Here's hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We celebrated last Saturday. Our oldest daughter lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She was stateside for business, but had to be back in St. Thomas on the 24th. There were 25 of us and this was our table, unfortunately, I didn't take an after photo.
Of all the memories and photos of the last weekend, this one is my favorite. The oldest is on the left.
When I last posted, I was all set to participate in the Tour de Fleece. That was the last spinning I've done. I managed to mess up my back big time. A pinched nerve that was supposed to result in surgery after PT didn't work. Before I could schedule surgery Harold's back went out. What was initially diagnosed as sciatica has subsequently been diagnosed as osteomyelitis, a bone infection. The initial diagnosis was mid-July and he was finally hospitalized September 16. He's still hospitalized and we hope to have him home next week. I've put my surgery on hold until he's somewhat recovered, maybe the end of the year.
All I can say is thank God for health insurance. If not, we would be bankrupt. All hospitals are not created equal and past performance is not always an indicator of current performance. Nuff said.
There has been some very uninspired knitting going on. I found that I'm really unable to concentrate enough to follow most written patterns, therefore the three sweaters I had on the needles at the beginning of summer are still on the needles. Strangely enough, I've been able to write patterns and have several crochet designs in the pipeline. The mind is a funny thing. I've made several hats for charity, but I haven't taken pics of any of them.
Over the winter, I paired up some stash yarn with patterns and put them aside for a planned road trip. The road trip never materialized but as we were preparing to leave for the emergency room I had the presence of mind to grab a bag. I completed this Hitchhiker in 8 days. It's the fastest I've ever knit anything. Hours of sitting in hospital rooms are ideal for knitting. This was a completely mindless knit and occupied enough of my mind to keep me from going absolutely batsh!@#$ crazy. I bought the yarn at MDSW years ago. It's 100% silk noil, which is leftover after processing silk, resulting in short fibers. I'm not sure how well this is going to wear. It's not very tightly spun and the yarn pulled apart in two places as I was knitting. But it's yarn out of the stash and if it makes it through the winter I'll be happy.
Just in case you need another reason to knit shawls, they are a must for hospitals. They keep you warm (there's always a draft!) and in a pinch can work as a pillow.
I'm participating this year with the Moms With Yarn Group on Ravelry. We're not spinning as part of the larger TdF group. I'm really spinning just for fun and don't expect to win any prizes. My goal this year is to just spin every day depending on my my back and hip. The things I used to take for granted!
I'm working on that small Romney Fleece I started earlier this year. I really do like the sample yarn I spun, I just don't know what the final yarn wants to be! The original plan was to ply each of the colors together, but I'm leaning towards chain plying it into a gradient. Plenty of time for a decision.
Here's the fleece:
Day 1 and 2 of the medium locks. The individual medium locks have the entire color range. I love this fleece!
Ply Magazine is giving away a copy of its next issue in an effort to attract subscribers. The offer is only open to non-subscribers. Ply is a magazine for spinners and each issue is devoted to a singe aspect. Info is here.
Namaste, the company that makes great knitting bags and accessories is going out of business. Everything on line is at least 25% off.
Other than being a satisfied customer, I have no affiliation with either of these companies. Have fun!
Tanya, here's the link for the booties. Clicking the link should take you right there. If not, they're Baby Booties by Princess X on Ravelry. Hope your foot is healing and that you'll soon be doing all the things you love!
Araignee, there will be no one here to finish anything I leave behind. It will either go to Goodwill or the dump. I'm working hard to use as many of my things as I can. I pull out my crystal and china, just because. I'm also working to use my stash. My goal is to have nothing on hand but what I'm currently working on. You've all seen the size of my stashes, so I've got a way to go!
I'm working on this sweater for my granddaughter. It's from the Fall 2010 Interweave Knits. I started working on it last fall and am just getting around to finishing it. It's the most challenging thing I've knit so far, I've done lots of my own charts and notes just to keep track of the pattern. The most challenging part has been the construction of the shoulder seams. The pattern is a nice one and I'm surprised more people haven't knit it. The only thing I'm not really loving is the yarn. I'm using Kraemers' Perfection in a worsted weight. I should have given more thought to the yarn. I don't like the hand of it in this pattern. The pattern calls for a worsted merino linen blend, while I'm using acrylic merino blend. DGD has it without sleeves so I can see (pics from DH) how it fits.
My middle sister came over last week. She wanted new covers for her front porch cushions. Her DH got an estimate of $900 to to cover them. She ordered some from Overstock ($300) that she didn't like. Our mother suggested that she buy the fabric and find someone to make them for her. She said if I could help her cut them out; she'd find someone to sew them. I said if you're coming here to cut them you can sew them! My sisters always act as if they've never sewn in their lives! She did a beautiful job, for a fraction of the price (just under $100). Now she wants to do cushions for the sun room and curtains for her living room as well. I think I may have created a monster!