Archive for December, 2008

Fresh Calendar for 2009

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The wall calendar I ordered for 2009 showed up from Amazon today. Don't
ask me why I ordered one online when I easily could have picked one up
locally – it was a bleary late-night thing.

Last year we had one with columns for each family member, which I liked
- and allowed space for the girls to put a fun sticker on their spot
each night after dinner. The girls love doing their stickers, and it's
become an integral part of our bedtime ritual.

So I was looking for a calendar with the same layout, and found this
kind of artsy version online. It's called Mum's Make a Note Family
Organizer, and has cute animals in a simple modern style on each page.

I love a fresh, new calendar for a fresh, new year. Uncluttered and
open-ended – oh, the possibilities! The girls and I took a few minutes
to fill out the dates we're already expecting – school schedules and my
knitting classes mostly, along with birthdays and some special events
like Yarnover, the Bohus opening, and the Knit-Out at the Mall of

For the repetitive entries, I figured out a few years ago that it's much
easier to print up clear return-address labels (Avery brand from the
office supply store) with the pertinent information than it is to write
"No School" or "Beginning Knitting 6-8:30" over and over again neatly.
In this case, I used them for our names at the top of each page too.

Having our whole family's schedule up for the girls (and Joe and myself)
to look at helps keep us all a bit more organized, and I know I can use
every tiny bit I can help in that department!

Just a couple more days, and we can say goodbye to ratty old 2008 and
start filling up our brand-new 2009…

2008 Knitting Round-Up

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I thought it would be fun, now that this year of knitting only mostly for me is almost over, to do a summary post of all my finished objects of the year. So, in order as they appeared on the blog, let’s go to it.

This first pair of socks is not very exciting. It’s yarn that I dyed myself in a class at Yarnover the year before. The base yarn was Kraemer Jeannie, and the pattern is my basic toe-up vanilla sock. I have worn them quite a bit, and they are nice and warm, and do tend to go with most blue jean outfits. Yawn. Definitely not a pair to wear with my new clear shoes.

The second finished project was -ahem- not strictly-speaking for myself. But it was one I’d been putting off finishing, so it definitely felt good to get the monkey off my back. It was a baby blanket started at Camp Unistar in August 2007 as a group charity project. I only had to knit the last couple of squares, sew it all together and knit up the edging. It’s all worsted-weight Encore by Plymouth.

I feel that I can count this as fair under my manifesto from last December. I stipulated that I would not *cast on* any projects for anyone else, and this one was well-started before then. Also, knitting for charity at least once a year really is something I feel I need to do *for myself*. If that makes any sense. Plus, I was fulfilling a promise I’d made to my campers. Yay!

Third FO was the slippers I’d started for Joe for Christmas 2007. They were also part of the manifesto, so grandfathered in.

I have to count this as a highly successful project, as Joe is wearing them every day and that is something for a husband who tends not to get excited about handknits.

Fourth FO was another pair of socks for me.

No surprise there! This was another pair of my on-the-go vanilla toe-ups, knitting in SeaWool by Fleece Artist. I love these socks, wear them a lot. Highly recommend this yarn. It’s a little thicker than standard fingering weight, so knit up quickly, but still fits in shoes just fine. They’ve been wearing quite well with little pilling.

I spent most of February (and many months before that!) totally focused on my fifth FO. The sock yarn blankie, of course.

What a long, strange trip that’s been (so far!) I don’t know that I can say I’ve ever knit on a more fulfilling project. I’m still amazed by it when I pull it out and give it a cuddle.

Number six was a lace scarf for me, knit with a simple lace pattern of my own design out of some handspun yarn by Aisha Celia. It was a quick knit, necessary because I had no scarf and desperately needed one.

Number seven was a bit of a cheat on the Manifesto. I’d started these socks for myself, but halfway through the knitting, it was clear that they were meant for my girls’ amazing ballet teacher Rachel. So I finished them in her size, and they were received with the grace you’d expect of a ballerina.

That’s Vesper Sock yarn in the Love Stinks colorway, knit in my standard toe-up pattern.

Project Number eight was one of those ear-bugs that you get into your head and just have to drop everything to knit up before it drives you insane. I thought up this design and knit it up before you could say boo!

These socks are made from Regia Silk sock yarn, and darn it I *still* need to write up the pattern. I’m not sure what to say about how these fit into the manifesto. I totally knit them in Julie’s size, but she hasn’t gotten to wear them except to try them on for photos. They really weren’t for her – they were to satisfy my crazy knitting obsession. So I guess they fit into the guidelines.

