Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Saffron pocket loom debut

I really love the Mirrix loom that I purchased for the online tapestry weaving class I am taking. I love it so much I purchased their latest loom, the Saffron pocket loom. Unless you have really large pockets, it won't literally fit into a pocket, but it is small enough for traveling, can be easily disassembled to fit into a purse or project bag, and requires no special tools (except maybe a wrench or two).


It's total length is about ten inches. Unlike some frame looms, the plates provide a fixed sett, 8 epi. I think Mirrix is planning to offer plates with other setts, and when they do, all you need is a screwdriver to change plates.


The bottom beam is fixed; the top beam with its wing nuts allow you to adjust the length of your piece. You can also adjust the tension of your warp. While the wing nuts can be tightened by hand, to avoid torquing the loom, you may need to tighten the nuts with a pair of wrenches.


Warping is a snap. Here I used 8/4 cotton carpet warp in gray. Since the tension is adjustable, you can start weaving right at the base and continue all the way to the top, which gives you a four selvage piece. No fringe! I used a plastic fork as a beater.


My plan was to weave a sample for a rug I have been contemplating, using some yarn I recently recovered from an unfinished sweater. I wove some weft using warp, then a few sequences of the yarn, then a row of soumak which creates a fold for the tapestry, then a few more rows of yarn before beginning the rya/flossa thing. I repeated this pattern from the top so that I would not have to try to weave it at the end when things get crowded.


The technique I used was a kind of rya/flossa thing, wrapping around a large knitting needle (US 10.5, I think), without cutting the loops. My skill at this is still a bit amateurish - I have trouble remembering to keep the selvages even. My goal with this sample was to see how it felt underfoot as a rug.


One trait of this loop-making method is that the loops hang in one direction, as the expectation is the piece would hang on a wall, not lay on the floor. Consequently, one end is exposed while the other is hidden. Were I to make a rug, I might do a few loop rows in the opposite direction to correct this anomaly.


While pleased with the results - it is very rug-worthy - I have to ask myself if I really want to go to all that trouble on a large piece. The loop rows take time and effort and every four inches takes two yards of yarn. I want the rug to be about five feet long. That would be a LOT of looping... and I might not have enough yarn. I have a tendency to be overly ambitious with my weaving, and right now I want to keep things simpler.

BUT I really like this little loom. It offers some advantages over the 3-in-1 swatch maker, is designed specifically for tapestry weaving, and is very sturdy.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

I sewed!

With the new mandates coming down from on high about wearing masks when out in public, I decided to drag out my old Kenmore sewing machine and try making a few. I am not a sewer by any means, and my masks will win no prizes at the county fair, but I did manage to make three, based on a pattern in the NYTimes. (The NYT Covid-19 coverage is free right now, no pay wall.) I don't think they said anything about what the seam allowance should be, so I gave the first one, size small, a 1/2" seam allowance. That resulted in a mask that was too small. The second mask was size medium, with 1/4" seam allowance - too big! Back to size small but with a 1/4" seam allowance - aah! Just right!


Knitting: Still working on the socks. I'm about halfway through the foot.
Spinning: I finished spinning the first half of the 'Neapolitan' roving.
Weaving: Not much progress made with the online class because I have been playing with the Saffron pocket loom.

Last week I felt like I needed something new to distract myself, so I cracked open a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. I thought once I got the buildings and people done, the rest would come easy. Nope - too much white snow and ice, too much black night sky. And then I thought I had lost two pieces. I found one perilously close to the floor register. The other one was in the Roomba.


I hope you are all playing it safe, staying home, washing your hands, practicing social distancing. The thing I miss the most is hugs. That is the first thing I am going to do when this whole thing abates - give and get some hugs!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Routine or rut

If I'm not careful, one day turns into the next with nary a difference between them. As much as I enjoy my fiber activities, it is easy to feel like a routine is becoming a rut, especially when all events, appointments, meetings, dates are cancelled for the time being. I try to mix things up a bit, spend some time outside (when it is not raining), cook something different or differently, avoid too much screen time, MOVE, etc. Still, I have a grumpy day now and then.

