Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Yes! January Is Back!
January started out bitter cold and windy. We suddenly had a very brief four days of sunshine and warmth. It was a great respite from the usual gray, gloomy, cold days. For some unusual reason we have not had any rain or frozen anything for a week. I am so happy for that. Patty hasn't been complaining either. Today it is overcast and cold again.
I am on the first sleeve of the simple yoke cardigan sweater. I really haven't been pushing too hard. It will really be lovely when finished. It is a yellow red, not the blue red. I like the color on me. I have to say I prefer to knit a top-down raglan than a bottom-up raglan. I like to try it on and see how it going. I find that it works better than measuring the knitting.
I have slowed my spinning down tremendously since I am not going to do any shows this year. I want to knit up what I have and go from there. I do have the orange mix divided out and ready to go. On the e-spinner I have some plain old white BFL. I am so happy I bought that thing. It is more comfortable to sit in a comfy chair and just spin away while I am watching Netflix. I am finding that as I sit in a chair and spin on the treadle wheel, my hips hurt more. I have to get up and move around.
Age is a bitch, I know.
My cousin DMP visited from Virginia for two days. He and his sister were changing bank accounts in Oklahoma for the property they own there. The bank said he had to come in person and sign the papers. Evidently with homeland security breathing on everyone these days, they have to do this in person. He wasn't happy that he had to take two days from work, but I think we had a great visit. Usually when he visits in April, he is exhausted from working two days at the convention center. This visit he didn't have that and we spent more time talking.
My friend CJE has been accepted to present her work at the gift shop at Crystal Bridges Museum. She is also working on writing more. She is taking an online class with Ann Hood, and this has gotten her going again.
I had a talk and reading at the Fayetteville Library this month. I had five people show up. Three of them were friends, so that made it more comfortable. I sold four books.
I am also teaching myself rug hooking. I know what I want to do, but I am antsy. I don't quite have the skills to make it work, but I am trying hard. I am also teaching myself punch needle embroidery. I like that a lot, too.
I also have a lot of creative ideas for some other projects. I suddenly have more projects all over the place. I guess that is why my spinning and knitting have slowed down. I have discovered Pinterest, and I am busy hoarding photos for inspiration.
I also have plans to finish those two quilts that I started two years ago and never finished.
So I better get busy and do some of this, I guess. Have a good rest of the week. Gibbs is on tonight.Yay!