Archive for the “We’re getting Married!” Category
Howdy! Long time no see! My only explanation for the radio silence is… life. It just happens. And sometimes some things need to wait. So what’s been going on the last nearly three months? Let’s start at the beginning.
The wedding. In a word, it was PERFECT. And I mean perfect. We couldn’t have asked for more. One would expect a hiccup here or there in an event of such magnitude but there wasn’t a single one. I still can’t believe it myself. It’s also hard to believe it was nearly three months ago already. We still haven’t sorted things out with the photographer so I’ll talk about it more another time, but here are a couple of pics that we were able to get from friends to give you a bit of a preview.
From the moment we pulled into town and the clouds literally began to part after nearly a week of rain, we knew we had someone smiling down on us big time. Such an amazing day that we worked so hard for. I can’t wait to tell you more when I have pictures!
The honeymoon. Totally AMAZING. Once again, we were so lucky. From the amazingly sweet flight crew that gave us free food on the way to Calgary to the incredible weather we had the whole time we were in Banff, it was just incredible. We’ve never had a “real” vacation and this was definitely just that. It also deserves it’s own blog post but will also have to wait. We certainly aren’t lacking in pictures (we took well over 1200!!) but some of the ones that I want to share I’m simply afraid to put on the ‘net without watermarks and I don’t yet have the means to do that. So hopefully soon.
After that? Things got interesting. New people moved into the apartment above us and epic plumbing issues commenced. Epic to the point of the ceiling coming down in one room and there still being a hole in it. Then our plumbing went all to hell and I spent 5 hours with the poor guy trying to get ALL THE DRAINS to drain. Finally worked out but holy heck it was nuts.
Then there have been multiple issues with our heat and theirs. Of course, their boiler is in our basement so guess who gets to deal with it? Us! Long story short, we finally recently discovered (after 2 months of on and off issues and the upstairs apt. having no heat for 5 days a week or so ago) that the chimneys are SO clogged with twigs, leaves, dirt, etc. it was causing things to go crazy. Last PSE&G dude that came to the house said “You guys could have been on the 6pm news. But you wouldn’t have been here to see it.” Carbon monoxide poisoning and/or just plain blowing up the whole house being the possibilities. And would you believe that the landlords still haven’t sent someone to finish cleaning it out? Yeah. Good times.
We did make it to Rhinebeck though, but after being in a place like Banff for the better part of 10 days? It was a bit of a let down. I was kind of surprised, but we both didn’t even go back the second day. It just wasn’t worth it. I think I may have reached a saturation point. There was nothing I really needed, there wasn’t really much “new” to be seen and it was cold. I’m hoping it was just a honeymoon hangover. I scored 2.5 beautiful fleeces though, two of which have already been processed and returned to me. Hopefully I’ll elaborate on that soon.
There have been some good things. Like winning front row tickets to a Guster concert we were already planning on going to via Twitter!
I never win anything. It was nuts! They had been having a scavenger hunt thing for tickets in each city that they were going to. We had purchased tickets in advance but when I saw that the one for NYC just happened to be right outside the building I was working in that day? I went for it and WON! Front row tickets! When we got to the venue we even managed to sell our existing tickets for nearly sticker price. And what did we find with the tickets after we opened them? PASSES TO THE AFTER PARTY!! All I could do was dissolve into a fit of giggles at that point. It was an awesome show!
And afterward we met the lead singer and thanked him for the tickets. And then got the heck out of there because we are far too awkward and old for such things.
We also had a day trip to PA to find out about a timeshare. Unfortunately we don’t have the means right now or we might have gone for it. While out and about, we went to an antiques mall. And HWJF spotted this beauty:
Yep. A CPW in amazingly good condition. I’ve wanted a wheel like this for a while, but didn’t think I’d ever get an antique one since usually the repairs necessary to make the things go far exceed my patience level. Not the case here. It’s probably been refinished, but whomever did it did it well. We took the leap despite not being able to try it there. When we got it home, the bobbin and flyer weren’t moving easily and my knowledge of these things was so limited I wasn’t sure how to fix it. A little poking around on Ravelry and some advice from those who know along with a hammer and a hockey puck (I kid you not!) and she was purring along in no time! Less than 48 hours after I brought her home I was spinning on her at a CPW meetup in Athens, NY!
