Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Finished Spinning!

I finished a skein of yarn, the first I've done since last summer.  After the Tour de Fleece, I had a bit of a lull.  I had a big problem chain plying a braid of FiberOptic which I had over spun.  I left it in time out for a couple of months and it finally cooperated, but it's not fun when your spinning seems like work.

My Corriedale was the opposite; even though it was about 7 years old, it spun wonderfully.  I split it into the three colors and then did a true three ply.  The grey ran out first so I didn't quite get the yardage I had hoped for, but it might be enough for a pair of socks.  I probably should do them toe up to take advantage of all the yardage and I really don't like doing them that way.  Brings me back to the handspan socks I made last spring which were very uncooperative and still don't fit right.

I'm almost finished with my baby sweater and thankfully it's looking like I won't run out of yarn.  I decided to make a larger size and didn't have quite the recommended yardage.  Do you find yourself knitting faster when you're worried about the yarn holding out?  I know I do.  Photo of this cute project after it's given to the recipient.

Progress on my movie line socks:

I knit in four movie lines and got to the heel flap on one sock.  Sometimes people asking me about the knitting distracted me, but I'm just not the fastest knitter in town.  You have to understand, this is not a normal movie line.  At the film festival, you have to get in line at least an hour and sometimes more ahead of the time the show starts or you end up sitting in the front row.  Knitting in the line was a great distraction.

And here's how our patio looks now.  We squeaked out a win last Sunday (as Mr. Hollywood said, it was a game "we tried our best to lose") but we're still in!

Go Hawks!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Playoff Blue Friday!

We're all excited now because the Seahawks have stepped up their game and are headed back into the playoffs.  Of course, I'm not surprised since I expected it all along....  We had a great time last weekend when we drove over to Phoenix and went to the Cardinals game.  Such a fun time, especially since we were surrounded by other 12s and we won.  Go Hawks!

In other news, I finished the infinity cowl I was making for Ms. Hollywood and when I gave it to her, she put it on and wore it the rest of the day.  That's the kind of person it's fun to knit for.

I started working on Sock Yarn Blankie #2 a little more and am loving it again.  I have another one on the needles in Seattle so hopefully one day I'll have one finished for each kid.  (Don't tell Mr. Hollywood, as he wants his to be the only one.)

I've started another project for Baby B, and am continuing with the stripes on our new desert blanket.

Oh, and I've spun the singles on the Corriedale from 2008.  It spun very smoothly; hadn't compacted at all over the years, which made me very happy.

Oh, and we've been going to movies at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and I've been volunteering, too.  I started a self-striping sock standing in line for a movie.

After the second wait, I had a few more stripes.  Slow knitter!

The weather and scenery here is spectacular today.  We had some heavy rain over the last couple of days, which brought snow to the mountains.  I've never seen it down so low.  Amazing, but hard to photograph while driving!

Hope everyone is staying warm and dry.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2016 to all.  Our day started off nicely with a walk in the sunshine.  We have new desert landscaping in front of our condo development (drought, ya know; finally getting rid of some grass which is awesome.)  I love the baby palm trees (not really babies, probably, but I don't know the variety.)

I spent the last few minutes collecting fiber to spin for my 2016 Spin the Bin with a group on Ravelry.  I'm challenging myself a bit this year; nothing like what some people do, however.  I've missed spinning and don't think I've touched a wheel since last summer.  Here are the fibers I selected:

My Lendrum is all cleaned up and is sporting one of her new snazzy bobbins.  My bin is full and I'm going to start with one of my oldest fibers, which is Corriedale that I probably bought in 2008 right after I took a lesson on the drop spindle.

I hope your year brings you everything you wish for!