Project number nine was one that I’d had in mind when I declared my manifesto in the first place. This lace scarf had been languishing for far too long behind projects for others that kept jumping the line.

Well, once I took the time to focus on it, I finished it up quickly and was quite pleased with myself. It ended up winning a blue ribbon at the State Fair to boot. The funny part is that I wore it maybe once or twice, and I just gave it away as a spontaneous Christmas present the other night. And I feel totally fine about that. It’s going to a good home, and in this case the process of knitting the thing and having completed something so beautiful was the joy in it. I did stipulate that I get to wash and block it for the new owner once a year, and it’s family, so if I ever need to use it as a sample I’ll be able to borrow it back, I’m sure. I think maybe, just maybe she even realizes how valuable her new scarf really is.

Project number ten was also one I’d been planning when I stated my manifesto. I’d started a different sweater with this yarn way back, and hated what I was seeing, so tabled it. It turns out that Nashua Wooly Stripes yarn and the Sunrise Circle Jacket are a match made in heaven, and it didn’t even take very long to knit up.

I ended up having to do a little surgery on the cuffs after this picture was taken, but I am totally in love with this sweater and wearing it often. It didn’t go to the State Fair – I wasn’t too sure how the judges would rate a sweater without buttons or any other permanent closure – but it’s a blue-ribbon knit in my book.

FO eleven was a bit of a disappointment.

I’d joined Sock Wars III after having missed out on the fun previously. Well, the featured sock yarn, Tofutsies, was really no fun to knit with, and the pattern was poorly written and not very attractive. Not to mention the whole game being poorly organized and orchestrated. Not going to do that again. Technically, this fit into the manifesto because I was knitting them as part of a game that I was playing for my own enjoyment, plus I was expecting a pair of wearable socks in return.

Alas, I ended up knitting a second pair for the game (FO twelve)

And received a pair that was truly unwearable with mistakes all over them and in two completely different sizes. Oh well. Live and learn.

FO thirteen was a pair of socks for Joe – for our wedding anniversary.

These were my standard toe-ups, but with ribbing all the way down the foot. I knit them in Dream In Color’s Smooshy, and in black because that is the only color of handknit socks he’s likely to actually wear. Well, the yarn was a joy to use even if it was boring to look at. He’s worn them several times, but says next time he’d like slightly longer cuffs. Noted.

FO thirteen was more socks for me. No surprises here.

FO fourteen was my first project from my own handspun.

They took a trip to the State Fair and did pretty well for themselves. They’re fun to wear, too.

FO fifteen was – guess what? – another pair of plain ole socks.

I think I might just maybe be in a bit of a rut here. They’re just so easy to knit on the go!

Um, yeah. sixteen:

Okay, and seventeen was a bit more impressive – this sweater was going on at home while all those socks were on the needles elsewhere.

I’m very happy with this sweater, and have been wearing it nonstop this winter! This sweater was a very long time in coming, and one of the main reasons why I declared this a year of knitting for me.

Eighteen was, admittedly another pair of socks. I totally knit them for myself, but Uncle Dave was here on the day they were done, and I figured they suited him better than me.

Nineteen was a funny little thing

which I was inspired to make from my very first handspun yarn ever. Going through my year of blog posts, it is obvious that the knitting slowed down in the second half of the year in favor of spinning – perhaps I should do a yarn round-up as well?

Twenty was a shawl, also knit from my own handspun, which I started at a seminar with Candace Eisner-Strick. Unfortunately, the pattern is not officially published yet, but I am totally looking forward to buying her upcoming book, which will include it.

I’ve been wearing this a lot this winter, too, and it was a super-fast and fun knit.

Twenty-one was a mini-shawl based on the same pattern, more or less, also out of handspun. It makes a nice decorative scarf with a plainer shirt.

Twenty-three was this hat, knit to go with my brown coat. I wasn’t so sure about it at first, but I’ve decided I do like it after all. It’s soft and warm and relatively itch-free too!

Twenty-Four was birthday socks for my friend Jen – this was a third annual thing, which I decided was worth breaking the Manifesto to whip up.

Twenty-Five was this pair of stripey Noro Socks, which did wash up nice and soft and make me happy enough to justify the irritating way the yarn loved to tangle.

