Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekends are for spinning

Well at least this weekend was. I got an itch to spin and finished up some unknown wool that I had on my Ashford Joy last night. It's not my best spinning but it came out ok. I'll find some use for it I'm sure.

This . . . became . . .

this! I haven't figured out the WPI yet, but I estimate it is somewhere between a fingering and DK weight. I need to also figure out the yardage and set the twist. I had forgotten how much I love plying! The rhythm of the pedaling the wheel and feeding the yarn onto the bobbin is really soothing to me during plying. Once I get that rhythm going I no longer have to think about it.

Once I finished plying, my Joy was empty. So I dug through my stash and found some lovely Corriedale top in a natural cream color and started spinning that. It is like buttah!! So silky smooth and it spins like a dream! I am going for a 2-ply laceweight for a shawl. I'm well on my way!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday . . . again

I know I usually post a LOL cat on Thursdays, but I forgot last week and this one sums up my feelings today.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Of cats, cleaning & a FO

A long, long time ago I mentioned something about doing a complete castle decluttering. Something about starting on the upstairs bedroom and closet and working my way to the basement getting rid of things that were smothering us. I had such good intentions. Really I did. Well, I finally got up off my lazy bum and got started. A couple of weeks ago, I decided that our four season porch needed to be cleaned. The weather has been so nice that I want to use it but it still had stuff  in it from when the tree fell on the garage last fall. One day I came home from work, turned up the tunes and started cleaning. And I mean cleaning. Right down to the windows (which hadn't been done in a couple of years). We totally rearranged the furniture and there seems to be so much more room. Then a week later, Sir Lancelot and I tackled our upstairs closet. Wow! We got rid of at least 8 banker boxes and 6 large trash bags of stuff to Goodwill. I'm starting to feel like I can breathe again! This past weekend we tackled the guest bedroom as my parents will be visiting in a couple of weeks. We spent 3 hours on Sunday morning cleaning and reorganizing this room. Guess what!!! I found the bed!!! There really was a bed under all that junk. Everything is put back in its place and the bed linens have been freshly washed. I'm kinda itching to hit the computer room now, but Sir Lancelot stated he wanted to wait until the parental units have left. I'm going to have to work on him.

So after spending 3 hours cleaning, I was looking forward to a good night's sleep. All was going well until about 3am when I feel the cat playing the bongos on my ankle. Now my mind knew it was the cat. I remember thinking to myself, "Stupid cat!" But my rational self refused to awaken and take charge of the situation. So my irrational self sat straight up in bed and let out a blood curdling scream. Which caused said cat to take off like a shot and Sir Lancelot to freak out. So no good night sleep for either of us last night. Stupid cat!

In knitting news, I do have a finished object! Friday night I cast off my poncho and then I wove in the ends on Saturday. I wore it Saturday when we went to the John Ball Zoo. I love it! Now if I can just keep losing weight so I don't look so fat in it I will really love it. :)

Monday, April 05, 2010

Spring fever = Cast-on fever

I seem to have a slight case of cast-on fever. I have found so many new patterns lately that have been calling my name and I just want to cast-on all of them. Unfortunately, cast-on fever can't be remedied like a regular fever can. Taking a couple of aspirin isn't going to help. In fact, that may actually prolong the illness as it will dull any hand pain and allow one to continue knitting. So, in the hopes of curing this raging fever I have, I cast-on for the Silken Shine Wrap by Trish Warrick in the March 2010 Creative Knitting magazine. I am working with Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima, a gorgeous cotton yarn which has a gorgeous sheen to it. The pictures don't do it justice. It is a lovely seafoam green! I have completed the first of two rectangles and have completed 3 of the 13 total 12 row pattern repeats. Then I get to put my crochet skills to use as the pattern has a beautiful crochet edging. I was hoping to have had this finished by now, but half way through the fist rectangle I decided I didn't like the fabric I was getting with the size 6 needles. So I frogged and started over with size 7s. I absolutely adore it and can't wait to finish it!

I really need to stop perusing the new patterns on Ravelry. It only seems to intensify this cast-on fever I have. But I can't seem to stop! I keep seeing things I could knit for my nephew and three little girls at my church. And kids things are small and quick to knit. And it's not like I would be knitting for myself, right? Hmmmm . . . I think I'm going stash diving!!