Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's Here!!!....It's Finally Here!!!.........

Holy crap!!  55 degrees yesterday and possibly 58 today!!  All high 40's, low 50's next week.  This really gets the adrenalin boosted.  The snow is melting fast that our driveway and the road look like something from an old western movie.  You know, where the mud is so thick that wagons get stuck and women's ankle length dresses have a 6" border of mud along the bottom.   Well, ya gotta take the good with the bad, I guess.

So, I've been spinning like a mad woman.  BH tells me "Spin.  Spin like the wind!"    Ehhh, yah.  If only it were that easy.  But progress is being made.

Got tired of the white BFL; had 4 bobbins of 3 ply fingerweight. Wanted something thicker for the patterning on the blue sweater, so I cabled it.  Now to skein and wash. Decided to move on to the grey Shetland that was dyed some time ago.  Working on the dark green/grey heather.  It's very pretty; love the color.  But the Shetland......jeeesh! Lots of VM, knots, bumps and something that feels like gravel.  It's a slow process, but I know how this Shetland feels and acts as yarn, so it's worth the trouble.

A couple (few?) weeks ago, I plied the leftover denim blue and navy blue.  Couldn't figure out why they weren't done before when all the other blues were being plied.   Well, on the second bobbin it occured to me........because they're all Superwash Merino.  Ohhhh Crap!!!  I've had one really bad experience with that yarn and swore I would never make it again!  I use Superwash (because I love the softness of it) only as a plying single.

Anywho, what's done is done.  5 skeins of it.  Thank goodness there's a nice shawl pattern waiting.

3 of the 5 skeins:

It plied beautifully

Here is the sweater up to the armholes.  The front opening is pinned together while the back is being knitted.

The pattern didn't come out clearly, but it's the "Waffle".

The white cabled yarn.  There is irridescent Firestar blended in.
And on Friday, I got up the energy to make 2 apple struedels.  I have been dieing for apple struedel!! for now; one in the freezer.  There is still a gallon and 1/2 freezer bags of our apples left.  I think I'm going to make 2 more struedels next week.  Yummmyyy!!

Pictures were taken before the confectioner's glaze was swirled on.
So, all the housework is done for today.  Grandson is visiting and helping Grandpa split wood.  He'll stay for supper -- fried chicken!! but has to leave at 5:30 for bowling.  We love having him here; wish he would come more often.  But he is 14!  I know they have places to go, people to see, things to do.  He'll be 15 in a couple of months.  I guess we should be thankful for the time we'll have with him -- while he still wants to come and visit with the old grandfolks!!  I'm getting veklempt.

Well, I'm going back to the spinning.  OMG -- it's just about noon!!  The day is shooting by.  Have you ever noticed that when the time gets moved ahead, for the first week or 2 it seems like the days just fly by!  Yikes.  I gotta get myself in gear here.

Wishing everyone pleasant Spring days!


Rani said...

Sheesh, you've been busy!!! That apple strudel looks so delicious.

Nice work on the sweater!

Judy said...

Looks like you definitely got your mojo back! Enjoy the warm weather.

Linda said...

Thank you girls! 62 today - 67 tomorrow. Yeah, I should be outside enjoying it, but enjoying just as much inside with the fiber work -- and the windows open!

Sandie Knapp said...

Well then, belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDA.
You have been spinning like a dervish, and your spun and plied yarn is gorgeous. You are a much better spinner than I am. I am still struggling with consistency, and with my stupid sciatica problems of late, my spinning wheel has been put aside until I can sit and work with it long enough to get something done. I have to limit my computer time as it is because it bothers me so much sitting here.

I think your sweater is going to be really lovely, and I know it's going to be warm. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

The apple strudel looks fantastic! Great for celebrating a birthday with, I'm sure. :)

Linda said...

Thank you, Sandie! I hope your sciatica alleviates enough so you can spin a little bit here and there. Wishing you good health, beautiful warm weather and a great weekend!