22 May 2007

I swear I still knit

Really I do! But for now you'll just ahve to take my word for it. No FOs in a long time. But that's ok, I've had far too much other stuff going on in my life. My husband finally came home from Iraq, which of course required a week long celebration (read: sat around the house for a week, didn't go to work, didn't knit, didn't read, didn't watch movies, just spent time with him). Then I just had my graduation this weekend. While that doesn't really explain the lack of knitting given that my sister is even more of an obsessive knitter then me. But, we spent one day with the kids being scientists and the other at graduation.

That still doesn't seem to cover all the time since my last post (how many months ago was that?). So, I have been doing some knitting. I'm working on an angora hat, which got stalled for a while when I got so bored with the color and decided it needed a stripe and it took me forever to get to the yarn store. I'm still working on my husband's sweater. I finished the back and started a sleeve, but that also got delayed until I went to the yarn store because I needed some not-so-slippery cable needles.

I've also delved into the world of spinning. Last time I was visiting Long Island, my sister gave me a 5 minute crash course where I found out that I wasn't really drafting the fiber. All problems solved! I finished a skein of 17 feet. I really thought with all the work I put into it it would have to be enough for a hat, but it was a scrawny 17 feet!! Oh well. I started another skein, this time spun quite a bit thinner. It's roving I got when Joshua and I went to Jamestown for a day during our week of celebration. We'll see how much I have and if I can make anything from it.

The rest of my time has been devoted to reading and flyball. Thanks to bookmooch I have more reading material then I could ever want. And flyball is just about the most fun you can have with a psychotic, ball-crazed dog. Trapper is still just learning, but we sure have a blast at class.

So, my birthday/graduation just past and I got some fantastic presents. My little sister didn't get me anything, but she's excused cause she brought me 5 or so Marian Keyes/Helen Fielding books to borrow for a while. My parents got me a double helix necklace and bracelet from Cold Spring Harbor for my birthday. My graduation present is going to be a quilt storage chest! My older sister gave me some hand spun yarn (that matches my Christmas present). I should have enough now to almost make a hat, I'll probably have to do trim in a coordinating color. I really want to spin something to use with it so it's totally hand spun. Then for graduation she gave me (then quickly took back) a half finished shawl. It has a double helix down the center and lace panels on either side. It will be gorgeous when it's finished. I think it was a mustard yellow color but it may have been more green, I can't quite remember.

I'll try to remember to take some pictures tonight and post something a little more fun (but I added hyperlinks this time so you all can play around a little).