Not bad. Not bad at all.
Of course, I spent many days feeling guilty for the purchase. You see, our little girl has not been well.
I went to pick her up the Monday night before we found the wheel and found a quarter sized lump on her belly near a nipple. A quite hysterical phone call to the vet later she went in the next day for diagnosis. They aspirated the tumor and things didn’t look good. Turns out the biopsy results were not conclusive to the type of tumor, but it was definitely malignant.
Stitches had surgery to remove the mass and to be spayed (a preventative measure for the future) on Nov. 22nd. She bounced back faster than you can imagine! It was pretty amazing. By Thanksgiving we had her home and she was doing really well.
All seemed to be well in the world until Dec. 11th when I got up in the morning to feed her before heading to yoga class only to find her refusing food. Completely refusing food. Even her absolute favorites like pumpkin seeds (which we usually call “bunny crack” for a reason)? No good. Back to the vet we went. She was hospitalized for the weekend but they managed to get her through a bought of G.I. Stasis which is extremely bad in rabbits. When the vet asked us if we wanted a DNR for her? I pretty much lost it. It took the better part of a week after she was released, but she’s once again back to her old self.
And I have to say, this rabbit is such a teacher. Not only has she taught us all about what it means to have a rabbit in your life, but she taught the people at the vet a thing or two as well. The shock and awe when anyone saw her (That’s a BIG rabbit!) was funny. But when they GAVE HER A BATH WITH WATER to get the diarrhea off her, well, you guys are mostly fiber people reading this so you can just imagine. Luckily they confined it to her butt so she wasn’t in total danger but I thank god I decided to go to the vet’s office for a visit that night despite a very long day. As you can imagine, she was a mess. I gave a lot of people in that office an education about what you do and don’t do with an angora rabbit that night. And after spending 1.5 hours there to get her cleaned up, it was very hard to leave her behind.
With all the vet bills, I decided I needed to get something out of the house. So I sold my Schacht Matchless to Kim. She’s happily spinning away again, my credit card is a bit happier and I’m glad that I could play a part in the rebirth of another spinner.
In the midst of it all, knitting has been both a sanctuary and a stressor. There isn’t much $$ for Christmas gifts this year so I’ve been knitting for several people. I’ve also been a bit of a baking/cooking fiend.
There has been apple sauce (in the crock pot! So easy!), pies, cookies, etc. etc. I’m finally finding the joy in cooking now that I have the proper equipment thanks to the generosity of so many of our wedding guests. Can I just say that I love my Kitchenaid Mixer? And the fact that I got it in a color that matched my wedding dress?? My Mom was apparently so envious after seeing it in action on Thanksgiving that she went out and got one herself!! LOL!!
One bit of knitting that happened was very well received. This summer I took a weekend class at the local ashram in chanting the yoga sutras. Ma Bha was the instructor. I had met her when my teacher training class went to the ashram the first time. She is the sweetest, funniest thing! When she discovered I was a knitter she said something to the effect of “maybe you can make me a hat sometime”. When I found out she was coming to my studio to teach a Sanskrit workshop in November I knew I couldn’t miss it. And I suddenly remembered about the hat. It was still a bit on the damp side when I gave it to her, but she LOVED it!
What’s more, I went to the ashram unannounced this past weekend to take the morning program. Who should I run into as soon as I walked in the door? Ma Bha WEARING THE HAT! She’s definitely worthy of knitting and may find herself with another hat sometime down the road.
