Friday, February 27, 2009

Sorry it's Been so Long

I can't believe how fast this month has flown by. I was talking with one of my bosses and I had to turn the calendar page over, she couldn't believe that it is almost March. She thought the month of February had flown by also.

I have to show you a small skein which wasn't a skein too long ago. This fiber had been sitting on one of my Ashford bobbins for the past FOUR years. Yes, you read that right! Four years is an awfully long time waiting to be made into a skein of yarn. This is a combination of a brown fleece purchased from Fred and Jo and some mohair locks I picked up from somewhere. I thought the yarn turned out ok. Not the best plying job, but then when I set the twist I didn't really whack it too much. I haven't decided what to do with it yet, so it will probably sit in the stash for a while.

My begonia from Catherine is blooming very nicely. I have had blooms on it for most of the month. I like to check it out every day to see how it looks.

I have been busy knitting, but it's not my place to show you what I have been working on. I am planning a number of baby projects. I have two new grandbabies due this year, so I'll need to get working on little things soon. It may take me most of that time to get knit what I want to for these little new babies.

Not much else is going on here except for life. It gets really hectic sometimes! I will try to keep in touch more often.

Happy knitting & spinning.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Contrails and Socks

Saturday, on my way home from work, I was fascinated with the jet contrails that I kept seeing all over the sky. There were so many airplanes coming and going that day and the sky was just perfect for seeing all the flight plans. Yes, it doesn't take much to amuse me! Besides, watching the sky made the drive home along 495 and 267 go much faster. There wasn't the traffic there on Saturday that's there on Thursdays, so I had a little more time to watch the sky. Besides, the drive can get long and boring if I don't keep myself entertained somehow or another, even if the drive is only 35 minutes on a good day.

There has been knitting! I finished this pair of socks which I thought would be for me. After having completed 11 pair of socks last year, that I gave away at Christmas, I thought it was time for a pair for me. That didn't last long. I found out that one of the pharmacists that I work with was leaving yesterday. I knew she was leaving, but thought I had another week until she actually left. Anywho--I presented her with this pair. She wears a half size smaller shoe than I do and these were just a hair short on me. So the perfect gift.

The ultimate compliment - She wore them to work yesterday on her last day of work and they fit her just right!

I have been working on other knitting also, but haven't done much to show. I have been working every day and haven't had a lot of "me" time. I have been sitting at one of the spinning wheels most mornings for at least ten minutes. Last week I didn't get much spun on the Scholar. This week has had more progress. This week's spinning wheel is the Lendrum and I spin much faster on this wheel.

Well, time to pick up "C" from Seminary and take him to school.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fun Quiz

I thought I would share the result of this quiz I got from over at FabricNFiberFanatic

Your rainbow is strongly shaded yellow.

What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You appreciate optimism. You're good at getting people to like you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

I like shades of yellow. Maybe they aren't my favorite, but I like them.

Still plugging away on my socks, they should be done by the end of the week. There's knit night tonight and I get to attend unless I end up working late, so I should get the cuffs about done. No other new projects. Still several that I need to get finished.

Happy knitting & spinning.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cardinals and Spinning

The past few mornings while walking the dog, have been full of the birds singing their songs. It was fun to watch a couple of cardinals in what I think was a dispute over a female cardinal. It is interesting to watch nature come alive at the end of winter. Even if Phil says there will be six more weeks of winter. I like this time of year, when the trees are thinking about budding out. The tree suckers in our front yard have some leaves starting to form, all fuzzy and young. It won't be long until the birds are back in that tree where I can watch them from where I sit to spin.

I have come up with a rotation so I can spin on each of my wheels within a months time. They each get their dedicated week to spinning on just that one wheel. Last week it was the Traditional and this week the Scholar is getting some time. My spinning time has diminished, but I still got two full bobbins and a half spun last week. I have about half a bobbin spun on the Scholar today. I am spinning four different fibers and am using from the "stash". I want to replace some fibers when the fiber fairs start, but to do that I must spin some of what I have!

I am busy working on the socks I have been knitting for myself. They were in time out for a while, but I started working on them this past week and decided I really needed to finish them. I decided to do a short row heel, my first ever. I should have knit an inch or so more on the foot before starting the heel, but I think they will be okay. I am ready for some wool socks! There are so many projects I want to be working on and not enough time to do them all.

Well, off to work on those socks some more. Happy knitting and spinning.