Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Since my birthday in September, I have been trying to spin everyday.  So far I've been successful.  I even took a spindle when we backpacked the North Shore in September.

I've found that spindling has been the easiest way to keep on top of this resolution.  Many nights I pull out the spindle when the 10pm news is on.  (mostly because I forget until then)

I've been spinning fine.  Perhaps a bit too fine.  I'm not really sure what I'll do with 800 yards of lace weight purple merino? 

But it's soft and pretty and I'm very happy just petting it for now.

We've been hosting bees from Homestead Apiaries for the past few summers.  It's always a pleasure to walk up in the pasture and see the hives and hear the hum of the bees.

We just received our reward bounty.  Lots and lots of honey!  Maybe we'll make some mead this winter?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Beginnings - A Few Too Many WIPs (and a BIG One Finished!)

A few two many projects on the needles this January.  

I jumped on the Knit Along bandwagon in a big way and I have a baby hat due by next weekend.  I thought perhaps I could slow it up a little and do a project for myself, but that's at the bottom of the priority list right now.

I am having fun, though!  So it's really a very minor complaint, eh?

All project titles have Ravelry Links.

An Enchanting Mystery Knit-along in the I Make Mittens Group on Ravelry

Winter Snows MKAL in the Just Crafty Enough group on Ravelry 

 Baby Bunny Hat with a January 16 deadline  

The Crazed Scandinavian Cowl by Wendy Johnson

I finally finished Claire's East Neuk Hoodie after struggling with the sleeve caps.  They were a full two inches short, when I wanted to sew the sweater together.  It went into the bottom of the basket for nine months, and when she mentioned she'd like to have it now that the weather is cold, I dug it out.  I put on my big girl panties, ripped out the sleeve caps, and reknit using a different decrease schedule than the written pattern.

She loves it.  
And she sent me a photo.
(I had to mail the sweater to college for her.)