We are enduring what I hope will be all the real winter we are going to get this week. Sunday night and into Monday we got mostly freezing rain and sleet with a bit of snow on top. It has been frigid since then with temperatures well below freezing. It’s not predicted to rise above freezing until Saturday. We are under another Winter Storm Warning today through tomorrow. It’s just starting to snow now and we are supposed to get 2-5″. I know that sounds like not much but this is the south. We have main roads clear but neighborhood roads like ours have been a solid sheet of packed ice and snow since Sunday night. The salt doesn’t do much when it’s this cold and not many vehicles are out helping to make tracks. My husband is going to take me up to pick up a grocery order tomorrow if we can. His truck has 4 wheel drive; mine doesn’t. We are fine though. We have electricity and plenty of food. No worries yet, LOL.
So I have been knitting some at least. I made progress on both of my projects I have going at the moment. First I’ll show you the hand spun scarf for my son. I like it, but you sure never know what you’re gonna get color wise with hand dyed hand spun yarn, do you? It’s entertaining to see what comes out of the skein. ;-)
The afghan pieces are coming along too. I have exactly 22 more to make before I am ready to start assembling it. Here’s the four colors that I have all 10 completed.
Here’s the remaining 4 colors to finish. I have 6 out of 10 in the color on the top of the pile (the yellowish gray color) and 4 of each of the other 3 colors. That’s the 3 gray ones there in the front.
Well I hope you are all keeping warm and cozy too. I know there’s lots of snow and bitter cold in much of the country.
I made good on my promise. I knit 8 more hexagons for the afghan after I finished the first full lace pattern repeat on Curio, which I will show you in a minute.
So now I have four of each color combination and there are 8 contrast colors; the main color in all is navy. I had been thinking that 8 rows would be about right but now that I am halfway to that goal, I think I may need at least 10 rows to make it the right size.
Here’s the current state of Curio and I will probably start back on it for a bit tonight before make more hexagons.
I’ve also been baking today. I have a batch of bread and cinnamon rolls in the oven right now and it smells wonderful in my house. :-)
I have made some progress on my afghan recycling project but am saving that for my next post when I have a chance to get a decent picture . Today I thought I would share what we have been working on in the wood shop.
These are some new Nostepinnes we finished up over the weekend.
What a difference adding that finish makes, huh? It’s kind of like blocking your knitting. :-)
We even found a bit of Mahogany laying around from quite a few years ago. These are all on the Website for $25.
So today we started working through some wood that needed to be roughed out into blanks for turning. These will probably end up being mostly more Darning Eggs and Nostepinnes, but you never know. This is from various trees around the property that needed cut down or trimmed. I think it’s a mix of Cherry, Maple, and maybe some fruit trees.
Okay that’s it for today. I’ll be back later this week with a knitting post.
I am getting sooooo close to the finish on this project. I am about halfway through with the final side. I got a fair bit of this knitting done last weekend when Jerry and I took a short overnight trip to visit my mother-in-law. It’s the most knitting time I have had in awhile, which explains the slow progress I guess.
On our trip home after an overnight in Evansville, we took a slight detour and spent about half a day checking out the Land Between the Lakes park. Jerry has wanted to try some off road trail driving in his truck and we discovered that they have some there. We tried that out and while it was a fun adventure we weren’t too impressed with their trail markings and didn’t want to get lost in there, so we didn’t go very far in. LOL! It was a fun experiment though. I got only one picture of the Bison. There are also Elk but we didn’t go on the drive where you can see them. I think it was still closed anyway.
Since we are on the subject of nature; here’s our yucca plant in full bloom this week. :-)
On the business side; I got all the Nostepinnes and Darning Eggs added to the website last week, and since I told you I would update you on that, consider yourself updated. :-)
We are working on a few ideas for new products at the moment that we are getting very excited about. More on that when I have something to show you. :-)
It’s about time for another blog post, don’t you think? So, what’s up at your house? Hope spring is in full force and you are well. We are fine here and ready for some changes. Are you with me?
