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Summer is almost done, so I thought it might be time to look at some of this summer’s projects.  There might also have been a few hints from friends and family that my blog has been eerily quiet.  =)  So, time to get back to posting what’s been going on in my everyday life.

Spinning

Spinning has been on my mind a lot lately, so I guess I’ll start with that.  Tour de France was this past month and those in the fiber world know what that means – Tour de Fleece!!  Basically, the Tour de Fleece is the spinner’s version of the Knitting Olympics.  Every day that the bikers cycle their way around France, those of us who spin – well, spin!  I was a member of two teams this year – Team Sasquatch (where people who listen to certain podcasts join together and form a spinning team) and Team Raw Power (a team made up of those who enjoy working with raw fleece and wanted to incorporate that into the Tour).  So, my goal for Team Sasquatch was to simply spin for at least 30 minutes every day.  My goal for Team Raw Power was to start with a pound of fleece and process it and spin it.  There was some discussion about starting with dirty fleece, but due to some of the team members living in very humid conditions where it can take a week for fleece to dry, it was decided that the fleece could be washed before the Tour started.  Here is the pound of some lovely Cormo wool that I decided to tackle for this Tour.  It was a lovely mocha brown, but the staple length was about an inch (unstretched) so I had been spending a lot of time trying to figure out the best method of processing the fleece.  I finally decided that simple carding made the most sense since getting the short staples onto my large combs would have been a bit more of a challenge than I was prepared for.  In the end, I did try combing about an ounce of the fiber.  I loved how that skein turned out, but it really was just too much work for the amount of time I had.  The rest of the pound (minus 2 ounces, more on that later) I carded on my carder.  As for the final 2 ounces of the wool, well, that got carded with some lovely silver gray angora I purchased while at the Snake River Fiber Fair!  The picture to the left is of my drum carder.  The picture below is of the wool batts I made on the carder.  The round piles of wool are rovings I made after combing the wool.  These were all spun up into 2-ply yarns.  The combed fiber turned into a finer yarn (maybe DK weight) and the rest were spun into a heavier yarn (probably a heavy worsted weight yarn).  All yarns were spun with a long draw, or woolen.  The darker skein that you see in the middle is an extra skein I spun during the Tour of a blend of alpaca, wool, cotton, and some other fibers (lost the band) that had been sitting around since October.  I had already spun 2 ounces, so I figured it was past time to finish up the last 2 ounces.  That particular skein is destined to be knit into some lovely, warm, and incredibly soft gloves!

Knitting

Speaking of knitting …. I have been doing quite a bit of knitting this summer.  I started knitting a shawl in spring for a knit-a-long that was themed around The Fellowship of the Ring.  The first pattern in the series was a mystery knit-a-long in which one section of the pattern is released every 2 weeks or so.  The pattern was the Evenstar Shawl (designer’s blog here) and I posted a picture of the gauge swatch probably back in March.  There’s a picture of the finished shawl as it is blocking below.  I know you can’t see much detail from here, but you can kind of get an idea of how huge it is!  I’ll post a better picture of it later (when I can convince someone to model it for me!). 

Today’s Project

Finally, here’s what I’m working on today – fleece.  I got two Shetland fleeces from a lovely shepherd out in Oregon (there farm here).  These are some of the loveliest fleeces I’ve ever seen!  One was a white with bits of gray fleece and the other was a mostly gray fleece.

Here are pictures of the process of sorting and dividing the fleece into manageable pieces, soaking, and drying.  After the fleece has dried, I’ll be pulling out my carder again and processing the fleece with that.  

Our poodle, Bailey, is helping, with picking over the fleece and dividing it up, as you can see below!   

Okay, so maybe Bailey isn’t really helping so much as sunbathing!

The next picture is of the fleece soaking in the utility sink.

And, finally, there is a picture of the fleece drying on two old window screens that I found under our deck. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!

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Several weeks ago I told you all about my spinning guild’s challenge to do something creative with an ounce of wool.  I promised that, once the challenge was done, I’d post about the process.  Well, the spinning guild met last week to share about the challenge and to return the finished project to the person from whom we had gotten the wool.  I made sure to journal during the process, so I think I’ll just post some journal entries and photos that I took of the project along the way.  Enjoy!

April 25, 2010:

Received 1 ounce of white alpaca for my creativity challenge.  Oh boy.  This is not good since I’m not the most creative or artistic person in the world.  I could, I suppose just spin a very fine single and knit a small scarf and call it good, but this somehow feels like me chickening out.  It’s safe for me to spin and knit something, but jumping into the pool and going for something artistic or different?  Now that’s a challenge.  Time to look through my spinning books for inspiration.

