I think it’s been awhile since I last posted, but I have been VERY busy. Busy dyeing all the yarn I ordered, mostly.

I still have 5 more skeins to go, and today I dyed a skein that’s part silk and drying in the other room. And check this out:

This is the last part of my Christmas present from my sister who just went to Rhinebeck! Wow! That’s 4 skeins of Sanguine Gryphon yarn, 3 bags of roving for my new drop spindle and a niddy noddy. I squeal every time I look at it all!  Thank you Shelly! So now I’m going to re-skein all my skeins on my new niddy noddy and make them look even better, and I already started working on spinning yarn on my new spindle:

How amazing is that? You can’t tell from my picture but this roving has some sparkly thread in it and it’s gorgeous. It’s not that hard to do but it hurts my back, so I’m going to have to limit myself. With all this fun going on, my Christmas knitting is suffering, and I’m going to have to really put in some knitting hours this weekend.

In non-knitting news, my son banged his face against the coffee table table last night and split open the section above his lips. It was small, but deep and after it had stopped bleeding and he calmed down, we dragged the poor kid to the hospital and ended up getting a stitch in it. He did soooo good. He didn’t make a peep during the whole procedure. When I told him how proud of him we were for being so brave, he said, “I’m not brave, it just didn’t hurt.” Haha! Thank God for Lidocaine.  As if that wasn’t a bad enough night, when he finally got to go to bed, he started coughing. It got worse and worse as the night went on and I immediately recognized it as croup. He sounded just like a barking seal. And when I went to check on him at 3am, he was so hot with fever and uncomfortable from the coughing. Sigh…it was a looong night. But today, when I was trying to take a picture of his wound, he posed for me and asked that I take his picture like that, because he looked so cool:

This is Emmet looking cool. (See his cut?) And that is the stupid hat he insists on wearing everyday. He got it from his daycare and he loves it.

Well, enough typing. I’m exhausted from a long night with almost no sleep at all. Goodnight everyone! I promise I will post more pictures of the newly dyed yarn as soon as I figure out how to get an accurate photo of each skein.


  1. Hee Hee!! Won’t Vicki be amazed that you remembered so much from watching her that you were able to just start spinning. And yours looks sooooo much better than mine does using a wheel. I am so glad that the roving is working out so well. My Emmet is very brave just to let anyone near him with a needle. Heck with Lidocaine, they would have to knock me out or I would bolt.

  2. Danielle

    10.22.11 at 11:46 am

    Well, I only saw her doing it, not starting it, so I had no idea how to start. I watched a few youtube videos and then I was on my way. And I do it a bit differently…I can’t seem to let the thing dangle like Vicki does, but the way I’m doing it seems to work just fine.
    And it was mor like a fish hook they stuck through Emm’s lip…I can’t believe I was able to watch without getting sick.

  3. Hah!! Not only could I not watch, Chris will tell you I was squatting in the corner with my head between my knees trying not to throw up!! He learned that Mom is not the best in situations where he is going to be hurt. Chip loved your yarn.

  4. Danielle

    10.22.11 at 1:37 pm

    The yarn I dyed or the yarn I spun?

  5. Barbara Antonelli

    10.23.11 at 4:16 am

    Beautiful, informative blog Danielle,and I just love that picture of Emmet! The colors are so bright in the pictures you took today,they came out great!

    Love ya

  6. Both. He is becoming much more appreciative of spinning since we bought the wheel. My second spool of yarn that I spun yesterday was much better than the first – which is not saying much but it is movement in the right direction. Chip loved the colors too. Do you know how the colors will stand up in washing? Claudia was saying that the number gripe that knitters have with hand-dyed wool is color running when being washed. I wonder if different dyes have better track records than others in this area. So much to learn. We have to make up a list of questions before the yarn dying workshop.

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