Getting back to where the days go...I have been busy. Last weekend, our local knitting guild offered classes with Janet Szabo. I have admired her work for years, and was thrilled when I heard of this opportunity. I signed up for all four classes, the first two on Saturday were on cables, infinite cables and cable colorization.
By afternoon, I was really struggling with brain freeze. Not sure why, but hopefully it was all the antihistamines I have been on lately. I'd rather think that than just my age showing. Guess it could be either. Anyway, it was a really great experience.
On Sunday, the morning class was on Brioche stitch which I enjoyed more than I had ever guessed that I would. The possibilities are endless, and soft cushy items are bouncing around in my brain!
And, along with knitting, I have been spinning.....spindle spinning actually! Great fun, although not as fast as wheel spinning, it is nice to be able to pick it up for 5 or 10 minutes here and there.
This is the 2nd color that I have spun of the rainbow bag of fiber.
The first was the darker color, and the next will be a more vibrant blue.
I am simply spinning them as they were in the bag, and when finished I will arrange the colors as I like. I hope to make a pair of Fiddlehead mittens with these yarns.
I also received the Jenkins Turkish Spindle that I had on order. The singles form a little double ended ball of yarn around the arms as you spin, in such a manner that when you finish, you pull out the shaft, pull out the arms of the spindle, and you have a nice little wound-up ball of yarn. I have only spun a very small sample piece of fiber.....but it was extremely easy to spin, and I know I will enjoy working with it.
It is just a beautiful piece of artwork! I love that the artist labeled, dated, and signed each one. It's just beautifully made!
And, like so many other knitters, I am working on Wendy Johnson's Summer Mystery Shawlette. Anxiously awaiting the release of the next clue.......
It really is a fun little project, out of stash yarn - Lisa Souza Sock!
The fact that I am using my new Signature circular needles may be why I am enjoying the project oh so much! I splurged and treated myself to several pairs of these beauties! LOVE them! Ahhhhhh......
So - that catches things up, on the needlework front anyway. The garden is in, and looking pretty good so far. We have had tons of rain, but luckily have been spared the destructive winds and storms that other parts of the US are experiencing. BG and I are looking forward to a summer sans preschool - which will allow more trips to the park, the zoo, the swimming pool, and just general summer fun!