Knitting: My MO is to knit both socks at the same time, to avoid the dreaded single sock syndrome. My shoulders can't take too much knitting, though, so I am limiting myself to three rounds per sock per day. That doesn't sound like much, but it is progress.
Spinning: I finished up the Lorna's Laces (and edited the posting to include yardage and weight totals). I'm disappointed that instead of worsted weight yarn, I ended up with something between Aran and bulky. So I am trying fractal spinning again, this time with Lone Star Arts superwash merino, in 'Neapolitan' (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), this time aiming for worsted.
Weaving: The online class continues, with hatching. I like the Mirrix loom I am using so much I ordered their Saffron pocket loom. I'll write a separate post on that, but I'll just say here that it is similar to the 3-in-1 Swatchmaker (except right now it has only one sett) but also employs a tensioning device.

When I was still working, my habit was to save most of the errand-running, housecleaning, and laundering for the weekend. After I retired, I tried to change that routine but apparently it is ingrained in my psyche. Today is Saturday, so I baked (cornbread and scones) and cooked (pancakes) and laundered. Tomorrow is Sunday and I will concentrate on cleaning the floors since the dogs are doing a splendid job of dragging in mud and dirt. They are not the best trained animals in the world, but they do hop in the tub on command, then "place" while they finish drying off. They (and the cats) are good companions for the duration.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I fractaled

(I don't know what my problem is regarding getting photos in focus. Maybe it is the camera, maybe it is my eyes, maybe the whole world is currently out of focus (sure feels that way). I apologize for the quality of these pix.)

I overheard some spinners discussing fractal spinning and wondered what it is. According to this site, it is a way to divide some multicolored roving in such a way as to mix up the colors without making a mess of it. Basically, the spinner divides the roving in half lengthwise, then divides one of those halves lengthwise into 2, 3, or 4 pieces (I chose 3). The first half is spun on one bobbin; it may be drafted by pulling it lengthwise. The rest of the roving is spun on another bobbin. This creates one bobbin with long color runs and one bobbin with short color runs. Then the two singles are plied. Easy peasy.


I chose to work with 5 ounces of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Wool top (100% superwash merino) in 'Devon'. Merino is not one of my favorite wools to spin; I find it too slick, but moving the drive belt on my wheel helps hold the yarn together. After spinning a ton of light gray Shetland into super bulky, high grist yarn, I struggled a bit to get a thinner single.


After plying and steaming, I'm left with an incredibly bouncy yarn. I'm not quite done yet - I should have close to 200 yards when finished.


This effort doesn't represent my best spinning but the luscious colors help overcome the lack of consistency. It's also a fun way to experiment with spinning without going too crazy. And the results are sure to please.

UPDATE: Once this roving was all spun and plied and steamed, I ended up with 189 yards, 128 g, of Aran to Bulky yarn.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The retired introvert

I'd rather we were not going through the current COVID 19 crisis, but I have to admit I kind of like staying home without interruptions or distractions. It was a bit discombobulating at first, but after I learned to embrace the solitude, my attitude improved. Schools here are closed until May, the libraries until mid-April, no recitals to attend (which makes me a little sad), but there is plenty of fiber in this house to play with.

Fiber prep: I am still trying to unknit a sweater but even with the pattern before me, it is a puzzlement. I chose the pattern in part because of the unique construction. Apparently, it cannot be deconstructed.
Knitting: I started a new pair of socks. Originally, I could not decide what contrasting color to use for the toes, but today I selected some cheerful yellow. The daffodils in the yard will not be far behind.
Spinning: Still working on the fractal spinning. I am loving the colorway.
Weaving: Making progress with the online weaving class. I am loving that new Mirrix loom.

While I sit safely at home, there are others who work to keep us supplied with goods and services and protection and healthcare. Without them, we would all be doomed. To them, I say THANK YOU!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Keep calm and fiber on

Yesterday, the day after the governor cancelled all events that involve over 250 people, I met up with a friend at the Jay County Fiber Fest. Some vendors had bailed, the crowd was thin, didn't see any class trips (school is also cancelled for the next four weeks). We purchased a few things (just soap and silk thread for me), tried to spend some money in downtown Portland (such as it is - another tired Indiana town) but the gift shop was closed and the coffee shop proprietor was "out to lunch". Burgers at the Greazy Pickle were delish, though. Now it is time to (mostly) hunker down for the duration.


Spinning: Needing a break from the Shetland wool, I started spinning some Lorna Laces Shepherd Wool top superwash merino from my blog friend, using the fractal method. I'll write more about this at a later time, assuming it works as expected.
Weaving: Now that my calendar is REALLY clear, I have been able to devote some time to the online weaving class I am enrolled in.

