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Just been too lazy to power up the computer or to try to write a post on the phone (WHY is that such a tedious chore? Work on it, WordPress, please?)
Loads of knitting has happened and some spinning, and a day away from shoveling, and a long weekend.
Here’s the spinning:
Filled a bobbin with the second color of my planned three ply. Now the two filled bobbins await the third, which I started yesterday. This is going to be some crazy yarn! Or really awful, time will tell.
I worked on socks – plan to finish this one up before March 1, according to my 6 pairs a year plan.
I finished the Corrugated Hat to match the Corrugated Cowl, these will go on Etsy sometime soon. I still had yarn left, so I am doing a striped hat in the same colors. Not sure if this will be an Etsy listing or a donated item. Time will tell.
I finished knitting the Gloria del Sol shawl in Purple Fleece’s Aquamarine Radiant gradient – OMG , I love this thing. Wait until you see it blocked. It was a challenging knit, and I didn’t bead it, but if I ever do it again (and I am thinking I will when I forget how challenging it was) I will add beads, if only to help me count the crazy long endless repeats.
I have to dig around in yarn and queue to see what I will cast on next – or maybe dig out an unfinished something to finish it. I have a couple of things that could use some attention, I know.
Saturday I travelled down to Mom’s so I could hop in the car with her and B, and drive over to western Maine, Bridgton, to be exact, to have lunch with my two cousins who live there. Brother N and SIL D joined us as well, and it was a very nice time. So good to sit down with the cousins we usually only see at funerals. Afterwards, we went to visit a friend of Mom’s for an hour or so, then drove all the way back. A 13 hour day for lunch? Yup. But it was a nice change of pace, and of course, I knit the whole way there and back, as B drove. And let me tell you – I thought we had snow – they have literally two or three times as much on the ground as we do. Truthfully, mom and I both found it really depressing, even though the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful bright blue. It took us both back to the years we lived there, and how endless the winters felt. Mom said “This is why I moved to the coast” which I had never known, I knew she loved the ocean, but not how much she hated deep snow that never stops and there is no where to put it. So naturally, she moved to the part of the coast that regularly gets slammed by the coastal storms. But at least she has a bigger yard and some place to put the snow.
Sunday we finished cleaning up around the driveway and paths and decks, which was great, to let everything melt in the warm spring sunshine – amazing weather! Hard to believe this is one week ago: (That’s my car to A’s left.)
We were both glad to be done with it – A even has shoveling blisters – ugh. So yesterday we enjoyed our holiday by having me work on our taxes and clean the pellet stove while she worked on clearing out files and folders. Fun, fun!
As you can tell, it has been the same old low key life around here the past few weeks – and I like it that way – no drama, no unexpected surprises, and loads of fun with fiber.
How have you been keeping busy lately?
Up until this point we have had a fairly quiet winter. Our storms were of the warmer variety, which I don’t like- more icy nonsense than snow.
All of that changed this week. No more warm days between storms melting everything.
Starting Thursday I had three days of taxes scheduled. Volunteers lined up. Appointments filled.
Thursday the weather prediction was for a big snow, more snow the farther east we were. But not starting until 11 or so.
Sure enough, at 11 the first flakes fell, and the boss gave us an early dismissal, which was great, but meant canceling a slew of appointments and rescheduling them for next month.
We got about 6 inches at our house, but the location of the Friday tax clinic got 18 inches! So, we cancelled all the morning appointments and got there at noon. It was a crazy day, the schedule got all out of whack as people came late or early depending on their drivway situation. Instead of getting out at 4 as planned, it was closer to 5, followed by a long drive home.
Saturday was predicted to be light snow, 1 – 3 inches. I trucked up to Bangor for Super Saturday tax clinic. It’s held in an empty storefront in a small mall, and we worked hard all day, but did notice our numbers were down. Found out why when we left at 4. Way more than 3 inches – it had been snowing steadily all day! I went to the grocery store right there and headed home through some heavy snow on messy roads, so it took forever. Got home to find the driveway unplowed, and that’s when I realized how much snow we had. My mighty Prius plowed up the hill no problem, shooting snow everywhere! A had cleared out my parking space, which made me so happy as I just had sneakers on. 😀 We had 8 -9 inches and it kept snowing a few more hours.
So I got through the busy week, in the end made far less busy but no shorter by the snow.