So… I think that pretty much catches y’all up on everything that’s been going on lately. Next time I hope to catch you up on all the stuff I’ve been knitting lately. Maybe after that this blogging thing can go back on a more regular schedule. Life will decide that I suppose.
We’re off to Maine for Christmas this year so in case I don’t get back here before then I wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season and all the best in 2011! See you again soon!
Sep 21 2010
I never thought I’d say that but it’s the truth. The wedding preparations are at a point where there are many little things that need to be done and most of them require input from my darling fiance who has unfortunately been working from sun up to sun down for the last two weeks. I’ve seriously seen him for about 5 min. a week while either of us is awake. That makes Doing All The Things difficult and my lack of ability to feel Accomplished means that I’m going to distract myself with the blog.
So! Went to the NJ Sheep and Wool festival a couple of weekends ago with Our Annie. Jesh and Hillary were kind enough to ask me to put some of my fiber in their booth since they knew I wasn’t going to be able to do my own this year. It just worked out that I was able to take the day away from the wedding planning on Saturday and spend the day at the festival. I mostly hung out and said hello to people I hadn’t seen in ages and played with the camera.
It was a great way to relax for the day. Then we went to see Paula Poundstone in the evening and she was hilarious!! Money well spent when we needed a laugh.
In the meantime I still have a long commute so I’ve been doing some knitting. Here’s my progress on the featherweight cardigan for the Zarzuela’s Fibers SAL/KAL:
I’m thinking it may be time to stop working on the body, knit the sleeves and then see how much yarn I have left. Of course being a bit fickle these days I decided to go on to working on a Rhinebeck sweater instead:
This is my “Cobblestone Inspired” partially handspun sweater. The blue is the handspun, made from my own hand dyed BFL and spun during this year’s Tour de Fleece. If I remember correctly I spun all 8 oz. in one afternoon and plied it up in another. The body of the sweater is Green Mountain Spinnery Maine Organic. I’m not sure if it’s heresy to pair acid dyed handspun with organic yarn, but I’m doing it anyway. I’m also rather sad to report that in the 4 skeins of the Maine Organic I’ve used, 3 had knots. Nothing a little spit splicing can’t fix but definitely highly annoying. Good thing working with the yarn otherwise has been a dream.
I added a little bit of waist shaping to the pattern to hopefully make it a little more feminine of a fit. I’ve also obviously substituted handspun for the garter yoke of the sweater. I’m a little concerned that the handspun isn’t as sturdy as the rest of the sweater yarn and may not be able to hold up the weight of the sweater well, but it’s too early to tell.
It was my intention to knit this mostly on the traveling portions of our honeymoon but as you can see, it’s already beyond the point of easy transit. Since I still need some train knitting for a few more days for commuting too the idea of lace came to mind. Something interesting but portable. As that idea developed I started this shawl:
It’s Multnomah and I’m knitting it in Silk Garden Sock (which after working with it the little I already have makes me question the sanity of whomever thought this would actually be good for socks!). So far a very good travel knit, but at the rate I’m going I may finish it before it sees a plane too! So I’ve been going through my stash on Ravelry and soliciting pattern ideas on plurk. The plan has now developed into one for my holiday knitting. Since the wedding is going to leave me a little tight on the finances this holiday season I’ve decided to knit up a bunch of shawlettes, hats and cowls as the fancy strikes me and then decide who will get them closer to mid-December. That gives me the freedom to knit what I want when I want and means I’ll have some good gifts when the time comes and I’ll be stash busting to boot! At least that’s the idea. Anyone want to join me in this little quest? Drop me a comment!
So that’s my distractions for now. And now you know what to expect to see here in the coming months if I stick to my grand plan. I think I’ll go back to doing some of that knitting to keep my mind off the other things for now.
If I don’t get back to the blog in the next 12 days, see you next time as a Mrs!!
Sep 07 2010
Sorry for the radio silence again. There just aren’t enough hours in the day lately. You know how it goes.