Twenty-six was a little scarf that I ended up giving to my future sister-in-law for Christmas, but which I knit really for the fun of it.

And that’s it, with the exception of the glittens I’m working on now – there’s a half-decent chance they could be finished by New Years’ if I actually put some work into them. But that’s for another post.

Counting everything up, I’m a little surprised that fourteen out of the twenty-six projects I knit this year were socks. I think it’s time to reconsider my on-the-go knitting focus a bit. But that, too, is for another post. I am working on forming up my ideas for 2009 knitting goals.

From Bed

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Since I got my new cell phone a while back, I've been having trouble
publishing on-the-go posts, so while I have a moment of quiet with the
phone and my laptop, I'm giving it another go.

Poor Sophie evidently has a little stomach bug. Poor thing was up all
night barfing. Luckily, since she'd not been eating much, there was no
messy laundry to deal with. Actually, she was sleeping in my bed when
the first attack hit at 3 am, and I woke up in time to run her to the
bathroom. After that I fetched a bucket, which we used several times but
didn't really need as nothing came out. TMI, I know. Sorry.

Anyway, I was exhausted this morning, and although Joe didn't realize
I'd been up much of the night (even though he was sleeping on the same
queen-sized bed as us – men!) he for once let me sleep in and got the
kids breakfast.

Next thing I knew, it was almost 11 and Joe was back with a sad little
Sophie who again hadn't eaten and wanted nothing but to snuggle in bed
with me. Joe wanted to run some errands and took Julie with him, and now
I am happily keeping my little on company while she rests. Maybe I can
do a little work on my year-end summary post.

Holiday Whirlwind – The Giant Photo Post

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Oh, my gods the parties and presents and everything went off well, but oh boy I am so happy they are over. I know I am not the only one feeling this way by now, and I am not at all surprised as I felt exactly the same way this time last year.

I have worked so *hard* these last weeks to make a holiday for myself and my girls our family. We are busy making traditions to last us our lives, and I so want them to be happy ones. I want the best of my holiday memories with the least amount of the old dramas as possible.

I’ve struggled in the years since I became a mother with all these responsibilities, and I’ve talked about this before. Joe’s family tends to place a much bigger emphasis on going to church as much as possible, and while they are willing to come and celebrate with us, they are more than willing to rely on me to make the party. It’s not easy, but I feel that I’m coming into my own. I’ve learned to set my limits on what I’m going to do, ask for help in specific ways that each person is likely to respond, and accept my role as lead party planner, cook, maid and troubleshooter. Knowing what to expect and being okay with it really does make the job easier to deal with.

But let’s go back to Monday. The kids were off from school, so I invited a couple of little friends over for a play date. R and his mom L from across the street came over, and Julie’s best friend from school E had his mom drop him off. I could not believe how well behaved all these kids were together. We played with modeling clay – that’s my blocking tablecloth on the table – I’ve realized that we need one for the messy craft projects as well.

Then we spent some time in the basement playroom – Julie and E are so cute together. He is just a sweet little guy, and his mom seems really nice too.

I need to call and set up another playdate for next week as well – having the extra kids to help entertain us really made the time fly.

Tuesday, the in-laws did their part in the party making by picking up my girls and taking them to their house for the day, allowing me to run around cleaning the house like a mad woman. I’d done quite a bit of cleaning leading up to this, but the kitchen needed some extra attention especially.

Okay, and I’ll admit to finding time somewhere in there for a bit of spinning.

I finished the silk laceweight I’ve been working on, and Daisy enjoyed watching me ply it.

She looks so relaxed there, but really she was getting ready to pounce on the yarn.

Wednesday was Christmas Eve, and I dragged the girls with me on a last-minute trip to Kim’s Oriental Grocery over in St. Paul for duck guk ingredients. I admit to bribing them with a trip to the Dairy Queen drive through for lunch after they behaved themselves in the store. (And whew – right in the middle of shopping Sophie said the magic “I have to go potty” words. Luckily, they did have a bathroom and we managed to find it in time.)

We came home and I managed to keep the house in order and get the food well started before our guests arrived for dinner. We traditionally have dinner and a gift-game with my cousin Ron, his wife and her family. In the past Ron and Molly hosted, but last year Ron was still recovering from being shot in the chest so we had it here. It’s kind of nice not having to drive the kids out in the cold, so we offered to have it here again. I figure, once the house is already clean, you may as well have as many people over as possible.

