May Socks

Hello all! Long time no see! Or at least, long time no knit.

I finished my May socks today, and promptly snapped a shot of them on the back patio of the new house.

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They look pretty good! And it’s nice to have a finished object to show off. I don’t anticipate another one for awhile. Unless it’s Lizard Ridge, which maybe I’ll have a chance to block this weekend? I hope?

Pictures

There’s been no crafting whatsoever.

Instead, we spent the weekend, or rather, quite a few days, moving into our new home.

First there was closing. I’ve been living without a washing machine for at least 6 months now. I’d cart my laundry to Mr. Ink’s house and do laundry there on the weekends. However, the last weekend before the move was busy with his family in town, so I figured I’d wait until closing, load up my car with laundry, and head straight to the new house to use my new washer. Oddly, I found this to be a really thrilling prospect and I couldn’t WAIT to get there.

Once I did, I threw in a load of laundry, only to have our ejector pump fail and flood the basement. The basement is unfinished, so it’s not really a big deal, but it was quite distressing! Mr. Ink was able to fix it easily and it’s worked ever since.

After that, there was celebratory bourbon from Miss Marja:

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Mr. Ink says “Whiskey’s for closers.” It was certainly a¬†wonderful¬†evening, we moved a bunch of boxes into the new house, and we unpacked a few of them, showed the empty house to some friends, and we were even treated to a celebratory meal, rather unexpectedly, by Mr. Ink’s son.

Thursday evening I did just a bit more moving and organizing. And then on Friday I got up quite early, moved a load to the new house, and set myself up to wait for the utility appointments. I snapped this shot of our retaining wall flowers early Friday morning.

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It’s the only phlox on the wall, and I think we are going to have to find a way to add some more. That wall is just beautiful!

Friday consisted of finishing the packing of my house, and then working on Mr. Ink’s house. At midnight, we were moving aquariums and area rugs since we were both too excited to sleep.

And then Saturday was the big day! I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of our crew, but we had a good one, consisting of hearty cyclists. Thank goodness, because it rained all day long. We moved from 9:30-5:30, it was a very long day. And once that was over, we had a new house that looked like it belonged on the show Hoarders. Not ones to stop there, we just kept working on the house all evening and got ourselves to a pretty good place by the time we went to bed.

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I had pulled out all our combined spices and set them on the dining room table because I knew there would be many doubles. Two people who enjoy cooking combining households, it’s not surprising the table looked like this! Sunday morning I couldn’t sleep past 4:45 am, my excitement was too high, so I made a cup of coffee, started a load of laundry, and then set about organizing the spices. I enjoyed even that moment way too much!

The new house is still unorganized but it’s come a long way in a short time! Things I love:

-Having my two favorite people under one roof.

-Having Miss Bug on the same level as me, easy to go sit on her bed and chat with her while she plays, easy to tuck her in and wake her up, it’s quite pleasant.

-The previous owners, original to the house, left the entire history of the house with us in a box. All associated paperwork. It’s wonderful! I went through it yesterday and got to get acquainted with the history of my home, and the land it sits on. I now know every time the roof has been replaced, and every update ever done to the home, every insurance claim they filed, it really is a tiny treasure box and I am so glad they entrusted me with it!

The one thing I have not enjoyed? Organizing my craft room. You’d think that would be something I’d just adore! But not so. I feel completely overwhelmed when I try to work on it. I am convinced this is because crafting just has too many tiny bits and bobs to find a place for. It’s overwhelming! And, I don’t have all my storage furniture in the new house yet. There are still two pieces yet to arrive. So, while some things get put away, the boxes still feel like they are piling up. Or maybe it’s just because the rest of the house is still in such a state that I am not yet inspired about it. We’ll see what happens later.

But the rest of this week? I have to clean the old place out. What a drag!!!

Not as Colorful

Yesterday I worked on some very colorful spinning. But, in my spare moments I’ve been working on something less colorful, though still just as rich.