So! I’ve been quite busy with wedding planning lately. Like having my hair/makeup trial:
We are rapidly approaching the big day and while there is still a lot to do, I think we’re in fairly good shape. Good thing too because this week is the busiest of the year for HWJF so he won’t be available very much to help me right now. And yes, for those that might think otherwise, he’s been very much involved in this whole thing and very helpful!
I have been knitting here and there. In fact, I’ve even finished a few things!
Another Summer of Socks came to a quiet close last week. Thank you to everyone that made it both a success and quite painless this year! I happily awarded one prize and knit one pair of socks for myself:
Simple, stripy and toe up. There was one false start with another yarn but it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I wanted stripes and I got them!! Simple stockinette was quite soothing and all the brain power I could muster. A rather pathetic showing from the leader of SOS but y’all will have to excuse me for this year.
I did knit something else with sock yarn though!
Garter Yoke Baby Cardi
Pattern: Garter Yoke Baby Cardi
This was a fun little knit that used a good portion of a skein of sock yarn. I made it for a former coworker who is expecting his first child after a long hard road of trying to have a baby. They aren’t finding out the sex in advance so I hope that this is gender neutral enough. I already gifted it to the Daddy to Be and I apparently have the honor of giving the happy couple their first baby gift! He was so happy I thought he was going to jump out of his own skin. Now that’s the kind of person I like to knit for!
Which looks like this spun up:
It’s a top down raglan construction and I’m nearly ready to put the sleeve stitches on waste yarn. I’ll hopefully post a pic once I have a chance to take something better than a cell phone pic!
Of course, this may go on the back burner for a bit since I am contemplating starting a Rhinebeck sweater. Yes, even with the wedding fast approaching a Rhinebeck sweater idea is dancing in my mind. I figure that even if I don’t make much progress on it right now, there will be plenty of car/airport time during our honeymoon where I could very likely get it done. And yes, we will both be at Rhinebeck this year! We’re wrapping up our two week honeymoon with it. I can’t think of a better first “public” event to go to as husband and wife.
That’s all for now. I hope to post again before the wedding but I can’t really promise anything knowing the way the days roll by at the moment. I fully intend to do a good post about the big event and I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of pics from our honeymoon in Banff when the time comes. Keep your fingers crossed and maybe I’ll actually get back to the blog before then!
Ciao for now!
Jul 11 2010
I keep meaning to catch up on what’s been happening around these parts with y’all on the blog, but I fear that I still don’t have my act together and if I don’t just put something up here I never will. So, suffice it to say that two big things happened recently.
1. I graduated from yoga teacher training!! Yoga alliance has taken my money but I’m waiting on them to send me my certificate. Otherwise, I have my insurance and I’m all set to teach. I’ll be teaching one class during the first week of August at the studio where I studied. I’m also hatching plans for teaching a weekly class in my home. If you are local and are interested in either of these opportunities, drop me a comment and let me know! Also, I would be very interested in teaching small groups of knitters and spinners yoga that would help them keep their bodies functional while they pursue their crafts. If you would be interested in having me teach your group, get in touch!
2. Wedding planning is in full swing. We are less than three months out and I may loose my mind before then. My first dress fitting is this coming week and there are just a million things to do. I also am incredibly lucky to have had a certain amazing lace knitter complete a shawl for my wedding and I even was lucky enough to have it blocked by another generous soul so I didn’t have to do it! I’ve gone back and forth in my head about whether or not to show it on the blog before the wedding. I’m still trying to decide. Stay tuned. And thank you so very much to Cookie and Joan. I’m a very lucky woman!
In the meantime, I’m going to follow a very smart mantra and “start where I am”.
I am participating in the Tour de Fleece although somewhat quietly because my brain is otherwise occupied most of the time. Here’s what I accomplished so far:
In the bobbin clearing department:
If I remember correctly this is an angora and polworth blend. The fiber was given to me for my birthday by Chris in 2008. I spun in up ages ago but just got around to plying it.