I bit the bullet and purchased a (kind of pricey) Mirrix loom. Actually, I bought the kit that goes with the class I am taking. I am really glad I spent the money - I didn't realize how much I have struggled with weaving because of inadequate tools. Yes, you can weave on looms cobbled together from wood scraps and nails or PVC pipe, but this loom has adjustable tension and a shedding mechanism, the cloth can be shifted like one does on an inkle loom so you have twice the area to weave, there are coils to hold the warp in place, etc. Oddly, of all my tapestry beaters, the fork (as in silverware) works best for the warp spacing I am using. I'm still going to invest in a few more tapestry-specific weaving tools. It's my way to help the economy.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Fiber interrupted

I was right - not much fiber activity took place during the installation of the laminate. The good news is the house looks really great with new flooring. The living room walls are now the color of chocolate milk ("Nearly Brown") while the master bedroom is *blue* ("Rest Assured"). The other rooms remained the same. I purchased a Bissell Crosswave which vacuums and mops at the same time, and can be used on hardwood, laminate, tile, and area rugs (product endorsement!) Even the Roomba works better on laminate, finishes in record time; since it is not sucking up carpet fiber with the dog hair, the bin doesn't need to be emptied over and over, either.

Knitting: I did manage to knit up several swatches for a possible sweater, but just could not achieve gauge. By the third try, I had lost my enthusiasm for that project, plus if the winters remain as mild as the past one, sweaters will not be needed anyway.

A fiber friend and I made a presentation to the weavers guild about natural dyeing. That took a bit of preparation to say the least. When I speak in front of an audience, I feel as though I am babbling and my mind blanks occasionally, but everyone seemed attentive and interested, asking good questions and contributing their experiences as well. I think it was successful.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Fiber friends are the best

One of my fellow fiber bloggers offered to send me "some fiber". For free. Of course, I said, SURE! What arrived was MUCH more than I expected. Thanks, Qutecowgirl!

Lone Star Arts merino 'Neapolitan'

I think it was Qutecowgirl who first turned me onto dyeing yarn, with her adventures using Kool Aid.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sheep to Shoe 'Jailhouse Rock'

Most of the spinning I do is with undyed wool, which quite frankly gets a bit monotonous. Now I have some colors to experiment with. Fractal spinning, anyone?

Timbre Ridge Farm merino

Some of these fibers come from Rhinebeck, a fiber fest I have yet to attend.

Timbre Ridge Farm merino

The label on this chunk from Lorna's Laces specifies that the fiber is for spinning. I am guessing they had some disappointed knitters who got home and discovered their purchase was not ready for the needles. Sort of like accidentally buying whole bean coffee when you don't own a grinder.

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Wool Top superwash merino 'Devon'

Corriedale is one of my faves.

Paradise Fibers Corriedale Cross

I have a Jacob fleece in the garage, waiting for a good scour. Now I have a bit of fiber to play with while getting up the gumption to attack that fleece.

Jenny Jump Farm Jacob

This bit of bright yellow orange is from one of my spinning guild pals. Laura had purchased some roving that turned out to be a bit felted. I loaned her my hand carders so she could fluff it up. She paid me back with a sample of the resulting fiber.


I too have shared fiber with friends. In one instance, the friend was knitting prayer shawls using acrylic and eyelash yarn. I decided I was done with both of those fibers, so it all went from my stash to hers. I hope it sparked joy!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Not much to report

This week has been primarily about tearing the house apart in order to have the carpeting replaced with laminate. We did one bedroom, to see if I like it (and I do!) My daughter talked me into doing the rest all at one time (something about room transitions matching), so two bedrooms, a hallway, the living and dining rooms are all ready for their face lift. New baseboards, too, and probably some paint. So everything in those rooms (except furniture - it can be shifted around) had to go somewhere else. I am really glad I Marie Kondo'd the house a while back. I have a feeling there will be a bit more decluttering as I put everything back, hopefully next week.

Fiber prep: I did manage to finish deconstructing the incomplete sweater, so now I have a pile of curly yarn to transform into something else. These pics may not show just how much difference there is between kinky yarn and curly yarn, but the two feel very different from each other. Steaming is definitely the way to go.

