I meant to add to my blog a few weeks ago, but I got pretty busy and then I caught a cold and a GI bug right after that. Neither were fun, still dealing with bronchitis.
On to nicer things :). I am about 3 rolags short of being finished with my 2nd bobbin (showing on the 1st picture) on the last spin I was working on for the TDF (Tour de Fleece). Yeah I know I’m late, but I’m gonna finish anyway :). Going to try to have it done by sometime next week. It is a fractal spin with the first bobbin being half light orange and half darker orange and the 2nd bobbin shorter bursts of color going from yellow to very light orange, rose, very light orange and back to yellow. That flows through out the bobbin. Not sure how that will play out when I ply them, but I guess we will see. 🙂
In the 2nd picture you see my new acquisitions :). I love buying stitch markers and progress keepers from Adore Knit on Etsy. Her stitch markers and progress keepers are awesome. I bought a snoopy with a pumpkin progress keeper with beautiful fall stitch markers and she put in an extra gift, an acorn progress keeper, so cute! I also purchased a spring set with a flower on the first stitch marker (makes it easy to know when you finish a round when you are knitting in the round) and an umbrella for the progress keeper (will be nice to remind me spring will come when the winter is lasting forever) and she gave me another little gift, a progress keeper with my initial on it. She spoils me :). If you are ever in need of set of stitch markers or progress keepers please go visit her Etsy shop, she is putting in markers for football season now, but she has a lot of different marker sets to choose from!
I am knitting on several different projects will try to get pictures of my progress and post sometime this next week.
With the help of the Kromski Raverly group and a local friend, I was able to get the Polonaise configured to be a scotch tension drive, thankfully it comes with both options :). The pictures do not do it justice, it is a dark mahogany color but looks like a walnut color in the pictures. It is portrayed a little better in the picture of the singles I am spinning tho’ it still does not show the dark mahogany color as it is, it is really beautiful. It spins like a dream and I am enjoying spinning on it immensely. The fiber is some super wash merino that I had dyed some time back when I spun a skein for a friend. I am spinning this skein to make a scarf or cowl (we need those here in the winter :P) for Marge’s sister (also a friend). Something for her to think about her sister when she wears it.
I also cast on a new project. Was going to make this last year for Christmas for a family member but I fell and broke my hand so that didn’t happen. Not taking any chances this year, if I procrastinate, “Murphy” will come to visit again and he is not allowed in my home :P. This is the Changing Staircases shawl by Trysten Molina of Dragon Hoard Designs. I am using Stroll Tweed Sock Labs yarn by Knit Picks in the Teal Tweed colorway. It’s really pretty and has a generous 462 yards. Because I am a loose knitter I am using a size 4 instead of a size 5 circular needle. Tho’ it looks difficult, this pattern is very easy and easily memorized :). Not sure if you can see it very clearly but I am using a beautiful bronze heart progress keeper made by Stephanie of the Knitting Samurai podcast, from her Adore Knits Etsy shop.
I am loving Spring but could do without all the rain, but at least it’s not snow :P.
Well, had my hand Dr appt. today and the cast is off! I will now be wearing this for at least the next 4 weeks. Plus starting Thursday I will be having physical therapy appts, where I will find out what my new physical therapist determines will be the duration of my torture, I mean therapy sessions. The dr was nice enough to prescribe me pain meds for the upcoming therapy sessions after he bent my little finger to see it’s flexibility after being in the cast for 6 weeks and my eyes almost bugged out of my head, and I said I don’t think I want physical therapy. He then informed me that if I didn’t I would lose a lot of mobility in my fingers, and to be honest at that point I would have been fine with that :P. Can you tell I am not looking forward to these? I’m accepting volunteers to take my place for those :P.
I was hoping I would be knitting again, however I did not anticipate having a splint/brace on for at least another month, sigh. Maybe time to see if I can figure out the throwing knitting style or a variation there of (I normally knit the combined continental knitting style, also referred to as picking, so I use my left hand for my knitting tension like a crocheter does and my right hand does the actual knitting.) Time to get serious to see if I can spin with my left hand in this contraption. At least, I can take it off to wash my hair :), and for those dang physical therapy sessions and whatever home exercises they make me do. Otherwise it is to be in this thing, tho honestly, my hand is grateful for the support the splint/brace gives. Aspirin at this point is my friend :).
I couldn’t resist this one more stitch marker set from Adore Knits , it was on sale and so darn cute! These are tiny for sock knitting, which works well for me because I have to use size 0 to get gauge for my socks.
Just keeping some accountability in doing some spinning or knitting every day. I have been only doing spinning and I didn’t get any done the day before yesterday. But I am making progress on both the yarn I’m spinning and learning the double drive wheel. The Rick Reeves wheel spins very nicely, I feel so blessed to have it.
I found some darker roving than what I am spinning, in the same color line, and was thinking about spinning it after this is done and making a skein that goes from lighter to darker for a shawl. It’s just in my head at the moment (the yarn not the shawl, I would be choosing an already written pattern :P.) So we will see if that works out as well in rl (real life) as it does in my head. Would probably have to do it as two different skeins and blend as I knit every other row for a few rows (maybe 10?) when I go from the lighter to the darker. I am hoping for about 4 ozs total when I am done, but we will see, I might be lucky to get 3 ozs. It’s just a thought.
I decided since I have a little extra money each month that I would invest in a set of stitch markers and progress keepers when I found things that were adorable. I love the stitch markers at Adore Knits. This is my 2nd order with her and as a returning customer she included a stitch marker holder (the little container with the green lid), so nice to keep them from being lost or destroyed in my bags :P. They are well made and beautiful. I chose the Harry Potter markers and progress keeper. I love that she has an extra attachment on one of the markers so when you are knitting in the round you know where your beginning and ending is. 😉 She also has The Knitting Samurai and her Guys podcast on Ravelry.
These are the cria that were born on my son’s alpaca farm last month. They are so cute, I was able to go see them today, so little!! They are enjoying a shower from the hose on this very hot afternoon. **Correction on the cute white faced cria, her name is Liza not Liz :)**
I do my best, but my photography skills lack so much :P. I purchased a new set of stitch markers for my sock knitting from a pod-caster I listen to, the Knitting Samurai and Her Guys. These are so cute and she even has a little tag on one of the stitch markers so I can remember where the beginning of my row is in the round. The progress keeper is the colorful sheep that is covered in balls of yarn and it is sooo cute, it is now my favorite progress keeper. Her shop is AdoreKnit on etsy. She has soooo many cute stitch markers at a very reasonable price :).
I thought spring would be coming soon (tho’ it’s IA and yes we do have snow sometimes into May, tho usually March or April is normal) I was hoping. But nope, we had another snow storm today. I tried installing a Spring App but no go :P,
I did buy a couple of things for myself last month. One arrived the middle of Feb, the other I received today! From Canada I purchased some stitch markers from Yarn Candy Studio, lovely markers! She also sent a great herbal tea, chocolate and orange! And some safety pin markers! So excited. And I purchased some Harry Potter progress keeper from Gretel Creations, in the UK, love them! She also sent a beautiful colored bird progress keeper. These were both great purchases, they make me happy :).