I think it might become a smoke ring or something like that.
Next up, I purchased this fiber from Fiber Optic at Rhinebeck 2009.
Mostly spun up before the TdF began. Plied during the TdF.
The colors made this one I couldn’t leave behind. Not sure what it will grow up to be.
After my bobbin clearing mission was complete (and also, how the heck did I end up with 15 bobbins?!?! O.o) I decided to spin up some of my own dye work:
This is my “Study in Blues” colorway on BFL. I spun up all 8 oz. the first day of the tour and plied it yesterday. I decided to work on spinning a softer yarn with this fiber because I hope this will become the yoke of a sweater some day.
With just over three hundred yards, that shouldn’t be a problem! And what I’m spinning next may just end up being the body of said futuristic sweater. But time will tell.
What are you doing for TdF this year?
Thanks so much for all the kind comments about this year’s SOS on the last post! I’m very gratified to see that many of you feel that the lack of prizes and complexity is actually for the good. Of course, I’m guessing that those that feel otherwise just didn’t comment, and that’s ok too. You might also want to go back and read those comments for an idea for a theme this year. BethH had a fabulous wedding related idea that I’ve posted about in the Ravelry group. Feel free to use it to guide your selections for the summer. Or not. It’s all good!
Last weekend was another very productive weekend of wedding planning. Or rehearsal dinner has been booked and my future in-laws came down to see the area. We also had a meeting with the leader of the band we’ve hired, who is an old family friend, so that was a great time as well. Most of all, I’m happy to report that the invitations went out on Monday and we are already hearing reports of them being received in various places. Since I did the calligraphy by hand, it’s a huge relief to have those out and on their way.
In knitting news, the purple socks I was working on are done but since they are a surprise gift, I’ll be posting about them after they are gifted. In the meantime, I decided I needed a quick project that would not only be satisfying but a change of pace. I received this beautiful organic cotton yarn in a recent swap:
And decided it needed to move to the front of the queue. Our Angie had suggested that it might be good for a washcloth, so I went in search of a pattern and decided on this one. I had my doubts while I was knitting it, but I think the end result worked out just fine!
There’s plenty of yarn left over, so I think I’ll probably knit something with a textural stitch pattern to use it up. More on that in the future no doubt.
In other news, I did finish the 1st of the bridesmaids shawls, but since these are also going to be gifts I won’t be posting FO pics until after the wedding. Here’s a final in progress shot on the first one though:
2nd one is under way. With 130 or so days left to go, that’s a good thing!
Apr 28 2010
Yep. It’s been far too long between posts again. I won’t apologize though. That’s just the way it is around these parts lately. Instead, here’s the run down of what I’ve been up to.
I took my yoga test and did very well if I do say so myself. Not that I could fail anyway, but still. Good! I’m far from done yet though. We still have several classes left and we have to teach an hour long class to the community as a fund raiser for the charity of our choice. We’ve chosen Kula for Karma (a group I hope to get more involved with just as soon as my training is over) and I’ll be teaching my class on May 16th. Send me a message if you’d like to come or want more info.
I also got to spend a day with my fellow teacher trainees and my teachers at Ananda Ashram. My fellow TT Chris had just gotten a new camera that she didn’t know how to use, so she let me take the pictures (and it ended up influencing a big decision on our part, but more on that in a second)! Unfortunately, I didn’t really know what I was doing with it and I didn’t have a manual, but I got a few good shots:
It was a gorgeous day. After that I immediately went to a hockey game (!) and watched my Sabres loose to my Dad’s Devils in a last second play that still has me scratching my head. Ah well. We’re already out of the playoffs too. Moving on…
We took my parents to Medieval Times for Easter dinner. It was kind of hilarious and probably the most violent and fun Easter dinner we’ve ever had.
I went to NYC with Sairy and Sharon. They brought me late birthday presents!
