I have been very lax this year on my knitting and spinning. As I said before in one of my posts, just very unmotivated this year. So I said to myself, time to get the show on the road girl and get some things done, a change of attitude is what I need. So I will begin by making myself do something with my knitting or spinning every day, knowing that eventually I will be back in the swing of things. I still love knitting and spinning, just not motivated to do them, so I will treat myself like one of my children and make me do it :P.
This is some left over Polypay roving that I kettle dyed a few years ago. Thought I would kill two birds with one stone and get it spun (won’t be a lot of yarn, maybe 200 yds of heavy fingering) while I learn to spin properly on my Rick Reeves spinning wheel. I’m still working on figuring out the tension on the double band drive so…. it is over spinning a little bit, but eventually it will be right. I did this yesterday and will spin on it every day until it’s done. I also need to get a pair of socks started for my dad for his birthday, I have a few months before that is here, but considering how long I took with my last pair of socks, LOL, I need to get the show on the road!
Finally done, I have a finished pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks!! The family member I knit these for will be very happy indeed. These would have been done much faster if my knitting mojo wasn’t so hit and miss lately.
The yarn Dreams in Fiber I used was actually dyed by the same person who wrote the pattern for this sock, and the match up wasn’t on purpose, so as Dumbledore would say it was “by some happy circumstance” :). The yarn was wonderful to work with and I love the pattern :). Thanks Erica :).
I belong to a Ravelry group called The Fiber Pusher Podcast . She is very knowledgeable with natural dyes, fibers, weaving and knitting. On her group she is having a spinning year and when we post pictures of how our spinning is coming along or just general comments in that thread we become eligible for a give away every month. April’s prize winner never got in contact with her so she redrew a week ago and I won the new drawing! It is two 4oz braids of 80% Targee wool/ 10% Viscose Bamboo/ 10% Tussah Silk (there are two pictures of it because it was to long to get in one picture :P.) It is from BaH Yarns and is so pretty and very soft. I have not spun Targee wool before so this will be a fun spin as I watch the colors unfold in the yarn I make. She also has a sheep breed study she is doing and she had some Navajo Churro fiber that she gave away 1 oz to the first 16 people who voiced that they would like to spin some. That is the little packet of white fluff you see in the picture. It’s not a soft fiber but will be an interesting spin to know what the different breeds are like to spin and what they are best used for. 🙂
You meet so many wonderful people online. If you are a knitter, spinner weaver or crocheter please check out Ravelry if you aren’t on there already, there are so many wonderful patterns and podcasts. It’s a great place to see what others are knitting, crocheting or spinning. And definitely check out the Fiber Pusher Podcast, she even has a wonderful free ezine (email newsletter/magazine) she does once a month you can sign up for in her group, sooooo much information!!
I am working on the 2nd sock just not fast enough lol. Hopefully I will post a picture soon :).
I finally have one sock done! It is not blocked yet, tho the ends are woven in, I just put it on the blocker so you could see it better. For my non knitting friends, a hfo (some knitters call them a ho, but, lol I don’t like that term) is a Half Finished Object. One more sock and I’ll have a pair done, which is a FO (finished object) ;). Hopefully this 2nd one won’t take as long :P. This is a fun design that is easy to memorize. It seems harder to see on darker yarns tho.
We have another few days this coming week of 90’s weather and some storms at the end of the week. I try not to complain too much because before you know it, it will be winter again. School starts the end of next month, so it will be upon us before you know it. The hot weather may not be much fun, but at least there is air conditioning and you aren’t driving in bitter cold with ice and snow.
Happy Birthday, ie: Independence Day to the country that I love, the United States of America. Long may our Flag wave!
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 :).
Happy Father’s Day DAD!!!
I know, I have been AWOL, kinda sorta, but it’s not unusual for me to not post more than one to 2 times a month. Nothing major going on in my life at the moment and not a ton of knitting (but there is a little bit :P), so there is not much to post about. In my Church we have what we use to call Visiting Teaching (the women of the Church that we refer to as Sisters, as we visit with Sisters we have been assigned (usually 3 to 4 Sisters per Visiting Teaching companionship (two of us) to help and check on to make sure they are not in need of help every month and depending on the Sister we give a little spiritual thought) and Home Teachers are the Brothers of the Church and they do the same thing for the brothers and their families. It’s our way of taking care of each other. The name we call this program has recently changed to Ministering, and I’m trying to get use to using it instead of Visiting Teaching but I’ve been a member of my Church for a long time and changing the name of things is hard to remember :P. This month my companion and I chose to talk about the scriptures and as a little gift to help them remember I found this wonderful pattern for Bookmark Trio , (it is a free download on Ravelry) and decided to make a bookmark for each of my 3 sisters and my Visiting Teaching companion. :). I chose the lace bookmark and used scraps of sock yarn. It calls for 25 yds of yarn (I weighed out the finished book mark because I put a tassel on it, and it was about 1/8 of an oz.). I made each one out of a different left over sock yarn scrap, I still have one more to make but so far they have been well received :). I found the lace bookmark well written, easy and enjoyable. I haven’t tried the other two yet.
I need to finish the socks that I have been working on forever, and I am starting to get my knitting mojo back so hopefully I will get busy on those soon, it’s not like I have a ton left to knit on them :P. My dad is waiting for his pair of socks (that was for his Father’s Day gift, I know I’m slow at everything, so I need to finish these so I can knit his :P.)
We are having quite a heat wave here in the eastern middle part of IA. It is 93 with a humidity heat index of about 100 to 105. This is about the time I wish we had a little left over snow from the winter :P.
I give a special reverence to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for what they loved, a free and safe country for their families and all of us. May we honor them in all we do and may we always keep this country free and safe in their honor.
May we always remember that Freedom has a price and all those who have paid that price.