In cruising around the knit-blog-iverse, I note a lot of people in full holiday panic mode. And rightly so, I guess — it’s just a few days until Christmas, right?
You may have noticed that I’ve made no mention of holiday preparations. There’s a reason for that. I . . . um . . . haven’t made any holiday preparations.
Well, that’s not exactly true. I did slop a few holiday cards in envelopes last week and sent them out. But holiday baking? Zilch, apart from the stuff I made to take to work for the office party. Decorating? Zip, apart from ordering a prelit fake tree is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow and that I may or may not actually assemble before Christmas.
Lucy is primping for Santa on the off chance that I get my act together.
Gift knitting? I am, believe it or not, ahead of the game here. I finished my gift knitting months ago. Though I do have one bit of holiday stealth knitting to do, but it’ll be done in the next couple of days.
So, you say, surely she’s wrapped all her gifts? You would be wrong. Nothing is wrapped. Gifts are stuffed here and there, hither and yon, all over my home. I’ll be doing well to find where I put them all. I do have some holiday giftwrap, however.
I’ll be wrapping gifts Christmas Eve, no doubt. With Lucy “helping” me, I’m sure. While I’m at it, it wouldn’t kill me to vacuum. Not only is there cat hair all over, but little bits of fiber from my spinning pursuits.
Doesn’t all this really make you wanna come over to my place for Christmas?
Holy crap it was cold today! It was 11 degrees F. this morning with winds of 20-30 mph which made for a very nippy commute. I still have a cough and I’m sure being out in that weather didn’t help much.
When I was leaving for work this morning Lucy was huddled on my bed, all fluffed up, so I turned up the master bedroom thermostat a bit for her before I left. And thought about her snug and warm all day, as I sat in my chilly office that has a breeze coming in around the window. Brrrrrrrrr!
Good thing I have plenty of knitted items at the office to wrap up in.
(Some of you who live in colder climes may think “Huh! that’s nothing!” but believe me, when you’re not used to it, it’s something!)
I Do Still Knit
The Koigu Kersti sweater, nearly completed. Just gotta put it together, ya know?
Ply Me to the Moon
Thank you for all your kind comments about my spinning. I attribute any success I’ve had to beginner’s luck and easy-to-spin fiber.
Here’s some woool/alpaca blend:
I’m curious, though–now that you have the wheel, are you still using your drop spindles?
Um, er . . . no I haven’t. And it’s quite possible that I . . . uh . . . ordered a second wheel.
Can I ask how you ply? It almost looks like navajo plying … very rounded yarn.. usually two ply comes out looking a little flat.. just wondering!
It’s two ply — plied with a z-twist on my wheel. Mebbe it looks more rounded because I photographed it after the skein was washed and hung to set the twist.
What type of drafting method are you using? I’m still using a short draw, which is okay, but feels a bit slow to me. I’m thinking of attempting a long draw, but I’m really nervous.
Kim, I think what I’m doing is sort of a hybrid between short and long draw. It depends on the fiber — the easier it is to spin, the longer the draw!
Y’all know that I’m just faking this spinning stuff, right? I’m just
making it up figuring it out as I go along.