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The long anticipated vacation is here!
The grant is in the mail.
The marketing materials are all printed.
The meeting minutes are typed up and distributed.
The surprise last minutes tasks ( ad redesign, loan application review) are done.
I am exhausted. 🙂
But energized because NOW I can relax into things I want to do.
Here’s what I have come up with for a list for this week so far.
- find a vest pattern and swatch for it, using the combo spin yarn I made. (in fact I did this before I even finished writing this post. Galiano is cast on. I’ll be playing yarn chicken, but I think I can win it)
- do the math after swatching and cast on the vest. (yes, well, I think I will be OK, I got gauge!)
- cast on the next sweater, teal and black stripes.
- finish spinning Copper and Gold, and ply it with silk and beads.
- figure out if the green/gray sweater is done or not – it’s blocked, and drying now but the button band remains a concern.
- finish knitting the gray High Country Crescent shawl.
- block the shawl.
- cast on the moon and sky shawl.
- and maybe the chain mail shawl with the Copper and Gold if it is washed and dried in time.
- clean out the POOL!!!!
- Hook up the filter so I can catch the rain that is sure to come to fill the top 6 inches of said pool.
- rake leaves.
- weed the bulb garden.
- work on clearing out craft room.
- remember to go to the doctors appointment Monday. 🙂
- renew passport
- get A’s birthday present.
- Celebrate A’s birthday multiple times with various family members.
- wind up the week at a dinner to honor niece B and her academic achievements in her 5 years at Husson University!
I hope A doesn’t have any plans for me this week, it seems I have a lot of things I want to get done. 🙂
I know I haven’t written much lately – no excuse except that nothing seems worth mentioning. I work, I watch basketball, I knit, I spin.
Well, basketball is nearly over – one more game tonight. It was a thrilling weekend, and while I am happy for Mississippi, I wish they hadn’t beaten my UCONN team. A says it is good for the women’s game to have a year like this, and I am THRILLED for South Carolina – been following Dawn Staley for a very long time, so glad to see her hard work pay off. But still…I wanted to see the Samuelson girls play against each other, and neither made it to the final game. The flukey thing is that A and I have these bracket bets, and I beat her on the men’s. Not the women’s that we actually watch and know something about. The men’s, where I almost throw darts to determine my picks. So that is $25 more toward my spinning wheel. And if North Carolina wins tonight, that’s an additional $25, lol New spinning wheel is happening next month, for sure. Go Tar Heels!!
So in this last week, I have plugged away on the sweater sleeves. They are getting wider, so slower. Can’t wait until we reach the part where they start getting smaller again!
The High Country Crescent shawl grows even more slowly, rows take an hour or more! I can’t take it anywhere to work on now, it is too complex and slow. Which means it won’t grow very fast at all for a while. The colored threads are the lifelines marking the end of each chart. I don’t actually need them all, just the last one, but I like to see the progression of the pattern through the charts.
Socks – they continue so grow, and I struggle with my commitment to only make 6 pairs this year, to keep me from knitting all socks all the time. This pair isn’t going to make it until May, this is the second sock. But I will follow the good advice of some fellow Ravelers – I’ll just finish them and then not cast on any more until May. Hmmm.
So when I finish the socks, what will be my traveling project? Well, perhaps this cowl? It is knit out of ancient stash of Bartlett Yarn and a mystery hand-painted skein, both of these have been in stash for many years. The pattern is Foolproof, and I was intrigued by the description – no casting on, no picking up stitches, no purling, no binding off, no grafting, no knitting in the round, yet you wind up with a cowl. It is very clever, and I am loving it. This is a heavy worsted weight, almost aran, so it grows fast. It might carry me until May.
But the big news here in my world is this:
I finished the big combo spin. It is my biggest, most adventurous spin to date ( and truly it is not very big nor adventurous). I spun up three different braids of fiber from Three Waters Farm, and then plied them together. It took FOREVER.
But I love it. I love that from a distance it is all soft brown and green, but when you get close, there are so many other colors in it!
