My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Just Spinning and Knitting Here

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments

  1. Love the Kersti sweater. Isn’t that yarn a dream.

  2. I have been enjoying your blog for a long time. I used to knit sweaters and hats and mitts for my son years ago. I still have all of the needles and patterns, and I have quite a bit of yarn of various sorts. I also have many knitting books and patterns. I was at a sale of house contents (an older lady in our community had passed away) and bought a LOT of old pattern books (for example, the Lux soap knitting book and some neat old pattern books for baby sets) and thought I would start knitting again. With the inspiration I get here and from a couple of other sites, I just might take it up again :) I have some hand-carved wooden needles passed down through the generations on which I actually did knit a couple of things.

    I love this site. Thank you.

    Lazybones

  3. Merry Christmas (belated) Wendy! I’ve been away a few days, and it’s nice to catch up on your knitting and spinning. (Not to mention Lucy.) Enjoy your vacation – you sure do deserve it! (And happy you-know-what coming up, too.)

  4. Hello-
    I am looking for someone who could write out a scarf pattern for me. I know how I want it to look-a panel of leaf pattern stitch that is in a sweater that I have the pattern for, with a simple border. Would you want to do this? How hard would it be? I would like to trade a pet portrait or two for it. If you think you might want to, please take a look at my website wich is all about pet portrait art! http://www.laurenfreeland.com
    Happy holidays!

  5. Yes Alden Amos is opinionated. Read him on single vs. double treadles and have a chuckle. Read him on adjusting a double drive setup and then lie down in a darkened room with a martini.

  6. I’ve been snuggled up with the Robitussen bottle this week, too, and recommend hot tea with equal parts honey, lemon juice, and brandy as an excellent, cough-soothing drink. Use like a tablespoon or two of each “extra” and fill the rest of the mug up with tea. It helps!

    Your spinning is great. I just got my first wheel and am struggling to figure the whole process out. –Deb

  7. that yarn is looking mighty fine! When I get a chance I’ll have to upload a pic of my first spinning effort, well besides the class efforts.

  8. I think my favorite part in the Alden Amos book is when he talks about “wuzzing” your fiber. The way he describes it always cracks me up. Spinning is looking great!!

  9. The couch, an afghan, TV classic movie channel and the remote and teacup within easy reach, my knitting in hand, now to apply one cat … ah. Dr. visit this morning told me what I already knew, just wait it out, and whooping cough is “going around” in the DC area. As long as I’m not whooping, I’m content to keep hacking.

  10. thanks for the Distaff day info — interesting stuff! my spinning guild saves their holiday party for the January meeting and celebrates Distaff Day! in many ways, I feel I’ve joined a coven ….. :)

  11. Diana & Orion says:

    Hi Wendy! Happy ‘Tween Holidays! Glad to see you are putting the down time to good use. Just wanted to say the koigu sweater is gorgeous, so is Lucy (always!) and woo-hoo! So is Ian in his beautiful Liam sweater! It suits him. Well done. Very well done.

    hugs — Diana & her black sugarcat, Orion

  12. Diana & Orion says:

    Hi Wendy! Happy ‘Tween Holidays! Glad to see you are putting the down time to good use. Just wanted to say the koigu sweater is gorgeous, so is Lucy (always!) and woo-hoo! So is Ian in his beautiful Liam sweater! It suits him. Well done. Very well done.

    hugs — Diana & her black sugarcat, Orion

  13. Diana & Orion says:

    Hi Wendy! Happy ‘Tween Holidays! Glad to see you are putting the down time to good use. Just wanted to say the koigu sweater is gorgeous, so is Lucy (always!) and woo-hoo! So is Ian in his beautiful Liam sweater! It suits him. Well done. Very well done.

    hugs — Diana & her black sugarcat, Orion

  14. You’re a mean spinning machine! You make me want a wheel. Or two. (Even though I couldn’t spin to save my life.)

    That Kersti is gorgeous; I’d say it’s the prettiest colorway I’ve seen so far.

  15. We tried your recipe for chocolate chip scones today –YUM! Happy spinning and I love reading your blog.
    Judy

  16. Aunt Reba’s tonic tea:
    2 cloves garlic smashed
    juice of one large lemon and some zest for flavor
    pinch cayenne pepper pdr. to taste
    1″ knob of fresh ginger, minced finely
    2-3 Tbl. honey
    Make a tea of the above with a thermos full of boiling hot water. Let steep 10 minutes, then sip through the waking hours. Add a nip of brandy at bedtime; helps with sleeping.

    I love this on a raw winter day, especially after getting soaked in rain or snowy conditions. It has a real comfort quotient to it!

    Lemon juice= vit C
    ginger= good antibiotic/ antibacterial/stomach ache
    cayenne= open sinus
    honey= sooth throat/ antibacterial
    garlic= antibacterial/

    Try it–if you like savory foods, you’ll love it.

    Nice website!

    Toodie in California