so I took the day off

And took myself to the beach! But on the way down, I had to stop at Halcyon Yarn because I wanted to get some different fibers. I’m not spinning every day in this Tour de Fleece, but I am spinning again, so that’s a good thing.

Before you knew it, I had a little haul… I plan to dye some of the natural/white stuff, probably before I spin it, but who knows.

Half a pound each of Domestic (on the left) and Romney (on the right). Notice that the domestic looks like less… I’m thinking it is less airy.
halcyon domestic andromney

Three ounces of something called “Coyote Cotton”… it’s soft (and a gorgeous soft,, rich brownish color)!
halcyon coyote cotton

Two rayon-like things. Tencel on the left, it’s creamy white and very slippery/soft. The camera had a hard time focusing on it. And something called “Black Diamond” on the right. It’s the color of a charcoal brick. Two ounces of each, I think…
halcyon tencel halcyon black diamond

Two ounces of hemp… it feels kind of greasy, which is interesting. I’ll probably make a bag or basket out of it, but I don’t know.
halcyon heemp

Some cotton out of the sale bin, Louisa Harding’s Ondine. I’ll probably make a Montego Bay Scarf (Ravelry link).
halcyon ondine

And a Noro Kureyon knock-off by Plymouth, Gina. I’ll probably use it for some Maine Morning Mitts (pair #37 or so… I make a lot of these).
halcyon gina halcyon gina (1)

And some very cool steam-punkish buttons (for those bracelets I’ve been making).
halcyon buttons halcyon buttons (1)

I love the drive through Bath to Popham Beach. I had a great time at the beach… the tide was way out. I took a much needed sorta nap. I swam and floated around and played in the waves. And I started reading a new book (The Historian). Couple of things… I love my cup-sized bikini, but it isn’t really meant to keep things contained while swimming. So I developed this technique of surfing in a wave and then flipping over to face the ocean to be sure that what spilled out went back in. Didn’t want to frighten the young people you know…

And I think maybe I should have gotten the prescription bifocal sunglasses, no?
beach 018

It was as always, beautiful. And since it was Thursday, it wasn’t crowded!
beach 021

There was a very cool sea breeze coming off the water… you could see the mist flying about. The water was warm, for Maine. At first it seemed cold, but after I finally got to that critical depth (where you can pee), it was fine. I loved floating in the waves. And when I finally walked in (for those of you who don’t know the place, it’s long and shallow, so you can walk out for a long way and still not be very deep), it felt like bath water in the shallows!

Here’s some recent spinning… blue-faced leicester and silk, in the color “tropical fish tank”. It’s from the Portland Fiber Gallery and was a dream to spin. For the first time, I beat the yarn after I washed it… it really makes a difference! Freshly spun on the left; soaked, beaten, and dried on the right.
tropical fish tank unbeaten tropical fish tank beaten and hung

DH has been away this week. I developed a little irrigation system in the garden… ahem… actually it’s to hide the paw prints. Guilty as charged, yes, I did not close the gate behind me…
garden dogs in the garden

Check out this awesome thing I got at the Salvation Army store in Rye (NH). I think it’s goat (angora mohair??), and it’s woven, and I got two at $1.99 each. Based on Gravy’s reaction, I think somebody used them for what I intend… dog beds/blankets. Even after washing (they shrunk quite a bit, but still will be bigger than the girls’ crates), there is a lot of shortish black hair, so I’m thinking maybe they belonged to a lab.
woven goat

4 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Nancy Cameron said,

    July 12, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I like the layered sunglasses look!

  2. 2

    Melinda said,

    July 12, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    Beautiful haul from Halcyon! I’m so jealous of your beach day. I came to Maine in March this year so I didn’t get my ocean fix and am going through major withdrawals. Maybe I’ll head on over to Lake Michigan (if there’s still any water in it with this drought) and see if that helps. It’s a 50/50 shot. I hope you love The Historian as much as I did! Smooches to you and my pups!
    M-

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    gale (she shoots sheep shots) said,

    July 12, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    Sounds like the perfect summer day. And looove that handspun!

  4. 4

    Chris said,

    July 14, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    LOL about the layered sunglasses!! :)

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