Sunday, December 31, 2006

2007 Resolution from Live Journal Site.....

Go spinning three times a week.
Go to the cats every month.
Cut down on my knitting.
Buy new day trips.
Get back in contact with some old plants.

I found this on a Live Journal site and decided to see how I did. The above is what I got. No questions are asked. All I did was put in my blog name. It's a bit freaky. First, as anyone reading my blog knows, I am a relatively new spinner. I live with a few cats, a couple of small dogs, and one terrific husband. I knit EVERY DAY. A few of my friends and I are planning a couple of day trips for the springtime. My poor plants have been getting a little ignored lately. Like I said, a bit freaky.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Finishing FOs and Spinning Woes

I'm trying to finish all my FOs before the end of the year. I have the tank top from the beginning of the summer, a sock from two different patterns, and a lace scarf in alpaca all demanding my attention at the same time. I plan to finish the socks first because they are Christmas gifts. The scarf is next because it may be a birthday gift next month. The tank is mine, so that can be finished last.

After all these, I need to make the white socks for work. I also have decided to be brave and make the sleeves of my first sweater smaller. When I knit the sweater, I was afraid the sleeves would be too tight, so I made them a size bigger than the body. The pattern has a lacy loose cuff/edging on the sleeves and around the bottom of the body. I found the pattern in a plus sized pattern book. If I sew the sleeve partially up the arm, I can cut the part off that is too loose. I guess this would be a form of steeking. I have never cut my knitting intentionally and am very nervous to do it now, but I would like to wear the garment. It's been in the sweater drawer for over 2 years now, where I take it out, look at it and put it back.

I had my spinning lesson this past Saturday and found out I am doing almost everything wrong. Now I have learned the correct way to spin, I have homework before I can go back for the plying lesson. The way I think of it is: If I'm going to spin, I want to do it properly. Also need to send in my membership for the local spinning guild.