Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Enjoying it while it lasts

The forecasters say this is our last dry day - so we celebrated with a spectacular sunrise. :-) Tomorrow morning it will be raining - probably freezing rain at first, followed by a warm-up and regular ol' wet rain. As I said in a previous post, we've enjoyed the sunshine and frozen ground. Russell and I got out for rides both of the last two days, and may make it three in a row today(!) if Brian and I can get other things done.

I thought I'd share one of "our" other volcanoes. Mt. Hood is the closest to us and therefore looks biggest and most majestic (it's my personal favorite):

But some consider Mt. Jefferson, further south in the Cascades, to be the prettier peak:
The above photos were taken from the same place on the road at the same zoom from Russell's back, so you can see how much bigger Mt. Hood appears from where we live. Oh, and if you click to biggify the sunrise photo, you can see Mt. Jefferson on the horizon just to the left of the center trees!

This morning I finished spinning the Jacob batts. Since I haven't settled on a pattern and therefore a needed yardage, I don't know yet if it will be plied on itself or with a white Shetland single. It can cool its heels on the bobbin while I consider the possibilities. I was considering the Trinity vest from A Fine Fleece for the Jacob/Shetland combo, but Sara rightly pointed out that color trumps pattern. For that reason a marled yarn would be a better fit for the Oregon vest from Oat Couture, but that pattern calls for a bulkier yarn than I would have unless I spun the Shetland single considerably thicker or did a three- or four-ply out of the same grist I spun the Jacob. Ah, decisions, decisions! They are frustrating, and yet also kinda fun.

That's it for now from . . .

11 comments:

thecrazysheeplady said...

I love that you can see two mountains. Just gorgeous. And your spinning too. You might go check out Meridian Farms website. She does beautiful stuff with Jacob yarn. Might be mostly weaving. Hmm - I need a re-visit too :-).

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I love those mountains, as rare as a trip up that way is for me, I always relish the view on the way.
Beautiful fine yarn, it seems that you spin like I do. I've spent considerable time lately trying to spin bulkier yarns, trying being the operative word. I can't seem to get anything bigger than a sportish sized single.

A :-) said...

Your spinning looks great! For the patterns in A Fine Fleece, I would say that a semi solid or solid will work best. I made the St. Patrick in a tweed-ish (see my projects on Rav) and it came out great - but it was green just flecked with color and didn't take away from the cables.

Beautiful mountains :-)

Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Got the opportunity to go to the base of Mt. Hood this last summer. Gorgeous no matter what time of year. You scared me for a minute saying the rain was coming back, but looks like for us here on the coast we are safe til about Friday. It is partially overcast today, which melted the ice pretty quick.

I love the pictures of your wool. So pretty and the possibilities look endless

Michelle said...

Actually, Sara, we can see FIVE peaks from our road (not right at our house). The other three, Mts. Adams, St. Helens, and Rainier are in WA.
Thanks, Becky; I really was trying to spin the Jacob a bit thicker than my wont, and I've started on some roving for Braveheart and am going for a little thicker yet. I've decided on the Jacob/Shetland two-ply....

Theresa said...

Oh great shots of the mountains. We see Mt. Shasta from certain areas and assuming the day is clear. The yarn looks amazing. Love the dark depth and interest in those darker fibers. Looks like you are loving your new spinner!

Laura said...

Cool mountain picture! I like the Jacob yarn. Do you have any charcoal or med. grey Shetland? That could be an option too. I have a ball of silver (light grey) Jacob to spin. Mine is very soft, bouncy and was very crimpy. Some Jacob is very kempy and coarse though.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the yarny compliments, everyone. I wish I had some charcoal or med. grey Shetland, Laura. Blackberry's black with a wee bit of silver is the closest I have, and since that's roving from his hogget fleece, I'm saving it for something special. This Jacob was very soft, too.

Sharon said...

I look forward to seeing how you complete your yarn. Your spinning is great.

Diane said...

Love the pics, love the yarn! Really looking forward to seeing what you do with it! I'm toying with some spinning for a sweater from A Fine Fleece too, but you're further along. Show me the way! :)

kenleighacres.com said...

Stunning views and beautiful photos! The dry weather has been a real blessing. The yarn looks lovely and I can't wait to see what you end up plying it with and ultimately making!