I have always been interested in weather. I even took some weather and climate classes in college, one in which I successfully predicted the first frost of the year earning me some extra credit. As nerdy as it makes me, I don’t know that a day goes by that I don’t look at weather maps. I enjoy it and because my family does so much outside, it is awfully handy to have a good idea of what to expect from Mother Nature. While we don’t live in the Plains states in which tornadoes are most frequent, we do get our share of severe weather and that means that we have rules in place for how to react and we have since the kids were babies. In a severe thunderstorm warning, we are ready to head for cover in the basement at a moment’s notice. If a tornado warning comes through, we get downstairs first and ask questions & look at maps later. The kids know the drill and move quickly even out of a dead sleep. I am well aware that 99.9% of the time it’s unnecessary and most of the time I can look at a map and plainly see that fact, but it’s one thing for which I simply don’t take chances.
Earlier this week, we had a real doozy of a night. I awoke when our weather radio alarm when off around 11:30 or so in the evening. I put a link to the weather radio because if you live in any area that has severe weather from time to time you really should have one — they are so much more reliable than cell phone apps and the alarm is pretty impossible to sleep through. In any case, since I am me and I always take National Weather Service warnings seriously, I opened up a map and saw a big line of storms marching toward us from the south. It was utterly still outside my window. Anyone used to this kind of weather knows this is an unsettling sign.
As it started to rain lightly at my house, reports were coming in that a tornado had struck about an hour south of our house, severely damaging a school and over a dozen homes. From what I’ve read, injuries were minimal which is quite a blessing since it hit around midnight. Thank goodness. Fortunately for us, we just had an eery thunderstorm in which the winds shifted suddenly mid-way through and what started as a calm rain turned quickly to a lot of thunder and lightning & wind & torrential rains. That being said, the rest of that night and following couple have left me struggling to find a peaceful sleep. I love storms, but severe ones that roll through at night are unsettling for me.
Sluggish as I’ve been, I’ve found some peace — as always — in my craft. In accordance with the Socks with Sarah KAL, I’ve added some stitches to my Hermione’s Everyday Socks in Cloudlover yarn. They are beautiful, but I’ve found myself drawn to my Lida Shawl lately, so I’ve been clicking away on it.
As with most lace work, it doesn’t really look like much right now, but I have no doubts that it will. So far, it is one of the most enjoyable lace knits I’ve knitted. It is repetitive, but not so repetitive that it is boring. And the yarn, Quince & Company’s Sparrow, is as always a delightful dream to work. If there is a better fingering weight linen out there, I have not found it.
I’ve also found spinning at my wheel to be a great way to unwind. I opted to spin up the latest braid from the Cloudlover Fiber Club, a colorway named Sashimi.
As soon as it arrived in my mailbox I was in love with this Polwarth – Mulberry Silk blend. It is hot pink & salmon and every shade in between. When I posted photos raving about it, Natalie from Cloudlover reminded me that it came from a photo I posted on her ‘Wish List” thread, a place where fans are encouraged to post color themes and palette ideas for yarn & fiber.
I spun it straight from the braid using my new BFF, the lace flyer. It is a great testament to Natalie’s talents that whether I organize the colors of her fibers or spin the braid as is, the resulting yarn is always beautiful. She just has such skills, I’m so lucky to always have her fiber on hand.
Fiber on hand is something I’m certainly not lacking, so thankfully the Tour de Fleece will be starting soon. I’ll be away from my wheel for part of it and I don’t really do all that great with a spindle (*hangs head in shame a little*), so I won’t be as serious as I was last year. That’s probably for the best anyway since I went a little overboard/obsessive last year. In any case, I’m considering joining a team (or two), but I haven’t decided yet if I will do that or just go it alone. Whatever the case, I’m happy to shift my focus to a spinning-first mentality for a bit.
With bobbins like this, can you blame me?
Let’s not mention that beautiful Downton Abbey inspired color collection from Cloudlover — I’ve recently been catching up on the show and find this collection nearly irresistible… Remind me again that I have to spin my stash first for this Tour de Fleece. Remind me often.