It would be Politically Correct for me to say that I have been swept up by the Holiday Spirit, and too busy to blog. Well, that could not be further from the truth. I have no Holiday Spirit, other than the one that seems to be giving me subliminal messages to carry something along the lines of an AK 47 every time I need to enter a store during this oh-so-festive season. I am not fond of Holiday music. I don't have a favorite Holiday movie, though I did watch Love Actually the other night, a movie I actually do love, but it didn't do much for my bah- humbugedness. My Holiday shopping involved 6 gift cards from Barnes and Nobel, a bunch of Grafton Cheese and some Lake Champlain Chocolates. I also bought my husband something totally awesome that I just knew he would absolutely love. But he found it.
Moonlight and Laughter. This fiber was not particularly easy to spin, but it was a challenge I needed and really embraced. Recently I have spun a bunch of merino/silk, some bamboo, and some bombyx silk. Those fibers are all slick and therefore relatively easy to spin. They were all two ply, spun and plied with a wollee winder. Mindless spinning bliss. BFL, for several reasons is my favorite fiber to spin, but it is not always simple. This particular fiber was a bit tuggy, therefore had to be separated into fairly slim sections and pre-drafted vigorously in order to keep the color bands intact. Some of the color bands were shorter than the staple length of the fiber so I had to be particularly vigilant to keep those colors from fanning out unevenly as I drafted. Honestly, had I not paid attention the whole thing could have turned to muddy brown. Instead, I spent a bit of time separating and pre-drafting and ended up with a spectacularly vibrant, but subtle yarn. I love it. This is not a time consuming process at all, and as a result the spinning goes much faster than it would if I had not pre-drafted. I would hazard a guess that it all comes out close to the same time-wise , and the final results are well worth the time spent on fiber prep.
I actually went to Webs last week and bought yarn for a sweater. Now, I need yarn for a sweater far like I need another hole in my head, but every January I knit a sweater, I have enjoyed them all, wear them, and I just wanted to keep up the tradition. I am making the Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre. I am using Madelinetosh Worsted in Norway Spruce color (variagated deep blue-green).
It is 2 pm and I am going to take a nap. My youngest child gave me about 20,00 new grey hairs yesterday. He returned home from college in Ohio for his 6 weeks winter break. Before he left Ohio he bought 2 new snow tires to replace two of his 4 bald-ish tires. I noticed this morning that they put the tires on the back of the car. He has a front weel drive car. Oh, well, he made it here. He left Columbus at noon ( instead of his planned 7 am start, naturally) and drove to Vermont, straight through, arriving in the middle of the night. He is blissfully still asleep. How do kids do that?