What? It's March, you say? Seriously? How did it get to be March anyway? Life just continues to speed by and I'm just trying to keep up. At least I can say my new year has been a productive one so far.
In January, I spent a fantastic weekend in the OC with Megann and Denise. We met two years ago at The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling and became fast friends. Our rented beach house was perfect for hanging out and knitting, plus we went on a fantastic yarn shop crawl. We had so much fun that I only took one photo the entire weekend. At least I can prove that Megann and Denise were there.
I've also have spent a fantastic weekend skiing at Copper Mountain with my friend Allison, but I didn't even take the camera out. A photographer, I am not.
I have been doing a lot of knitting and spinning, and because photographing projects is much easier than capturing events as they happen, I have photos!
This is my first pair of socks made out of my latest obsession - self striping yarn. I love these socks. The yarn is Yarntini in Cheertini. Hard to believe I had completed a Christmas project in February.
The yarn is Yarntini and the colorway is Cheertini Stripe. Love them!
I also have finished a Stacy Shawl. My good friend Stacy dyed the yarn and it and the pattern came as a kit. This yarn is so soft. It's a blend of merino, cashmere and nylon. I definitely am looking forward to my next project with this blend. Yum!
On the spinning front, I can't believe I haven't shared this yarn yet. This consumed most of my spinning time for the last six months of 2009. Countless hours were spent spinning two bobbins of singles and I spent 13 hours plying this yarn. 1500 yards...out of 4 oz of a superwash merino/silk blend from PoppyFlowerFibers. Amazing stuff. And I'm quite proud of the finished product. I've picked a pattern, now I just need to get up the nerve to knit with it. Nothing but perfect will be acceptable for this yarn.
After the marathon spinning project, I needed an instant gratification project and spun some Romney wool dyed by Hello Yarn. I'm not a huge fan of the long wools - too coarse and scratchy - but I love the colors and I am very happy with the finished yarn. It even matches the kitty.
Finally, my grandma's birthday was over the weekend. I have a quilt that she made me for my high school graduation. It gets a lot of use in the winter since I keep my house fairly cool. I'm not sure who appreciates it more, me or Purl.
Happy birthday, Grandma!