I had hoped to get a DK weight, and then knit a sweater using it with a commercial yarn I have. But I am not yet a good enough spinner that I can get the yarn I want, so I have 1000 yards of fingering weight loveliness! I will dig out a vest pattern and make that instead. Just look at the pretty colors. 🙂 And the tiny skein is 86 yards of two ply, using up the leftovers. The two braids were the brighter of the three, so it really is a different look for this bit.
Isn’t it pretty? I can’t stop looking at it.
On to other stuff – tax season is also about to end – hurrah! Have a crazy week this week, then Monday is the last of our tax clinics. It went fast, as it always does – February was really scary with the new software, March we were starting to get the hang of it, and could tell when the problem was us and when it was the software acting up. Now it is April and we just want it to be done. I hope next year is easier, that the software won’t be as tedious and error prone. But I won’t think about that until November. 🙂
Between taxes Thursday and Friday, and a late meeting today, I have a day off this week sometime – either Tuesday or Wednesday. Which is good as I am coming down with nasty cold. My boss is having oral surgery on Wednesday, and so I am in a different office today, wearing a mask and wiping down everything I touch. And praying that he doesn’t get this thing, it will really complicate life if he gets sick. I had planned to have off Wednesday, but I think I might change that to tomorrow so I minimize contact with him. Whatever day I take, if I feel up to it, I will start my next spin, which involves adding beads to a commercial silk lace weight yarn and plying it with my handspun for some serious bling. I hope to make a shawl with the resulting yarn. But that is ages away, I know it will take me some time to spin the singles.
Off to work now – hope you have a good week!
Whoa, time is flying by! And I seem to have little to show for it. Oh, I have a sock and a half, for sure – this hand knit yarn is so much fun to knit with that my socks are flying off the needles (it helps that it is also a tiny bit thicker than traditional sock yarn so inches happen faster.)
And the sweater lengthens. But of course, because I am knitting both fronts and the back at once, it feels like progress is slow. I expect to finish these three pieces this week, and then I will block and seam them and make sure it is all fitting before I launch into sleeves.
I did a little maintenance around my chair this week, and
discovered found dug out excavated was reminded that I have a half finished shawl from the great shawl cast on last summer (if you recall, I cast on 4 in a day.)
This is High Country Crescent by Mary-Anne Mace. I won the pattern in a blog giveaway, and love it. Not sure why I stopped working on it – Christmas maybe? Anyway, it is back in the rotation, and so gets a row or two or three an evening, depending how exciting the basketball is. The shawl is only mindless every other row, the sweater and socks are completely mindless. Some of the basketball is also mindless, other games require my complete attention. 🙂 And what of the other shawls, you ask? Well, one was Mirno, and one was Oaklet, and those are both finished and worn regularly.
The fourth was Biophilia, also by Mary-Anne Mace. I wasn’t loving it in the yarn I was using, so I frogged it, and will use that yarn in my next shawl. That will be Moon and Sky by Jem Arrowsmith, which I received as a surprise gift not too long ago (thank you, Saffronk!) I think the yarn will work well for that one. And so will the pretty beads I was going to use. And I have a lovely lace weight silk I could use for Biophilia… or not. There is always some more yarn to try a pattern with, right? I also am dreaming of creating a beaded silk yarn to knit a shawl – I have the pattern already for that one, too (Chain Mail, in case you are wondering). And the fiber. And the beads. Just haven’t made the yarn yet, lol. Still working on the big combo spin. S-L-O-W-L-Y.
What else is happening? Oh, just some work. It is the crazy busy time of year – town meetings all over the map, tax clinics in the opposite direction, important but not exciting meetings, and the regular work as well. So last week, I was in Machias – an hour and a half THAT way – for a meeting in the late afternoon, making a twelve hour day. Tuesday it stormed, so I rescheduled Wednesday’s tax day in Stonington – on hour in the OTHER direction – which meant I spent the morning on the phone lining up all the appointments for the same time, a day later. Because Stonington is on an island. To get there, you go over a huge high bridge and then a low serpentine causeway. I don’t want to drive over either in a storm or even on a nice day following a storm if there are high winds, which there were. Thursday I did go to Stonington for a ten hour day. Friday was a tax day in Milbridge, an hour back in the first direction, and an eleven hour day.
