I was able to snag a spot on one of the couches this week instead of a folding chair. That really felt the height of luxury! Gymnastics will be winding down for the year and PB will take the summer off. I have a 50% chance she will want to take up new classes in the fall. We will cross that bridge later!
Mother Nature threw a late cold snap at us and I took the luxury of one last fire in the fireplace before spring starts in earnest. It’s been WINDY here so this cold rainy day is a nice break.
I’m getting really close to finished color number two in my Chromatic Yarns ZigZag blanket. The next skein up is still mainly purple but will add in some pinks to break up the purples. I am still working 50+ hours at my day job during busy season so my crafting mojo is LOW. And I’ve set intentions to move more so I have reengaged to play competitive volleyball one to two times a week to add cardio to my life. So far I have hurt my foot on day one!
Ya’ll…my dad is so cute. He called me the other day and said “I keep getting your Christmas presents in the mail!”. So on a recent visit I took a look at what was coming in the mail. He didn’t realize he had purchased a fiber club subscription for my gift!
The February club is 100% cheviot and a DEEP violet color. This looks amazing and 1,000% sure it will let off dye when I wash it, lol. The March club is set of wonderful pinks and purples and is a polworth and silk blend. This will be VERY soft.
I guess with all my fiber additions this week, I need to get spinning!! Happy Spinning!!
I purposely managed the colors to make singles with a similar color story. I foresee then the finished yarn will be VERY marled. Which I am all for. Some of my singles were more successful at staying very thin than others. I maybe playing yarn chicken trying to make socks. But I am going to see what yardage I get before I worry.
Jude of Stranded Dyeworks recently destashed some of his personal stash in order to feel more incontrol of his stash and make sure these items are being used instead of stored. I stayed away for the first few days of the sale but I was weak when I noticed there was still fiber in the shop.
These are all new to me dyers and from top right around to the bottom they are:
Spotted Circus – 4 ounces and a blend of Alpaca and Nylon
Fondant Fibres – 4 ounces and a 80/20 blend of SW Merino and Nylon – this one is called Deep & Meaningful
Hipstrings – 4 ounces and a blend of Merino, Rambouillet and Nylon – this one is called The Unicorn in the Library
I have zero plans for this fiber. None of the fiber content really line up so I don’t see combining them. They will likely end up being spun with themselves and making cute one of skeins.
With all my spinning mojo, I treated myself to some some toys. I hear on podcasts and see on blogs the hand spinner love Akerworks bobbins. They are 3D printed and pack flat for storage. So I did my research on the Akerworks site.
I picked up two bobbins that fit my Ashford Kiwi 3. I let them pick the designs for the end caps but I picked purple for Jellybean and teal/green for PB. I put the purple one on my wheel and tried a bit of fiber. It’s an understatement to say they spin VERY differently than my wooden bobbins. Definitely going to need some practice with these new toys!
I got SICK of tripping over junk in the garage so I got mad and I got to cleaning. This is my side of the garage where I park. The top is the before and the bottom is the after.
I filled half our trash tote, organized everything to fit on shelving, and swept out about 1,000 bugs and fall leaves. It will likely last 2.5 seconds but it felt good to purge some items and be able to get in and out of my van easier.
Now, what you don’t see is the dumpster fire that is my husband’s side of the garage. That’s a mountain for another day! It’s time to start the weekend and soak up some sunshine…
I have been on the go quite a bit more lately now that spring is here and it’s busy season. I have a “go bag” ready for kids appointments, meetings, gymnastics or whatever else comes up. I decided to give you all a peek!
Of course the main filler is a HUGE knitting project with all the yarn for a whole blanket. Because, why not? Next up is a leadership book I’m reading for my Diversity, Equity and Inclusion classes. This is followed by not one but TWO types of lotion. Of course I have a beverage, my knitting tools and stitch markers. Pretty sure my flexi flip sock needles are also in here and I don’t why, lol.
But that’s my go bag in a nutshell. The only thing its missing is a snack! Happy Knitting!!
The first bobbin is complete for the sock spin I’m working on. Just last night I started putting fiber on the second bobbing.
The dominant colors in these chunks of fiber are pinks, purples and a some muddy browns. I still have to concentrate pretty hard on spinning fine so that my plies don’t get to fat. Once in awhile my mind drifts and the thickness starts to come back. It’s just my default I guess?
Now I just need more hours in the day so I have more time for crafting during accounting busy season!
How To Survive Accounting Conference Lectures: KNITTING!!
I did really well through the morning sessions but I was dragging after lunch. The economists started talking about statistics and I had to break out the knitting to stay awake since I don’t consume caffeine after lunch. I finished exactly one stripe on my Punch Bug Vanilla Socks and decided life was to short for boring classes so I left the conference early to get a jump start on my 2.5 hour drive home.
The winds here in Kansas have been brutal this spring. It was a long hard drive home and I literally collapsed in bed after my kids went to bed last night. Time for coffee and head off to work!