Later:

I was looking through the book Intertwined by Lexi Boeger and was inspired by a picture of a sea anemone.  It was white, dark to pale pink, with hints of yellow and green.  I decided I wanted to use that color palette and to let the sea anemone/sea theme inspire me.  Oddly, this photo also reminded me of Japan, maybe cherry blossoms?  So maybe I could include some Japanese ephemera in the piece.  Later in the book, there was a technique involving spinning coils around a wire core.  Cool!  I then had the idea of what the finished project might be:  a coil bowl, maybe a sort of jar with lid, in the colors of the sea anemone.  It might be something interesting to put on a dresser and hold jewelry, change, tickets from a night out, whatever.  So, the next step is to start dyeing the fiber.

April 28, 2010:

I’ve gone through my dyes and picked out the color that most closely matches those I saw in the photo of the sea anemone.  I’ve also calculated the amounts of dye needed to make a pale shade, a medium shade, and a dark shade of the pink.  Just need to get a bucket to pre-soak the fiber in Synthrapol.

May 2, 2010:

Dyeing day!  I wound the fiber into a circle of about a 2-foot diameter and tied it to help it stay together and soaked it in a solution of Synthrapol, water, and citric acid for 30 minutes.  I then placed it on plastic wrap and painted the fiber using a sponge brush with the pale, medium, and dark shades of pink and left some white.  After I made sure that the dye had soaked in, I wrapped the fiber in the plastic wrap and put it in an electric roaster with some water in it at a temperature of around 250. I left it in there for about 40 minutes or so.  This helps set the dye.  I took the fiber out of the electric roaster and let it sit in the sink to cool down overnight.

May 3, 2010:

Soaked fiber in room temperature water for 20 minutes.  I didn’t see any extra dye in the water.   Squeezed out extra moisture and draped on a drying rack to dry.  This is a really fine roving, so it shouldn’t take long to dry.

May 4, 2010:

Spun up the fiber today.  I spun it semi-woolen and left thick and thin spots.  Also, left a bit of the alpaca undyed and unspun to be available for additions.

May 6, 2010:

I plied my single with a copper-colored thread today.  I also plied in some strips of green and dark pink fabric.  I’ll leave other bits to spin in when I’m coiling it around the wire.  I’m still not 100% sure how this will turn out, but I’m just going with it.  The plying of the fabric didn’t go well.  The fabric was too stiff to ply in easily.  I may have to fiddle with that later.  Also, the fabric didn’t feed through the hooks on my wheel very well and kept getting caught on things.  ARgh!  Frustrating.  Need to get wire from craft store.  Wonder what gauge to get? 

Maybe 11, 2010:

I spun the yarn onto the coil yesterday, lots of difficulties.  The wire (it came on a spool) gave me all sorts of fits.  It sprung off the spool and acted like a slinky toy.  Then, as I spun, it got all twisted up and started tangling itself up and tried to tangle the yarn in the mess too.  I finally had to cut the wire in order to untwist it.  It was easier to control after that.  So, I kept measuring off 5 feet or so and work with it that way.  Of course, it flew all over the place as I spun.  Luckily, there were no injuries!  I ran out of wire though, so will need to get more.  Will also try to figure out a way to control the wire better.  Oh, I’ve also decided that the thick and thin nature of the yarn isn’t ideal for a coil pot.  So, scrap that idea.  Maybe I’ll try knitting it into a scarf shape and then it can be a piece of wall art.  The needles could be left in as a way to hang it.  Interesting shaping of the wire could add some interest too.

May 12, 2010:

I finally got to the craft store for more wire.  I think I forgot to mention what gauge I ended up with (at the advice of a craft store person):  24 gauge.  It’s most typically used for beading.  Hope it works.  This time I wound the wire around a paddle of cardboard and held it in place with a rubber band.  This worked much better.  It could spin as it needed to without flying around and hitting me in the face.  So, it’s all spun up now.  Just need to set the twist in hot water for a few minutes and let it dry.  Then – what will it be?

May 15, 2010:

Frustration, again!  The gauge of the wire is too stiff to let me knit it or intricately shape it in any way!  It just keeps bouncing out of control and wildly waving around.  ARgh!    Must put away until temper is under control (stuffs project on shelf on buffet).

