Staycationing

Last week we were scheduled to head out on a Colorado mountain adventure. A couple days before our departure, however, we made the choice to cancel those plans in favor of a staycation. There were a lot of reasons for the change of plans and while we were all a little bummed to not partake in some mountain-y shenanigans, it wasn’t bad to be home.

We did some things that needed to be done, like get back on track with menu planning and assessing what’s in our freezer & pantry. We tidied up the basement so my little sewing area will once again be usable so I can work on sewing up my fabric stash this year. And my hubby did an impressive fix on our sadly broken couch. We gallivanted to a zoo and a museum. We relaxed a lot.ย  nd despite subzero temps, we got in a few nice little hikes. In case you’re wondering, this is what my girl and I look like hiking when it’s below zero…

img_5648It involves a lot of layers…

img_5647And sometimes icicles form on your eyelashes…

img_5649But it’s peaceful and quiet and I actually love being out there (as long as I have a warm house & hot coffee or cocoa upon our return).

A fair bit of our relaxing time I was able to spend crafting. I didn’t have my yarn wound for my next knitting project and until late in the week I was a little lazy about getting that done. Instead, I spun.

img_5637And spun…

img_5651And spun some more…

img_5653There was kind of a lot of spinning…

img_5655One of these days, I’ll get around to plying it all, but I was having fun filling bobbins and most recently working on consistency and winding a nice bobbin with my Very Fast Flyer.

I also got to use one of my best ever Christmas/birthday gifts…

img_5654After my spinning friend sent a photo of her fiber in her kitchen scale, I immediately oohed and aahhhed at how awesome the spinning was (of course), but also there was a lot of love for the scale. I mean, a scale with a detachable bowl fitted right to it? Perfect for spinning and knitting! Lo and behold, thoughtful, thoughtful, thoughtful lady that she is, I unwrapped one of my own from her at the holiday. And I love it. I mean I really LOVE it. I keep it right next to my wheel and can easily weigh out my fiber projects quickly and easily. Once they’re weighed, I just keep the in-progress fiber in the bowl and I can quickly check where I am in the project if I get curious. Sure, I could always pull out my old kitchen scale and put a bowl on and tare it and what-not, but this one is just slick and so easy to use. Plus, I never would have splurged, but having the dedicated craft scale is so incredibly handy. Thank you, thank you, ladyfriend (you know who you are!)!

Finally, toward the end of the week, I got my act together and wound my yarn so I could cast on for the Susan Ashcroft SAL+KAL over in the Three Waters Farm Ravelry Group.ย  img_5656I’ll share more info on the handspun yarn that I finished right at the end of the year soon, but having started this yesterday and then re-started it last night to move up a needle size I can honestly say it’s a really a fun, quick, potato chip knit.

And that was the wild and wonderfully relaxing staycation week. It was actually a pretty great way to start the new year — relaxing, playing, and just plain hanging out together.

img_5641Most importantly, it was Moose approved. And really, that’s what counts, right?

32 responses to “Staycationing

  1. Maybe I missed it but what pattern are you starting in the picture? It looks lovely … very inviting to me.

  2. Sounds like a great week – except the part about icicles on your eyelashes. That seems extreme to me. I think Moose had the right idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But that spinning – WOW you did a lot! And I love the start of the shawl, that is going to be beautiful.

    • Moose likes the cold, but he equally loves the burrito treatment when he gets home.He is definitely my spirit animal. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I did do a lot of spinning. Not included in the photo is the half full bobbin currently on the wheel, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • That Moose is a smart pup! So, seriously – do you know how long you spent spinning last week? I am curious about how long it takes you to fill a bobbin. I know it takes me forever…

      • It *really* depends on the weight of fiber I’m spinning. The bright one with the oranges will be a worsted weight (probably) when done — I can get 4oz from fiber to worsted weight yarn in the bath in like 3-4hours maybe I think. I’m up and down a lot, so the lighter weights I’m not super sure. I will try to track the next 2oz of my lightweight spin so I have a better idea.

      • That is interesting. I think I am a bit slower than that, but not much, for heavier yarn. But the thin ones seem to take me AGES to spin. I know, practice, practice. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’m never really in a particular rush. ๐Ÿ˜œ The thin yarns I think start to go a lot faster if you can use a smaller whorl. Being able to add twist faster helps a great deal to improve speed, but practice does indeed help a lot too!

      • I should stop being afraid to change the whorl, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe on my next spin – this one and I are getting along OK right now. I am spinning yarn for my second (or third depending how long it takes) pair of Socks with Sarah 2017. Has to be thin to get the yardage. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • It took me years to work up the courage! But, no, you shouldn’t be afraid. Just remember that the smaller the whorl, the faster the twist goes in. If you need any pointers, just ask. I can whip up a little note for you to help you learn what needs to be adjusted when you switch whorls. It’s super easy once you get going with it and it gives you a lot more freedom & ease to make different types of yarn.

      • I won’t try it with this skein I have going, because it is working (I just treadle a lot) but I will try it with some small batts I got at the Common Ground Fair last fall just for experimenting.

      • Perfect! Take your time and adjust the take-up, too. The instinct is that if the twist is going in super fast to set the bobbin to almost pull the yarn out of your hands. You want a nice balance. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I learned that lesson the hard way- fighting to get thin fiber and it always was breaking away in The beginning but then it got better and I wasn’t doing anything different. So I began fiddling with the wheel, and tada!

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ And Debbie TOLD me that when I had my lessons, but it was all still too new to me to understand how the wheel could really fight me. It just took some experience, I guess to understand what she meant.

  3. I love a lil staycation, get jobs done and relax a little. How lovely to be able to come back from a frosty jaunt to a warm house and hot drinks!

  4. I love a great staycation and can’t wait for my next one. Yep, the cold would do me in, but coming home to snuggle with Moose might be worth it! The spinning is lovely and I’m going right now to look at the pattern you’ve started to knit!

    • It’s an exclusive to the group until the end of February, BUT come February I highly recommend it! I had a migraine yesterday and in the foggy aftermath of that I was able to knit on it as some comfort knitting. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I saw that when I investigated. I’ll keep an eye out in February. Sorry about the migraine – UGH. Glad you could at least knit a bit.

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