Periodically (as I’m sure alot of people do) I like to reflect back on where I was and what I was doing a year ago. It keeps me focused and helps in keeping my crazy life in check. Last year at this time I was visiting my dad in West Virginia. We were always on the go looking for fun and interesting things to do. Among the many things we did were going to some really unique wine tastings and to see The Rockettes Christmas Show in Pittsburgh. One morning while we were having our coffee and reading the paper, my dad saw an ad for a local farm that was having a holiday open house so we made plans to attend the following weekend. As luck would have it we woke up that morning to snow and lots of it but our family likes to keep the motto of the postal service in mind when it comes to craft shows. We dressed warmly and piled the car full of extra blankets, hats, gloves and food. You would have thought we were heading to the Alaskan wilderness. As we made the turn off the interstate the roads became increasingly more snow covered, but we forged ahead. The turn onto the drive leading to the farm looked untouched by cars, tractors or hooves but we could see blinking christmas lights and some sheep at the end and we figured we’d come this far! The open house was glorious. There was yarn, jewelry, knitted items, food and lots of roving which pulled me to it like a magnet. I picked out 2 braided bundles of hand dyed rovingand my dad patiently held them for safe keeping as I continued shopping and other crazed shoppers arrived. I’ve just stated spinning it and don’t really have a project in mind yet as I want to see how the colors come out before deciding. One thing I do know is that no matter what it ”becomes”, it will always remind me of the fun adventure I had with my dad that day.
This is the latest project to come off my wheel….luckily I have some roving waiting in the wings. BTW, I spin on an Ashford Traveller. It was my first wheel and well, actually, it’s the only wheel I have, but the point is-I love this wheel. It has been with me through thick and thin-and I don’t mean yarn! I do wish I had taken a picture of the roving before I started spinning but occasionally I duh out as I did here but at least I did think to take a picture of the singles. I was visiting my in laws in Montana and went to the LYS and was pleased to see bundles of roving here and there. I bought two 4 oz bundles from local farms that I figured would keep me occupied while we watched movies in the evening. I didn’t spin this with a specific project in mind but I do love the way it came out after I plied it. Have I mentioned how difficult it is to get good project pictures in an RV? Whoever designed the window blinds should be taken out and ….well, I’ll let you fill in the blank. Also, my dear neighbors have hung up some wind chimes on the side where our bedroom is. They are at least the length of a yard stick. I might consider something that large if I lived on say about 5 acres. It was windy last night. No wonder I have a headache today.
I’m finally ready to start blogging! I’ll probably be up all night! I have all sorts of stories, projects and things to share that I feel like I can’t type fast enough (which is a riot because I can’t pass a basic typing test to save my life!) and because real life keeps getting in the way of my knitting and spinning and weaving, I’m sure I’ll be including posts about what many people think is an unconventional way of living. My husband and I have been full time RVers for the past 4 years (we really only meant to do it for a year, 2 at the most), but we’re still at it and now we have a love, hate relationship with it. So…give your hands a knitting break and I hope you enjoy my ”about” page and my posts!
I’ve been promising my husband something knitted ever since we got married. He claims I’ve been working on these socks for the past 20 years but the sad fact of the matter is that I’ve really only been working on them for the last couple of months. With our approaching 20 year anniversary I think you’ll agree that it’s imperative these get finished now. My very patient husband has always enjoyed watching me knit gifts for other family members and has never put up a fuss. Since our recent relocation back to the Pacific Northwest he’s hinted (somewhat loudly) that he would REALLY like a pair of socks for his poor cold tootsies. So…sock number 1 is finished and I’m working on sock 2. This is my priority project right now if I want to celebrate that anniversary. lol! This pattern is from Cat Bordhi-Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. Although I no longer raise sheep (sniff, sniff), these socks are made with cormo wool from my sheep Laverne, Shirley, Chloe and Violet.