Thursday, January 17, 2008

Spin, Spin, Spin, Knit, Knit, Knit......

Now that the wrist is healed, I'm knitting and spinning my butt off. I attended the Knitting and Spinning Guild meetings this month and had a great time at both of them. I've been busy acquiring all kinds of goodies as far as fiber and yarn are concerned. Now I can actually use it. My Coopworth in Natural is spun, plied, washed, and ready to become a hat and mittens. Also spun up is almost 4 ounces of roving from A Knitting Duck. It transitions in a very subtle way from green to purple to rose and flows very prettily along. I'm going to ply this from a ball tonight to see the end results. I have managed to spin it very thin so hopefully it will be fingering weight. The natural is between a DK and light worsted weight. That's a big difference from my heavy worsted/bulky which was my first yarn.

I joined the FINISHALONGPALOOZA on the Lime N Violet thread at Ravelry and here's how it's progressing:

The mittens that match Clapotis 1 for Aunt Barbara are finished, just needing the ends worked in. The modified Pi Shawl is started in "Medusa" lace weight from Skein Queen. This is a bright yarn, but, I think it will work well with this simpler pattern. If I chose a more complicated pattern I think the yarn would overpower it and you wouldn't really see the pattern. My test knit socks are cast on and have a bit done as well. These will be my traveling projects for now. MS3 is still languishing at home and has become my home project again. Clapotis 2 and matching socks will be the next projects after the Pi and test socks. I will be able to travel with both of these items as well. I just worry that the yarns are similar colors and I'll become bored with them. I might have to throw the Barcelona socks in to break it up a bit.

Babs and HannaBabs, the dog, has made it to her 17th birthday on the 13th. She's on the left in this photo of her and her daughter, Hanna, on the right. I really thought she would be in doggie heaven by now and am glad she's still here. She does have the "postal" attack going on. She gets confused and starts growling when the other dogs aren't even near her. Lately, she's gotten her nose and face pointed toward a corner and can't figure out how to get out. Monday, she managed to slide her head under the heater/baseboard in the kitchen and growled with the back legs kicking. She couldn't get out. I went over and gave her a gentle push and she slid right out ~ she wasn't stuck. The other two dogs just sat and looked at her as if to ask "what's up with her?" It's a day by day decision now as to how long she has. Pat doesn't want to take her to the vet if she still has good days left. It's a hard decision.

Megan in her do not disturb poseMegan, the cat, turned 11 on the 14th. She has started to mellow a bit and lets me pet her more, sometimes even purring at me when I do. Everyone else is fine.


Iris said...

Congrats on your pooch's 17th birthday! Aren't they wonderful? Even as they get totally batty and unable to function normally anymore, we couldn't do without their company. Enjoy him while you've got him.

Iris said...

Enjoy HER while you have her!