Today is a combo day – pajamas and snow pants. We have to get out and clear vents and decks and driveways (plow guy came last night, yea!) this morning, then we will totally chill. Because this afternoon, guess what?
We are forecast to get 18-26 inches (depending which channel one watches) in 24 hours, starting late this afternoon. Strong, sustained winds as well. I fully expect to get the call canceling work tomorrow – that will be my napping spinning knitting day. Of course there will be intermittent shoveling as well to keep ahead of it.
And I hold out the tiniest bit of hope for at least a delay on Tuesday morning. 😝
So I should have finishes to share soon, and pretty snow pictures.
Oh, and our forecast after Tuesday? Storm expected on Thursday which they won’t talk about yet. But significant something.
Guess winter is hitting us full force this month!
You know what I did this afternoon!
I filled the first bobbin of the big combo spin, Mountain’s Edge and started the next bobbin, Muted Reflection. Both are from Three Waters Farm.
We are supposed to get a lot of snow tonight, 9 – 16 inches at last forecast update. Normally I would think we have a chance of a day off, but it is supposed to stop tonight, so I won’t count on it. Pretty sure it will mess up tax day tomorrow, though. Supposed to be in Milbridge with three volunteers and I am thinking they won’t want to be on the road at 6 am.
More snow Sunday – Monday. They say that storm will be bigger.
Maybe I will be able to fill that other bobbin?
You just never know when the local bank branch manager is going to want to come over with a donation. And arrives with the “BIG CHECK” for a photo opportunity.
Glad I was wearing a pretty hand-spun, hand-knit shawl today. 🙂
Today I had to go to Franklin for work. On the way there, I drove past what used to be my “LYS” (Local Yarn Store to those of you unaddicted to fiber), Shirley’s Yarns and Crafts.
There was a BIG sign out front “Inventory Clearance Sale 20% off January 9-14”
I kept driving.
In my family there is a funny rule about ice cream shops. You can drive to and from an ice cream shop but not past an ice cream shop. Long story how it came to be, but one of my aunts was giving directions, and said “go past the ice cream shop” and she was immediately corrected. Go to the ice cream shop, stop, get an ice cream, and then from the ice cream shop, continue on. Thus it has been evermore.
I am that way with yarn stores, especially those with signs like that out front. But I was on a mission, so I kept going. But I wondered… did they have some sock yarn that would coordinate with what I am spinning now, in case I don’t get enough yardage for my planned socks? I could do a different heel and toe if I had to…
On the way back, I stopped. They truly were having a big sale, and they had TONS of sock yarn, I am not kidding. For a small shop, the selection was amazing. I decided to show some self restraint and limited myself to what I could pay for with the cash in my wallet, which ruled out taking the whole section. 🙂
I tried to visualize the in-progress yarn, which has pink, purple, orange, and green. I knew I didn’t want green, and I didn’t want the wrong purple. I thought pink or orange could be fun. But there were no solids in those exact colors. I walked around for a bit with a pretty, brightly dyed multicolored yarn, but eventually put it back – I want my handspun to be the stars of this show, not fight for attention with this yarn.
I finally picked up this skein.
I know, not pink, orange, purple nor green! But the fiber content is close to what I am spinning, and so if I think I will need it, I will wind off some of this and dye it. Brilliant!
And if I don’t need it, I can dye it any color I want, right? And I needed some more sock yarn if I am going to knit 4-6 pairs this year. AND it was on sale. And I had plenty of cash to cover the price.
So I think I did pretty well going to and from the yarn store. And the clearance sale is still going on, through tomorrow in case any of you want to check it out. 🙂
It started with meeting some new friends and seeing some old ones, at a Ravelry meet-up last Sunday. Due to snowfall Saturday night, there were only three of us knitters, but our hostess, Chefadina on Ravelry made us feel very welcome, we met her family and her neighbors (the old friends) stopped by. Her new place is beautiful, a big old house that most recently was a B and B. It sits high above the river, and is just filled with lovely light.
Monday started tax training, and as always it was, well, taxing. The software is new to us all, still has bugs, so things would suddenly work or not work, and the state returns aren’t ready yet. We were all glad when it was over on Friday. Now, in two weeks, we meet again, and hope to have some state software available to work on. The first of February is when we start seeing clients, we would like to have a clue what we are doing before than!
Because I was responsible for leading the group in the hands on exercises in the afternoon, I was not able to do my usual thing – knit hats! But we were in a chilly room so I wore lots of hand knit shawls and sweaters (not all at once) and got lots of compliments.
