playing and plying.

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It was so hot and humid yesterday that Boh and I needed to get down to the creek. We spent about an hour in the water doing a mixture of wading (me) and swimming (Boh). He’s making progress, and no longer needs to be “encouraged” to doggy paddle. By the end of our playtime, he was even prancing around the shallow sections of the creek!

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While I sat in the sun to dry off, Boh did some serious work. He always seems to be looking for a particular rock that is buried way down beneath the water. When he finds it, he chews on it a bit, puts it somewhere else, and then it is back to finding the next rock. He (and, let’s face it, I) find this endlessly entertaining.

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Though I have no photo-documentation, this outing also included the purchasing of fruit, the returning of a whole slew of library books, and the enjoyment of a mint chocolate-chocolate cookie ice cream cone.

jacob plying

Before heading off to the farm and then to dinner with our dog and people friends, I spun the second bobbin of the dark, undyed, local jacob and began plying. I continued working on my long draw as I spun bobbin #2, and I must admit, I was doing quite a bit of cursing as I struggled to balance twist with the take up of the bobbin. There was a lot of breakage, but every so often I’d get into a great rhythm and produce a consistent, sturdy, appropriately twisted single using a “true” long draw rather than a supported long draw. I love the loftiness of this yarn, and I’m hoping the finished 2-ply will be sturdy enough to do something with!

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5 thoughts on “playing and plying.

  1. Sweet Boh. He reminds me so much of a blonde Lab we had named Bula (who did similar rock investigations!). The Jacob looks wonderful. That’s one wool I haven’t tried yet . Good luck with the long draw!

  2. The yarn looks lovely (though I know nothing about spinning) — I hope you find a good project for it! Boh is so sweet! I love watching animals go about their own projects.

  3. Sounds like a great time at the creek, definitely refreshing.
    Your yarn looks lovely. I’m looking forward to getting to some plying soon too… lol May take me a bit…

  4. I love dogs and water! Our dog was so fun swimming while we were camping last weekend. Every time someone would jump in off the rocks he would swim over to them, make sure they were alright, then continue on swimming in his own pattern, waiting for the next person to jump.

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