May 16, 2010:

Enlightenment has arrived.  The project does not want to be anything other than what it was always meant to represent/be:  a representation of a sea anemone!  It’s shape is full of movement and curves all on its own without me trying to force my will upon it.  So, it shall remain in its current shape and I’ll just tame it a bit by hanking it up and putting some ties on it so it doesn’t take up as much room while I’m trying to get it to the spinning guild meeting.  I think it would look nice as wall art or a center piece or maybe just a piece on a dresser that one can hang jewelry on.  In the end, I decided to leave off the Japanese ephemera and let it be the sea creature it wants to be.

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This past weekend The Husband and I decided it was time to get out of town for the weekend.  Lucky for us, there was a fiber fair in nearby Idaho Falls, Idaho.  We left town on Friday afternoon with the intent to travel to Idaho Falls, drop off our stuff at a hotel, and then head up to Jackson Hole to snoop around.  I think we forgot what it’s like to sit in a car for several hours on end.  By the time we got to Idaho Falls (which isn’t really that far away, 3-1/2 hours maybe), we decided that getting back into the car was not an option.  We had thought that Jackson Hole would be another hour away, but it turned out it was more like 2 hours.  Somehow the thought of sitting in the car for another 2 hours there and then another 2 hours back was just not appealing.  So, we spent the evening in Idaho Falls just hanging out in our room and then a brief trip through town to make sure we knew where we’d be going on Saturday for the fiber fair.

Saturday morning we took our time getting checking out of the hotel and heading on over to the fiber fair.  There were signs directing us to the correct building.  Since I’ve never been to this particular fiber fair, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’ve been to a fiber fair in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Snake River Fiber Fair seems to be about the same size, maybe a bit bigger.  It was held in a building on a college campus and the classrooms were used for classes and the hallways were packed with vendors.  Several vendors were familiar friends from Salt Lake City, including Three Wishes, Fiber Optica, and Greenwood Fiberworks, Wasatch Watercolours, and Judy’s Novelty Wool

I had a particular target when we headed off to Snake River Fiber Fair and that was Notlwonk Springs, or the Knowlton’s, and their Corriedale cross fleeces.  The Knowlton’s hold their Spring Trek every year on the first weekend of May and I had planned to go to this year’s trek, but ended up getting the flu.  Seriously disappointed at having missed this event, I was determined to visit their booth at Snake River Fiber Fair.  I didn’t take pictures of them or their booth and I really wish I had thought of doing that.  I did, however, remember to take photos of the fleeces that I bought from them!  If I remember correctly, this first fleece is from a 6-year-old Corriedale cross ewe.  I love the color variations in the fleece.  The crimp was lovely as was the staple length, which was probably around 3 inches without stretching.  It was also seriously sooooft!

The second fleece I bought from them was a dark brown fleece from a lamb’s first shearing, or a hogget fleece.  Look at those golden, sun-bleached tips!  Gorgeous!  As you can see from the picture, the fleece is sitting between two other bags of fleece.  This picture was taken in the fleece judging room as my fleece had been entered into the fleece judging contest.  I’m happy to say that my fleece won a third place ribbon!

Speaking of fleece judging, once we heard that the fleece I was buying was entered into the contest, we decided to stay for the judging so we could listen in and watch the process.  The judge, Ingrid Painter, was an incredibly generous judge, sharing her thoughts with those of us in the room and taking questions.   She checked through each fleece and talked about what she was finding and what she looked for.  For example, while she was judging my fleece, she mentioned that the staple length was a bit shorter than she would want.  However, she also showed that it measured from the tip of her thumb to the base of her thumb, a way of measuring staple length to check for minimum length for spinning.  She said it was a lovely fleece that would be a pleasure to spin.  She thought it might be a bit tippy with those golden tips, but they didn’t seem to break off.  Also, she commented that there was some debris in the fleece, but it was generally clean. 

In general, she shared that when looking at fleeces you look for consistency in the fleece, look for breaks in the locks and tips.  She also mentioned that you could take a lock and hold it the tip in one hand and the base in the other (about 7 pounds of pressure)  and then flick the lock with your fingers and listen to the tone it made.  If there were crackles in the tone, the fleece was brittle and would break apart…not something you want!  There were approximately 4-5 divisions of fleeces:  Navajo-Churro fleeces in the first division, the Corriedale crosses and a Rambouillet fleece in the second division, Romney crosses in the third division, Romney fleeces in another division, and Alpacas (both Huacaya and a Suri) in the last division.  It was fascinating listening to Ms. Painter talk about her thoughts on each fleece and I learned a lot.

