Monthly Archives: December 2010

Boxing Day

Happy Boxing Day to you!  Do they say that in England?  No idea.  Clearly, I need to head over there to research it.

Another frantic holiday season full of too much socializing, too much sugar, and too much alcohol.  I am not sad that it is over. What is it about our society that feels that it has to cram all these get-togethers into the 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas? 

So here is my Christmas 2010 Knitting Nightmare.  I had made these mitts for G at my office as a Christmas gift about a month ago.  The colors of the yarn are really nice but it was splitty and very hard to work with.   I didn’t realize until I blocked them the night before I was going to give them to G that I had made the 2nd one shorter than the first one and somehow also managed to screw up the i-chord trim on the 2nd one. 

Mitts

I could not possibly give G these sad looking things so I have started a neck warmer for her instead and hope to get that finished and given to her before the New Year. 

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Spinning!

 

The Spinning workshop I signed up for back in July took place this last weekend.  It was even better than I hoped.  We had the best teacher ever!  Leslie was so kind and encouraging.  A great teacher.  She also didn’t stop with spinning wool.  We had alpaca, silk, flax, hemp. We learned to card wool.  We started out on a spindle the first morning and after lunch we learned to spin on wheels. 

My first attempt was pretty rough:

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This is Jasper, a Cotswold sheep.  He lives on a farm near Cartersville.  He was a dream to spin even though I am a total spazz at it.  Like riding a bike, it takes practice.  So practice I will and if I decide I am loving it and getting good enough at it, I hope to get a spinning wheel in the next year.