I got a call earlier today from someone who goes to my church. He said he was getting ready to move to the west coast for a new job and had a spinning wheel he didn’t want to move out there. He is a single father of a son and isn’t a spinner so he just wanted it to have a good home. He asked me if I would like it. I said sure (you can never have enough spinning wheels, right?) I figured it was an older wheel and probably had some repair work that would need to be done to have it made into a working wheel. OH MY GOSH, when he walked in with this wheel I knew it was in perfect shape, how lucky can that be. Then he told me he had been given this wheel from his father who had worked with the Rick Reeves Spinning Wheel company and showed me the name plate on the wheel. OH MY GOSH! He was giving me a Rick Reeves spinning wheel. I am overwhelmed with amazement. It’s beautiful and in perfect working condition, and apparently it’s never been used. It is a double band drive and I’ve never spun with a double band drive before so I will have to learn how to spin with, and adjust it, a new adventure! How lucky can one girl get? Since my Church friend has no daughters, I decided to name my new wheel after his mother, my new wheel’s name is Donna. My plan is to spin some fiber and knit him a thank you gift. 🙂 (Sorry my photography skills are sadly lacking!)
I am hoping to have the 2nd heel, on the socks I’m knitting, done this week end so I can start on the feet and toes. Hopefully I’ll be posting a picture on Sunday of my progress. 🙂
Well we got about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of snow last week end, Sunday April 8th, evening and over night. Close to the same is suppose to hit us tonight into tomorrow. Sigh, we hit almost 70 this past Thursday and now we are in the lower 40’s today, cold relative to Thursday’s temps. Tho’, in all honesty it’s not really considered cold in IA :P. The picture was taken during the early part of the storm and it melted off by mid Monday afternoon.
First, I’m sad to say I did have to frog the heel in the Hermione’s Every Day socks, sigh. I will just go back to the heel I’m use to, the one this pattern called for made no sense to me, but I’m not an experienced sock knitter, yet :P.
This picture is of a sale yarn I ordered from Knit Picks, it is their Hawthorne Fingering Klamath Falls Tonal Hand Paint colorway (I like when sock yarn is on sale so I can afford a skein of sock yarn for special things.) I wish my camera would get a realistic picture of yarn colors, but it doesn’t. It is a dark blue but it has some brighter highlights that just aren’t showing up. Because it is 100 grams but only 357 yards instead of 400, it’s a little heavier, and that makes me I wonder if I should go down a needle size and if I will have to play yarn chicken with the socks :(. I bought this so that when I am finally finished with the socks on my needles now, I can start these for my dad for Father’s Day.
Hope you are all having a great week end. I’m watching a Star Wars marathon on TNT. 🙂
FIRST ROBINS of Spring!!! I wasn’t able to catch them with my camera last year :(, but I have this year :). They are everywhere!!! In the upper area of the first photo you see 4 (I think if you click on it it will enlarge the picture), and the other picture is a “closer up” of one in the adjacent yard (hehe, sorry it’s not a close up but closer than the other one, there for a “closer up” photo :P) I am so happy to see them as they come back to stake out and prepare their areas for when the females get here in about 2 weeks. I love the Robins!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter Day. I am enjoying it as I watch our General Conference with many wonderful spiritual lessons, such peace!
General Conference is televised on the BYU channel and on the internet link supplied above. It is wonderful talks by our leaders on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm central time USA and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (those times are for both days). It is so uplifting. General Conference happens twice a year, in the spring and in October.
While I am watching and listening, to keep my hands busy I knit. I finished two dish clothes, In Thirds and a waffle stitch dish cloth I don’t have where I got it from but there are several on Ravelry you can chose from :). I had started the dish cloths some time ago and never got back to and started another new born 2X2 ribbed hat. I am using the beautiful heart stitch marker I purchased from Yarn Candy Studio and the beautiful enameled progress keeper that came with my order from Gretel Creations, you can also see the embroidered knitting bag I made myself. What better way to spend these spiritual days than to knit charity gifts and listen to uplifting messages :). Hope you all have had a blessed Easter week-end.