My cousin Ann, who sews, knits, and quilts amazingly decided to take up spinning last year. Her spinning is really beautiful.
You have to see her yarn up close to appreciate how neat of a twist she puts on it and how quickly she has become a fine spinner. I have always been amazed by her -- the woman manages to knit intricate Kaffe Fasset sweaters while stopped in traffic on her morning commute in LA -- but her spinning really elevates an every day item into something of extraordinary beauty.
I'm going to see if I can get gauge with this yarn to do a square for Ellie's Barnraising quilt. I tend to hoard and pet my handspun, but one of my new years resolutions is going to be actually knitting with it, so I'm going to try and get a headstart here. This "string" is spun from Merino roving in the Elliebelly Copper Patina colorway.
I'll leave you all with a quick cat-update. With cooler weater, Harry and Hermione, our Maine Coons, have become increasingly adventureous. They seem to have an un-catlike knack for getting stuck high up in scraggilly trees that can't quite hold their weight. On the plus side, they have been busy making friends (or at least achieving detente) with our new Doberman, a pony-sized dog named Hannibal. Apparently, all of this has been too exhausting for Harry, who has decided to become dining room decor. Isn't he handsome?