Somehow, I didn’t manage to get many pictures other than this one of the girls opening a giant present from our guests. It turned out to be an easel just like the one we already have – a great gift, which our guests graciously offered to return for us.

But really, the party went well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the korean soup even though they’d never had it before, and most of them even sampled the kimchi. We played our usual gift-giving game, and the girls did great even though we kept them up about two hours past their bedtime.

And then we cleaned up, played Santa and I prepped the kitchen for the Christmas Day food. A short sleep later, and we were all up again. Joe’s parents had agreed to come over for breakfast and present-opening, but had to be at their church by 10 for a service which meant that we started the festivities at 8. That’s early for us, especially after a late night before.

The girls opened their stocking gifts while breakfast was cooking,

I made the same egg-sausage strata I did last year, the same cherry turnovers out of a can, and a giant pile of clementines. mmm-MMM!

And, by the way, Uncle Dave and Auntie Jeenie were with us too. The more the merrier! Christmas morning really is more fun with more people to watch the kids with their presents.

There were a lot of presents. Starting with new clothes from Harmony and Haribodji.

A digital camera from Uncle Dave for Julie…

And a toy laptop computer for Sophie, who ran off to the hallway with it to keep everyone else from poking at the keys while she was having her go at it.

A floor puzzle…

A picture-projector thingie for tracing drawings…

Old-school Color-Forms, which Daisy the cat came over to check out as well…

Don’t Spill the Beans!

Something called Castle Logics or something – it’s a puzzle-block set that I thought looked kind of cool.

Hi-Ho Cherry-Oh! (and I thought it was great that the kids stopped to play with their gifts a bit before moving on to the next package)

Both girls got new slippers…

Don’t Break the Ice! (I so badly wanted this game as a kid, and Julie was excited about it since she’s played it at school.)

The toy cash register was popular…

And both girls got new flannel sheets…

The girls look like they’re ready to go into business. And I can’t believe how many battery-operated pieces of plastic we welcomed into our home this year. :-\

Joe got the new watch he asked for.

I got a second wind-up toy to match the one Joe gave me last year. They’re very cute – the one on the right is the new one.

The girls got some little wind-up toys in their stockings, and I took a little video of all four of them together…

I’d almost forgotten having told Joe to buy me these shoes – about six months ago I saw them on someone’s blog and knew they’d make a great Christmas present. So I had him buy them and hide them away. I was so excited when I put them on that I even went and changed socks to better show them off.

I can’t wait to wear them to work!

I gave Jeenie the green scarf, and she was pleased. She and Dave could hardly believe it was the same one they’d seen pre-blocking.

Oh, and I got this little shawl pin. Sweet!

The rest of the day was spent alternately cooking frantically and taking time to help the girls with their new toys. The family arrived and the kids gravitated first to the snacks, then to the new toys.

I’d planned a simple but totally rocking menu. Prime rib, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and gravy. Joe’s cousin brought the salad, and his mom brought a pile of fried shrimp.

My dishes turned out perfectly if I do say so. The prime rib was a-maze-ing. I did my best to ignore the comment from a certain aunt about “aren’t there any more dishes?” Uh, no! You want more fancy food, offer to bring it yourself.

The kids were full of snacks, and didn’t eat much dinner. No surprise there. Sophie’s not in the picture here because she was exhausted and fell asleep before dinner. She was out for the count till the next morning.

Here’s my plate. I used this recipe for the meat, and it was simple to prepare and fabulous eats. Maybe just a little too salty on the outside.

We played the gift game again after dinner, then took the annual Christmas photo. It turned out well – too bad Sophie was missing.

So there you have it. Now it’s time to figure out where to put all these new toys, dig out the disaster area that is my office, think about putting away all the Christmas decorations and get back to the knitting and spinning. I’ll have posts on the new yarn and the progress on my glittens in the next few days. Whew!

Merry Happy Crazy

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I hope y’all are weathering the holiday season well. We are having a happy, hectic time. I am going a little crazy trying to get the house and food and presents ready for dinner parties both tonight and tomorrow night while keeping my Christmas-high kids from exploding. Joe did not take today off, so I am on my own. He probably won’t get home tonight before our dinner guests arrive.

Still, it’s going to be fine. It’s going to be fun. Things are more or less on schedule. I did just splatter kim-chi juice all over my clothes, but luckily I’ve done laundry in the last 24 hours so there are clean clothes to change into.