For the time being, and maybe permanently for all we know, my husband is home and working on the business full time with me. His job in the food distribution industry, serving restaurants, schools, hotels, etc. took a double whammy when the Nashville tornado and then the quarantine caused him to be laid off for at least a year or more. So, when you have lemons you might as well make lemonade right? He is keeping busy making product.
Once upon a time, a few years ago anyway, we used to make wood bowls. They are fine for plopping your yarn in but also great for lots of other uses. We had a lot of blanks glued up already that he hadn’t gotten around to when we started making the bowls in 2017. It seemed like the time was right to put them on the lathe and make some more.
These are waiting a new outboard tool rest which will make it much easier to carve out the inside. It arrived yesterday and it is installed and ready to go so they should be finished soon.
And here it is in action. Who knows, there may even be some darning eggs and nostepinnes coming up? Would there be any interest in us bringing those back? We would love some feedback on that.
See you soon with some other knitting and pattern news!
How are you all doing today? We are getting through alright here. We are excited to report that we found actual toilet paper for sale in Kroger on Thursday! We were allowed to purchase two packages. My faith in civilization was restored just a little bit. LOL!
So, lots going on here at home to share with you this week. First of all we were notified that Jerry’s truck damage from the tornado was deemed a total loss. We thought it was going to be repaired all this time but the repair shop discovered after they began working on it that nearly everything was worse than they could determine at first. Mostly it was due to glass, probably not the glass from his truck but flying in the atmosphere. There was a huge debris ball and I suspect that was the culprit. Fortunately his truck was worth more than the payoff so we were able to get a replacement. He decided to go with something a bit different. He likes it a lot. It has a pretty awesome sound system!
I have made some progress on my Honeydew Lace Square fingering weight edition. I have five more rounds of the inner border and then it’s on to the edging.
We are trying to make the best use of our time during this quarantine/safer-at-home time. Jerry has been out in the shop a lot in the last week. He did a lot of tidying, re-arranging and de-cluttering. After that he got back to work on a big batch of Yarn Boxes that were all ready for sanding. We have some available on the website now if you were planning to pick up one at a festival this spring.
I have not been idle either. I have been cooking and baking more lately as is evidenced by the bread baking above. I have also been out at the dye pots a couple of times this week. New Era Fiber Mill has been keeping my busy (gainful employment which is appreciated more than ever about now). Here’s a batch I did the other day using my new work space, which I love, BTW. Did I mention my husband is amazing? Because he is. <3
Okay, stay well, and safe everyone! Make good use of your time and search for the silver lining! There is always something to be thankful for.
I prefer summer but this one has been pretty intense, especially in September, so I have to admit that even I was ready for a change.
I had most of a skein of Classic Merino Superwash Sport yarn leftover from my Firenze sweater and I had planned to make some fingerless mitts with it. So, after finishing the Delmare shawl and since I had nothing else in the immediate queue, I decided it was time. Plus, I have been dying to use my Signature Needles DPNs I got at stitches Midwest. :-)
I have all but the thumb done on the second one. I’ll probably do that later today so I can wear them over the weekend. I’ll probably need them. :-)
I designed these myself and may write up the pattern. I like long cuff mitts since I wear short sleeve t-shirts year round and it gives me a bit of extra warmth under my jacket or sweater when it’s cold out. I rarely need a coat and don’t even own one. I just use light layers on the occasions when it’s too cold for just a hoodie.
I am currently killing time in my hotel’s lobby waiting for my room to be ready. That’s where I took the second picture. I arrived in Asheville in time for booth set up which was supposed to happen about noon. With the last minute changes needed at SAFF in order for the show to go on, it’s not surprising that there were a couple of hang ups. The McGough Arena, where we have had to re-locate for this year, wasn’t ready for us to move in when I got there. They should be ready in a few hours, hopefully. I figured I would just drop my luggage and eat lunch while I am waiting. So, here I am also writing a blog post. Never a wasted moment, right?