So much yumminess! Thanks my friends!
I also participated in a swap and got the most amazingly thoughtful package of goodies from Angie!
Thank you again Angie!! It was so wonderful to receive such an amazing gift from you!
I took HWJF to his first Kirtan. I think he liked it.
In wedding related news… WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING ON A HONEYMOON!!!!! I wasn’t sure for the longest time if we were going to be able to afford it (it’s one of several things we are trying to do on our own dime) but the plane tickets came down to a reasonable price and we pounced. We’ll be spending 7 glorious days at a B&B in Banff, Alberta Canada. I can not WAIT! I spent two summers at The Banff Centre and it was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen. This is one pic I took the last time I was there:
HWJF has never been to that part of Canada. I can’t wait to show him how amazing it is in person.
And with that in mind, we also decided to finally do something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Buy a good DSLR camera. We went with a Nikon D5000, which is the exact same camera that Chris let me use at Ananda Ashram. We got the two lenses that came with it and went for the extra 50mm lens too. It arrived on Monday and I can’t begin to tell you how much I am already in love with this thing. I’m having way too much fun already. Just look!
I think I may just have to start doing that Eye Candy Friday thing just to have a chance to post random pictures and get me back to the blog more often (can you believe I almost forgot my login?!?)!!
There’s been very little knitting or spinning around here lately but I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. More on that in a post that will hopefully come to you a lot sooner next time!
Mar 26 2010
So I’ve been a little busy.
Unfortunately for the regular updating of this blog, most of what’s been going on has had little to do with yarn or fiber.
That doesn’t make for great blog fodder.
So to sort of quickly recap since the last post:
I had another birthday. It was a very nice one. HWJF went to yoga with me in the morning, then treated me to crepes for breakfast. We spent some time in the afternoon on wedding planning and then while he went to work for a few hours I got my very first pedicure (love!) and went to a teacher training class where I was showered with gifts and food. Good stuff!
I had what was my last yoga teacher training before my big exam next month. It’s really hard to believe that this experience is rapidly coming to an end. I sort of feel like I’m hanging on for dear life while at the same time wanting to go farther forward. I haven’t talked about this experience much here mostly because I find it really difficult to put into words. I had even started another blog with the idea that I would journal my experiences there, but until recently, I really haven’t been able to express the transformation and what’s been going on in my mind very well. And when I feel the need to put things in words, it feels a little too close to put on the internet, so I’m using a lovely journal that one of my fellow trainees gave me as a gift. There will certainly be more about yoga on here as things progress I’m sure, but for now just know that I’m very deeply immersed and much of my concentration is going to that.
And when I’m not focusing on yoga it seems to be all about the wedding. Last weekend was a huge planning weekend for us where we had our flower trial, our tasting, finished our registry, figured out the hair/makeup situation and ordered our invitations! I’ve also finally settled on dresses for my bridesmaids and started making decisions I didn’t even know I had to make. Talk about a transformation! I’ve gone from “person getting married” to “person that must make approximately forty billion decisions about things I didn’t even know I cared about while trying to harmonize what I want with what the person I’m planning to marry wants and also what the people who are paying for this whole shindig want”. Fun?!? I’m not sure sometimes, but we’re getting our pumpkin flavored wedding cake and that makes me SO happy! And check out the flower arrangements!
These make me very happy too.
I’ve also, oddly enough for me, been doing a lot of reading lately. I’m usually not much for books, which is always a bit hysterical when someone finds out I’m a librarian and asks me for a book recommendation. I usually answer “I’m a music librarian. I don’t read books!” which is only partially true. So in a rare moment of book interest, allow me to recommend two books:
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I know it’s been all “Oprah-fied” and that gave me my doubts, but she had an article in the recent issue of Yoga Journal that made me seek out her book. And the book was one I could barely put down. I really identified with her relationship crisis and found myself wishing I had had the awareness or ability to do what she did for a year, but obviously that wasn’t my path. The only not good thing about this book? Her descriptions of deep meditation I found completely frightening. But that’s my own hang up. Your mileage may vary, but it’s a great read to me.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
Now this one is really interesting. It’s in some ways a very typical self help book, but I think her approach is very different. The basic premise is that how we think determines how our lives run and how we feel. Experiencing knee pain? She tells you that this comes from a reluctance to step into your future and gives affirmations for helping your pain heal. Interesting eh? I had a couple of serious “Ah hah!” moments with this one.
