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The joy of being an hourly employee – when the weeks get too crazy, you get to get a day off to keep from going into OT. For me, that day is today, yea!
So far on this special day I have done two loads of laundry, let the bug guy in to wander about and do his quarterly thing, fixed supper (it’s in the crock pot) and cleaned the bathroom.
So now I am sitting down with computer and fiber.
Ahh, life is good.
Other things I plan (or hope) to get to:
A trip to the PO. Have a check to send off in relation to a Ravelry Gathering that will happen in September – IN WISCONSIN! – I can’t wait to meet some of the fun members of the Ravelry group “Friends of Knitting Sarah’ AND to start one of my bucket list items – to go to each state’s fiber festival. So far I have only been to Maine’s, but have wanted to go to Wisconsin Sheep and Wool for sometime now. only 48 to go, lol. Assuming of course, that all states do something fiber related. They might not. But I want to go to all there are.
Anyway, that event is going to be super fun, and I can be sure of that because I am one of the planners, lol. A was thinking of going along for the ride, but she soon realized she would be bored out of her mind, so opted to stay home and play with the cats.
Other stuff to do today – knit, of course. Working on sleeves of the sweater now, so that is moving right along. I also am making progress on the gray shawl, and of course, the pink socks. Loads of thoughts about what is the next “thing” when these are done – so I might go upstairs to the stash and see what inspires me. Not that I haven’t got quite a bit of newer stash here around my chair, but… 🙂
Spinning – still working on the combo spin – almost finished with color number two, so could finish that bobbin today and start on the third one. really want to finish this so I can see the yardage and figure out the project!
That’s about it – just puttering about on a gray and gloomy day. What are you doing today?
Spinning is progressing quite nicely! After spending loads of time on it on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday:
I finished filling the three bobbins. This beauty joined the first two.
Then I plyed them together until one ran out, got over 700 yards of thin yarn, lace or a light fingering. I’ll know better when it dries.
That yarn is now drying off from it’s bath, and I will commence filling singles bobbins again. I should be able to fit all the remaining fiber on the bobbins now.
I will be so excited when it all has gone from this:
There are so many pretty color combinations in here. Of course, it came out thinner than I intended, so it might not get paired with that lovely yarn that is in the first photo, but I am OK with that. I should have plenty of yardage to do something with it. 🙂
Friday I did most of what was on my list, and ALSO stopped at our local bookstore on a whim. I saw the sign that they were having a Cabin Fever Reliever sale, that was all the encouragement I needed to stop in and pick this up:
I read it cover to cover and then did the whole photo/body shape thing she recommends, updated my measurements, swatched the yarn I want to use and dug into rewriting a basic cardigan pattern to include shaping that matches my body – novel concept!
The yarn is some Briggs and Little Heritage in Gray Heather. I have had it for MANY years, but was pleased to learn they still make it. I might order some more if this sweater works out well. I have loads of this color, and one skein each of a light and a medium gray. I decided not to do colorwork on this sweater, but I still want to at some point. So I might order a dark gray for future use. This sweater will be just this one color, which in fact is several colors, there is loads of green and gray in the skein. I love how the fabric softened up with the first washing, it is becoming quite soft, which you would not guess from the raw swatch.
So, pattern rewrite complete, yarn swatched and (mostly) dry, I cast on the sweater. It will be a while before there is anything to share, but it will happen, I promise. 🙂
Sock knitting continues to happen, I missed my goal to finish the blue socks in February, because I let spinning have my attention, but I will finish the socks before the weekend, and then cast on the next ones – out of my own handspun! I am looking forward to seeing how it goes.
Last thing to share from the weekend – the finished Soli deo Gloria shawl. I took it with me to Whorls and Purls, and Debbie nicely took some photos of it and me for me.
I am loving it and will get loads of use out of it. And isn’t her gradient yarn gorgeous?
Loads of finishes this week, don’t get used to it, these things have been in progress for a long time. 🙂
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?
I knit and knit and knit and spin and spin and spin and for so long, seemed to have nothing to show for the effort. My fingers made the fiber go round and round for days, weeks even, with little progress made. I stopped taking progress photos because they looked the same, day after day.
Or so it seemed.
Then suddenly one day, I had this!
Progress is being made after all. But I am re-learning a lesson I learned long ago and then let go by the wayside. Try to keep to two, or at the most, three WIPs. More than that, and even though I knit diligently on all, progress is slow. I need the gratification of a finished object now and then.
Right now I have a mitten and a half, half a sock, half a shawl, and half a scarf on the needles.
So I won’t be casting on anything new until I get my WIPs under control. Which should not be too long now – look at the progress I am making!
