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!!
Today is Monday, my usual day for “domestic duties.” Aha! I have finished my duties, because I live in a small apartment this is easy! So, now, I contemplate: Knit? Weave? Finish making that little book? Write? Spin? Ahh, so many crafts to craft, what is a girl to do?
Write! So, here I am writing. I am actually settling into a good routine of crafting, doing my knitting in spare moments, weaving when my husband is working on his book, spinning when I need some meditative time and making my books whenever the mood hits. Hmmm, sure doesn’t sound like the anal person that I have been in the past. I guess my mantra of “live in the moment” is finally sinking in.
Unfortunately, my “no more volunteering” has not sunk in. I have volunteered to help at the Pullayup Fair in September and the Seattle Weavers Guild October Sale, with whatever they want me to do. I will also volunteer for the Vashon Island Sheepdog Trials for the Fiber area, probably spinning, but maybe weaving too, in June. I also signed up for the Hospitality Table at the Seattle Weavers Guild. Oh, and I usher at church too. My goodness, I have gotten involved!
Next week is the Puget Sound LYS Tour = Local Yarn Store Tour!!!! I can hardly wait to go. The Tour is from Lynden, WA all the way down to Kent, WA and features 26 yarn stores. Each store will be open from 10am until 8pm with special knit/crochet patterns made for the Tour attendees, a button for your yarn bag and discounts on yarn. There are also prizes for those that get their passport stamped at each store. It goes from Wednesday May 17 through Sunday May 21. I am driving a car load of ladies on Wednesday and we are going to have a blast. Another group of us will hit the road in a different direction on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Here is the info: lystour.com. If you have never done this, it is truly a blast! It is fun to see the different types of yarn, that each store carries; to meet the owners of the different stores; to get free patterns and the excitement of vying for a prize! So many yarn stores, so little time!
Well, I have written so now is the time to finish my little book. 😎
I am officially a Seattle Weavers Guild Member! Yeah! I was received into membership today at the meeting. We had a great speaker, Barbara Herbster, who spoke about Supplemental Warp. It was a good presentation, with explanations and visuals! Gotta love her weaving. I wasn’t able to stay for the afternoon program on Leno Weaving, but ate my lunch there and added my name to the Hospitality group.
The sun is shining today and the brillant colors of the flowers and trees in bud is amazing. I truly love Spring, but Spring in the PNW is very special. The pine trees outside my window are waving their branches about in the wind, but they are shining from all the rain we have had.
So, my bookbinding continues, slowly. I usually do things at warp speed (pun intended), but lately have to chant to myself, “slow cloth, slow cloth” to get myself to slow down and do things correctly!! Bookbinding is fun, creative and precise. I am not all that precise, so learning how to be precise and slower has been a challenge, but one that I am up to.
I am off to finish my tapestry, mohair shawl that I have been neglecting for knitting (a sweater and headbands of stranded knitting), and bookbinding.
Have a wonderful Spring Day!
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
Yesterday, 23 Feb 2017, I had the privilege of going to a Seattle Weavers Guild meeting in Seattle. Wow! I was wowed by the amount of people attending; by the beautifully woven garments worn by attendees; the “Hot of the Loom” show and tell on display and discussed; the friendly people I met and the program. The Speaker was Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles and she was very, very good. She dyes her warps and weaves the most colorful pieces I have ever seen.
I have waited for a year to begin getting involved with different groups here in the area that I live in. I didn’t wait to find a yarn store! I go to an awesome yarn store in Edmonds, WA called, “All Wound Up”. It is run by a mother-daughter dynamic duo that aim to please and educate. It has the nicest yarn, best prices and sweetest people ever. I spend at least a couple of days a week there knitting and chatting with the friendly customers and staff, oh, and petting the yarn!
My trek to the Seattle Weavers Guild was so wonderful. I had been reading their web site and meeting individuals that are members off and on for the last year, while we got settled into our life in the PNW. So, I finally had the 4th Thursday of the month free from other appointments and drove to Seattle for the whole day. The meeting hall is huge and was filled with people and beauty and color!
I met so many wonderully nice people, especially ones that wanted to help you get going forward in your weaving. Or Spinning. I met a lot of Spinners too! Fun place.
I mailed my SWG application for Membership today and hope by March I will have an offical “nametag” and be a “real” member, not just a virtual one!
Today, Thursday, through Saturday I have the privilege of volunteering at the local yarn store (C R Yarn) in Rapid City. I am so excited. I hope that there will be lots of tourists coming in these next few days, because I want to make it worthwhile for the owner to keep the shop open while she is out of town for the weekend. I have my spinning wheel, freshly carded mohair, a spinning project in progress, my knitting, my Kindle and my computer. What a fun few days this will be and such a difference from working at my home in my home office doing sales for jewelry. Not better mind you, just different!