After the judging was finished, I went to look at some of the fleeces that hadn’t been entered into the judging since they were owned by the judge!  They were mainly Navajo-Churro fleeces, but there was also a Jacob fleece that was simply gorgeous and, of course, it had to come home with me too!  Notice that both dark brown and white fibers are included in the fleece.  Both colors grow on the same animal.  We talked with a gentleman who had assisted Ms. Painter in the judging and he told us about the various characteristics of Jacob sheep.  They are, apparently, great meat animals as well.  They have horns which you can use to make buttons.  He also mentioned that they way between 90-120 pounds and are very agile.  Hm.  Their point of origin is in the Middle East.

I learned so much while I was at the Snake River Fiber Fair and I had a wonderful time talking with vendors and friends.  I would love to go to another fiber festival this year, maybe the Black Sheep Gathering or the Estes Fiber Festival.  Everyone I meet at these things has something in common with me and I love that!  The people are so friendly and just as excited about fiber as I am.  It’s a community that’s spread around the world and these fairs or festivals give us all a chance to get together and realize that we’re part of that community.

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Last Wednesday was the spinning guild meeting.  We were told to bring 1 ounce of fiber in a brown paper bag for a challenge project.  I dutifully packed up some fiber I had dyed and headed to the meeting.  We all exchanged fiber (via a passing game) and I got 1 ounce of alpaca, white.  We were then issued the challenge to spin the fiber and make something from it, to be creative.  Yikes!  The very word sends a little shiver of anxiety up my spine.  I’ve never seen myself as being adequately creative.  I know, sad, right?  So I’ve decided to take this challenge seriously and really try to stretch myself, maybe prove to myself that I’m more creative than I give myself credit for.  I’ve also decided to keep a journal for this particular project to both help the project along and as a reminder of what I did.  Since I want the finished object to be a surprise, I’m going to wait until I’ve made the object and given it back to the person who gave me the fiber in the first place and then I’ll blog about it here.  I might even make a special page for my creativity challenge.  =)

In The Kitchen

I’m back to cooking from cookbooks again.  My sister turned me on to the cookbooks by Ellie Krieger (So Easy and The Food You Crave) and my sister-in-law told me about a cookbook by Tosca Reno called The Eat-Clean Diet.  So I’ve come up with a few menus and snack ideas from these three books.  I’ve actually already made two recipes from the So Easy cookbook, the Spicy Egg and Avocado Wraps and the Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats.  The wraps were a nice healthy lunch for The Husband and myself (mine being minus the avocado since The Husband stole all those for Himself!).  The wraps include lettuce, tomato, avocado, hard-boiled egg and cucumber plus other ingredients.  The Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats were an excellent sweet ending to lunch.  They’re like the rice crispy treats we made as kids, minus the processed sugar/marshmallows and with the addition of peanut butter and dried fruit (or chocolate chips or just about anything else one can think of).  I made mine with dried cherries.  Seriously yummy!  I did have to put them in the fridge a bit longer than suggested to firm them up and I made my typical mistake when making rice crispy treats – I didn’t press them down hard enough.  Shoot.  Oh well, I just pressed them down again after they had chilled enough so they weren’t quite as sticky.  I would give this recipe a double thumbs up.  More recipe auditions to come.

In the Craft Room

I’m still working on the Evenstar Shawl.  It’s coming along really well.  We’ve received the second-to-last clue and closing in on finishing this thing.  I’d put in a picture, but it really does look like a pile of snarled yarn at this point (well, maybe not that bad).  Believe me, when I’m done and it’s been blocked, I’ll probably be posting pictures everywhere!

Another project I’m working on is learning to darn socks.  I asked my sister to send me her hand-knitted socks that had holes in them so I could learn how to fix them and she kindly obliged.  I was all ready to go until I saw that thread, not just yarn, was involved.  Hm.  What you have to do with the thread really isn’t that hard, it just means I have to go find it in the craft room.  Hrmph.  That might require some excavation and several days of wandering in the jungle of yarn and fiber.  Never fear, I’ve a flashlight around here somewhere.

On The Bookshelf

I’m currently reading a book by Warren Fahy, “Fragment.”  So far, it seems to be one of those novels that means to scare you with what nature can, does, and could come up with.  Think along the lines of “Jurassic Park.”  Hm.  Not my favorite type of novel since I’m generally not in favor of making nature seem like our enemy.  I’m going to stick with it though.  I’m hoping that there’s some redemption at the end of the novel and that the apparently scary aspects of nature and evolution are being misinterpreted.  I’m crossing my fingers here.