I’ve also been thinking about food a lot since our last training weekend (one of the topics for the weekend was Yogic diet so I’m not surprised) and have been reading a couple of Ayurveda books. I’m also just starting The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michale Pollan which is already proving very interesting. I’ll have to let y’all know how that goes.
Despite all that, there is a tiny bit of fiber progress. The wedding shawl yarn has been wound and is really to go in the mail to Our Cookie for knitting once I get off my butt and mail it. Of course I don’t have pictures of it in the ball but I do in the skein!
And the first of the two shawls for my bridesmaids is progressing nicely, albiet very slowly. This is actually a very old photo at this point, but it gives you an idea of the color at least:
Wollmeise in Blue Curacao. Appropriate on so many levels.
So that’s the story from here. I’d promise another blog post in short order but y’all would know that would ensure that it would be another month. Rest assured that I’ll be alternating my concentration between yoga and wedding stuff with some fiber thrown in here and there. This weekend is already going to be a busy one with a harmonium workshop in NYC on Saturday and a chair yoga workshop in Westchester on Sunday. Not to mention there is a certain bunny that needs a haircut…
Feb 01 2010
I promised spinning in the next post and boy do I have some. Mostly things I shouldn’t be spinning… but that’s how I roll lately.
Anyway, first up is something that is finally DONE.
Honeymoon sweater yarn. If you’ll recall I’ve been spinning up one ply of a mystery bump and one ply of a Borderleicester cross fleece that I’m processing myself, both of which were purchased at Rhinebeck 2008. Well I’m finally out of the mystery bump fiber so this is the end of the yarn. It worked out to be about 1660 yards in a heavy worsted weight. The plan is to knit two Cobblestone type sweaters, one for HWJF and one for me, to be worn on our honeymoon. However, I’m thinking 1660 is probably not going to be enough for both sweaters so my thought at this point is that I’ll need to spin some two ply out of only the fleece and that will be the cuffs, neckline and hem on HWJF’s sweater while it will end up being the majority of my sweater and the yoke of my sweater will be made with some of what you see above. I’ve been thinking I might knit up HWJF’s sweater during the Olympics. Not sure if I’m insane enough to commit to that yet but I need to get a swatch done first. Also, I need to wash more fleece!
But instead of washing more fleece I decided to spin up some of the corriedale fleece that I did not buy at Rhinebeck in 2009 (ahem) that Annie delivered last weekend.
Not sure why I was over spinning it so badly toward the end there but you get the idea. It’s so soft and yummy and a joy to spin. I have dreams of something from the book “A Fine Fleece” dancing in my head as I spin this but that’s definitely going to have to wait a while.
I spent most of the weekend on the couch sick instead of doing the yoga classes I had wanted to do. Spinning was about the only thing I had any energy for and since we’re starting another spinalong in the Zarzuela’s Fibers group on Ravelry I thought I’d get a little bit of a jump on my project (I’m not in it for a prize after all ). I chose my Purple Midnight colorway in merino.
I find that spinning this fiber is much easier when I predraft it first.
And then I went about spinning it.
3.5 hours later all four ounces were done! I’ll let it rest and hopefully ply it up later in the week.
