Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Spinning a Yarn, Yren's Way

This afternoon a package came in the mail from my daughter... It was the most delightful surprise! She just returned from a trip to Ireland, and in this package were all the gifts and souvenirs she bought for us there.

For her brother, there was an envelope of Irish coins for his coin collection, for her Dad there was coffee-flavored fudge and "Guinness" brand golf tees... And for me, a pretty embroidered linen handkerchief, some bookmarks for my collection, and some gorgeous handspun yarn!

I'd been planning to buy my first skein of handspun yarn at the Michigan Fiber Festival last weekend, but I had company during that time and the Festival just wasn't going to work very well as a destination for all of us. We went to the zoo instead, and I didn't mind--the Fiber Festival will happen again next year, and I could wait till then for some handspun.

But thanks to Emily, I don't have to! She bought this lovely lamb's wool at the Castle she was staying at in Markree, where they spin yarn from their own Wensleydale sheep. It was so beautiful, I had to photograph it with my other most beautiful possession, Yren. So even though this blog is not about knitting, I decided to show her with it here anyway.

Noxy has Ribbon-Be-Gone Expertise!

She has dramatically improved this picture of Yren, who is very grateful to her and sends many hugs!

Yren's birthday portraits

I do love taking close-ups of Yren. She always looks soulful to me, plus close-ups are easier to manage than full-length shots, for which some little detail generally goes awry.

As in this case, the ribbon of her shoulder tie is showing! If I were a photoshop wizard, the ribbon could disappear. But alas, I'm not, nor am I likely to do better if I try the pose again. This is why nudes are easier--nothing that's showing was meant not to be showing!

As I was leaning her against the tree, the idea occurred to me of making some stiffish paper cylinders to slip over her legs (under her long dress). They would prevent her knees from buckling while she poses standing up on occasions when I don't want to use her stand.

We'll see if that idea works as well as another one I had about keeping Yren's wig from slipping: Handitak reusable adhesive, also known as poster putty. A little thin band of it along the back of her hand keeps the wig in place. It's doubly useful for her red wig, as I like that one worn a little further forward than it naturally wants to sit.  

Windy Day
In the Sheltering Forest

Late Summer

Yren passed her birthday shut up in her box--isn't that a crime! But there were little children in the house and she needed protection more than admiration, so there she stayed. Now I'm trying to make it up to her. I haven't found just the right birthday gift for her yet, but she expects it to grow in grandeur the longer she waits for it, so she is waiting very patiently indeed.

Today we celebrated being together on a sunny morning by taking some pictures outside.