Now I must go put my kids into vegetate mode in front of a very long video before I start screaming. Where is the holiday tablecloth, and how long is it going to take me to iron it? Do we have enough chairs? Where are they? I hope we have enough beef broth and soup bowls….

I’ll have lots of pictures and fun details once the crazy is over. In the mean time, I hope you’re having just as much fun as I am – and maybe a little less excitement. :-)


Friday, December 19th, 2008

I have been putting off and putting off knitting myself a new pair of Glittens. I don’t know why I have a mental block on this project – I love wearing them so much! I mean, they are perfectly warm even on the coldest of winter days, with their two layers of yarn in the checkerboard pattern that keeps even Minnesota winds out. And the flaps cover your fingers up, allowing them to stay together and share their heat, while easily flipping back to allow for handling of keys and zipping of little coats.

But times are getting desperate. The old pair has seen two winters of hard wear. They’ve been mended once, and now would need both thumbs reknit just to keep them functional.

Yeah, I’ve actually been wearing them even in this condition. They’re still better than the commercial gloves I have skulking around in my hall closet.

I think I’ve been putting off making the new pair for a couple of reasons – knitting all those half-fingers *is* a bit fiddly, and – well, I explained about gathering up the nerve to design the new pair in a post a couple weeks ago.

Lo! Two new cuffs – I need to knit them at the same time so I can remember what I did on the first while I’m knitting the second – I’d like as close to perfect mirror-image as I can get. I’m going to just bite the bullet and get these knit up this week – with the motivation not only of having new matching mittens and hat, but also of getting this monkey off my back so I can either squeeze in a little spontaneous Christmas knitting or get back to work on the blue sweater that’s been languishing.

Or maybe one of the other many projects that’s begging to be knit up. I’ve been thinking about the Bacchus Socks from Interweave’s Fall issue ever since it came out – I have the perfect skein of yarn for them…

More Holiday Stuff

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The girls and I finally started baking some holiday cookies yesterday. They helped out by peeling Hershey’s kisses for the peanut butter blossom cookies, and only ate a couple extra apiece.

These cookies don’t look like they scream “Holiday!”, but they are my favorites for how awesomely delicious they taste.

While Sophie and I finished up the baking, Julie sat down to work on her potholders.

I am so freakin’ proud of this kid. She decided she wanted to make potholders for her teachers at school, and stuck with it through four of them, which for a five-year-old is pretty good. I only had to help her with the last few rows of the over-under loops for her, and finish off the edges.

And then we had a little oopsie. We had a lot going on in the house, and then there was a potty accident (the first in several days – Sophie’s been doing great with the potty training) and in the shuffle of cleaning it up, getting the cookies out of the oven, and dealing with a few other things, I failed to notice Sophie was standing right next to me and I knocked her down and into a door frame. Oh, the sad. For both me and her.

We ended the afternoon on the couch with a baggie full of snow to keep on her forehead as much as possible, cuddling and watching videos.

Her head looks much better today, but I’m still feeling sad about the little accident.

Tonight, Joe is making brownies to take to work for his company holiday party.

It is a comedy of errors to witness him in the kitchen. The man does not cook. Not at all. But for some reason he thinks he needs to bake for work once a year. He doesn’t know where we keep the pans, he doesn’t know how to stir batter (no, really!), he didn’t read the back of the box to find out what size pan to use, and when I pointed out that he had a much bigger pan than called for, his plan was to cook them for longer (when much shorter is the right answer). Still, I have to admit it’s pretty cute. And he has enough sense of humor to let me take a goofy picture.

Now I have to go finish the last potholder and wrap them all up so Julie can take them to school tomorrow. And maybe sneak in some knitting before bed.

A Scarf

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I’ve been wanting to knit something from the new Nancy Bush book, Knitted Lace of Estonia, since before it even came out. I’d had it in my Amazon wish list since I first heard about it, and when I got my hands on a copy (from my LYS – I use the Amazon list mostly to keep track of what I want, but really prefer to see a book in person before I buy it, and am happy to pay the premium for that service to my favorite yarn store).

This little project feels like it barely counts because it was so simple, quick and easy. But after struggling with a couple attempts to find the right pattern for this skein of handspun yarn, I figured the Raha scarf was just about as close to perfect as I was going to get.

Typical for lace, it looked awful before blocking:

But after, it’s not half bad.