Of course all this is really just procrastination tactics. As I’m pretty sure Cookie will point out, I should really be spinning this:
My wedding shawl. A mix of cormo and angora. Yummy for sure but boring as heck to me right now. Maybe it’s the winter blahs but I just really want some color in my life. Then again, what you see hanging off the wheel is all I have left to spin of the first bobbin. I really should just sit down and do it.
I did work on it for a while last weekend though. Baby steps.
Then again with only 244 days to go until the big day as of this writing maybe I should have Cookie
Dec 30 2009
So another holiday is in the books and we survived it all. I finally found out on Xmas eve that it would only be me, HWJF and my parents for dinner. That worked out just fine but we’ll be eating leftovers for quite a while. I made 4 pies! Ah well. Plenty to get us through the next holiday.
Now that the gifting is done I can show you the last of what I knit for Christmas. This one I’m rather proud of.
Despite needing to leave out a couple of rows (again! What is up with me and small shawls and running out of yarn?!) I think this turned out pretty darn well. Knitting with this silk was simply heavenly.
It’s good to have someone in your life that is allergic to wool so you have an excuse to knit with the really good stuff.
As I knit this I thought that it might end up being something that Mom would want to wear to our wedding. That was almost the first thing out of her mouth when she opened it. Great minds!
I rarely knit a pattern more than once but I think I need one of these for me at some point! We’ll see when I can find the time.
Speaking of knitting something more than once. How ’bout 3 times!!
Dad & HWJF’s Flip top gloves
Pattern: Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Michele Meagher
I knit a pair of these for my grandfather last Christmas and when my Dad and HWJF saw them they both dropped major hints about maybe wanting a pair for themselves. I bought the yarn almost immediately but didn’t get around to knitting them until the holidays. I had specifically planned them for my Dad but when HWJF asked me to knit a pair of socks for his Mom I thought his were going to have to wait. Luckily I had a little time before the big day so I cranked them out. Both seem to be very happy with them and my Dad may need them for an upcoming work project so I’m glad I got them done!
HWJF and I decided to skip exchanging gifts this year because we have a lot of wedding expenses to cover these days. Jewelry has been the big one lately. We ordered and received our wedding bands already! And I have a new engagement ring. Yes, a new ring. You see, about 30 seconds after I found my ring and he proposed HWJF was already telling me how this was just a “starter” ring and that he knew it wasn’t what I wanted but we would get what I wanted later. At the time, I really didn’t know what I wanted in an engagement ring (read: we went into 3 stores in NJ and I left the last one balling my eyes out because they made me feel like an ass for not knowing jack about diamonds or anything that went with them.) and since we really were thinking that we wanted to get married on 10.10.10 we were both figuring we’d better get the ball rolling.
At the time, I thought he was nuts and I never thought I’d change it. But when we started looking at wedding bands I really wanted something that went together with my engagement ring well. So in the end, we had the diamond from my ring reset with a couple of new friends to go with the wedding band. When it came to his band, we just made sure it was platinum like my rings and found something he liked. So here’s his band:
Here’s my new engagement ring:
And here’s my wedding band:
And since I can’t resist, here’s what they look like together:
I’m *very* happy with how they all turned out. We’ll need to double check the sizing this summer but it’s nice to have another thing pretty much off the checklist.
And now the time of year has come where I usually take a look back and see what I’ve done as far as crafting goes. I had several goals for the year. And then that whole surgery thing happened and they all pretty much went out the window. But I’m really ok with that. Sometimes there are just much more important things to focus on. I did finish three sweaters though…
And I’m still hopeful that there might be one more just under the deadline.
There were socks as always:
The cowl bug definitely bit me too!
Frankly I’m amazed I finished as much as I did in some ways. Spinning definitely took a hit this year but I did make a few nice yarns.
All in all, I’d say that isn’t bad for a year that had some serious ups and downs.
My goals for the new year? My first goal is to get some old WIP off the needles. After that it’s going to be all wedding knitting all the time until it’s done. There’s only a little over 9 months to go!
Next time, a look back at the decade that was as we look toward the next one!