18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!”

      1. No. Very quiet day. My sister is taking mom and dad out to dinner which gives me a bit of a break from the 24/7 care. Yarn Rascal got some of his favorite yarns for Christmas and he is happily tangling himself up in them. Which means later I will spend an inordinate amount of time getting him out of what he got himself into.

        1. A very quiet day sounds like exactly what you need. I didn’t realize mom and dad were full time care at this point. That’s a lot of work, no matter how much you love them and want to do it.

          What did Yarn Rascal get? Anything that will have you crying as you untangle it?

          1. Yarn Rascal is heavily into merino and Shetland wool. I’ve been ordering my wool from across the pond in breeds that YR hasn’t seen before. He’s been reluctant to bond with them going back to his merino stash. Of course I have been spinning merino fiber and at some point in the process I began to realize that I was spinning for YR. Making sure the yarn had the twist that he likes and the weight. I spent most of last night untangling a skein that I knew I had spun very well A few tears fell when I realized I might not be able to save all of it. But YR is happy as a lark. Like birds feather nests this little guy builds his of merino yarns and snuggles down into it.

          2. Great. It’s practice, practice, practice and read, read, read. My drafting is much improved. I am spinning a lace weight yarn right now because I want to make that little dress. But I am studying what makes a good sock yarn that will stand up to the likes of The Skipper and I am finding that merino is not it. A search of the internet showed that almost all the sock yarns are merino so I am collecting knowledge on choosing a fiber and the best spin for sock yarn for The Skipper.

          3. Merino is lovely and soft, but that doesn’t make good socks, as I am learning. All my lovely tosh socks are a little small and felted. I am knitting some bfl/nylon one right now, not handspun, and am spinning what might be sock yarn now. Can’t remember the wool that’s in it off the top of my head, but I know bamboo and nylon are in there.

            You are right about the practice, practice, practice! Keep on going, I want to see the tiny dress!

  1. I hope your Christmas was wonderful . We had an emotional one with our daughter having to put down her cat the day she arrived. We managed some laughter and some good moments. I hope we helped her. We tried to feel Christmas.

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