Phew! It’s been a busy couple weeks around here, and sadly very little of it has been yarn-related.
Work has hit an all-time busy high but I can’t really complain. Busy means we’re bringing in business. But, getting up at 5am all week and not stopping except for eating breaks can put a real damper on your
knitting blogging personal life.
With how infrequently I’ve been able to post lately, I’ve seriously considered bringing down the blog. What’s the point if I can’t even put together a single post in over a week’s time?
But truth is, I really enjoy it. I’ve come to realize there are 3 things I love about blogging:
- The friendships
- The sharing
- The journaling
In that order, too. There are so many great women that I’ve come in contact with because of the blog. So many great tips. So many funny stories. So, while I do certainly keep the blog to document my own hobby, I think it’s the commeraderie of all the talented, intelligent women that keep me coming back.
So, a big thank you to all of you who stop by here to read and share your thoughts. I’m so happy to have met all of you (even if I don’t always get the chance to personally respond to every comment).
Now that that’s over
In case there’s any doubt, I was able to fit in* MDSW last Saturday. Since the reviews have been a-flowin around the ring I’ll keep my update brief.
Along the top is 500 yards of Brooks Farm Fiber for some kind of shawl/scarf/wrappy thing.
From left to right:
- Spectrum Wool Silk from Springwater Fiber Workshop. I visited them a couple weeks ago when I was in Alexandria. I was very taken by their yarn but I decided to hold off until the festival. I’m glad I did because the selection was much, much bigger. I have 426 yards for something scarf-like. It’s single ply and I’d like to find a pattern that shows it off well.
- Another Spectrum Wool Silk. I got 639 yards of the blue. I’m trying to diversify my color purchases. Can you tell? I always gravitate toward deep reds, oranges, and greens.
- Next up is Tess’ sock yarn in crazy rainbow variegated shades. I’m not sure if I’ll do socks or some kind of armwarmer. I’m big on the armwarmers. I made 2 pairs for this past winter and used them practically every day.
- All the way to the right in the big pic is Socks that Rock in the colorway Covelite. I was trying to find something subtly handdyed because I’m just not a big fan of spiraling. I think I’ll make socks out of this
- And finally, Regia Jubilee in the India colorway. I’ve had my eye on this colorway for months now but I haven’t found it in person. I hate to pay shipping for 1 ball of yarn so I snapped this up at the Mannings’ booth as soon as I saw it. I’m making long fingerless mitts out of this and I’ve already started.
What didn’t I get?
I really wanted some of Tess’ Cascade Silk in the finer weight (I think about 6spi?). But I didn’t have any luck finding something in blacks with either blue or purple. And believe me I tried — I visited 3 times!
A drop spindle. I’m just starting to get the hankering to try a little spinning. I don’t ever see myself spinning enough yarn for a sweater, but I would love to spin some cool yarn for accessories.
Lace books. I looked at several but I just couldn’t decide. I found a few beautiful patterns but mostly tablecloths. I don’t use lace tablecloths. Any other ideas for circular pieces of lace? If I can come up with a way to use them I’d gladly make them.
What else is new?
I’m back to dieting. I had gained back 15 of the 20 I lost last year and I have not been happy with myself. So once I got back from MDSW I got back on, and I’ve lost 5 pounds this week!
I’m doing a modified Atkins. Low carb, but watching saturated fats as well. I don’t feel so heavy and full after eating. My favorite new snack is a Thai-inspired cucumber salad. Really yummy and quick to make:
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped into half-inch dice
1 tsp (approx) of finely diced onion. I prefer red because it gives a bit of color
Enough white vinegar to cover most of the cucumbers
Diced cilantro, maybe 2 Tb
Dash of salt and red pepper flakes
It’s crunchy, healthy, and a nice alternative to the neverending bowls of lettuce.
*fit in? what am i nuts? i’d been counting down to MDSW since January! nothing short of traction would have kept me away