Monday, May 24, 2010

Ugh, this heat!

Well, another weekend gone by, it was sooo hot and humid.
Summer is definitely on its way, yesterday it hit 93 degrees with at least 80% humidity, HOT !!
Apart from that we had a pretty good weekend, John's shoulder is getting better little by little. Now if i could just make him rest it more it would heal even faster.

I got to finish one sock that i started knitting on Friday. It's a pattern out of the new "Socks from the Toe up" book:

I love this pattern, and it's not complicated at all:

The yarn is a hand dyed with amethyst and then over dyed with blue that i did a few weeks ago. The colors came out in supple shades of Lavender, very pretty.Should be finished with them by the end of the week, they will be available on etsy( hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink , wink ).
And last but not least here is a new pic from Jack:

He sure has grown into a beautiful little dog, still can't hear squat, but is very smart and is starting to pick up on hand signs.
So, all is well, so far....

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Our so very close i can smell it "move my studio / add to our house" project has been indefinitely delayed, possibly for several month. John got hurt yesterday helping a friend to repair the mowing machine part of a tractor ( you know, the mowing part that cuts the grass for making hay?!).

I just finished two pair of socks :
DK weight Confetti :
and fingering weight Patchwork:

available at my etsy store.
I also ordered some new books:Wendy Johnson:Socks from the toe up
Symeon North:Get Spun and Jane Fournier:In Sheep's Clothing: a hand spinners guide to wool.
I got the first two yesterday.I like the Toes Up book , a lot of beautiful sock patterns . The Get Spun is great too, with a lot of pictures and instructions on how to spin some unusual yarns. It gave me some great ideas for when i can get back to spinning again.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spinning again !

I'm finally spinning again, oh my, it's been at least 6 month or more since i sat in front of the wheel!
My carpal tunnel and tennis elbows on both of my arms are giving me fits lately ( too much knitting ) so I'm giving it a rest for a few days . Since i can't sit without occupying my hands i rummaged through my fiber stash and came across this merino/ mohair mix that i dyed sometime last year :

I had to sit down and try to remember how to adjust my wheel for a moment ,it's been so long.
But i finally got it straightened out and managed to spin up a little more than half of the fiber.

First i 'm thinking I'll ply it with itself but I'd like to have a little more yardage than that so now I'll have to come up with another color for plying, any suggestions are welcome.
Since my left elbow is really hurting bad i am spinning sitting in a little unusual position:
I'm leaning forward humped over a little with my elbows resting tightly tucked against my front hipbones. it looks a little weird but it works.