Just in case you wondered (and I’m sure y’all were losing sleep over it), I did decorate my tree last week, after a fashion.
I am off from work until January 10. My number one plan? Sleep. Hopefully the added rest will help me rid myself of this pesky cough.
So I actually did some cleaning up today. Not surprisingly, there were little fluffs of unspun fiber all over the living room floor. Add that to cat hair and you’ve got quite a bit of stuff floating around. I feel as though I’m a better person for having vacuumed it up. Or something.
A question from the comments — where did I get the sheep tumblers pictured in yesterday’s blog entry? They were a gift, but I have it on good authority that they are available in World Market stores.
This morning I did this:
This is two ounces of handpainted merino wool. It reminds me that there was a question in the comments last week asking how long it takes me to spin, say, 4 ounces, of wool.
The answer is . . . it varies. Some fiber is a lot easier and faster to spin than others. I’d say it takes me a couple of hours to spin and ply 4 ounces of an “easy” fiber, like the pink Coopworth from the other day.
The merino I spun this morning was just a bit over 2 ounces, and it took me 2-3 hours to spin and ply. The merino was soft and slippery, so I had to spin more slowly and carefully.
We Have Knitting
I finished the Koigu sweater on Christmas Eve.
This is my “Lisa” design that I knitted last summer in Rowan Calmer. I think I like it better in Kersti. It took 7 skeins of Kersti to complete.
The whole sweater is done in a 2×2 rib. Here’s a close-up of the rib pattern.
Speaking of Calmer
Several of you guessed correctly. The knitting that I pictured a few days ago is indeed my “Lucy” design. I’m reknitting it in Calmer, and it’s working out quite nicely.
St. Distaff’s Day
Yesterday, Dharia left this comment:
Have you heard of St. Distaff Day before? I’d never heard of it until learning to spin and joining a spinning mailing list. i thought this was amusing because you are spinning over the christmas holidays… here’s a blurb that was sent to the list, but its easily ‘google-able’.
In England, as well as other countries the days from Christmas through Twelfth Night were considered a time of rest from the labors of spinning. The maidens returned to their work on St. Distaff’s Day, January 7th. This was the day that women returned to their spinning after the Christmas Holidays. Since the men didn’t return to work until the Monday following 12th night they were usually free to annoy and harass the spinners.
Interesting! I’d not heard of it. I googled and found this interesting write-up of St. Distaff’s Day.
Speaking of Spinning
Here are two of my Christmas gifts.
Great spinning books! The Alden Amos book is amusing, because he certainly is opinionated. But the book is full of very useful information and I’m enjoying reading it very much. The smaller book, The Spinner’s Companion, is great as well. It’s a nice portable size and full of good stuff.
I’ll not be blogging for a day or two, so I’ll see you here later in the week.