I can’t believe it’s been a month. Sigh.
Not that much to report on, as far as knitting goes. Still trying to achieve balance with the whole work/rest of life thing. I’m having a good time, but not getting a whole lot of knitting done, and I’m not that excited about what I am working on right now.
I finally caved and hired a cleaning lady. My house was so clean when I got home after picking up the kids yesterday I could have wept. So nice! So hopefully this will help me feel less like I’m constantly trying to keep up. All I have to do is keep things tidy. If you know me at all, you’re already laughing. Humour me.
So, yeah, knitting. The sweater for clevermonkey is actually coming along. I was not feeling the love with that one, so it languished. Then I got the first season of How I Met Your Mother, and it’s now cruising along (aside: Neil Patrick Harris is AWESOME!). I got past the slanting ribs part, and I guess that was what was holding me back. It looks a little small, but it’s ribbed, so I think after a blocking, and on an actual body, it will be great.
I made a crocheted ripple cushion cover for Spinrite. I didn’t take a picture. That’s enough said about that.
I’m very slowly knitting mittens for Vorlon. I have a 3/4 finished pair of Vilai socks on the needles. Everything is moving very slowly.
I did spin a little, though! Below is the silk/merino fluff I got in Seattle four years ago. The one I was afraid to spin for fear I would ruin it. It was lovely. Practically spun itself. I ended up with about 350 metres of sportweight or heavy fingering yarn (dime for scale).
I also went to the Woodstock Fleece Festival in the middle of October with the kids and picked up a couple of things to spin. First, a Pygora/silk blend, which I haven’t done anything with yet, and some Cria (which is baby alpaca) in the brown colour it was born with.
It was just a big pile of fluff, cleaned but not carded or anything. I was told I could just spin it straight from the pile. Which I did. You can see a pile of fluff in the photo above, hanging off the stuff I’ve spun. I would grab a handful of stuff from the bag and spin it. I found out later this is called ‘spinning from the cloud’. I made a deliberately thick and thin singles, which only took about two hours to spin up, and I would say it’s woolen spun. It’s going to be something warm for the winter, I think, but I don’t know what. It’s ridiculously soft and wonderful. I already have a recipient in mind.
Last weekend was Halloween. Zebula wanted to be a cat (we’ve moved away from princess! Woo!), so I found a pattern at Len’s Mill. Now, they had the pattern, but not the big kid size. They had the small adult size. So I thought “you’re smart. You can just alter the pattern to make it fit a smaller person”. Ha. What a pain in the ass! After much measuring and folding of the paper pattern, and redrawing of curves, I managed to do it. It would have been easier in the end, I think, to just draft it from her measurements. Anyway, it worked out.
Vorlon wanted to be a skeleton. So I got a picture of a child’s skeleton from the web (really, what did we do before the web?), drew the bones on some newsprint, cut them, transferred the bone shapes to white felt, cut those up, and glue gunned them to a thrift store black t-shirt and some old black pants. I wanted to paint his face white and put in black eye sockets and teeth, but he wouldn’t go for it.
(I apologize for the red-eye, though it does add to the spooky, no?)
And remember the No Gap Wrap I made myself last spring (you have to scroll down a little)? I’m unraveling it. Even with the modifications to the neckline and the stabilizing with crochet and everything, it still falls off my shoulders when I wear it. Which is annoying. So I’m going to unravel it and knit it up into something else, because the yarn was really nice, and I hate to just throw it out.
Last, but not least, this book has changed my life. (link provided for convenience only – please support your independent bookstore) I haven’t bought bread in almost a month. The method works well, takes almost no time, and makes fantastic bread. I highly recommend it, even though it reads a bit like an infomercial.