And of course I WILL start a new spin. I’m looking through my fiber stash in my mind to see what will be next. But I am knitting on that mitten while I ponder it. 😀
So last week A got the truck of her dreams. She has wanted this thing the entire time I have known her. She has suffered cheerfully through not one, but two, efficient subcompact Toyotas which seem to never die (which is good, unless you want to replace them with the vehicle of your dreams.)
She is in love. I am surprised she doesn’t sleep in it.
But being the wonderful person she is, while she was getting this, she got ME the car I have long been wanting! Of course there is no photo of me in my beautiful new Prius, but trust me, it is gorgeous, a nice deep blue.
That is right, we bought two new vehicles last weekend. It is a bit alarming. We always knew we would get these two, but I did not think we would get them both at once! But the deal on my Prius was too good to resist (apparently when gas prices go down, so do Prius sales, so incentives go up) 0% financing AND cash back! That, combined with the fact that we had saved up a good deal of money toward the truck made it possible to make this crazy move.
So now we have to behave ourselves financially for the next, oh, five years, but at least we have fun cars to drive during that time!
Other bits of life –
This past weekend was busy – errands, of course, on Saturday, followed by knitting in the afternoon. Sunday, niece B came over for a visit, to do some laundry and get the suitcase she stores at our house. She will be heading for home this weekend, not back for a month. She only has one more semester of school! Oh, how we will miss her when she moves back home for good. She had us open her presents to us, and mine was a new cribbage board, so we played a few games to christen it before she left. She even let me win one of them.
Sunday evening we went to a “real” party – Debbie from Purple Fleece invited us to her holiday gathering, and this pair of introverts went, wanting to go but not sure we would really enjoy it. You know the drill. 🙂 Well, we had a great time! A met some of the knitting ladies, I met some of the husbands about whom I hear so much (all good, of course) and we both met some local people who were loads of fun. On the way home, we both commented how glad we were that we had ventured forth in our good clothes and party manners on a cold almost-winter’s night. 🙂
The Christmas knitting winds down, I did a couple of rows on a shawl for me last night, almost forgot what I was doing with it! Then it was back to gift knitting, I cast on some more of the tiny secret project, and a hat for a young niece. It’s to match the doll hat already knit. I love this particular yarn I spun last summer – I might need to get more, the colors are just so fun!
Had this happen on my spinning – what?
Debbie told me it was OK, that I could wind what I had spun on to a different bobbin and re-glue this one, or ask A to do that for me. So have done that and moved on. 🙂 Except for the equipment malfunction, I am loving this spin. It is merino/silk from Three Waters Farm, planned for my sister – either the yarn will be her gift sometime (not Christmas) or something I knit her from it will be her gift. It is so SMOOTH, and soft! I am using my new spinnerz gauge to try to keep the singles nice and even to get a DK weight – my sister likes heavier yarn to knit with, I know. It’s all good practice and good for learning.
I split the braid in half, but not directly – first, I laid it out and found the pattern to it, then divided it so I got the gold in one half and the purple in the other. I will ply it together as a two ply. I hope the purple and gold won’t muddy each other, but I think it will be fine.
I love grays in this spin. I think I should do a tonal spin soon, like the “you red my mind” one I did last summer – I love to knit with them, I think I would like to spin more of them, too. But all the colors keep calling me. 🙂
Here’s some finished yarn – Cadillac Mountain – isn’t it so pretty? I love it!
And Wood Nymph – a hard spin, but it is done now. Not sure what I will do with 56 yards of bulky… but I know I can get more if I need it. Just am not in a mood to spin it right now – silk feels so much softer!
Hats have been selling! I brought them all to work one day last week, and sold several, plus some earrings and a bracelet, and then one sold on Etsy this weekend (thanks, Renee!) and this morning when I got to work one of the girls across the hall asked if I still had a particular hat she loved. I do. It is hers. This is all VERY good as this money goes straight to fiber stash cash, and what with new vehicles my beloved-wife-the-household-bookkeeper won’t have to make faces when fiber comes in the house, she will know I earned the money for it by selling other fiber stuff. It’s a great circle. And inventory is getting low, so I think I will be knitting more hats after the New Year. They are great to knit during tax training, I can usually do a hat a day that week.
This weekend promises to be busy – I am house/dog sitting for my brother Friday night, as far as I know (he will confirm sometime before then) and there is knitting to go to on Saturday. Sunday is a family gathering with A’s family for a birthday party. A Christmas tree will be procured and set up sometime soon as well (or why bother?).