Kinky

Curly

I'm not sure how much fiber stuff I will get done this week while the work is going on. One can only hope.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sad news

Despite my warnings, granddaughter left Dill on the couch and one of their dogs chewed it up. I haven't seen poor Dill in person yet, but from the pic daughter texted to me, it looks like most of the damage is to the top layer, not the core. I told them to save all the loose fiber - it can be reused. If I can repair Dill, I think he will come live with me, at least until granddaughter becomes more needle felting worthy.

Knitting: The program at last Tuesday's spinning guild meeting was how to waterproof one's knitting using OdiCoat. I applied it to the bottom of the L-Bag.
Needle felting: Work continues on the fairy house. I have been felting leaves for the tree.
Spinning: Still working on the Shetland, although I am having second thoughts about using it for the Main Squeeze cardigan. Maybe I am getting cold feet after the Veronika cardigan. (BTW, my SO claims the color looks *fine* on me but agrees that the style is not my style.)

Someone contacted me on Ravelry about purchasing some yarn in my stash. When I dug out said yarn, I (re)discovered a sweater I had knit from that yarn ages ago. The sweater was never completed - knitting done but not the construction - plus it wouldn't fit me now anyway. I think the yarn could make a nice area rug for my bedroom, so I have been completely undoing the sweater. Of course, the yarn is kinky from being knitted up. Today I tried de-kinking some using a handheld steamer. It worked pretty well.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Veronika cardigan

I'm not sure what it is about this cardigan that I don't like. Even though it came out fine, it just does not look good on me. It may be my lack of boobs makes it hang funny in front. Or maybe it is the color. I have worn brown before but that was before my hair turned gray. Black used to make me look like death warmed over, but now I can wear it; maybe the reverse happened with brown.

Front

Pattern: Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in colorway 9408
Needles: US9
Modifications: None

Back

One of the members in my weaving guild knit this pattern and wore it to a meeting. I could not take my eyes off it. The opposite direction of the pattern between the front and back intrigued me. If others think the color is okay, I might reuse the yarn and knit a regular cardigan incorporating these details. Maybe.

Folded in half

It is not unusual for one of my fiber projects to turn out fine but not look good on me. I get interested in a stitch pattern or a construction technique or something and away I go. Maybe I should stick with bags and rugs and things I can hang on the wall.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

I can walk! (sort of)

I no longer use the cane, even when out and about. Huzzah! There is still a bit of a hobble in my gait sometimes, but in general, I am doing better. I turned my dining room table into an exercise table - added the leaf and covered it with yoga mats - so I can do a few more exercises and some gentle stretching without getting down on the floor. I also can lay flat (savasana or corpse pose, for you yoginis out there) to open the SI joint in my hips. Ahhh!

Knitting: I actually finished the Veronika cardigan, mattress stitching the few inches that make this garment a sweater instead of a wrap (separate blog post to follow). It turned out fine... but I don't like how it looks on me. This happens all the time.
Needle felting: I'm adding a tree to the fairy house.
Spinning: Still working on the Shetland. I am also experimenting with cable plying commercial yarn AGAIN (results of previous attempts posted here and here). I'll post about that later, too.
Weaving: Still working on the tote bag. The warp is getting tighter and tighter.

This past week I had a "blue" day, where I didn't do much except sit around and think about Life in general and my life in particular. I think finishing and not liking Veronika brought it on. One conclusion I arrived at is that I like to experiment with fiber. I think that is what draws me to dyeing yarn with natural materials - the result is almost always a surprise - and trying things like plying commercial yarn. Whether I actually create a finish product from my experiments is moot... unless that is also part of the experiment. I am going to keep this insight in mind going forward, in order to stay motivated.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

A little progress

I saw my ortho doctor this past week. The x-rays look good, but I am still not putting my full weight on that leg. After the appointment, I realized my leg doesn't hurt when I to try to put weight on it; instead, it feels like the leg won't support me. So I have been putting a little extra oomph into my exercises, to make sure I am engaging the muscles in that leg and hip, especially when doing exercises that use both legs. Also, I think I have been overly dependent on the cane. After just a few days of using it less and less, I am able to get around the house without the cane and with very little limping. Progress!

