Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Finishing and Starting

So along with trying to get my ravelry and sidebar up to date (not all my projects, just since the last time I brought them up to date), I figured I'd update here also.

I had some people over yesterday (monday) that helped with the kids and socialized with me. While they were here I managed to get some crafty stuff done.

I finished these socks:

...and kept working on these ones.

I worked on this spinning (and finished plying it today, drying now, nice photo when it's done hopefully)

...and I plan to start this one next.

I'm planning to try to make a thicker yarn and I'm toying with the idea of alternating the two colors (both are 100% Merino). They are sage and daffodil, the green isn't quite right in the picture though... We'll see what I do when I start it.

So that means I have kept up with the Tour de Fleece so far, spinning a bit every day, and so far have finished two seperate yarns (yardage and wpi info still to come for both of them)

I have also been doing the Hundred Push-up Challenge. I've been doing this every M/W/F and I was supposed to start week 5 this week. Instead of that, I figured I would do week four again, but this time do the middle column (I've been doing first column so far every week). And then next week I'll do week 4 again but do the right most column instead, and then start week 5 the following week, following the same pattern, so for the last three weeks (4, 5, and 6) I'll do them each three consecutive weeks, working through the columns. Make sense? So that means that yesterday I did 90 pushups over the course of about 15 minutes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Starting to Catch up!

Since last we spoke....

I have been tending the kids, discovering the wonderful smell of line dried clothing (not everything, I'm not crazy, just a couple batches here and there to ease up on the electric bill while we have our window ACs on), enjoying the strawberry jam we made, researching some genealogy (some certificates from England!!), tending the garden (so many green tomatoes!), and alternating between watching instant netflix at night, and sleeping through (well, 5 hours is almost through the night, right?) and...

I have been spinning! Finally! Tour de fleece was the push I needed, and although I didn't sign up I did take it as an unofficial challenge. I started on July 4th (as my husband had the day off and I had a few minutes to start!) I have been spinning things out of my stash, and spinning a bit every day (well, one day I spent finishing the yarn, but still spinning related). So I finished this:

I received that for Christmas from Lily and sweet husband. The color is somewhere between those pictures. It took about a week between start time and when the finished yarn was dry. I haven't measure the length yet, but it was slightly more than 8 ounces, and it sure looks like a lot there now :) It is called Firesky (BFL) and is dyed by Mama-E bought through Creative Fibers

I am still working on my pair of socks...

...and I started a pair for my sweet husband.

I even pulled out another roving (purchased last year at rhinebeck) and have it half spun now.

I've even been sewing! I've so far made 2 small cloth bags,
(one for me)

(and one for Lily)

a wrap skirt and peasant blouse for Curly,

and we're planning an outfit for Lily.

This has been thanks to my younger sister coming over the past 2 days and spending her time holding Tomato-boy and playing with the girls.

And finally, I have pictures of the wrap I finished. This is something I started just days before going in to the hospital. I worked on it a bit there, and then a bit whenever I got the chance over the past weeks. I've had it finished for about a month now, I haven't blocked it and don't think I will. I'm planning to use it in the fall, during the time buildings transition between AC and heating.

It's a very simple pattern, two different rows on the front (really the same, just offset), and purl across the back. It's fittingly called the Stolen Moments Wrap! I really enjoyed making it and will probably do it again sometime when I have pretty yarn to show off.