Fe-blah-ary

I love winter, but if I had to pick a time of year that I struggle most with, it would be February. A long time ago a friend of mine referred to my feelings as the “February Blahs” — a kind of late winter ennui. I love the silence of winter and I love the cold and I love all the secrets kept by the natural world during this stark time of year, held closely and revealed only to those brave enough to venture out in the elements. Something happens to me in February, though. I get restless. The bundling up, the relentless chill, the perceived sameness of the paletteĀ  — it can all wear on me. And while I love winter and I hate the idea of saying good-bye to it, I start to think about spring… a lot. The warm sun on my face, running out on errands without having to pile on 3 layers of clothes, being barefoot — even in the house! But I digress. After years of experiencing this, I’ve learned to stay busy, take on challenges that excite me, and just keep on, keepin’ on.

And that, my friends, is where I spent my past quiet week. Tucked away in a multitude of tasks, staying busy, and doing the little things necessary to keep my spirits up during this bought of the Fe-blah-ary-s. Baking. Field trips with the family. Cooking. Spinning. Knitting. Movies. Music. Reading. And today I thought I’d pop in to share some of the crafty things I’ve been up to…

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Have I shared these singles here yet? I finished them a while back and am aiming to wind them off and get them washed and set and drying later today. Sure, I’ve said that a few times already over the past weeks and these singles sat on the bobbin, but I really am going to try to get that done today.

I’ve been working steadily on my handspun Brillig

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I’m loving this knit. The fabric has a wonderful, drapey feel and I can’t wait to wear it.

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And this photo shows the colors a little better than the first. I’m alternating Three Waters Farm Iron Blue & African Sunset, both handspun and chain-plied to a light fingering weight and thus I went down to a size 4 needle. It appears that I did not spin the African Sunset’s colors quite the way I thought I did, so I’m a little intrigued to see what’s to come here in the remainder of the yarn. I also have a feeling that I will have to spin more Iron Blue before all is said and done because I believe I will be running short. I did buy extra after measuring the skeins, so I have it on hand — it would just delay finishing a bit.

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The singles of my Three Waters Farm Top of the Month club are complete as of last night! I intend to chain by this bobbin as well. I couldn’t bear the idea of breaking up these yellows and blues. I have no idea what I’ll do with the yarn once it’s plied, but I sure did enjoying spinning it!

And last, but certainly not least, I spent those in-between moments in the kitchen with one of my Jenkins‘ Larks…

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I really do love the spin on these spindles. Of course because I do love the kitchen for my spindles, I had to include the home-made granola and fresh bread in the photo as well. Yum.

And with that, I’m heading back to it! It’s snowing again and I’ve got to spin some color into this freshly pristine white landscape!