Archive for the ‘plans’ Tag
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!
A week slips by…
There was knitting:
Cut that yarn chicken game pretty close – what you see is what was left of the big skein. I do have a mini skein I am saving for another project, so it would not have been the end of the earth if I needed a bit more, but I am glad I didn’t. This is the merino/cashmere I spun up a few weeks ago. The pattern is Seathwaite from the Fringe Association, and I love it. The variegated colors don’t hide the cables as much in real life as they do in this photo, and it fits me perfectly. The yarn softened up with knitting, who knew? And I am sure it will even more with washing and wearing.
I finished the Broadbill plied with black, got two skeins, total weight about 5.75 ounces, yardage is just over 350. The second skein seems to be a bit more like fingering weight than the first, but what amazed me was how much black I had left over! I first spun two ounces, and plied it with the first two ounces of Broadbill. I had a lot of black left over (according to my scale the first skein weight 2.625 ounces, which means I only used .625 of the black!) so I just joined the next ounce or so with the leftovers until I filled a bobbin, and plied the second two ounces of Broadbill. I had a decent amount left on the bobbin (this time, the finished yarn weight about 3.125 ounces, which means I used 1.125 ounces of the black), and I had about an ounce unspun, so I changed my mind about chain plying the leftovers, and just started spinning the remaining ounce on a new bobbin. I plied those together last night, and got about 70 yards of a nice THIN yarn. I also chain plied the last bit and got about 15 yards of that. I plied this black stuff a lot tighter than any I have done yet, because I think I am under-plying, in general. This was almost kinky, but when I washed it, it settle down a bit. The end result is that I have a nice amount of the broadbill yarn with which to make a hat and hopefully some mitts, and I have a good amount of black to use with it, or with which to do something else entirely. I am building a collection of mini-skeins, unintentionally – I can’t quite fit 4 oz of plied yarn onto a bobbin, no matter how hard I work at it. So, I am collecting mini-skeins for a future project – odd scarf? Crazy quilt afghan? Who knows.
Last night I started spinning the 1 ounce of BFL roving I dyed a few weeks ago – I love the colors, reminds me of Monet’s paintings. And I love how differently it is coming out, compared to skeins of yarn I dyed at the same time. It is really teaching my what I can do with colors and spinning, and how to tell how things will come out. Colors blend more when they are dyed before spinning. There is purple on this bobbin that was NOT there on the roving. 🙂 It is also letting me spin VERY skinny!!! And pretty evenly!!!
So, my week!
Friday, A had the day off and I took a half day off. It was hideously hot – close to 90 at our house! Rarely does it get that hot there, thanks to ocean breezes wafting up the river. And about 110 percent humidity. We need scuba gear to breathe. So naturally, we did all errands. First up was PO, bottle return, dump, and we stopped for take-out “lupper”. We made the mistake of going home to eat, and neither of us had the oomph to go back out to the grocery store. 🙂 I went for a swim, and floated around until I felt quite human. After that, we decided we WOULD go to the grocery store, and were pleasantly surprised at how few people were there – need to remember supper time on Friday is the time to go in summer! It was annoying, however, that I nearly froze in the store, having gotten quite cool in the pool, adding AC to that had me shivering before we left. A was not, and so wanted to stay in the coolness as long as possible. She thought I was crazy. 🙂
Saturday I spent 8 hours at the shop in Bucksport. It was a hot and humid day, and the “AC” there is a window that opens onto the water, a door that opens to the street and several fans. It was inadequate. But I didn’t have to move very often, so that was good. Customers were steady in the morning, and sparse in the afternoon, but I still had 19 sales, and that was a good thing! Sonja took lots of things to the Celtic Festival, hers, mine and others, and I think had a decent day. Sunday was the second day for her at the festival, though I didn’t cover the shop, her daughters did. It POURED rain all morning, I haven’t heard yet how everyone did.
I do know that on Saturday she sold one of my bracelets, so that was nice to hear.
Sunday A and I spent inside puttering and looking out side thinking and often saying “Really? Still pouring?” There were things I wanted to do outside like
grass clipping and gardening and clearing the tangle of large things where the lilacs are trying to grow swim as much as I wanted as often as I wanted that just didn’t happen.
I got some pool time in after work Saturday, and late Sunday when it stopped storming and the sun went behind the trees. This whole avoid-the-sun thing tends to drive me nuts. When it is hot out, I either can’t use the pool or yard, or go out so covered up I might as well stay inside.
Since then, I have been working. Very sad way to spend time (still remembering that I am lucky to have the job, yes.)
Oh, Monday, I got a hot tip from WEBS that my yarn was at the PO, so I stopped and picked it up. Not too terribly exciting, the Baby Ull is for baby hats to sell. The blue is for Maine Blueberry hats (sold the blueberry baby hat this weekend!), the red is for red and white striped hats and booties (we have a famous red and white striped lighthouse) but I got a lot of white so I could do some dying to get the colors I wanted that they didn’t have. Or to mess about with colors. You choose.