Knitting: I felted the L-Bag. It was too big to put inside a pillowcase, so I was hoping the filter in the washing machine wouldn't plug up. (According to the manual, it is self-cleaning.) Lambs Pride yarn is purported to be good for felting, and felt it did, but the bag came out really fuzzy. The fuzz was enhanced by blue lint from one of the old towels I added to the mix. Ugh! I spent quite a while trimming the result with scissors. All that convinced me to purchase some nice leather handles for the bag instead of knitting up i-cord.
Spinning: Still working on the Shetland. There is a good article by Jill Moreno on the Mason Dixon site about "grist" - how dense yarn is.
Weaving: I think I worked on the tote bag this week, maybe once?
Dyeing: Two of us from the weaving guild are preparing a presentation for the March meeting about natural dyeing. We met up this week to discuss just what we are going to talk about. She weaves mostly baskets, dyeing the reeds with walnut husks. Our experiences are very different - even our collection of dye books is different - so it should be a halfway decent presentation.

I can't believe it is February already. One sure sign January is over is the tax documents are rolling in. That, and it is gray, gray, gray in Fort Rain, Windiana.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

If it's not one thing, it's two

This past week, I have been fighting off the respiratory crud that has been going around. Then, to top that, I picked up a 24-hour bug (probably a norovirus) that laid me low. So not a lot of progress on fiber projects, at least not what I had hoped for.

Knitting: The knitting portion of the L-Bag is complete. I started knitting handles in i-cord, but I am not completely sold on that idea. The purse handles at Jo-Ann were a bunch of nothing burgers, but I saw some nice ones on Etsy. Undecided.
Spinning: Still spinning Shetland for that cardigan.
Needle felting: I want to finish up the fairy house from the class I took. The roof is now attached but it looks more like a hat than a roof. Contemplating how to correct that.
Weaving: Still working on the tote bag. The back will have stripes that match up with the flossa stripes on the front.

A big thank you to Janice for her comment last week. Some people tell me they are "good as new" after hip surgery, so it is good to get a reality check from the other end of the spectrum. I am almost back to where I was prior to overdoing it, but am careful not to repeat that fiasco. I have been overly optimistic and impatient, which only invites setbacks. Lesson learned.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

One step forward, two steps back

A week ago, I was doing great, almost not needing the cane at all. Then apparently I overdid it. I went back to the walker for a couple of days, am back on the cane but not making much progress, let alone getting back to where I was. I called the phone nurse, who assured me this was normal. We'll see. The worry wart part of my brain assumes something catastrophic is wrong. I see the doctor in about ten days, so time (and x-rays) will tell.

A similar setback occurred with the L-Bag. First, my projected finish time was off because I neglected to notice that one of the final steps stated to repeat the previous two steps NINE times. Also, I decided to knit the bottom in all walnut, not noticing that there was a slight color change between 1-oz skeins. At first I told myself, It's the bottom of the bag; no one will notice. The problem is *I* notice. So I tinked back and am now close to being done for real, finishing in henna instead of walnut.

Knitting: Still almost done with the L-Bag.
Spinning: Basically done with the first "ball" of Jamieson Light Grey top; divided the next one into 1-oz bits. I find I can spin an ounce in about a half hour, which is my daily goal.
Weaving: I think I am finished with the front half of the tote bag, which is mostly flossa. I'm debating on whether to add another row of flossa, but frankly, I am flossa'd out. The back half will be plain weave, which theoretically should go much faster.
Needle felting: I've been working on a bag my granddaughter started, covering her previous embellishments. I think it is ready for her new artwork. I'm going to encourage her to sketch out a design first, like "professional" artists do.

While I haven't picked up my tapestry class again, I did watch a recorded webinair by Rebecca Mezoff (the instructor) about designing for weaving. She is basically flogging a new course she offers, BUT there was still some useful information in the video.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Finishitis?

I don't know why, but instead of suffering from startitis - the urge to start new projects left and right - I feel a case of finishitis coming on. I hope so. When I look at my WIPs in Ravelry, I'm a little embarrassed.

Knitting: I am almost done with the knitting portion of the L-Bag. I predict that by Tuesday, I could be felting.
Needle felting: Dill is done (see previous post).
Spinning: I purchased a lot more Jamieson Shetland top from Little Shop of Spinning, so I will continue spinning that for now. I think the last skein I spun is not super bulky, but that's okay because besides the cardigan, I plan to knit some accessories.
Weaving: I am hoping to commit to WEAVE EVERY DA*N DAY, just like I spin and knit nearly everyday.

Which WIPs should I queue up while I am feeling the urge to eliminate them from the to-do pile?

