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.  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 Groupimg_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?