Tuesday, March 24, 2009

There and Back Again

For whatever reason, I find that half the time I am not quite sure how to start off the blog post. Today is one of those days so why not just jump in with both feet? I've been knitting away in this past month, some socks, some designing, AND, even some crochet but as that's going to be a Holiday gift, no pics yet. Actually, my current knitting photo options for posting are next to nil. Here's one that shows some recent socks - some old, some new. Left to right: a pair of socks knit in one of my hand dyed skeins, my Irish Pride socks, another one of my hand dyed skeins - the pattern for which is also an original and will be available first for those participating in Fresh From the Cauldron's Wizard of Oz club and then available to the public - the first sock of the pair in my Strut colorway, and a wee pair of socks for little miss made out of Sunshine Yarn's Soft Sock in the Another Weasley colorway with Chocolate heels and toes. I'll try my best to take some actual knitting photos for the next post :)

In other big news.... Remember how I had been lamenting over the fact that I didn't have a spinning wheel and then I got one and was lamenting that it wasn't working properly? Well, thanks to a woman my hubby works with, I am the proud owner of a new-to-me Ashford Traditional and look, singles!!!!! For any seasoned spinners out there, you may want to avert your eyes, but I love them :)A friend of mine had gifted me 2 different rovings this past Christmas and I have since spun them both but only have pictures of the first one. I'm trying to decide if I want to ply them or not. Needless to say, there will be future spinning content on the blog as well and hopefully some visible improvement as I practice. Now I can figure out what I'm doing and fix up my other beauty!

All in all, it's been an eventful month. Grandma D and Grandpa B celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary :) Below picture was taken by my parents.
We went out to dinner and then hit the lanes. This was the minions first actual bowling experience and they loved it.
Here's a blurry taste of the action.

Earlier this month, the hubby and I took the minions to the cemetery to meet Mom and Dad for our annual St Patrick's Day celebration. I may have mentioned this before, I may not have. Every year we head to the cemetery to give my Grandfather and Great Grandparents a shot or two of Irish Whiskey - I'm Irish on my Father's side (and they liked their whiskey!). Afterwards, we all headed to the pond (located within the cemetery grounds) and fed some ducks and geese. And minions.
Always on the lookout for new treasures...

There was a bit of squabbling within the ranks that day.
Spring has arrived and hopefully that means no more snow for a while. I have been busy in the kitchen dyeing up some new base yarns and have listed most of them on my Etsy site. If you like what you see, you have my permission to buy a skein or two which would really help me out at the moment seeing how I am currently looking for new employment! Good times. Enough about all that though, there's a thunderstorm moving in. I do love a good thunderstorm! See ya for now :)


Judy S. said...

Beautiful job on the spinning! Did you teach yourself?

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Wow! An Ashford is a dream wheel! I love your socks by the way...