Also on the bookshelf, are “Villette” by Charlotte Bronte and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.  I’m still reading both books, but they’re a bit on the back burner as “Fragment” is a library book and needs to be read first.  I love “Villette” but have been frustrated with the huge amount of French in it.  The French is not interpreted in footnotes and I’m one of the few who didn’t study French in school.  So, I’ve taken to using an interpretation program on my computer.  This does not make “Villette” a particularly portable read.  I pretty much have to read it while sitting at the computer.  It may take a while to finish it.  I’ve just started “Dorian Gray” for a book group, so I don’t really have too much to say about it so far.

More updates later.  I’m hoping to have more updates on the garden in the next week.  It has finally warmed up and is sunny, so there should be more opportunities to plant.  I’ve planted three blueberry bushes in the backyard, but I’ll save that for later.  Oh, and I’ll also have to post pictures of Bailey, the poodle, and her new haircut!

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I’ve crossed the finish line for the Sweaterboard Cross in the Ravelympics. Yay! Here is my finished Slinky Ribs sweater drying on the blocking board.  Whew!  It feels really good to have one event out of the way.  Now to concentrate on the Fleece-to-Finished-Object event/Sock Hockey.  Here is the finished yarn I spun.  Pretty, no?  I’ve already started knitting up the socks in one of my favorite patterns.  I just have the toe left to knit on the first sock and then I’ll immediately cast on the second sock.  Pictures when those are completed.

Of course, no blocking project would be complete without the requisite deposit of cat hairs.  Sophie has decided to be the contributing cat on this one.   I spent most of the afternoon chasing Pumpkin off the sweater and then, in the evening, somehow Sophie managed to sneak up there.  Sigh.  Oh well.  What’s a few cat hairs among friends, right?

In The Garden

The worms for our worm bin arrived yesterday.  Yes, they came through the USPS.  Here they are still in their box and bag.  I had already prepared the bedding in the worm bin since I had been notified they’d were on their way.  The bedding is coconut coir, soaked in water and excess water squeezed out.  I then added a couple of handfuls of dirt from our yard so the worms would have some grit to help them process their food.  I also added a small bunch of potato peels buried in one corner so they’d have a snack if they were hungry.  Then, I introduced the worms to their new home.  In other words, I dumped them in!   Yep, that’s a pile of worms you see there.

I spread out the worms, breaking up any clumps as I found them, and settled down to watch them as they began digging their way down into the new bedding.  After watching for about 10 minutes or so, most had disappeared.  I put the lid on the bin, turned off the light, and left them to their new house.  It will probably take them a few weeks to recover from the traumatic journey to this new land, but eventually they’ll settle in and begin eating my vegetable scraps and getting on with making me some lovely compost/fertilizer for my garden.

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We’re in the last week of the Ravelympics and, as the title of the post says, exhaustion is setting in.  Actually, I might be tired because I stayed up too late and have just completed 2-1/2 hours (count them, two  and  a  half  hours!) of plying my sock-weight yarn for the Ravelympics.  I’m pleased to announce that said yarn, all 625 yards of it, is in the hot tub taking a nice soak and preparing for its final event, sock knitting.  =)  Oddly enough, a soak in a nice warm, sudsy, tub of water is sounding pretty good to me too at the moment.  I’m sure that the picture of the yarn still on the plying bobbin is out of focus due to overly tired hands and that those hands would benefit from bubble bath therapy.

In The Kitchen

Another two recipes have been cooked from Simply In Season.  Last night I felt like having breakfast for supper, so I whipped up the Nutty Sweet Potato Waffles and Sausage and Apples.  Now, I don’t have a waffle iron and I refuse to get one on the basis of it having only one function and it seems silly to take up precious kitchen space with an appliance that only does one thing and won’t be used that often.  If I could find one that doubles as a griddle, I might be tempted to buy it.  My mom has one like that and I’m holding out for one like hers.  Where was I….oh yeah.  So, no waffle iron means no waffles so I made them into pancakes instead.  The recipe was HUGE and the pancakes were filled with all kinds of healthy ingredients:  mashed sweet potatoes, ground hazelnuts (yum!!), ground old-fashioned oats, whole wheat flour, etc.  They were heavier than typical pancakes but perfect for supper.  The flavor of the hazelnuts really came through and reminded me of Nutella, which might be a nice addition to these pancakes (just a little smear on top).  The Sausage and Apples was a really simple recipe and combined the flavors of apples, sausage, onions, a wee bit of Dijon mustard, and basil.  The combination of apple and basil was a bit unexpected, but good.  Leftover pancakes went into the freezer for breakfast on another date.  There wasn’t a lot of the Sausage and Apples left over, so those will be eaten as a side dish at another meal.  I’d make both recipes again, but maybe cut the waffle recipe in half so we don’t have so many leftovers.

