Thursday, July 28, 2016

Life Has Taken an Interesting Turn

So, I was just running errands. Dropping off groceries for our daughter while she was at work. The grandkids helped carry the bags into the house. Then, with a bag in each hand, I stepped wrong, twisted my ankle and went down on the concrete in front of the porch. My left ankle snapped when I went down with my full weight, all 210 pounds, on it.

That was just before noon on Thursday, July 21st. I now have a metal plate, wire, and screws holding my foot on. Came home Monday evening, the 25th. No weight bearing at all for at least a month, then we will see how things are going. It was a VERY bad break. I have a heavy support boot on my left foot that I haven't taken off since Dr. Cranford put it on me. I see him on Aug 2nd to have the dressing changed.

I have a Cloud recliner with automatic foot rest and a bed with a firm mattress so I am able to get as comfortable as possible. I foresee some finished WIP on the horizon, knitting, inkle weaving, and some spinning on my little Turkish spindles. I can access books, daily scripture readings and Liturgy of the Hours readings on my Kindle. And we have Netflix, Amazon streaming and Acorn Online to watch. Needless to say, life just slowed down and there isn't anything I can do about it, lol.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Finished Project & WIP

Cast on for a pair of socks July 10th. Finished them on July 20th. I would like to cast on a pair and dedicate my time to finishing them as quickly as possible just to see how long it actually takes to knit a pair of women's socks. I scored some Knit Picks Felici  in Time Traveler colorway. It's not one they keep on hand so I bought plenty. I used Jo Torr's Vanilla Sock pattern for these, Vanilla Time Traveler Socks. Planning on a scarf and hat in the same yarn.

Having finished one project I dug into my pile of Works In Progress (WIP) and resurrected my High Tides Scarf using Fishknits self striping yarn in Aqua on Strong Heart base. It knits up fairly quickly and I am about half-way thru the skein of yarn and the scarf is 31" long. I am laying it out on a towel and giving it a gentle steam with the steam iron after every 40 row pattern repeat.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Blessed Relief

Definitely made the right decision to eliminate all political topics from my online sites like FB and Pinterest. Blood pressure is returning to normal. Inner calm is returning. Enjoying avoiding the news, choosing to listen to audio books while knitting. Hope that my spinning mojo will return very soon. Ordered some Cheviot from Paradise Fibers, never having tried that particular breed before now. If I like it I will order some of Bethanne's lovely dyed fiber soon.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Time to Reboot

I've not been able to enjoy Tour de Fleece like I thought I would. I am on overload due to all the violence against law enforcement and the Left Wing Nutters who care more about criminals than the men and women who put themselves in harms way to protect us from those very criminals. I can't spin. My fingers won't cooperate. At. All. I am able to do a little knitting while listening to audio books and avoiding the news on TV so I will continue with what works for me for the time being.

I've eliminated all the boards on my Pinterest account that contain anything about politics. No more posts or shares on Facebook about politics that just end up fanning the flames of anger and hatred. I'm done. It isn't helping anything. Only making things worse. I'm sick and tired of being angry and unable to enjoy those talents that God gave me as a way to exalt Him in my life.

God bless you all and keep you in the palm of His hand.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tour de Fleece: Day 8

Totally forgot to post during the week. So, I will post my weeks progress today. I spun a braid of Allons-Y fiber,  "Sunlight" colorway on 18.5 micron Merino, and finished spinning the last 2 ounces of the second braid of another Allons-Y fiber, "Mid Air" colorway on Polwarth.

"Sunlight" measured in at 1,062 yds, 5.3 ounces. 

"Mid Air" measured in at 1,224 yds, 5 ounces.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tour de Fleece: Day One

I am happily spinning along on the first day of Ravelry's Tour de Fleece. Decided I needed to get the jumbo flyer broken in and picked a braid of 100% 18.5 micron Merino to start. Working on singles for knitting yarn. Hoping for a nice lace weight yarn. This Merino blooms a bit and is lovely and plump when finished as a 3 ply fingering yarn. Excited to see how a singles spun yarn turns out. The photo of the braid at the bottom is the accurate shade of yellow. The colorway is "Sunlight", a limited edition from Allons-Y Fiber Arts.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Weaving and Blogging Mojo

I seem to have lost my mojo the past few months. Well, the weaving and blogging mojo at any rate. The spinning and knitting mojo is going strong and I am almost ready to start Tour de Fleece on Ravelry. Never done TdF before and I signed up with a team, Team Allons-Y Fiber Arts 2016. I've got a basket full of Bethanne's fibers and a couple of bobbins already started that I might as well finish up as part of the challenge.

I plan on blogging regularly while TdF is underway and after it is over I will try to stick with once a week so I don't get burned out. Again. I will also endeavor to get my studio tidied up so I can get to the loom. I have a warp wound and ready to go. I just need to find my threading notes.