Sunday, March 28, 2010

This and That

   So I am once again at work. This is a good thing as it means my shoulder is better.
  Last Sunday morning I was up early and off to London Wul to pick up my new Ashford ,Traveller spinning wheel.! I elected to purchase it unassembled and unfinished. I stopped at Kent and picked up a can of Minwax teak and tung oil and arrived home in great anticipation. DH and I enjoyed a coffee whilst perusing the brochures and assembly instructions together then it was down to the workshop to apply the oil. DH set me up quite nicely and I was finshed the first coat at 2pm. Nothing to do then but wait the required 24 hours.

 I worked away on a new shrug and hat to be knitted leisurely as my sock class started Wednesday evening. I frogged the 2 stole patterns I had started as I simply wasn't liking the looks of them. I ripped the button bands off my sweater and knitted up bands that I liked. I like the look of the sweater much better now.

 Monday afternnon I sanded and applied another coat to my wheel and enjoyed  the hour or so knitting at Read's with the ladies. Tuesday evening the wheel was  assembled by DH and Wednesday mornings test drive was wonderful. I must mention that my Traveller is a double treadle, double drive. I snuck a feqw hours of spinning in between my day and nigth shifts and I have to say I am probably the worst plier in the world bar none.Oh well something to work on. The fibre I spun was a quite nice polwarth plied with doll mohair. I hope to knit a pair of socks out of it.

  I look forward to seeing you all at Read's on Monday evening.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pictures and Oops

Well apparently I was very tired when I posted this week's meeting night as I left the wednesday there on with the new date. We actually met on Monday night the 15th. Oops and big apology. We will be meeting next on Monday the 22nd of March at 6pm. The other oops is that of the numerous pictures I took at the meeting on Monday night only the photo of Doris' shawl came out. It is a lovely triangular shawl based on the Alpaca Prayer Shawl pattern I found on Ravelry. Doris made her's out of Lion Brand Homespun in a lovely shaded teal blue.

A couple of posts ago I spoke of completing my first circular sweater from a LOPI pattern. The button band is crocheted and I am none to thrilled with it as it gapes.The sweater fits nicely but the front gapes! Sigh! I am thinking of taking out the crocheted button band and knitting one on. I have to think about it. Here are a few pictures of it. Note the detail on the cuff. I enjoyed knitting a sweater in the round and I am going to knit another very soon.

Below are the pictures of the Feather and Fan shawl I made from the book Folk Shawls. Three of us set out to make this shawl. Tanya completed hers last fall and now mine is completed. I knit it very large but as you can see from the mirrored photo I am very comfy wearing it. The colours are wonderful and as you can see my lab Ralffie seems to like it.

I started a scarf on Sunday but have discovered I don't find it lacy enough so I am looking for a new project. I am crocheting a shawl at knit group but I need to knit on something.Perhaps I should complete some of my UFOs? I'll think about it.

Sock class starts at Cricket Cove on the 24th and I am looking forward to teaching once again. Please support your local yarn/ fiber shops and have a great day.



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Why I Wasn't at Spinning on Sunday

Just so as you know I went shopping on Saturday for a smaller work tote.Unfortunately stupid me I pushed around a shopping cart for 15 to 30 minutes. I want you to know that I have been dealing with a sprained left shoulder since January. So pushing a cart, albeit an empty cart, was a not so bright thing to be doing. The`sprained shoulder also explains my recent apron making fetish. Therapy! After picking up a smaller and lighter tote bag for work, I had thought about making one but I am rather fussy about my totes, I headed over to Old Navy to check out there sale. Yup you read correctly I not only pushed a cart around I also went jean shopping. Well holy cow they had jeans on for $20!! My old O.N. jeans are so old they are starting to fall apart. Anyways, I walked away with 2 pair of jeans, a pair of navy chinos and another tote/handbag! Well geesh the bag was regular $37 on for $9. What could I do but give it a home. I was so sore I headed home only to have to grocery shopping with DH. I brought DH along because my previous actions meant I needed someone to push the cart and lug stuff. Well all this activity left me very sore and it took me the rest of Saturday and Sunday to recover. The silver lining is that because I knit continental style and therefore move my shoulders very little I was able to get quite a bit done on my shawl and I was able to watch more of the Olympics. Now you may ask, "Was it worth it?" Well I hated to miss spinning but I have to tell you it was definitely worth it. Psst, don't let my DH know about the Old Navy purchases he still thinks I just bought a tote and some vitamins.

  Just a reminder that knitting was canceled Monday because of the storm so we will be meeting tonight. If there is a storm check back later for when we will meet next.