LUCKILY I reviewed my time sheet Wednesday morning, and even with leaving early for the storm Tuesday, I knew I would go into OT if I didn’t adjust, so I went home a couple of hours early on Wednesday, too. That quiet time mid-week was much appreciated. Even if I did spend a chunk of that time shoveling. I might have made this for the cats.
They are indoor cats who are really missing their screened porch this time of year. So I made them a track, and let them out on it one at a time. They really loved it – Allie bustled about looking at everything. Zumba emulated Ferdinand, and just sat smelling the smells. And for most of the time, they acted like they knew they should not go over the snowy walls. When they stopped acting like that, in the house they went.
Saturday I did some household chores and went to Whorls and Purls and we had a rollicking good time! There was so much laughing it was hard to knit. And there was pizza – very unusual but a fun change.
Sunday we took my sister-in-law S out for breakfast to celebrate her retirement last Friday!! We let her choose the place – Denny’s was her choice, and we had a huge meal before going to her second requested stop – AC Moore. She received bountiful gifts from her coworkers, including some AC Moore gift cards. It was so much fun to watch her shop without having to worry about the cost. She makes delightful crocheted and embellished gift bags, and so she spent a lot of time in the yarn aisle, tossing in some of every color when she found a yarn she liked. All of her life she has had to be frugal, and she looked so happy filling that cart. We carried several large bags out to the truck, and the look on A’s face when she realized it was all yarn was priceless. Even better was the look on her face when she found out it wasn’t mine. I told A I was really looking forward to retirement if it meant I could go yarn shopping and get everything I wanted.
Apparently that isn’t going to happen.
I’ll let her think that for the next few years. 🙂
That’s about it – another crazy work week this week, and a good chance I have to go to a town meeting on Saturday, sigh. I will knit there, but it won’t be like going to Whorls and Purls. No pizza, no laughing. No fiber to drool over. Next time I will share with you the latest fibery goodness I have acquired – I don’t think I have shared with you the past few months of Roving of the Month club. They are yummy.
I know you have missed these almost as much as I have missed having Fridays off from work. 😀This week was a bit unusual at work, with late meetings, and a fundraising event this Sunday. So, to keep my hours to 40, I am able to stay home today.
What will I do with myself you ask? Here goes:
I am doing a bit of spinning this morning, working on filling that third bobbin.
Have to go out and get a haircut, long over due. While I’m out, I’ll go to the PO, and maybe, if I am feeling adventurous, the dump. We’ll see about that last one.
Back at home, there is always laundry to get started, a few dishes and some general tidying to do.
Then knitting. There are some photos I need to take for you, if the weather cooperates. And I dug some yarn out of the stash for a sweater, so I will be working on a swatch and a plan for that. And winding lots of yarn. The yarn is Briggs and Little Heritage, picked up many years ago in New Brunswick. The color labels say “dark gray heather” “medium gray” and “light gray.”
I get the latter two, but the first looks very green to me. It looks nice with the grays, though, which is all that counts.
I even found the pattern I was going to make originally – a simple yoked sweater with colorwork in the yoke and at the bottom of the sweater. It is pretty, but I think I want a cardigan, and I don’t want a round yoke. I dove down the Ravelry rabbit hole for a while, and when I was done with that, I decided I want to make my standard raglan top down sweater, with stripes. I toyed with the idea of making a turtleneck sweater I have made before, but I realized that the one I have is almost the same color. Oops! So, I dug out the old pattern, an ancient Candide one. This is my second copy, pretty worn out, and it cost a dollar. I wonder if it is still available, and how much it costs these days? It might be time for a new one.
Anyway… I also will work on the blue sock, which is getting closer to done – working on the leg. My goal is to get it done by Wednesday, then cast on the next pair, which will be knit with the Garden Center yarn I spun with an opposing ply, can’t wait to try that! Which reminds me, i might cake that today.