We are on vacation next week – loads to do to get ready for the big holiday, plus Mom will come spend a night, so she can visit and watch sappy Christmas movies with us. (At her house, all channels seem to lead to sporting events, no matter the season.) We will be registering vehicles and maybe going for a ride or two to look at Christmas lights. Then there are lights and a tree to decorate at our house, cards to make (yes, I am SO FAR BEHIND on these!) that will likely be called holiday cards, not Christmas cards. 😉 I hope not St Valentine’s cards…
Before that can all happen though, there is real work to be done – 2 sessions of tax training this week… a few committee meetings… a few letters to send out, nothing slow and boring about this time of year!
Since coming back to work on Monday, I have been immersed in learning the new software the IRS is using. Trying very hard to think of change as good, but there is that learning curve thing that just gets harder and harder as I get older.
Have to start helping other learn it soon, so I need to get it. Rather be knitting…
The good news? Yesterday we went to an all day training, and while it was too crowded for me to knit during the training (rats) I was able to get a good 3 hours in on the drive, as I was a passenger. That Christmas knitting is moving right along, although the one tedious project still feels pretty immense.
I also ordered some more fiber from Three Waters Farm – I think between TWF and the Purple Fleece, I will never need to look at fiber out in the world – they both have so many lovely colors!
I actually did 2 orders from TWF, the first one arrived and I went on Etsy to do something with my shop, and saw that there was a sale page. I could not resist one of the braids there, so ordered another.
And now I need to stop doing that. I have lots of spinning to do! The most recent Purple Fleece Roving of the Month is begging me to cast aside Cadillac Mountain and spin it instead, but it has to wait it’s turn… Check this out – Alpaca – and I have 2 braids because I signed up in October and got a special promotional extra braid, oh my. 🙂
I finished two turbans this week, and am working on a third in a lighter weight yarn. I want to knock these out fairly quickly so I can move on. The pattern is so nice and simple, it really is fast.
I tried one on and sort of like it, but not sure I would ever wear it, really. But maybe I need one to see? Later, later…or, if the girls don’t buy all these, maybe I will keep one.
(Stop planning more knitting, Salpal, you have knitting for Christmas and shops and Christmas cards to make and spinning to do. Oh, and some software to learn to gear up for tax season!)
I started this post late last week but didn’t finish it, lucky for you, you got to see all the fiber I acquired! And you get to hear about the weekend.
Saturday I got the snow tires on, just in time, as it was snowing as I headed down to Stockton Springs for knitting! I spent the afternoon working away on hats and things, and made good progress, finishing another secret project and ignoring the last secret project which is boring me to tears. 🙂 Cast on another turban (a good thing as that is the one one of the girls really wants, it turns out.)
Sunday, A and I went on an adventure. Last week she was in Georgetown (Maine) for three days, and this week, she is in Edgecomb for two, one of them very long, so she was going to stay over night. Then she got this great idea – stay over two nights, and I go along for a day of adventuring, and stay there one night with her. The ladies in Georgetown had told her about their tree lighting ceremony, so we decided to check it out.
Bright and early Sunday morning we ventured forth, in two cars ( waaah, no knitting for me!) and met at our hotel, the Cod Cove Inn, which is very nice and comfortable. Looks like it has beautiful gardens, but they are put to bed for the winter now.
Then we had lunch in Wiscasset at Sarah’s Café, no dieting this day! and ventured off to Bath for shopping. We managed to mostly buy things for ourselves, but did get a couple of Christmas presents, and found a lovely, huge shop filled with Maine-made things. I could have spent a fortune there! I did notice some baby veggie and fruit hats and they were $40! Maybe I need to adjust my pricing and head back over there with some things… I went into Halcyon to check out their spinning fiber, and came out empty handed but with lots of info for the future. 🙂
From there we headed down the Georgetown peninsula to Reid State Park – I had never been there, and it is beautiful!
It was cold and windy, and there were some kites flying (you can see the edge of one at the top right corner of the photo) but no one was in swimming, lol.
Then it was off to the tree lighting ceremony. The town pier is absolutely beautiful, of course, what with being on the coast of Maine and all. 🙂
And it was soooo coooooold! They had hot chocolate, and we thoroughly enjoyed it while waiting for the tree to go from this
Sorry it is blurry, I guess the phone doesn’t like low light situations. 🙂
We were so cold that once this was done, we skipped our plan for a nice dinner and a trip down to Boothbay to see the lights, and went back to our hotel room, where we dined on left over lunch and watched sappy Christmas movies on the TV, while snuggled under warm pretty quilts. 🙂
And now it is a new week of learning software and teaching people how to use it. One more week of work after this and then we are on vacation AGAIN. I love it. 🙂