Having taken the weekend off……..

Having taken the ENTIRE weekend off and a long one at that (Wednesday through tonight), I got to enjoy some family time.  DH and the youngest grandson have been busy all weekend, and I’ve spent a lot of time cooking for them.  Something that surprisingly I enjoyed!

But, that didn’t meant I didn’t get “fiber” moments, or flower time.  I have to have those to survive.
First I finished spinning all the singles of the Alpaca/Merino blend I’ve been working on forever:

I’ve already started plying them into a 2-ply yarn, which I hope to have finished by mid-week.

And I wove in the ends of my Vermont Shawl so that I can actually WEAR it!

 

And I took some time to enjoy the blossoms in the studio.  My Cactus and African Violets really like the light:

 

This little beauty, planted in a small pot that fits inside a cup was hiding most of it’s blooms on the backside.

 

Now what to do with the remainder of my weekend?  Dear youngest grand goes home in a couple hours and then I still have the rest of the day to go through…..do I sew, spin, knit, read a book?   So many choices, but I know ONE thing I won’t be doing until tomorrow….going back to work!  ;>)

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend as much as I’ve enjoyed mine!

On The Needles, Friday, November 23, 2012

My hummingbird socks are well on the way to done.  I decided this time to work on both of them at the same  a similar time.  Jumping back and forth from one to the other has proven to be interesting.  I was able to do both gussets before I forgot what I had done to the first, and the same for the heel turn and heel flap.  Now I’m on the downhill, need a good (according to DH but not necessarily my favorite) movie on the tv and I’ll be finished this weekend!

 

That is, of course, if I don’t allow myself to become too distracted by my latest shawl project.  I liked the variegated red sparkly shawl I made this summer so much for shape and fit that I decided to make another in wool yarn:

This is the Zephyr Shawl pattern by Lauren Scarpo and of all the shawls I’ve made, this is the best fitting.  It actually stays on my shoulders, but is large enough to chase off the chill without being heavy to wear.  As it’s an easy knit, I can see this becoming my favorite “go-to” pattern for a shawl.  The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the “Make Believe” Hand Painted colorway.

And I’m stilllllllllllllll working on spinning the Alpaca/Merino blend, but making progress and starting to think of plying possibilities.  When I start thinking of how I want to ply a yarn, I know I’m getting to the end of the single spinning process.  It’s just how my mind works.

 

I hope you have all had a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and are enjoying the remainder of your weekend in whatever manner brings you joy!

On The Needles, Friday, Nov 16, 2012

This week I’ve made some progress on my knitting skills and finished last week’s Plain Vanilla socks.   I have to admit I’m finding this Magic Loop method much quicker, but there’s also an adjustment to make.  If you look carefully at the photo below, you’ll see the second sock (Magic Loop) is much narrower in the foot than the first sock (DPN).

I’ve tried both socks on and they do both fit.  One a little more snug than the other, but they’re for me and I can live with that.  I think I actually like the snuggier (is that a word?) fit of the second sock.  But as I knit on size 0 needles, I didn’t want to go to even smaller DPN’s to get that fit.

Of course, being super smug about my new-found skill with Magic Loop, I decided to try Two at a Time Magic Loop on the next pair of Plain Vanilla socks.

Did you notice they are NOT being done “two at a time”?  LOL  I made it a few rows in on the toes and had untangled the balls of wool so many times I knew I would be frustrated with it.  Since knitting is my relaxing hobby, I slipped the one sock off onto a spare circ and am knitting one at a time.  But I am still using the new (to me) method!

Most of my “yarn” time this week has been spent in snippets not on knitting, but on spinning.  I’m still working on the Alpaca/Merino blend.  I still think I’ll have enough 2-ply yarn when I’m done to knit a shawl.

When I reached the halfway point by weight on the first bobbin, I started the second.  Perhaps I’ll have this all spun up by December?  Maybe?  Possibly?   Since I just started a major remodel of my business website, and it’s the holiday rush season for longarm quilting, and I like to take some time to enjoy the holidays with family, AND we’re still working on training the cute little bundle of fur that now thinks the living room end tables and coffee table are jungle gyms built just for her, I’m making no promises!  :>)