Knitting: There is the Veronika cardigan that needs just a bit of mattress stitch to be wearable. Also, a self-designed cape languishing in a bag by the recliner.
Needle felting: My granddaughter needle felted a bag, but now wants to redo the embellishments; I can cover up her previous work so she can accomplish that. And then there is the fairy house from the class I took that needs a roof... still.
Weaving: I have a tote bag on a loom that stalled. Also, time to get back into gear re the tapestry class I am enrolled in. Oh, and a pillow cover to finish. And a pillow top. And some triangle pieces to piece together. And will I ever return to inkle weaving?!?
Fiber prep: There is a scoured fleece to finish carding, plus three fleeces in the garage, just waiting for the right moment.
Dyeing: This is a must do - prep for a presentation to the weaving guild on natural dyeing. GULP! I also want to finish my experiment dyeing with false indigo.

Wow. That is a lot of work fun just waiting to happen. I may outsource some of the fleece prep. One thing I AM going to outsource is adding a zipper to my bog jacket; lucky me, a LYS owner does finishing work.

Do YOU have any fiber goals for 2020?

Friday, January 10, 2020

Dill is done

In case you don't have a YouTube-obsessed kid in your life, you might not know that Pickle the dinosaur is the hottest item around. My granddaughter just HAD to have one, but of course they were sold out. When I saw the picture, I said I could make that. "Noooo, Grandma, you have to be able to sew and it's made of plush!" Well, I could needle felt one. "But Pickle comes with a birth certificate and a tee shirt." Well, so what? I can still make one.


I thought maybe the granddaughter had forgotten about what I said, but the next time she came to my house, she asked about the dino who came to be known as Dill, Pickle's little sister. I tried to get her interested in helping more with the needle felting, but she just doesn't have the patience for crafts yet.


Initially, the granddaughter was a bit obsessed with Dill looking exactly like Pickle. But once I finished the body and added the green "skin", she took over, adding embellishments like a scarf and boots.


I tidied the embellishments a bit, plus added a flower on one side of Dill's rump, but otherwise, the extra bits were from the granddaughter. She is quite enamored with Dill, even though Pickle is now pre-ordered for a March delivery.


Last night I took Dill to the weavers guild meeting (there is a side group working on 2-D needle felting). The response was "AWWWWW!" I'll take Dill to the spinners guild meeting so my needle felting instructor can see what I have wrought. Then Dill will go home with the granddaughter - and hopefully stay out of the paws of her dogs.

Monday, January 06, 2020

That 70's Kitchen socks

I am guilty of choosing colorways based on their names. While I would have thought the colors for this colorway should be avocado green, harvest gold, and burnt orange, I still liked the way they look. I also liked the sunny yellow I used for the toes, heels, and cuff. So cheerful!


Pattern: Short-Row Toe and Heel Basic Sock, by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Simply Socks Yarn Company Poste Yarn Striping in 'That 70's Kitchen', Simply Socks Yarn Company Simply Sock in 'Golden'
Needles: US1
Modifications: Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off


These were specifically for a friend who decided I needed her Roomba. That's a fair trade, right? Handknit socks for a Roomba? The swap occurred tonight. The previous pair of socks I knit her developed a hole in the heel, probably because they were knit too small. Because I have big feet, I think everyone else has small feet, but this is not so. I knit this pair to fit me, so they should be comfy on her. And last longer.


Included in tonight's swap was the holey pair of socks. I'm not sure I can repair them, so I might turn them into a pair of fingerless mitts.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

New hip, new year, new hair

My gray hair doesn't hold color very well, but that doesn't stop my stylist from trying once in a while. She actually *sampled* the dye on a snip of my hair from a previous haircut; the magenta came out a soft pink. We'll see how long it lasts.

Pay no attention to the grimace - I'm selfie challenged

Knitting: The socks are finished! (Separate post pending.) So now I am free to return to the L-bag.
Needle felting: The order arrived from Living Felt, so Dill now has lime green "skin" plus a dorsal ridge of darker green. And hands? Paws? Something at the ends of the front legs.
Spinning: YES! I have returned to spinning, only after rearranging the studio a bit in order to be able to enter the room without taking a fall. It's back to the light grey Shetland from Jamieson.

Life is becoming a bit more normal. I am transitioning from the walker to a cane, which enables me to do more. For example, today I fetched the mail (the postal box is across the street from my driveway), filled the bird feeders, cleaned the litter boxes (my SO gifted me with a metal long-handled scooper), watered houseplants, baked scones, etc. In another week or so, I may even try driving. Woohoo!