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Back when I purchased my grey CVM/Romeldale fleece, the one I spun up for the border of Lizard Ridge, my friend Mary purchase a CVM Romeldale fleece from the same shop. She wasn’t as enamored with the idea of processing her own fleece, and she’d found a mill she wanted to try. So she sent most of hers out to the mill, while I kept mine at home and did the dirty work myself.

I ended up trading her for some of her mill roving from that fleece. It’s been sitting in my stash for a couple years. And I craved something that I could work on that I’d not have to worry about colors with. So I pulled this one out.

I am telling you, it spins so fast! It’s lofty and bouncy and since it’s actual roving, it lends itself perfectly to long draw. The speed with which I am spinning this is just astounding! And makes me think that in the future, when I have a fleece, sending it out to a mill is absolutely a lovely option.

Progression

Awhile back I started on my 3 feet of sheep fiber, spinning it into energized singles in anticipation of creating a collapse weave at some point in the future.

I got sidetracked with other spins, and then knew I’d be putting away my loom for a bit. Now that I am close to having a dedicated craft space, I decided to work on some more of the singles.

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I love the rich colors of these small colored bumps.

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Some of the wool is of a grey variety, and there’s silk mixed in, so despite the wool being mostly one color, there’s always beautiful variations on that color running through my hands.

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Which makes it a very pleasing spin!

This is where I stop for now, I’ll start the project in the upcoming weeks, then spin more if necessary.

Anticipation Versus Reality.

I dyed some BFL in a colorway I was copying from a bump of fiber on a destash board I desperately wanted. I figured better to make my own with the tools I have than to purchase yet more stash. It took me awhile to get around to spinning it, and I did so over quite a long period of time.

The entire time, I thought for sure it was going to be the ugliest yarn ever spun. I was anticipating overdyeing it because I thought it would be so very ugly.

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And then I plied it, and magic happened. In reality, it’s lovely. My anticipation was so far away from reality that I can’t help but be surprised every time I look at the completed yarn!

This is a 3 ply, and I’ve only got 162 yards. Not a whole lot to work with. That’s ok, it’s just going in stash for now anyhow. Where hopefully it will remind me regularly that anticipation and reality are two different things most of the time.

First May Sock

Socks really are The Thing when you need a project you don’t have to think too hard about. Amazingly enough, I got one sock done!

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I did an afterthought heel in the blue I used for Mr. Ink’s socks so that they’d kind of match. I’ll still have plenty of yarn to switch out heels or toes if I wear through them. My stripes are mismatched on this sock, and they’ll be in proper order on the other sock. But, I don’t consider this even remotely problematic. I wasn’t going for matchy!

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Up next? More 3 ply yarn. I have finished spinning another bump, and I’ll have time to ply it on Saturday.

Wool and Flax Part 2

I did finish my second skein of wool and flax blend this week. It took a full two days to dry since we are having some wet and heavy weather. The first skein was done on a warm, sunny, windy day and dried in no time at all. This one I’ve been forced to wait a long time for.

But, it’s done! I have 195 yards of 2 ply on this one, which is nice and close to the 205 yards on the blue skein. I’d say they are about even in thickness as well, which will make them a very nicely matched set.

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I am still spinning quite a bit! But, I am currently working on a project I don’t love. Sadly, it’s a project from BFL that I dyed myself. However, my dye skills are extremely lacking, especially when it comes to wool top, so it isn’t surprising that I am not loving a bump of my own fiber. That being said, it remains to be seen how it will look once it’s done. It could be lovely! I am going to make it a 3 ply, and then if it doesn’t look great, I’ll consider overdyeing it.

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(I’ve only just noticed that I seem to be enjoying quite a bit of orange in my fiber lately.)

At the moment, I actually feel like I am spinning with a bit of an obsession. I’d left a certain amount of fiber out of the packed boxes to work through before the move. I am on the last bump of that fiber. I can easily access more, but I think this may hold me. Starting Saturday, we are pretty much full speed ahead with family in town, various planned activities, and then the move.

I admit, I just can’t wait to get my craft room and craft area set up! I look forward to getting everything organized, and then taking pictures and showing it off. Not much longer now….