tonight.  Curious.  I was surprised by fireworks going off a few hours ago–maybe one of the towns was saving on overtime on traffic control?  Dunno, but I did get to see some of it from my street, crowd-free, once I looked to see what was going on.

Maybe the falcons were boomed out by the noise and headed for the familiarity of home.  It was good to see them.  Happy Fourth of July!

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Gretchen would be yappy to yell at the booms that might have bothered the birds.

And what a lovely vest!

Happy 4th!

Comment by Channon 07.04.10 @ 5:31 am

I do understand having to change what fiber you knit because of a child’s allergies — much as I may enjoy knitting glorious wool sweaters, my daughter simply can not wear them, so most of my sweater knitting is done in various synthetics

the shawl I’m planning, however, is not for her, and I’m going to enjoy working with that lovely yarn!

Comment by Bev 07.04.10 @ 6:49 am

I can’t spin or knit with angora because of my own allergies. I also try to avoid sitting next to anyone who is spinning angora. Lovely, soft, fluffy stuff, but I’m allergic to it too.

Comment by Marlene 07.04.10 @ 8:05 am

The vest is lovely! And brings back good memories of Straw Into Gold from when I lived in Berkeley — I have often wished that I was a good enough knitter (or a spinner at all) to appreciate what I had when I went there!

Comment by Jocelyn 07.04.10 @ 10:28 am

Wow, that is a gorgeous vest!
I heard the booming last night, and wondered if I’d lost a day somewhere.

Fun –
(I stole this one from today’s comics)
Do they have a fourth of July in Australia?

Of course! It comes right after the third of July.

Comment by Don Meyer 07.04.10 @ 10:38 am

Noise? You want noise? Here in the mid-west we shoot off firecrackers from the middle of June to the middle of July, with fireworks displays from July 2 through July 5. We loves us our big booms!

Comment by Abby 07.04.10 @ 1:28 pm

Such a beautiful vest. I bet someday it tells you what to do with it.

Comment by twinsetellen 07.04.10 @ 7:41 pm

I’d heard of star fruit and lately saw some in the grocery store, But I’d never seen any cut up before. It really looks like starfish. I can’t quite decide if I’m enchanted or repulsed. LOL! But… I think I have the beginnings for an idea of a contribution to the next family picnic that will double as a prank on my jokester “baby” brother. Hmmm…. Thanks, Michelle! 🙂

Comment by Shirley 07.10.10 @ 9:04 am

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