Monday, December 26, 2016

Re-Do of a Meme

I decided to re-visit this meme.

Listening: my cat 'snorkeling' (she has allergies)

Watching: nothing

Eating: Yoplait Greek yogurt Cherry flavor

Drinking: Hot Chocolate Raspberry Coffee

Wearing: long sleeve t-shirt, sweat pants, socks and slippers

Reading:  Historical Romance, PLY magazine (love the latest issue)

Weather: cold but it's not snowing

Knit: socks for December then a shawl and a couple of cowls

Spin:  Spinner's Hill BFL/Silk in a rust/orange colorway

Want: a different table to use over my recliner

Need: to pick up snorkel kitty and give her some cuddles

Looking Forward to: dyeing yarn/fiber in my basement craft room

Wonder:  how long before I can get down those stairs to my room. (still can't do stairs with my foot issues)

Merry Christmas! ... Slow Knitting Progress ... A Fiber Community Loss

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all who celebrate.  We had a quiet Christmas here, just the two of us.  Pat and I made a nice pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and a mixed veggie. He helped with the prep work as well as checked on the roast and potatoes as they were cooking so I could rest my foot.  It's healed but I'm trying to stay off it as much as possible since it's still sore until it gets 100% back to normal.

My knitting is suffering lately.  The December YOSS socks are being knit in tandem and are at gusset decreases.  I hope to finish before the last minute of the month.  Sadly, YOSS group is disbanding on Ravelry.  There is so much camaraderie among the members.  I'm going to miss following and posting in threads.  One of the moderators has set up a new group for a while and I've joined that.  

My Project Peace Cowl didn't get finished by December 21.  I put it aside since I've missed that date, but plan to pick it back up as soon as I finish the socks.  The same goes for my Rippling River Cowl. I do have a project to cast on for January 1 at 12:01 a.m.   It's the Oceanbound  Shawl and is part of a KAL in the We Are Yarn Podcast group.  

There was some spinning on the Hansen.  About 2 ounces are left of the original 9.  Maybe I can squeeze that in between sock knitting to give my hands a rest from the size 1 needles. I set the mini spinner up on the card table, and slide it in front of my recliner. Once I'm settled in the chair, with remotes, laptop, drink, and legs are up, I can spin.  I keep a bin of "next" projects near my chair and put the bag of fiber on it. The fiber is in batts and in a clear plastic trash bag so it's easy to reach in and grab a handful of fluff to continue spinning.

I was sad to learn of the passing of Tracy Drake (a/k/a Copperpot Woolies) earlier this month.  She will be missed by all who loved her fiber batts.  I still have several in my stash and will think of her often while spinning them.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Current and Finished Items, Prizes

It's been quite a month here.  Lots of good stuff with a little bad tossed in was the rule. 

My Indigopie sweater was finished.  It was entered into a few groups on Ravelry for KALs, and I won two skeins of yarn.  My November socks took until December to be finished.  Partly due to my back going out and my not being able to use my arm to knit for a few days.  This led to some retail therapy.  :)  And I had done so well with not shopping after Thanksgiving.   The second pair planned for November got pushed back to December.

The sweater isn't blocked in the picture.  The front is suppose to be higher than the back and is meant to be open without buttons.



My knitting guild holiday party was last night.  We always have a Yankee Swap with knitting or crochet related items.  I knit a hat which I think was well received.  The person said she liked it.  I usually just pick a gift, but, this year I "stole" one.  I came home with a gift certificate to Mermaid's Purl yarn shop. :)

Currently, I have two cowls, and two pairs of socks on needles, and two fibers on bobbins for the Hansen.  I got bored with the first fiber so started a second one.  I still can't treadle and use my regular wheels.  Hopefully, I get an "all clear" from the podiatrist next week.  

I still need to get my tree up but it's hard with crutches. The big one won't be used this year.Maybe I can talk Pat into putting the tabletop one up for me.  I can sit and decorate it.  

I'm actually sort of colorful myself right now.  On Saturday, my desk chair caster got caught up on the edge of my area rug .  When I tugged on it, the caster snapped off, and the chair tossed me on the hardwood floor.  Luckily nothing was broken, just lots of bruises on my upper thigh, arm, and foot. Everything is still a little sore but getting better.