The Week in Yarn & Other Things

Forget the holidays, spring is the busiest time of the year at our house. Spring roughly translates to DO ALL THE THINGS. Yard clean-up from winter, finishing up school, seeking out a 100 bird day during migration, cooking some meals ahead for summer so we don’t have to heat up the house when it’s hot, spring cleaning, fishing season, spring play group — are you tired yet? And let’s not forget that this year I’m trying to get my act together and plan out the kids’ summer activities & be less disorganized in meal planning, too. All in all, that’s just a really long way to go to say that, as usual, I’ve been busy (and after writing that I kind of feel like I need a nap).

I didn’t make the time to tell any one story in particular from my week, so I thought I’d give you little snapshots of them all.

First, as I mentioned it was Mr Knitting Sarah & my wedding anniversary on Monday. As I finished up my morning’s workout, I heard my daughter loudly ‘whispering’ that my husband needed to get me some flowers.

img_3072He briefly tried to disagree, but quickly opted to pay my girl to pick this one for me and make me a card. It was the first card I ever got from him that was signed simply, “Your Husband” — for some reason it felt very ominous to me. It was pretty much awesome.

Out of no where, I decided to pick up my Knitted Patchwork project.

img_3080I’ve added a few new squares to it and I moved it to a little tub instead of smooshed in a project bag. I think maybe perhaps I’ll be more likely to pick it up and set it down more often this way and, you know, actually make some progress. I really do like it when I’m working on it, I just tend to forget about it when it’s not staring at me.

I managed to finish up the singles for this spinning project.

img_3103It’s from Spun Right Round and will eventually be a standard 3-ply.

Since I’m waiting to ply until the Akerworks Flat Pack Lazy Kate prototype arrives for the test I’m participating in, I started another spin.

img_3100And today I finished the first 2oz. This is from Dyeabolical and is the colorway named Wit Beyond Measure. It’s dyed on 100% Targhee and I’ve split it into 4 parts for a a 4-ply. The aforementioned lazy kate has room for 4 bobbins and one question I’m looking to answer is how it handles 4 bobbins from the Lendrum’s plying head. Of course this means I’m now spinning singles on my plying head. I realize I could spin them on a speedier flyer and transfer them to the big bobbins, but I’m kind of too lazy for that. Plus, this is a great exercise for me as I’m making adjustments necessary for a slightly heavier single as well as working on a flyer which I don’t usually use for singles. I’m feeling very good about how it’s been going so far.

We spent a bit of time on the trail and were hoping to get a big ‘fall out’ day with spring migrants, but alas…

img_3086This trillium was the most exciting thing we saw. My kids are very interested in the spring wildflowers and I am awfully terrible at IDing them, so every time we go out I snap a couple photos and go home to try to work out the proper name. This new challenge has been a lot of fun as we wait for the birds to show up.

A little while ago I got these very cool skeins in the mail for review.

img_3013It’s Durasport from Briggs & Little and a very hardy singles wool. I read a number of comments on Ravelry that folks like their socks that they’d made with this yarn, so I picked up Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter’s Chittery Chattery Socks pattern and cast-on.

img_3102I think they’re just they are knitting up to be just the sweetest! Do pardon the super crumpled pattern — that’s what I call “knitting in real life” and why I love being able to print copies of patterns.

I also had a little exciting stash enhancement this week.

img_3077This is called ‘Luminous Dusk’ and it’s dyed on Superfine Merino by Three Waters Farm. I wanted to share the eye candy, but also the news that Three Waters Farm is holding a Customer Appreciation Sale this weekend. Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8 use coupon code TWFMAY201615 to get 15% off your order. If you’ve been wanting to try your hand with this incredible fiber, now’s a great time to treat yourself!

Since the nap isn’t going to happen anytime soon, I’m off to get back to work. Have a fabulous Friday, all!

9 responses to “The Week in Yarn & Other Things

  1. wow – that is a serious pile of work you guys take on in Spring. Isn’t spring great??? I love the idea of cooking ahead for hot summer days – now “ain’t you smaht”, as they say around here. 🙂 spinning and knitting are looking wonderful, can’t wait to see how that all plies up.

    • The cooking ahead is all my hubby’s idea — I’m just the one home, so I’m going most of the leg work. I like spring, but I already kind of miss winter. lol!

      • Exactly — and I’m thinking we’ll have a new furnace by the time the (serious) snow flies, too. (knock on wood) So instead of loving winter, I’ll ADORE it.

      • I think the new furnace is a must. We can’t count on mild winters every year!

        winter 14-15 we burned 5 tons of pellets – an all time high. Propane use was steady. This past winter, we have burned a bit over 4 tons – still high, but a good chunk of that (about half a ton) was this past month – the stove is just always ON. It feels like it will never get warm out! We get a day here and there (like they are promising for Friday!) before a return to cold.

        So I sure do hope that you will get that furnace soon. 🙂

      • Fingers crossed it’ll be our Christmas gift. Thankfully our house is pretty tight so it retains heat well. We’ve only had it turn on a couple nights the last couple weeks. The furnace makes this little weeping/sighing noise that my dad said sounds like bearings going, so I think it’ll be just in time. ☺️ We’ve had a good mix of 40s – 60s, so that definitely keeps the house warm(ish)!

  2. Aaaaaaand ordered. I’ve been meaning to order some fiber for a while and have held myself back because I’m still spinning stuff that’s been on my wheel since *ahem* October, but a sale is a perfect excuse. 🙂

    • Yay! I can’t wait to see what you picked — definitely share! I have a the Top of the Month Club braid prepped and ready and I have one bobbin left as I wait for the Akerworks Lazy Kate to arrive. I think this worked out perfectly!

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