When I was home, though, I was knitting and spinning. Here’s a shot of my snow fling mittens in progress. They will get a soft lining, and so are taking a long time, but I now have two mittens that look like this. I’ll have to close up the tops, then do the linings.
Here’s a dark shot of my spinning. It is a merino/nylon mix from Three Waters Farm, in the colorway Garden Center. I am spinning this to make socks, so divided it in thirds, thinking I would do a traditional three ply. But then I started reading my two spinning books I got for Christmas, and I decided to spin a three ply yarn with one opposing ply. So for those of you who understand these things, I will spin two singles with a Z twist, and one with an S twist, then ply them all together with an S twist. I hope I am spinning thin enough that I will get enough yardage for a pair of socks, but we will see. I can always make the heels and toes in a contrasting color if need be. But I would rather not. PS that black is really a wonderful dark purple.
This week also marked the start of a new year of Socks with Sarah on Ravelry. If you have followed me for a few years, you know that the last time she had this activity, I knit socks like a wild woman, and finished 26 pairs in the year. This year, I have decided to purposely restrain myself. I am aiming for between 4-6 pairs this year. This is the start of my first pair – Stella Blue on Caper Sock base from String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns. I am using my basic go-to sock pattern – Fundamental Toe Up socks . 64 stitches on number one needles, these will take a while to knit, because they are NOT my focus. 🙂 I swear it.
I hope my second pair will be the handspun yarn, and I do have a skein of yarn I got at Fiber Frolic for my third pair. Not sure what I will do for the 4th or later pairs, but I expect something will turn up!
The other knitting I am working on is a cowl to go with my recently completed Derry sweater – no photos yet, but I will try to get some soon. And I frogged the last bit of secret knitting and cast on an endless scarf with the yarn instead. I hope to finish that this week. The first thing I was working on was an interesting finished garment, but a ridiculous amount of stockinette in a boring tube. And it kept snagging on things, because the thin yarn and huge needles left loads of holes. I figured if it was snagging in my project bag, it would be shredded in no time with normal wear. Not a nice thought, so I ripped it out. The recipient returns to town next week sometime, I would like to have it ready for her.
So that is how I got through the work week – and was so glad to see this weekend come! Yesterday I did some chores around the house, then took the trash, the grocery list and my knitting, and headed off to knitting group, stopping at the dump on the way there, and the grocery store on the way back. Got to drive the truck that way. And got credit for helping out around the house even while disappearing for several hours. 🙂
Today was a little more low key – cleared the snow off the cars and cleaned the pellet stove – two not fun chores. A couple of inches of snow on smooth ice is treacherous walking, but I got the cars cleared without mishap. Then we took down the Christmas tree and tossed it out into the woods. Now, this sounds like a lot of work, but here’s the thing – we never decorated the tree. We only put on it the ornaments we got for Christmas, no lights, no garland, nothing. We just ran out of energy and time, but I loved our minimalist tree! It was pretty and smelled divine. I was able to toss it to the woods from the deck, so the wasn’t too awful.. The birds are already using it to shelter while they hit the feeders.
Other than those big chores, this was a low key day, a pajama afternoon. Cleaning the pellet stove gets the stove clean and me filthy – so after my shower, I just decided that noon was a good time for PJs! I made a shepherd’s pie for supper for the next few days – back on the diet for real tomorrow. Life will hopefully return to normal now that last week is really over. 🙂
I have spinning and knitting to get done!
We had a busy couple of days, celebrating with A’s sister and her family on Christmas Eve day, then my family Christmas Day. Lots of driving, opening presents, eating, and visiting.
Today is the last day of our vacation, and we have declared it to be a pajama day.
I am looking forward to the knitting and spinning and reading. Oh, and writing the cards…I got them made last Friday, but did not finish writing them. I will eventually!
I completely forgot to take photos of several secret finishes in the real world, but I can tell you that the hats all fit on the heads they were intended for. 😉
and the scarf was deemed “perfect colors!”
And the seemingly endless pile of tiny mittens turned into garlands and ornaments as intended.
So today I can relax into some selfish knitting – finish some sleeves, cast on some human-sized mittens and knit up a hat in a pattern my brilliant sister invented. And peruse the two spinning books I got for Christmas.
In my PJs all day. I love a pajama day. 🙂