I finally decided I needed to buy more lace weight yarn to knit the High Country Crescent shawl.(Or maybe the Biophilia?) High Country has been on my list since I won the pattern, and I have loved Biophilia since I saw it the first time. I felt like I needed some thing different than what I had in my lace weight stash. I perused the Tosh selection for hours, thinking about what colors I wear, what color shawls I already have. I decided I needed something fairly neutral, maybe a tonal gray? Definitely not blue, aqua, teal. I already have quite a few shawls, as well as a substantial stash ready to be knit in those colors. I finally chose Madeline Tosh Prairie in Cloud Dweller, which I recall is a soft, tonal gray, just like I planned. I resisted Worn Denim, and Spectrum, which I LOVE (I have socks in that one, how cool to have socks and shawl match?) and all the other luscious blues and greens. Cousteau anyone? Oh my.
So you can imagine my surprise when I opened the package to find this:
Just can’t stop buying those pretty blues. 🙂
One thing we did NOT do this weekend was watch the news. Monday morning listening to the radio on the way to work was like getting sucker punched in the stomach over and over. Is the whole world going to hell? Listening to the news all week as not changed my mind on this front. CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 9 when it is over and done with.
Well, it is A who is away, not the cats… however, this mouse is still playing. 🙂
This morning I blocked the shawl. It was a major piece of work, but I think it is going to be worth every minute, and every pin! Which was most of the pins in the house.
The directions say that I might want to pin out the picots after pinning and blocking all the rest.
I decided to pin. Those picots made binding off take several evenings, as you add many stitches in the process – about doubling the number. Since I knit them all, I think it was worth the extra time to pin them out so they can be seen, don’t you? I think they are a wonderful finishing touch on this shawl, but I would think about replacing them with beads another time. That might get heavy, I suppose, but it sure would be easier and faster, and still pretty, I think.
So here it is – all blocked and pinned and drying. You will still get one more post of this shawl, when it is dry and I can take it out side so you can see the real color:
It pinned out to just about 6 feet wide and 21 inches deep.
A few close ups of the lace and beads:
And that’s not all!
Last night I planned some necklaces and strung the beads so I can cast these on sometime this week – using the beautiful silk I got for Christmas:
This is 6, which is far more than I will be able to do this week, but they keep very well. 🙂
And on my needles right now is this shawl for me. (keeping 1+1+1 project in mind, my goal is four shawls this year – two for me, two for sale. I am on target so far!)
This is Kate Davies Hap for Harriet. I have loved it since she first released it, and it is as perfect a pattern as I had hoped. The pattern is easily learned, and it is fun to watch it grow. This lace is much less complicated than the Pease Blossom – I won’t need the instructions for every stitch! The yarn is String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn in the Tinker Island Fingering weight, the color is called Ruby Slippers, and for once, this picture is fairly accurate, it is a dark rose color with a definite tinge of purple. The fabric is coming out a tiny bit stiff, but as it is garter stitch, I know it will loosen up and be soft and stretchy when I finish and block it.
A busy morning today for sure!
Actually, it has been a kind of whacky few days. Friday we had a real snow storm – and although it didn’t start as early as I prefer, my boss closed the office! HURRAH! A and I scooted up to Bangor for a car appointment. Her car needed a going over before her trip, and she had the appointment set, so we were glad the driving was easy in the morning. the worst of the snow came in the afternoon.
Saturday we had to take the car back, as they were waiting for a part, and it was Super Saturday Free Tax Prep day, so we got up early to shovel, then drove to Bangor, dropped off her car, she dropped me at the tax site and came home. I did taxes all day, hitched a ride with a coworker and picked her car up at the end of the day. So, my day started like this:
And ended like this:
and I understand it was a beautiful day in between that sunrise and sunset. 🙂
While I was gone, A and her electrician friend replaced the non-working bathroom fan/light! Very nice to get that working again.
Today we were up early, and I made her breakfast before she set off for Texas. Well, Pennsylvania tonight, to stay over night with her nephew, then Tennessee tomorrow night, then Louisiana the next night, and finally, Texas on Wednesday, for a work training session Thursday. Friday early she will hit the road, and come home. She is going to try to do it in two days, so get home sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning. Crazy to make people go to Texas for one day of training, but I am glad she was able to get permission to drive instead of flying. She enjoys it so much more, and plans to make stops along the way. She also took her golf clubs with her, so she can go to the driving range when she gets where there is no snow. 🙂
This means I have a week that I can fill with things that she doesn’t like to do – as she said, I can make all the messes I want. As long as I get them cleaned up by Saturday night!
I have plans for food she doesn’t like to eat, plans for watching you tube spinning videos on the big TV, plans for making valentines at the dining room table…I might even put the smooth cotton sheets on the bed for a flannel-free week. Such ambition!
If I get really crazy, I might paint the loft.
Yea, probably not.