We had a great Thanksgiving Lunch at our kids house in Tacoma. It started out as a very rainy day, but then the sky cleared and the bay was beautiful!
I knit our grandson a sweater called Gramps, by TinCanKnits, and it fit him perfectly. I was hoping it would be a bit big so he could wear it longer, but that is ok. He liked the little car buttons I put on it.
I have been doing a lot more knitting than anything else lately. I was working on a cowl as we drove to and from Tacoma and almost finished it last night, except for the last row because I ran out of the black yarn. When you only have a two-color Fair Isle and run out of one color, it tends to slow you down a bit! I have been knitting charity hats, and almost finished a sweater out of hand-spun Alpaca yarn. My days seem to consist of eating, sleeping and knitting. I love it!
Well, this has been a very interesting couple of seasons for me. In May I was rushed to hospital for pancreatitis (pancreas swells and eats itself, non-medical definition) and it was a looong four days of pain and inactivity. I missed the last monthly meeting of the Seattle Weavers Guild (SWG) and the Sheep to Shawl activity at the Fair due to healing. Healing was a long process, 7 weeks before I felt “normal” again. I began knitting once I had the strength to do anything and let my weaving projects sit. I have become obsessed with knitting!
Summer came and went with the healing process, trying to walk again, and trying to figure out what to eat now that I had become, officially, a diabetic. I knitted on and it kept me focused on healing and on crafts.
Finally in September I measured out a warp for a “Fall Runner” for my dining room table. It is sleyed, but sitting, waiting for me to finish the process. Since I used to be a “full-speed ahead” kind of girl, I have slowed down to a “stay in the moment” kind of girl and this has been good for me. Although, this knitting has taken over my life!
Here is what I have finished since I started feeling better:
So, I still weave, but obviously knitting has taken over my life!!
I have been weaving and knitting for the last year since we have moved here. I suppose it is “Show and Tell” time for me too.
3 Handmade Books
Gracie’s Knitted and Felted Cat House
tapestry woven scarf beginning
Seahawk hat and mittens for my new grandson
Well, we have had some lovely Spring-like days here in South Dakota. BUT, today it is COLD. So back to weaving and spinning. Currently spinning merino top and currently weaving on the Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom a BRIGHT Pink scarf.
The weather was perfect outside weather, Saturday and Sunday, so I warped my little loom and went outside to weave. I also dragged the wheel out onto the upper deck so I could spin and space.
Here is the latest weaving off the Ashford. I did it in almost all natural fibers with a few commercial dyed yarns woven randomly throughout. I am teaching a weaving class in Wyoming in June and wanted some samples of what you can do with the fiber off of your local (or your own) sheep. I live about 3 hours from Brown Sheep company so I threw in some awesome bulky spun purple just for fun. The greys are Icelandic from a local shepherd.
Next comes warping the Macomber CP-24 with cotton warp for dish towels! Excited to get to those too.
I have neglected it so badly. It was September that I wrote last. I have been too busy to write and that is not good.
Genealogy has taken a big amount of my time lately. It has been good, since I met a wonderful “new” cousin recently. We have been sharing family stories and info and calling each other to sigh and wonder about our crazy ancestors. None of us are ever perfect, but some families are weirder than others, don’t you think?
I finished writing a story about my literal insane Great, great Grandfather William C. Pike. He decided that the man who was seducing his wife, my great, great grandmother, should be shot in the back of the head and die. He spent 16 years in an Insane Asylum in Illinois. See what I mean about “crazy”!
I have also been weaving up a storm since last Septembers blog. I purchased an Ashford Rigid Heddle loom and have made some pretties on it. I love that it folds up and can be carried around. I take it to the “big weaving group” that meets in town once a month and then use it during the month so that I have a new project each month.
Getting ready for the wedding of my son and his wonderful fiance has been fun. I have been searching for the “perfect” dress, which is difficult in a small town, when you are a big girl. Plus sizes are not that common when you want a really fancy dress. Sigh, thank God for the internet and shopping online!