I don't want to jinx myself by jauntily declaring that I am on the mend from the all out butt-kicking, energy sapping what-looks-like-bronchitis-but-we-can't-be-sure-so-let's-bandy-about-the- word-pertussis (to paraphrase dr's visit) BUT I will just say that I had the energy to ply up some yarn and take a picture of it.
Despite the perseverance of family-wide Colds that Just Won't Go Away, this weekend was a damn good one. You can see the evidence in the current state of my kitchen table:
As you may be able to make out, fiber was dyed, a little knitting was squeezed in, Natasha got busy with her prized bottle of sparkle glue and my button collection, and I even did a little bit of non-yarn related crafting! Not pictured: the fun Friday night visit we had at the new pad of one of our favorite people, the hectic morning I spent at work on Saturday, or the fabulous mini-road trip we took to Boston on Sunday. Oh, wait. I can picture the last:
My little crumbcake at the Children's Museum. I am so proud of that girl. She constantly inspires me with the way she is growing, in both body and in spirit. With the way that she is learning to express herself, in words and in pictures. These little collages are by far my favorite objects to come out of the weekend's creating. She worked so hard on them, liberally employing both sparkly glue and her incredible negotiating skills when it came to haggling with me for more and more of my button stash:
As far as my non-yarny crafting, I made some of these for fun:
I stumbled upon this great yo-yo tutorial the other day and got inspired. I like them a lot and I'm thinking of bringing them to the little craft fair that I am doing in twenty (but who's counting?) days. Speaking of which, I should really get some work done before it's pick up time! Happy Monday, friends!
I visited my favorite little thrift store today. It is by far my favorite place to find random and incredibly inexpensive craft supplies. Today I found lots of packages of piping, all for a quarter a piece (matching their original price!) I also picked up some rick rack (glow in the dark!) and some lace, a pyrex container with a lovely avocado green lid, a little pumpkin, and some kid's books. The one pictured apparently features many a kitty in some state of despair, distress, or discomfort. My favorite images are these:
It's funny how the dishes almost never, ever seem to win. Mondays are a super busy day 'round these parts, but I am popping in to say hi. I did manage to get a little something on the bobbin this morning:
This one is a bit out of the ordinary for me. A little beyond my personal comfort zone, if you will. The red is 100% merino, the paler bits are a lush 80% merino/20% mohair blend, and it's plyed with a coppery-silvery-sparkly thread. The whole thing makes me nervous. I like my yarns to feel functional, ready for action, substantial, hearty enough to get knit and last. This whole lofty-wisps-around-thread thing feels a little unsettling to me, even though I am sure that it is totally knitable. I think that I may felt this one a little bit to add some fortitude. Also, I am totally unused to plying with thread and not coiling. Thread sure goes fast lying this way!
We have begun to do a little bit of Halloween decoration around the house. Have you? We love us some Halloween in this family, yes indeed.
Shew! That was fast! I think that was the quickest site update I have accomplished as of yet. She is up and ready, with 10 new handspun yarns. And I think I may be hooked on the mosiac maker. You can click on the image below to go directly to the yarn shop!
I have a cranky little popsicle-demanding preschooler here, so I best be off. Happy Thursday, friends!
Here is a little mosiac to illustrate my day yesterday:
I can't believe my kid was able to swim in October! In Maine! The ocean up here is usually so icy. Getting your feet wet on a hot day in July can be a painful experience. And ok, maybe swimming is a bit of a stretch- I guess it would be more accurate to define yesterday's activity as a series of quick dunks and sprints. Whatever you want to call it, it was good times.
On today's menu: updating the yarn shop. For those of you waiting, that does mean more Banana Peppers (and an array of other fibery delights!) are on the way, hopefully up by 4pm EST today. Yikes! That means I had better get to work!