When we bought the generator and got the house wired last spring, we didn’t expect to need it in the middle of August. But need it we did last Thursday. We were under a little microburst that knocked out power for almost four hours. Jim got the genset spun up before I got home so I was able to open the garage and come on in like normal. House was a little warm because the genset won’t support the AC, but at least we had lights and fridge and all that stuff. The sweet gum out back didn’t fare so well.
Jim is standing between what got blown out of the tree and what we cut out to try to bring it back into some semblance of order. Our 35-40 foot tree is now 15-20. We’re hoping it makes it because we like having the shade, but it’s been losing limbs to ice and wind pretty regularly for the last couple of years. We’ll see.
I also cleaned up a couple of WIPs. The first is The Yarn Mama socks. They’re soft and cushy and I’m looking forward to wearing them next week.
AND – big one here – I got the Wine Garden blocked today.
That’s 146 pins over a 68″ diameter. I measured at least 80% of the points from the center out.
I’m really in love with the Vines and Leaves pattern. And I’m glad I went ahead and knit the last round in the grey I used for the border. I have no idea how I’ll wear the huge thing, but I really really love it.
This afternoon I started spinning one of my STB projects. This is some carded CVM/Romeldale. It’s still got a little bit of lanolin in it, and I’m enjoying it. Working on my long draw technique, and I can absolutely see some improvement in my consistency.
Plus I really love playing with my Mini Spinner. 🙂
Next weekend is Labor Day. Yay!
Blocking next week. That’s a king sized bed for scale.
The Olympics are really screwing up our viewing. During baseball season we watch pretty much all the Cardinals games, and record a couple of things during the week that we catch up on during the weekend. But with the Olympics on, that’s hard to do. Thank goodness for On Demand viewing. Although tonight I think there might be three different TVs on in the house showing three different things.
I’ll be knitting on the MatchMaker. I have done more on the Wine Garden this week, but I decided I needed a break to knit nice easy garter stitch.
I’m 1/4 of the way through the first solid section, and I just love these colors. Which is not a big surprise since it’s Wollmeise.
This morning though I got a terrible urge to spin. So I grabbed the two bobbins of alpaca/Merino that needed plied and got them done in about an hour.
That’s pre-bath. They’re drying now. There’s about 300 yards out of 8 ounces, so I’d say I succeeded in my plan – to make a poofy soft yarn. There are a couple of places where the single was over spun, but not too many.
Had a nice time at Gourmet Yarn’s Yarn In yesterday, and I did get a couple more of Jennifer’s colors. Some doesn’t count because it’s for Christmas presents, but there is one that’s all mine. And she gave me one she dyed just for me too! It goes perfectly with the one I bought, and I spent a couple of hours last night looking at patterns and I think I’ve got it narrowed down to about three.
Back to the Olympics!
Last weekend was the 10th Annual Fiber Christmas in July.
Holy shit big picture! Anyway, I also got some goodies, but not too much.
The black I’ll either draft in with another braid, or I’ll ply it with something.
Done some work on The Yarn Mama socks. I got quite a bit done while I was getting my pedicure yesterday.
I managed not to start the hat last week, but I did finally break out one of my precious skeins of Glukstaag, but it’s a WD. I don’t care, it’s gorgeous. This is (no shock) one of Martina Bhem’s patterns. It winds up as a big cowl, but it’s all garter. We know how much I like simple stuff.
And I’ve been bordering along on my Wine Garden. I’m not quite half way around.
And here’s a little closer look. I’m glad I did the last round before the border in grey, I think it would have looked funny doing the joining in two colors.
I’m not officially participating in the games formerly known as the Ravelympics, but I would like to try to finish this before the games are over.
I have fallen so completely out of Tour de Fleece it’s like I never got past a tricycle. Why?
Because I’m putting the border on my Wine Garden. With only about 30 of the 146 repeats of the 14-row pattern done I’ve still got a long way to go, but it’s kind of thrilling to check and realize there are a few more inches of free shawl edge showing.
I also ripped back one color repeat of the socks I showed last week and did knit the toe, but I haven’t grafted it and started sock 2 yet.
But with that said – I always come home from Camp all fired up about stranded knitting. Usually I turn up with yarn to knit some monstrous project, although I did manage to miss that particular hazard this year. I have yarn in the stash to knit several of them already. But I also know I tend to come home blazing, rush into something, and wind up disappointed. So I’ve been trying to stay sane this year. Earlier today I realized I have the perfect antidote for this particular sickness already here.
Yes, it’s a picture of a picture and the color didn’t come through very well, but it’s a knitted tam and I already have yarn for it that I bought a year or two ago when SHP published the new Mary Rowe tam book. I found the book (had to hunt because I haven’t Cleaned Up My Crap in way too long) and the stash of yarn and picked this one out of the three. Once I finish the shawl border, this is next on the list. Unless I can’t stand it and start it sooner.
Now I just have to figure out where I’m going to block this huge shawl. I’ll probably strip my bed and do it there, because the only floor spaces I have that are large enough I can’t keep the animals out. Means the cats will be unable to reach their food for a couple of hours, but they won’t starve.