Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Non-Snow

It's been another "non-snow event" for us here on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge. (insert whines here....grrrrr.) (edited to say that Janice, living 4 miles north of here DID get measurable snow! jealous!)

Sunrise over non-snow event

Rain, then sleet fell and was accompanied by a brief round of thunder and lightning, then just enough snow to whiten the pasture.

Dropping temps made it freeze up all hard and crunchy so there's no school today which has provided a chance to play with spindles (in between bouts of knitting).

Snow day project

I'll be spinning and knitting up a storm all day. Maybe I can help Mother Nature and spin up a snow storm of the measurable kind!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Darn It!

I need to learn how to darn. Two of my hand knit socks have, after years of steady service, developed holes. One might not be repairable, but I'm fairly certain the other is. After watching several darning technique YouTube videos, I think this is something I can at least try. But wait - I would need a darning egg or some sort. I've seen older ones at a local antique shop. I've heard reports that wooden eggs can be purchased at craft stores. I, however, was enticed by the beautiful wooden eggs turned by Phil Powell and for sale in his Etsy shop, Custom Wood Designs. This one is Osage Orange. Now upon closer inspection, I can see a crack in the dome of the egg. I've contacted the shop to see what's up with that... ;(
Osage Orange Darning Egg by Phil Powell
There's also been a small addition to my spindle family. This lovely little Golding Le Fleur in purpleheart was adopted from a Ravelry destash. It's a lovely little flower, don't you think? It's nesting atop Fiber Optics 50/50 SW merino/tencel in the Stormy Monday Blues #21 colorway.
Gold Purpleheart Le Fleur
Now I'm off to flip a coin to help me decide what to do first: 1. be responsible and take care of some paperwork 2. play with the newest family members 3. knit on my mittens

Maybe it will have to be best two out of three!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Room Reclaimed

Over Christmas, my knitting room is usually turned into Gift Central. The gifts wait there until it's time to be wrapped. Wrapping paper, bags, and boxes also collect there, as well as all of the scissors and tape in the house. Today, I decided it was time to reclaim my room. I also moved the big green chair back into the room, as my spinning chair was not very comfortable for knitting.
Knitting room 2
Now I'm working on storage/display for my spindles. I'm planning to hang a long shelf and put cup hooks underneath. I think these will look really nice hanging there.
In knitting news, I finished my first project of the year. It's a Flapotis made from Muensch Touch Me. I still have to wash it.
My second project of the year is on the needles: these cats mittens in Skinny Bugga! Gosh, I love that stuff more every time I knit with it. I can't decide whether to make both of the mittens the same, or to do the second one in opposite colors. What do you think? They'll be eye-catching no matter what!

Time to get back to my cozy little room - happy January knitting to you!