So I went to Camp, and it turns out I really, really needed it. I’ve still got a terribly short fuse, but feel better than I did before I went.
Finished the fifth stage of Tour de Sock on the plane coming home.
They’ve got a shaped arch and feel nice on my foot. The sixth stage is a double knit sock, and I’m just not up for that much work on something I won’t be able to wear except around the house. So I’m done touring for the year, but will be cheering for any of my teamies who will be finishing it.
The tease picture from earlier in the week
was what Penny knit with the hand spun yarn I gave her last year at camp. She had been admiring it the whole time I was spinning, so I just handed it over after show and tell. I think her pattern selection is perfect, and I may even steal her idea. I do know she really inspired me to try to knit more of my hand spun yarn.
Speaking of camp and spinning, I did take along my spindle and the purple and blue fiber. Worked on it some, and only have a little bit to go before I’m ready to ply it. But I also got a new spindle. It’s very light, only 1.1 ounces. Made by a guy fairly close to Marshfield and I think sold in his and his wife’s yarn shop. It spins FOREVER. I did some reading and that’s because there’s more weight around the outside of the whorl. Heavier weighted closer to the shaft gets a faster spin. I wasn’t going to buy it, but Beth grabbed it and was playing with it and made me try it out. Dammit.
The boyz are very happy I’m home. Crackhead was my shadow for the first few days, but both of them have been sticking pretty close.
Loopy Ewe had a Wollmeise update on Thursday, and I (of course) couldn’t resist. A couple are twin and a couple are pure and I love them all. The darkest one will probably be socks for Jim. It looks like man colors.
I started the camp hat again this year, and I’ll finish it in the next few days. It’s a double strand of the unspun Icelandic, so it should be nice and warm.
Hats seem to be my thing this year. There’s a newish book of tams from Mary Rowe, and I couldn’t resist yarn for four of them. And a kit from Kimmet Croft for one of the hats out of the Poems Of Color book, which I’ve had forever but never knit out of. Yes, five hats. Six counting the one I’ve already started. Shut up.
The post today is so late because I really wanted to get the baby blanket done for my niece. She’s been on bed rest for a few weeks and the little one could arrive any time. I know the current weather means she won’t need it for warmth, but it might be good for laying the baby on.
Proof I was at camp (besides the yarn, which of course I didn’t show you all of), and part of the reason I’m feeling better.
Of course there were far more friends than just Denise there, and as always it was wonderful to spend time with them. It doesn’t seem like four days a year could be such an important part of life, but they are.