Books, Books, Books

I just finished listening to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens last night.  I’ve been listening to the CraftLit podcast for a few years, but avoided listening to A Tale of Two Cities until last year.  It sounded so boring and, come on, Charles Dickens?  There were so many other authors out there that I’d much rather read.  But then there were so many comments in CraftLit and in the CraftLit forum on Ravelry about “What would Madame Defarge knit?” that I finally gave in and decided I’d have to listen to A Tale of Two Cities so I’d know what everyone was talking about.  I started by occasionally listening to a chapter or two here and there, whenever I had caught up on the other podcasts.  Then, in the second half of the book, it became a regular listen.  Towards the end of the book, it became an obsession and I’d listen for 2-3 hours a day until it was done.  Now, here’s my question:  Why did no one ever explain about Charles Dickens?!  The book is brilliant!  It’s one of those stories that will probably haunt me for weeks and I’ll definitely remember it for the rest of my life.  I was talking to The Husband last night about it and complaining that no one had told me that Charles Dickens was such an incredible writer and, wow, who knew that A Tale of Two Cities was so awesome?  He replied, “Well, that is why it’s called a classic.”  Sigh.

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In the Kitchen

There was a lot going on this week, so only one new recipe from Simply in Season:  Marrakesh Lamb Stew.  I served this with couscous and apple and carrot slices.  So, overall, a fairly healthy meal I think.  The stew was incredibly fragrant with lamb (bought at a small local green grocer), onion, garlic, and lots of spices.  The full teaspoon of ground cloves was particularly pungent.  One could also smell the cinnamon, cumin, and turmeric.  There were plenty of vegetables in the stew to make it hearty and the addition of raisins and prunes rounded out the flavors with their sweetness.  I would definitely make this dish again, maybe reducing the amount of ground cloves just a bit.  The tart apple slices were a nice contrast to the heavier flavors of the stew.

With this dish made, it’s time to go get more groceries.  I’ve planned several menus for the next week or so.  I’m really enjoying the structure that this little project is giving to my menu-planning.  It appears that there are 49 recipes for the Winter Season section of the cookbook and I’ve only made 5 so far.  Time to get cooking!

Ravelympics Update

Just a quick update on my Ravelympics projects.  The sweater only has about 3-4 inches to go before the body of the sweater is completed.  Yay!  I’ll knit the sleeves next and then some trim around the neckline.  The sleeves might be a bit tricky as they are capped sleeves and incorporate short rows for the shaping.  It shouldn’t be too bad though.  In the spinning department.  I have my first bobbin full and am about halfway through the second bobbin.  Once I have all 3 bobbins filled, I’ll have to ply the yarn, set it, and then I’ll have a pair of socks to knit yet!  So, I’m a bit behind on the spinning.  I’ll need to spin a lot this weekend if I’m to catch up.

Out to the Garden

Okay, it might be a bit early to actually go out to the garden, especially as it was snowing this morning.  But the garden is definitely on my mind.  Last weekend The Husband spent one afternoon raking part of the back yard for more garden space.  We’ll have to rent a rototiller to till up the dirt as soon as the weather gets warm enough.  In the meantime, I’ve been looking at seed catalogs!  As you can see, I’ve already put in an order and received several seed packets.  I love getting seeds, all that potential waiting to happen!  We’ll buy some local tomato seedlings once spring has officially sprung and probably some other seedlings for the vegetable and herb gardens.  We also ordered 3 blueberry bushes to put out in the front yard next to a particularly sunny cement wall.

Since all the seeds have different germination periods and will need to be started at different times and then transplanted out at different times, I’m thinking I may need to make a spreadsheet with all the dates of when each seed needs to be planted and transplanted.  I should also map out the garden.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the Olympics (and Ravelympics too!)  I’ve really enjoyed watching the snowboarders.  They always look like they’re having so much fun!  And with that, I should probably get back to my own olympic events, knitting and spinning!

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