Unfortunately, it’s not anywhere near as long as I would have liked, but there was only the one skein of yarn. I remember when I bought this yarn from Aisha at a craft sale a couple of years ago, the woman right in front of me bought the twin to this skein, and I chastised Aisha for letting her take just one of the pair – I would have bought both and had the perfect length scarf now!

But I will have to be satisfied with this length, long enough for one wrap around a neck and to be tucked into a winter coat. My brother-in-law and his fiance were over this last weekend, and I mentioned to her that I’d like to knit her a gift for Christmas. I offered socks, but told her she could pick a scarf or hat or mittens instead. She said she’d like a scarf, and I showed her this one before it was even blocked. She loves the color and thought she’d wear it even though it’s fairly short, so I think I’ll wrap it up with her name on it.

Now I’m really looking forward to casting on for one of the bigger, more intricate projects from this book – maybe with that silk yarn when I finish spinning it.

Christmas Decorations

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

We’ve had the Christmas tree up for a good week now, and I think it just might survive this holiday season.

The girls have been having the expected amount of trouble keeping their hands off it and the ornaments, and Julie is on notice that if she unscrews one more lightbulb from the string, it will be coming down and not coming back till next year. I love our random, tacky fake tree. We’ve had this one since the year Joe and I got married, and a good chunk of the pre-lit lights have stopped working. The strings of colorful globe lights are also aging, and I think this will be the last year for both this tree and the lights. I want to replace them with LED versions for next year – something to consider during the Boxing Day sales.

We’ve also pulled out our advent calendars. Having two helps with the problem of taking turns each night with them. The one on the left is an awesome Playmobil one we got two years ago, and the one on the right is a crappy felt one we got last year. Damn thing has been falling apart since it came out of the box, and I’ll be replacing it for next year as well.

The girls love the little Playmobil scene that evolves as they open the little boxes each night. They have permission to play with it as long as all the pieces stay in their little scene. We did not specifically say that they couldn’t add more pieces in from the princess castle set our friend gave us last month, so a couple of fancy people have joined in on the bougois street scene.

The stockings are back up…

As are the funky acrylic snow-people, which I did not make, but which I adore for their sincere kitch.

I still haven’t even ordered Christmas cards yet, and we need to start thinking about baking cookies. I do have a gingerbread house kit ready to be set up in the kitchen, though.

I’ll leave you with a couple little videos of Julie’s pre-school class during their winter concert from last week. Julie’s in the middle wearing a fancy plaid dress.

Spinny Spinny

Monday, December 15th, 2008

I’ve been keeping my spinning wheel busy these last couple weeks, what with the head-cold that left me too dazed even to knit, and with the general obsession that still won’t let up.

I finished up this sweet little skein of alpaca/merino/silk from a 4 oz. roving I bought from an Etsy shop called Muzzlepuffs.

It is deliciously soft and fuzzy, and I managed to do a two-ply that ranges from lace to fingering weight. I counted the yardage, but I’ve already given it away and can’t remember exactly how much there was – maybe 400 yards or so?

My friend Jen, the one of the birthday socks, has been knitting a bit lately, and this yarn seemed to have her name on it. I think it would knit up into a very nice simple lace scarf or small shawl. I’ve got a couple good ones in my Ravelry queue if you’re interested, Jen!

Before I handed it off, I showed it to Sophie one morning as I was sitting at my computer reading blogs. “Hey, Sophie, feel this yarn – it’s just like a little kitty!” So she started playing with it as if it were a cat, and then decided to share her Hello Kitty barrette with it. A sweet moment, really.

And now, I’ve moved on to a small pile of tussah silk rovings that I bought from Ann Bosch of Blackberry Ridge when I was at that retreat in October.

This is some really fun spinning. Because the silk fibers are so long and so sticky, it’s pretty easy to draft thread-thin. I have two small chunks of similar colorways, and my plan is to spin them onto two separate bobbins, then ply them together to make what will hopefully turn out to be a nice lace weight yarn.

That’s a size-0 knitting needle for scale. This is definitely the skinniest yarn I’ve spun so far – lots of treadling involved here!

Alrighty, time for a random cute-kid picture. Sophie spent a day in her nightgown last week when we were all feeling out of sorts and in need of a lazy day at home. She loves playing with my measuring spoons, and this was such a cute scene I couldn’t resist snapping a picture.