Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lots done but more to do

I got a lot done on my to do list below... but still have much to do.

I did clean up the loom room, but got distracted by the drum carder and that yummy oatmeal fleece from the Fall Fiber Festival. So I made up a couple of ropes of roving.

Then I made a detour to the local yarn shop last Saturday when I was supposed to be grocery shopping and got Knitting Lace Triangles
by Evelyn Clark. Very cool approach to knitting lace shawls. Anyway, I started a new lace project using the shetland handspun. I am starting with 450 yards. I figure I will have about 200 more yards available if desired when I finish spinning it.

I emptied three bobbins by plying the white lincoln that's been sitting on four bobbins for months.

I did get more of the grey merino flicked and ready to spin. Something to work on this weekend.

The weather is really bizarre for us this year. Beginning of December was very cold and almost seemed to promise snow for the holidays. But then it warmed up so much I had flowers blooming in the garden. This morning when I went to work it was 50 degrees. When I got off at noon it was down to 40 degrees. Now, at 8:45 p.m., it's extremely windy (about 25 mph winds) and the temps have dropped into the 20s.

Oh, I also vaccuumed the carpets, swept the other floors, cleaned up the kitchen and bath, spent Boxing Day at Mandy's and dejunked an end table.

I think I need to hire someone to come in and help me dejunk this house. I have too much stuff that is just odd bits and bobs. Lots of paper I don't need. Books I never look at but might some day... I have stuff. Just too much stuff.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Lace Success!

I've attempted to knit lace before with rather sad results.

My main problem was following where I was on the charts (or directions) and then figuring out where I was in the actual project in relation to those charts/directions.

But I've had a breakthrough!

I took this pattern and used just the first chart with no repeats (keeping it simple) and used 1/2 of a skein of JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 (which was left over from the shawl that I'm weaving for Carla).

Anyway, I ended up with this:

Yes, I'm happy with the results.

And because Michelle, my step daughter, was kind enough to ooooh over it at Thanksgiving when I was just a few inches into it, she will be gifted with it tomorrow on Boxing Day.

Next I'm going to use my handspun Shetland lace weight yarn and make this.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Looking Forward

I have to get through today at work then I'm OFF for five days!

So here are my plans (not in order that they need to be completed):

  1. Complete a report for work Done
  2. Complete another report for work Done
  3. Finish threading the loom for Carla's Shawl
  4. Clean up the loom room (needs to be done before threading so I can get to the loom)
  5. Finish lace scarf for step-daughter before Boxing DayDone
  6. Spend Boxing Day at Mandy's
  7. Finish wrapping gifts Done
  8. Go to my mother's Christmas Eve Day and stay through dinner (will bring knitting with me) Done
  9. Spin remainder of shetland wool so I can get enough yarn to make something
  10. Spin more of the merino
  11. Flick more of the merino so I can spin it
  12. Vaccuum the house
  13. Clean my kitchen
  14. Play with Ken's new Wii (yes, I got it for him for Yule... he was pretty excited) Done
I think what I really need is two weeks off...