That’s really all I have planned for the day – not a lot but that leaves me loads of time for that knitting and spinning. And thinking about yet another sweater…that turtleneck still seems like a good idea, I wonder what other yarn I have in my stash? Add that to the list – more stash diving!
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?
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?
I told you I would finish something last weekend, and I did! In fact, this has been a week of finishes, it is pretty amazing! Gone is my feeling of tediously making no progress. Having a whole extra day off due to the ice storm was great for finishes. I declared it a pajama day and sat knitting and spinning ALL DAY. It was great!
I finished the shawl for Purple Fleece, and delivered it Saturday at Whorls and Purls. The wind was whipping when we took these photos! Brrrr.
I finished the Derry Cowl to go with the sweater. It might be too tall. I made it according to pattern, but with different yarn. My yarn isn’t as drapey, it seems. It’s been blocked, and still has loads of body – maybe it will soften a bit with wear? In this photo I folded it down, which works. And I am wearing it with the Derry sweater which I don’t think you have seen yet. You can’t see the pretty lace pattern on the sleeve , but it is there, and matches the cowl.
I finished the purple THING – second try at a scarf – for niece B’s Christmas (well, it turns out, birthday, still late) and delivered that today.
I finished these two skeins of yarn – yes, two! I dyed the fleece a while ago, and spun these both up in a few days. They are only about an ounce each, and came in between 90-100 yards. They will go with the two other similar weight skeins I dyed and become some kind of scarf or cowl. I am thinking linen stitch scarf, though I hate knitting scarves and I get bored with linen stitch. But they look so pretty when they are done… so who knows. I did one skein that was supposed to be predominantly yellow, one that is red, one blue, and then one that was supposed to be blue and green but when I spun it, it came out teal, which is actually really pretty. Still sorting out this whole dyeing/spinning/ what the heck will it look like thing.
Here’s the yellow and red before spinning.
And here’s the yellow after spinning:
And the red (with a tiny skein of red plied with yellow):
I worked on socks and mittens at Whorls and Purls yesterday – came home and finished the mittens. These are the most luxurious mittens! Love the cashmere blend lining. The ladies at knitting threatened to snitch them if I bring back the completed pair. 😉
I am working away on my socks, as I will all year – trying REALLY hard to only do a pair every couple of months, it is amazing the fortitude that takes, to not whizz through them and start the next pair. 🙂 Especially because the next pair will be made with my handspun yarn. 🙂 This pair is in Caper Sock, colorway Stella Blue and I love the softness of the yarn and color. I’ll be happy to be wearing them. The leg is much farther along than this, only about an inch left to go.
As for spinning – I have several pretty braids to choose from for my next spin. I have been contemplating a BIG SPIN, for me anyway, using three braids of finn, dyed in different colorways by Three Water Farm. Two I got intending to ply them together, but as I was looking over my stash, I realized that the third one held enough of the same colors that they would look great together. So, I am thinking spin them all and ply them together. But then what to make with the pile of yarn? It won’t be enough for a sweater, but I don’t need a kazillion hats. Then I had an idea, and I went stash diving. Sure enough – I have an ancient pile of a solid teal yarn that matches it beautifully (if it comes out the color that I think it will, that is. 🙂 ) and I have about 950 yards of that. If I can spin this to roughly that same weight, I WILL have enough for a sweater.
But I also have a few individual pretty braids that I love – one a silk merino that I JUST LOVE but have no idea what I will do with – might ply it with some pure silk lace weight yarn I have, I am even thinking I could use one of my new books for inspiration and add beads to the yarn, but then what? …
and then this special braid –
This is the latest from the Purple Fleece Roving of the month club – and Debbie used one of my photos as her inspiration for the variegated one, so named it after me! Check it out! I love it and ordered a braid of the compliment so that I will have 6 ounces of merino blended with YAK of all things – OMG, it is so soft! I have no idea what I will make with this, but I am itching to spin it. Maybe a nice soft cowl?
It is so hard to decide – I prepped the combo spin and the gold and copper silk merino, let them sit in sight for a few days… this morning I decided, and started the big combo spin. It should keep me busy for a few months. 😀