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!